Students enjoy sunny day of ice fishing on West Shoal Lake
FOLLOWING my visit to Warren Collegiate in early February to conduct an ice-fishing seminar, physical education teacher Rene Comeault was determined to get his students out on the ice. On Monday, 30 students, teachers and adult volunteers made the day a reality. By 10 a.m. everyone was fishing on nearby West Shoal Lake. Grade 12 student Ethan Garrett, a seasoned ice fisher, had been on the ice an hour earlier, drilling holes and making sure things were right. I met Ethan on my first visit and had kept in touch with him on a weekly basis to see how the fishing had been. While never spectacular, it was good enough to make the day an enjoyable one for all the students. About 35 perch and two pike were caught by the time the students headed home. As the day went on, students were introduced to the use of electronics in ice fishing, along with different presentation methods to catch the target species — in this case, perch. It was a very successful outing, one the staff at Warren Collegiate plan to continue. Other plans include signing up for a high school fishing championship tentatively scheduled next year for early March. A committee is working with the Manitoba High School Athletic Association to confirm details in the near future. Thanks again, students, you were a lot of fun to be around! The extension of the ice-fishing season has been made possible by a return to cooler temperatures. Rivers in the south/central part of the province are flowing, but lake ice for the most part is still good and solid. I have been out to a number of different areas in the last two weeks. Fishing, however, has been really inconsistent. Sunday we headed to Lake Winnipeg on a gorgeous sunny day. While we travelled large areas to look for fish and drilled myriad holes in all depth ranges, by day’s end we had only two fish to show for it. I have talked to many hard-core anglers over the last month and most “Recently Manitoba fisheries have come under scrutiny of outside agencies, claiming that our commercial fisheries on our large lakes are among the worst managed in the world, based on concerns about inadequate data for management, an inability to regulate harvests in a timely manner and management policies that do not reflect the underlying biology,” said Forbes. “At the same time, some of our fisheries are among the best-managed in the world. Different user groups share common fishery resources, but data are lacking on how the resource is allocated.” Forbes added the public forum on fish and fisheries will include presentations from different stakeholder groups and a debate among candidates participating in the provincial election.
Students from Warren Collegiate spent the day ice fishing on West Shoal Lake.
Pete Heibert with a Lake Winnipeg walleye.
Erin Waterer of Balmoral was the winner of the Manitoba Youth Angling art contest,
with her submission titled Armoured Torpedo.