Not long ago, a Canadian fishing trip was a simple proposition. Empty your coolers full of beer, fill them with fish and head home. Life was good.
The first bit of advice I give walleye anglers heading to Canada for the first time is DON’T over think your approach – the walleye are just not that smart … really.
I’ve been chasing a trophy smallmouth for almost 20-years now. The trophy I’m chasing happens to be a monster 22-inch bronzeback I caught back in 1994 on a trip to southern Lake of the Woods, Ontario and 19 years later I’m still trying to land one bigger.
Seldom does the enjoyment of a fishing adventure equate to how much you spend
Recently, North American Fisherman asked the following question on Facebook, “If you could pick only one place to fish the rest of your life, where would it be?”
On a cold, dark, rainy October morning here in Wisconsin, I find myself with a hot cup of coffee watching the world go by in what is supposed to be a “sunny” sunroom. Completely at peace, I am simultaneously drawn from my reading chair to my computer like a sleep walker headed toward a refrigerator. I recognize the feeling drawing me from the comforts of my reading chair because it happens every year.
If you’re a walleye fisherman there’s a good chance your dream trip is finding a Canadian lake where you can catch one walleye after another until your arms get sore. Maybe you’ve experienced it yourself or heard stories about a lake so full of walleye that it’s a surprise when your jig actually makes it to the bottom without a strike. I call these lakes Canadian walleye factories and I’m here to tell you they do exist and offer a few tips to help you find them.
Big water isn’t a requirement for catching trophy pike, not by a long shot. Smaller lakes and rivers will produce trophies every year. But, what I’m talking about is water with the potential of catching a trophy on EVERY cast.
Actually, crossing the Canadian border is a very simple process and well worth the effort to experience true wilderness and world-class fisheries. With that in mind, here are the basics of prohibited and restricted items entering Canada, see links below for a complete list.
This is the second of a three part blog on Crossing the Canadian Border, here we discuss who can’t enter Canada.