Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
10 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Thursday, October Year's sportiest fishing spurned by those who should know better By MIKE HARROP Assistant City Editor The monster rainbow smashed the brown woolyworm after surging halfway out of the water to gulp the fly from one of Alberta's neglected lakes. Feeling the prick of the hook, he surged his body into a torpedo like dive, then twisted and roared out of the water, leaving shin- ing flecks of foam on the surface. One long run against a drag left too tight Pheasants released 400 of the pheasants to be released in the Lethbridge area wing free LICENSED RESTAURANT FACILITIES 66 LUXURY UNITS LADIES' MEN'S SAUNAS VIP BRIDAL SUITES MEETING BOARD ROOMS COLOR TV AIR CONDITIONED QUEEN SIZE BEDS 1303 Mayor Magrath Drive HUNTERS! Before you start your day's hunt stop in and enjoy a real hearty breakfast or Hunter's Brunch. Quick service and absolutely great food will assure you that your hunt in Southern Alberta will start off with a big "BANG" NOW LICENSED FOR BEER AND WINE RESTAURANTand PANCAKE HOUSE OPEN 7A.M. T012 P.M. For the Finest Selection of Quality Controlled Food plus other Full Course Mealsl STEAKS PANCAKES CHINOOK MOTEL 18 Double and Single Units Air Conditioned Color TV Telephones and the rainbow was free, the fisherman cursing in half rage, half joy. A fairy tale based on Northern Alberta summer- time fishing? Not ac- cording to Duane Radford, Lethbridge, regional fisheries biologist with the fish and game division. He contends that kind of fishing is neglected every fall in the backyards of Lethbridge and district residents who pass up the best year's fishing for or- dinary Alberta hunting. He points to monster fish, such as the Alberta record Northern pike caught from Milk River Ridge Reservoir in 1972 by P. Berger. It weighed 34 pounds, 13 ounces and may have a big brother waiting somewhere. Certainly it is a smaller fish than the 46- pound world record, pike which was caught in a New York state reservoir. Reports of mammouth pike are legion, he says, and the angler looking for monster fish might try the South's irrigation reser- voirs. Pointing to the 15-pound rainbow taken from Mami Lake a few miles southwest of Cardston, he pointed out that the likelihood of another tackle smasher lurking in the South's waters is good. Fall is when fishing is best. Lakes and streams begin to cool to the point that the monster fish rise from their deep, cold retreats where they sulked during the summer. They cruise the shallows, picking up food while the picking is ripe. The oxygen supply is favorable, plenty of food is there for the grabbing and the water is cool enough, but not so cool as to slow bodily processes. Sometimes, fish go on a fall feeding spree in which the most wary fish lake can be caught from the dock by a 10-year-old boy with a cane pole or an old guy snoozing in the sun. Anglers should try flies first, with preference shown to dark wet flies, such as brown or green woolyworms, as that's what trout like best in the South, Mr. Radford said. Shore fishermen who use bait often rob themselves of a chance to catch fish, he said. The secret is the way the bait is tied to the rig- Shore fishermen conven- tionally rig with a sinker above a swivel, then a leader terminating in a baited book. But when the angler casts his outfit the sinker pulls the bait down into the weeds where fish can't get at the bait Attaching the sinker below the hook on a longer leader allows the bait to settle on the-surface of the weed beds, keeping it available to fish, the biologist advised. Among the fish resources of Alberta which are nearly untouched are lake whitefish, which go nearly uncaught by fishermen. "If people knew how many whitefish there are..." he let his voice trail off. Good spots are Jensen reservoir, the spillway at Travers and similar places, he said. Whitefish are among the better table fish in the province, and are worth fishing for the food alone, he said. Couple that with the potential sport of. catching 3-pound fish on light tackle and a 10-fish limit. Fall walleyes are another surprise. "Every year we get reports of fish in the 14-pound he said. The standard lure for walleyes is a black and white spoon. If fishing is so good in Alberta, why do. so many fishermen drive to Dupk Lake in Montana and pay tribal and state fees to fish there? "Mostly Mr. Ra'dford said. "We get as good a catch and our fish are he pointed out. Good trout lakes include Police, Beauvis and Mamie, he said. One surprise for fall fishermen is Tyrill Lake, located south of New Dayton on the Coutts highway. It was netted recently. "I won't tell you how many fish we found you wouldn't believe he said. But the fish are up to of a pound now, and will be up to two or three pounds by next winter. That's because Tyrill Lake has a high growth rate despite the salinity that makes it marginal for planting trout. Prior to this year, fisheries officials have not been able to stock the lake as they thought it should be. he said. Somewhere in the South, a lunker cruises the shallows this fall. He's mean and hungry and sleeps well despite the thousands of young lives he snuffed out to reach his size. He's tail like a canoe paddie. and he's ready to take a fly. You're going hunting?