Fish are in mid-winter lull

Since I returned home from Florida a couple of weeks ago, I haven’t done nearly as much ice fishing as I’d planned to do.
I just couldn’t get all that motivated to head out in that nasty weather we had last week!
Over the weekend, though, I got out trout fishing on Whitefish Bay, near Sioux Narrows, and I’ve also been out a few evenings chasing walleyes.
Overall, the fishing was okay but not as good as it’s going to be in a few weeks once things start melting a little bit.
I think we’re in that mid-winter lull right now. Fish just didn’t seem all that active but I think once we get a few nice days and some snow starts to melt, a little bit more light will start getting through to the fish and the water will get a boost of oxygen, which should fire everything up.
I’m really looking forward to that mid-March ice fishing run. The days are getting longer and it will be warmer, so it’s just a lot of fun to be out there.
Meanwhile, the annual Mid-Canada Boat Show is taking place this weekend in Winnipeg. It’s a great event to make a weekend out of if you don’t have any plans or you’re in the market for a new boat.
There literally will be hundreds of boats on display at the best prices that you’ll see all year. It’s fun to walk around and check everything out.
Beyond the boats, there is plenty of fishing gear for sale, a bunch of wake board and water-skiing equipment, as well as several resorts from across Canada on hand to book your dream fishing trip.
On the third floor of the show will be the giant fish tank, which is a hit with people every year. It is loaded up with plenty of big walleyes and pike from Lake Winnipeg and there are some good presenters doing fishing seminars throughout the weekend, including Gord Pyzer and Alex Keszler.
I’ve attended this show on the first weekend in March for more than 10 years and it is always a lot of fun. This year, though, the boat show will be cut a little bit short for me because I will attend it on Thursday, then I’m flying south to Alabama on Friday to get ready for the second FLW Tour event of the year at Lewis Smith Lake.
I’ll be hanging around the show talking Lund boats with people and am doing a seminar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, talking about some of the hot new fishing trends of 2013 and fishing on Lake of the Woods.
If you make it up to the show, be sure to find me to say hi!
For the competitive walleye anglers out there, a new tournament is hitting Manitoba this July—the “Lund Mania” event, which will run out of Pinawa on the Winnipeg River.
This event is a Lund owner’s tournament, with a $400 entry fee. Only 50 teams will be allowed to register and the top three prizes will be boat, motor, and trailer packages!
For area bass anglers, this Friday (March 1) marks the first day teams can sign up for the Bronzeback Classic tournament, which will take place July 20-21 on Lake of the Woods out of Kenora.
You can find registration forms online at the tournament website, or sign up in person at JB Tackle or the Wharf Marine in Kenora. This tournament usually fills up quick, so don’t wait!
Look for my practice report from Lewis Smith Lake in next week’s column.