kiss my bass, i'm going fishing

A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work. ~ Unknown

My husband is addicted to fishing. It is one of those things in life that brings him great joy and peace. This became very clear to me in the spring of 2005 (our first fishing season as a couple) when he began dragging me from fishing hole to fishing hole trying to catch the big one. Every year since 2005 I have accompanied him on his fishing adventures. To be honest, I love it too. I love watching the excitement on my husband's face when he gets a bite. I love taking photos of my husband while he proudly holds up his fish. I love sitting in the canoe soaking up the sun. I love breathing in the air deeply and listening to the wildlife. I even love to throw in a line from time to time and try to catch me a big one too. Sometimes my catch is even bigger and better than my husband's which is always fun to point out! A lot of wives hate the fact their husbands always want to go fishing. Not me. I embrace it. I view it as a way for my husband and I to get out of the house and enjoy nature together. There is something romantic about splitting a sandwich and a can of pop over a tackle box in a canoe. I eagerly await fishing season, and dream about what lake and adventures we will discover next.

Carp caught in the Parkland Region of ManitobaWhen we lived in Nova Scotia we fished mostly for smallmouth bass. Sure there had been some trout and chain pickerel fishing as well, and one horrible deep sea fishing adventure that resulted in us both getting quite sea sick, but for the most part smallmouth bass fishing was our usual go to fish. Even though we grew up near ocean fishing villages and love local favourites like haddock, halibut, scallops and lobster, sea fishing is not our thing as we are both prone to sea sickness. We prefer a small canoe and a small lake, which naturally led us to Nova Scotia smallmouth bass fishing. My husband knew all the best spots for bass fishing in Nova Scotia and exactly what type of bait and techniques to use to catch them. We had a routine in place and we were always guaranteed to catch quite a few bass even if we went out fishing for just an hour or two.

Northern Pike caught in the Parkland Region of ManitobaThen we packed up and moved to Manitoba, which opened up a whole new world of fishing opportunities and adventures. My husband set out to teach himself about all the "Manitoba Monsters" as they are much bigger and completely different from the fishing we were used to in Nova Scotia. I started hearing words I had never heard before like walleye and jack fish and freshwater drum and carp and master angler fly out of his mouth on a regular basis. He started talking to locals to find out the best fishing holes and he started hanging around the local fishing tackle shop picking up tips about Manitoba lakes and rivers. We bought a new canoe and a small electric motor and began our adventure in search of our own Manitoba Monsters. It has far surpassed our expectations and proven to be quite a fun adventure. We live in the Parkland area of Manitoba nestled between Riding Mountain National Park and the Duck Mountains Provincial Park which offers fabulous fishing right on our doorstep. Walleye (aka pickerel in Manitoba), northern pike (aka jack fish in Manitoba), freshwater drum, carp, catfish, smallmouth bass, perch, and trout are all regulars in this area which offer great diversity and options. We love this diversity and the size of some of these fish which create some great tug and pull matches, blowing Nova Scotia fishing competition away. Fishing in Manitoba has quickly become a favourite pass time, and dare I say one of our absolute favourite things about living in Manitoba. I can't wait to see how many big ones we will reel in this year!

Freshwater Drum caught in the Parkland Region of ManitobaDo you have any great Manitoba Monster fishing tales? Where are your favourite Manitoba fishing holes? How do you find the fishing in Manitoba compares to other provinces?