Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 4, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 13 Eraser Hodgson Lost Lake fishermen net some laughs When we found Lost Lake in the early thirties it was really hard to find. If you didn't know it was there you'd never suspect there was a lake within 50 miles. There was some argument about whether it was a lake or an oversize slough, as it was only about a mile in diameter, and pretty shallow around the edge with numerous patches of roads. My partner and brother- in-law, Erie Graham, and I were told where it was and how to get there. I think an airplane flying iover could easily miss Lost Lake, it was so well hidden. In those days the surveyed road allowance stopped a couple of miles north, and from there on it was just a faint cut-trail through the dense bush. The trail bypassed the lake on the east side, and if you didn't look quick across a boggy hay flat you'd miss it altogether. The general location was about 12 miles east of Rim- by, and a little bit north. Running around surround- ed with high trees and brush it's sometimes hard to locate yourself exactly. JUNGLE We were told the lake was full of pike, or jackfish as some call them, so we decided one day to find out. Erie had been there before, so when we stopped his old Star runabout iand took off through the jungle on foot, I thought he had bush fever. A smashed "light- ning" tree was the marker, and after tripping along a faint path a couple of hundred yards, we came out at Lost Lake." I suppose it's lined with summer cottages now, but that day it was ours alone, with nothing alive in sight but a pair of loons moving slowly out from shore. They hollered at us for intruding, and swam toward a few ducks farther along, maybe to tell them they were discovered. It was late afternoon and the mosquitoes iand black flies were beginning to wake up for their evening meal, so we sat down and rolled cigarettes while we decided where where to set the borrowed net we brought. It was 30-feet-long by 3-feet-deep of mesh, rolled on two seven- foot stakes complete with weights and floats. There was no reeds here, so I knew the water could be four or five-feet deep, and Erie wasn't far going in there because he couldn't swim. SWIM OUT We finally agreed that I would swim out with the far end as far as he could safely walk with the close iend, and we'd jam the stakes in the muddy bot- tom right there. I've often thought since what a wonderful television film our net-setting would have made, if a roving cameraman had been han- dy. It was quite a struggle getting the outer stake down with nothing to stand on, but I finally made it. I suppose I could have idrowned in Lost Lake that day, but the thought never entered my head. I could always hang onto the stake and have Erie pull me in with the net, but he too could have slipped iand paniced, only he didn't. We came back next morning and it wasn't bad getting our fishtrap out, just had to pull up the close stake iand pull the other one over. We had a dozen beautiful pike, and set the net for another try. This wasn't fishing for sport; this was a combination recreation and food- hunting expedition. If no food was gained we couldn't afford the time for just fishing alone. Our days off were regulated byy what we brought home. SPAWNING Later that summer we heard the pike were spaw- ning, and could be speared in the rushes along the shore, if the water didn't get too badly stirred up. Erie and I took a couple of pitchforks and the net, and headed for Lost Lake. The women and our mother-in-law were to come along, and that cramped our style for a -while. The water was pret- ty muddy, and we found the reeds full of spawning pike, but we couldn't get at them. We finally persuaded the women to go back a ways to a berry patch, and we stripped off for action. 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