Spring is one of my favourite times to get out pike and walleye fishing in Alberta. The fish tend to stay shallow which gives an angler many different options for targeting these fish. My favourite tactics for early spring are casting large spoons for pike and using a jig head and minnow for walleye. This season I’ve had the most luck on a jig and minnow!
Most Alberta lakes (that hold northern pike and walleye) open up for fishing in early May. It just so happens that camping season begins at the same time, which can make for some great camping/fishing trips. This year, with all the government restrictions in Alberta, camping has been closed until June. This has caused me to postpone my camping trips and keep closer to Calgary. The trips haven’t been as adventurous, but the fishing has made up for that!
I have had the opportunity to get out to Eagle Lake (Check out Paddling maps) a few times and the pike and walleye fishing has been great. The lake has been busier than usual, so I showed up early and paddled away from the launch to avoid the crowds. I explored a few new areas of the lake and even caught some fish along the way. The best spot turned out to be one of my regular honey holes, but it was still fun to explore some new areas!
My kayak fishing tip of the day - The only way to become a better angler is to try new tactics and new areas. Don’t get caught always going back to the same place! Tight Lines!