Year Round Fishing Conditions

Year Round Fishing ConditionsFishing is one of few outdoor sports that you can engage in year round. With the exception of winter where you will ice fish, in all three others seasons of the year, you can fish from a boat or side of a stream, river or lake.

The success of your fishing depends on the type of fish biting during that time of year, the temperature of the water and heat of the sun.

We can’t also forget that the time of day plays a large role in successful fishing. Before the sun sets high in the sky, some fish prefer the cooler water, which makes early morning fishing better than midday.

Some fish species like dark and murky water, making an early evening or nighttime fishing a good time.

Here is a breakdown of what you can expect for seasonal fishing.

Remember, though, this is just a guide and not an absolute. Some research ahead of time on the type of fish you’re after is the best solution for a successful fishing excursion.

Spring – this is typically when fish begin spawning. Since water temperatures take a while to hit a decent 65 degrees, many fish species will swim at the surface of the water, where the sun has warmed the top layer or close to shore.

Summer – many fish species have released their offspring by now and due to the rising heat of the water temperature, you’ll find much fish to swim deep below the surface where it is colder and darker.

Fall – water temperatures are much cooler by now, making the fish really active to locate the warm spots in the water. The colder the water, the hungrier the fish are, which makes it easier to catch a fish.

Winter – while the quantity of fish is lower in the winter, the quality of fish is increased. Fishing trips in the winter tend to be shorter days with fewer fish, but the fish you catch will be well fed.

At Burntwood Lake Lodge our unique location boasts over 1000 miles of pristine shoreline to fish from and is scattered with weed beds, hidden reefs and much more; perfect for trophy Walleye and Pike Fishing. Being a Manitoba fly-in only resort we provide a large selection of tackle and bait in our souvenir store. For more information, contact us today!

Why “Catch & Release” Is The Solid Fishing Practice

We all know how exciting it is, sitting on your boat or dock, patiently waiting for the tug on your line. Then it happens and after the excitement dies down, it’s time to throw the long awaited fish back into the water. While it isn’t as exciting as keeping your prize, it is what’s best for the fishing habitat.

The fishing industry is very large and there are so many who enjoy the sport, that if we didn’t exercise a catch and release policy, fishing would not be as enjoyable and not nearly as exciting.

Most restrictions allow the fisherman to make the choice to keep or release and while some keep the fish for dinner, most are in it for sport. However, if you are following the rules, which are generally on size or the number of fish, you won’t be doing any damage to that area’s fish population.

So, what’s the proper technique for landing a fish? Why “Catch & Release” Is The Solid Fishing Practice

Start with using the proper tackle and line. The stronger the line, the faster you will get the fish to your boat or on land, which means less stress on the fish which increases the fish’s chances of survival.

You can use live bait or lures; however lures typically have a higher survival rate because the fish don’t swallow them like they do with live bait. Don’t remove the fish from water for more than four minutes and wet your hands before handling the fish to avoid removing its outer mucous membrane that protects its skin.

When it’s time to put the fish back in the water, do it so their head goes in first.

Here at Burntwood Lake Lodge, we have practiced a catch and release policy of all Northern Pike over 30” for 15 years and by doing this, we offer an excellent fishing opportunity. If you are interested in booking your next fishing trip with us, please contact us today.