Pine Falls Update

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For those of us who love to fish late into the fall, the extended weather forecast for this part of the world looks pretty good. Stable temperatures should allow for excellent days on the water. Not only that, but we dodged the snow that has hit other parts of western Canada as well as central and northern Manitoba. Recent rainfalls though have increased the flow in many of our rivers. The Winnipeg River has some pretty strong current right now which means Lake Winnipeg greenback walleye have moved in to gorge on the abundant food available in the river at this time of the year. You will need to bring a good anchor and some heavier jigs to cope with the situation though.

I made it out on the weekend and the fishing was good, though we didn’t catch any big walleye. The wind was down Sunday morning so we were able to head out to Traverse Bay. We found the walleye to be in be all along the main river channel in 17 to 21 feet of water.  We used the front troll motor to position into the current. Later in the morning when a north wind started to blow, we had to switch around into the wind, which slowed the bite slightly. We did do some trolling on the shallow flats with only one walleye caught. Around noon with a stiff north breeze stirring up some decent white caps, we headed back into the river. We fished only a couple of spots but action was continuous. The walleye seemed to be holding everywhere and all the anglers out there seemed to be catching fish though I didn’t see any big fish landed. Current in the river is strong as mentioned so we ended up using ¾ ounce jigs tipped with shiner minnows.

I would imagine the fishing at Pine Falls will only continue to get better and with a positive long range forecast there should be a few days left on the water.
Dirty water has slowed the walleye bite on the Red River down but there are still some fish in the system.   It’s a very subtle bite as these fish tend to hold onto the bait for a long time before committing. Don’t be afraid to fish shallow in these kind of conditions. The one great thing about the Red is that you never know when you will get that big bite!
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Don Lamont - The Complete Angler Don Lamont has been a full time professional angler for 34 years, hosting and producing the award winning “The Complete Angler” television series for fifteen of those. Don has received several awards for his commitment to public education and the future of recreational fishing in Canada. Those include a 2000 Canadian Recreational Fisheries Award for his work with Manitoba’s Urban Angling Partnership. In 2003 he received a Manitoba Tourism Award for his promotion of Manitoba and western Canada. In 2004 he was a finalist at the Tourism Industry Association of Canada National Award for Tourism Excellence, presented by The Globe and Mail. Don has been a regular fishing columnist in the Winnipeg Free Press since 1992 and is currently editor of Hooked Magazine.

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