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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 25, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 THE UTHBRIDGE HfRAlD Wednesday, April 25, 1973 De-it producing trout stream in the south country .so far this jpruig has been the Cottonuoocl Rher The CoUorroood is located in the extreme southwestern corner of the province, adjacent to Waterton Lakes National Park. Weekend before last the stream came up with a five- pound, nine-ouncer for Mr. Fisherman himself Les Miklos of the city. Many an angler considers the brown as the slyest member of the trout family. Even a one pounder is con- sidered a good catch. And a six pounder just doesn't show up that often. The angling record A fall spaw-ner. the brown's basic requirements in a stream were: slow, wander- ing current, deep holes and abundance of from nearby shrubbery The Cottonwood Rner ap- peared to haie the right in- gredients for a trial at stock- ing. Ever since the Cotton- was stocked several %ears ago, browns averaging As far as lakes are con- cerned, they are either open or the ice is honeycombed. In Cypress Hills Provincial Park to" the east, Reesor Lake is now wide open and producing vi ell Spruce Coulee is break- ing up South-west of the city Mami Lake is continuing as a cool and red hot producer. Nearly all the ice is gone on Police Lake. One of the best trout pro- ducers in the south is still Henderson Lake in the city. Henderson trout are aver- aging around one pound. Southern Alberta anglers are missing a lot of good fish- ing if they think only of trout The so-called -warm water fish goldeye. pike, perch, etc., are well represented in this area, according to Du- ane Radford, regional fisher- ies biologist for the provin- cial government. Here's how Radford puts the case for the warm, water fish. ''All too often more pub- licity on trout fisheries is re- leased than warmwater fish- eries (e.g. goldeye. lake stur- geon, northern pike, saugcr. and yellow perch) in this area. Although detailed Information on lakes and riv- ers which have warmwater fish is available in a guide to sport fishing in the Leth- bridge region very few ang- lers are aware of this publi- cation. It is available free of cost at all Fish and Wildlife Division offices Therefore, I suggest that fishermen interested in these species are not familiar with Walleye are also fairly common in the Oldman and South Saskatchewan Rh ers but can be difficult to catch. Most local walleye weigh less than two or three pounds but some fish as large as 10 or 12 pounds may be taken. The best tackle for -walleye are lures and jigs, of various colors. Once an angler catch- es the first walleje it is usu- ally not difficult to catch sev- eral more since this species commonly schools, as do pold- ryc. Better catches of walleye vould be taken if anglers con- rcntrated their efforts to the walleje have a ne- gative reaction to light and is a veritable bonan- za in southern Alberta for anglers in northern pike fishing. In lact pike weighing from 20-35 pounds are not uncommonly taken. In 1972-73 two pike about 35 pounds in weight were caught, one by an angler in Miik Rii or Ridge Reservoir, another in commercial fi shins; net? on Travers Re- fer, wr A pike weighing more than 40 pounds was "caught for brown trout is 39 pounds, eight ounces (BK, before rec- ords were The lunker was taken at Loch Awe in Scotland in 18GO. Before the turn of the century records were kept on a more localized basis. It was from these lo- cal records that world cham- pionships were itemized. The Alberta record for the brownie is 12 pounds five ounces. It was taken out of Edith Lake in the north country in 1939. It appears j that record is in jeopardy. In recent years biologists once again gave several streams in southern Alberta another reading concerning the feasibility of stocking trout in streams. one pound or less were show- ing up regularly. But, this has been the first time a brow-n has exceeded the five pound mark. Les is a good fisherman. His talents for honesty are well known. To be a good fisherman, an angler must have a few pet secrets of his own. So don't be too surprised if Les omits a point or two in relating the catch. Wheelchair thief AP they have charged a man confined 1n a wher-Irtviir in the robbery a laM drntr Po- lice .lames Krnc4. 40 up b-. piraplrsic rawnecr. Ur.vrerxie .ler.kiiv.. 1? who was holding a toy their local distribution con- sult this brochure. "Goldeye are very common throughout the Oldman River downstream from the conflu- ence of this river with the Belly River, and also in all sections of the South Saskat- chewan River. In fact, there are about 235 miles of these major rivers which offer good fishing for this species. Gold- eye are caught most often where tributary streams en- ter these rivers but can also be readily taken downstream of mcst islands, and through- out almost any pool in the Oldman and South Saskatche- wan Rivers. ''Probably the most effec- tive bait for goldeye is the common earthworm, although salmon eggs, maggots, and grasshoppers sometimes work equally well. It is important to keep this bait close to the surface since this is where goldeve feed most frequentlv. Small lures and spinners will also produce good results and flys such as brown or green wolly worms sometimes pro- vide excellent action, especial- ly during a hatch of aquatic insects. The best tims of the day to fish for goldeye var- ies, but early morning and evening periods are usually the most productive. Most of the goldeye in the Oldman and South Saskatchewan Riv- ers are about 12 inches in length, weighing about 34 of a pound. They are excellent when will be releasing some detailed information on lake sturgeon in the South Saskat- chewan River in a separate article." feed most actively during pe- riods of darkness "I would not recommend that any sauger from the South Saskatchewan River be eaten since the concentration of mercury in even small specimans of this species is too high for consumption. Small populations of walleye are also present in Travers, Sherburne, Upper Chili, Ridge. Jensen, and St. Mary Reservoirs. Angling tech- niques in lakes are the same as in rivers, but in the sum- mer only water about 30 feet, or greater, in dcniii- duce mam walleye. Don't move a lure too quickly when fishing for commercially in St. Mary Re- servoir a couple of ago. Quite a few pike weighing 10- 20 pounds are caught annu- with -various lures and smell. "Northern anglers gen- erally catch more fish per hour than do trout fishermen in our arcs. If an angler 5s after ad ion he sbouW fish for pike. There are ahoul 22 lakes and reservoirs in this area which offer good fishing for pike 'Clear, Lost, Shanks. Elk-water and Yellow Lakes 1.111k- Travers Sher- Hurns. Upper Chin aw3 Chin. Cros? Coulee. Finrafl-e. Kfho. Park STOTD. Tal-cr. .Ipnacn S1 Man. Murra} anrl Kaltlc- POLICE BUSY DARTMOUTH, NS. cily police were rvt-'-a during March this the chief of police's rerwt i i 1 2