New Water: Manitoba Parkland Rainbow Trout with Randy Lewis

New Water: Manitoba Parkland Rainbow Trout with Randy Lewis


We’ve really started to enjoy trout fishing
in western Manitoba. But we’ll admit that we’ve stuck to some of
the same old water that we’ve learned and gotten used to.
So we’re looking forward to trying some new places today, drilling some holes on lakes
we haven’t been on before, and putting Randy on the spot to actually help us find the fish. We’re heading out with Randy Lewis. I would consider him an above average angler. He’s pretty good. Maybe sub-par character-wise. But the first couple of guys we called couldn’t make it, so here we are. Hey Randy, where are we? Corstorphine Lake in the Parkland Region of Manitoba. I haven’t been out here before, ever.
Though admittedly, it’s only five miles from my family cottage.
I have overlooked this one. I hear the trout are biting, so we are going
to give it a go. What are you thinking Bruce?
I don’t know. It’s your show. It’s all up to you.
I’m a walleye guy. Actually, I’m not even that.
I try to be. I see one, two, three major weed beds
that we can see that stand out from all the rest, so I think if we start with the first one – the closest one – and see if we have to move to hit the other ones. FLIPPR lakes are lakes that have special regulations. Stocked trout waters.
Some of the regulations are that you can’t use natural bait. So no minnows, no roe sacks,
those types of things. It’s all artificial.
And there are size limitations on them as well. This is a FLIPPR lake, so we’re going to give it a go with the imitation baits. See what
happens. Parkland rainbow trout action.
Let’s get a quick measurement on this fish and then we’ll get it back down the hole. We’re looking at 20.25″. Very still presentation. It didn’t seem to
want an aggressive jigging presentation. We’re going to go and bait up and see if we
can’t get another one. That was about 6.5 feet there. I was close
to the bottom. Just about six inches off. I had marked a couple fish there earlier,
and they wouldn’t go. This guy just came in and crushed it. Good stuff. We’ve seen a number of trout come in suspended. On the flashers, they are coming in three
feet off the bottom. We’ve had a couple bites, and we’ve had
some fish that have just looked and turned away. I’ve downsized now, and Bruce has some pretty small stuff on too. We’re basically fishing with dough bait now. When we pulled on the lake here, we had a
look around and saw that there were about four major weed beds.
We initially made the plan to start hitting these weed beds.
We caught a big fish on our first spot, and then things turned off so we came to the second
weed bed. We’ve been slugging it out here.
We have a couple of dandies on the ice. And we had a couple of break-offs and a couple
of fish-spits. There’s been no lack of opportunity here. They are footballs here. That is a fat fish.
Let’s measure him and get him back. That is a Parkland Region rainbow right there.
21.25″. Trout fishing is fun.
It’s all coming together. I like it when a plan comes together. Where we are right now, out behind us, we have 9 – 10 feet of water. Right in this area here, we’re looking at 4 – 6 feet. That’s where we’ve been catching these last few fish. More adjacent to the weeds. I think these trout are just trolling this
shoreline looking for forage. We’re getting lucky and they are hitting our
baits the odd time. I think we’re going to be in for some better
fishing here before the day is out. Any of these lakes where you can sit in your
shack and you’re only fishing in five or six feet of clear water and you can literally
watch your hook and watch the fish come up and give it a bump, you can react to what
they are doing…that’s just plain cool. Not having been on this lake before, I knew
some guys that had been, so I made some calls and found out some information. Where the
fish have been, and the time of day that we can expect the hot bite.
We’ve been here for most of the day today. The story was that we can expect a better
bite toward the end of the day. So we got some insight from some people who have been fishing out here, what they’ve been using. That’s one thing about fishermen, often times we’ll share information among each other and
help each other out. There were some nice trout caught here today.
There are. I’m glad that we came. For all of us, this was a brand new place. We all like fishing in the area, but this is now one more lake on the list to visit. There are so many different lakes in this Parkland Region. You’d have to fish a long
time to hit them all and learn them all well. It’s been fun. That was a pretty great day. We didn’t catch huge numbers of trout but
Randy knows he stuff, he knew what we were looking for when we showed up out there.
Sandy Lake area holds a special place in my heart. I have a bunch of very good friends
here that we go duck hunting with. To be honest, I never knew that this lake
was even there. I have hunted for ducks, fields within a mile
of this thing and I had no idea that it was stocked with trout.
These little wee lakes around here, there’s lots of them that have big honkin’ fish, some
of them right in Sandy Lake. In the Parkland Region, if you get on resources’
website, there’s a ton of stocked trout lakes out here. You can go to a different lake every
day of the week and never hit the same place twice. The trout are so much fun to catch.

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