MacSwaneys Cabins and Lodge
Walleye Northern Pike
AB Camping comments:This is such a cool part of Alberta. The badlands! Cool. Dinosaurs and camping and hiking are great. I hope I can convince my parents to go back again next year.
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SK Camping comments:Read the prior reviews about this campground before we set out on our weekend. I am not sure about the previous reviews, it was completely the opposite for our visit. People partying to all hours of the nights, totally unacceptable! Staff need to step it up a notch!
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Fishing Season Opening Dayby Galen
Like a bad April fools joke, Saskatchewan closes its lakes, ponds and rivers to fishermen and fisherwomen for a month or so. Now I know it’s only a month but it seems like forever. The funny part is that all winter, (and the winters here are longer than the summers), I don’t fish. I could never get into the ice fishing thing. Something is just missing. Fly-fishing and a lake covered in three feet of ice don’t mix, I like to see the water and not walk on it and I am not a polar bear, I need warmth. But during the winter I could fish if I wanted and that’s what makes the month of April and first part of May so bad. I’m not allowed to fish and that’s usually when the itch starts. I go through my gear, checking and rechecking everything, I buy fishing supplies, troll my way through every fishing store I can find, and generally do dumb things in preparation for opening day. (This year I sat in front of the TV watching fishing shows in my new float tube for two hours). It’s like Christmas in May, counting down the days, five more sleeps, four more sleeps etc.
So the trip was planned. Six of us were going on opening day for a one-week trip to Chitek Lake, Saskatchewan, two guys for a bear hunt and four of us fishing. Chitek lake is five hours north of Regina and is surrounded by other lakes containing trout, pike, and walleye. I could hardly wait.
We were going to be fly-fishing for pike. Now I have caught a pike with my fly rod before but totally by accident (I was practicing my casting off of a dock) and it was exciting. Saskatchewan pike on a 6-weight fly rod can be quite a fight. I proceeded to read everything that I could find on the Internet about fly-fishing for pike. I bought some special leaders to guard against those sharp teeth that are not present in a trout, bought way too many pike flies and generally spent two weeks thinking of nothing else.
Finally opening day arrived. My friend and I drove to Saskatoon to meet with the other members of our party. We ate a lot, talked a lot and about 8 p.m. that night realized that we could have been fishing. Saskatoon has a small trout pond and we jumped in the truck heading out on opening day. We caught one fish, or more specifically I caught one fish. A whopping 10 inch rainbow trout. As darkness fell and we walked back to the truck, I realized one thing. I have caught a fish every day this season.
In Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba we have over 200,000 lakes and hundreds of rivers, featuring some of the finest fresh water game fishing possible. The wild life is plentiful and world renowned for trophy quality hunting and fishing. Many huning and fishing world records have come from this area including the Hanson Buck and the Broder Buck. We have wild mountain streams in Alberta featuring Brown trout and Rainbow trout that will rip the backing out of your reel. Bring your heavy line and get ready to set the hook for Northern Pike that will spin your boat around. The flocks of Canada Geese and Snow Geese will fill the sky in numbers only counted in hundreds of thousands. The southern prairies feature excellent pheasant hunting along the creek beds and abundant numbers of "Prairie Chicken" (sharp-tail grouse) and "Huns" (Hungarian Partridge). With a good dog and a quick 12 gauge you can get your limit. Trophy walleye can be pulled from lakes year round and the ice fishing is an unbelieveable adventure. Imagine pulling a 30 inch walleye or a 48 inch pike through 3 feet of ice. If bear hunting is your sport, the forest are well stocked with the wary creatures. If you have the patience, you have a great chance to pick a black bear in one of the many color phases ranging from pure black, to chocolate brown, to cinnamon and even the rare blonde bear. World record whitetail, elk, moose and mule deer are wandering the forests and plains where the big game are plentiful and big bodied.
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- Hunting Supply stores
- Fishing Tackle stores
The geographic area we cover includes:
- Western Canada
Fish Species include:
- Northern Pike Fishing
- Walleye Fishing
- Rainbow Trout Fishing
- Lake Trout
- Brown Trout
- Brook Trout
- Arctic Grayling
- Whitetail Deer Hunting
- Mule Deer Hunting, including the World record mule deer, the Broder Buck
- Black Bear Hunting
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