Fishing Blogs

Red River North is one of the most popular spots in the world to catch master catfish and greenback walleye (or pickerel, as we call them in Canada). Learn tips and tricks from local fishing enthusiast, tournament angler and member of the Central Walleye Trail (CWT) David Obirek and from local angler and yarn-spinner Arnie Weidl.

  • Fishing In Red River North

    • Tournament Time

      Tournament Time

      The leaves are changing colour, the days are becoming cooler and the kids are heading back to school. This is a sure sign that fall is here. What this also means is that the best wall-eye fishing on the Red River is quickly approaching. If you’re like me, the fall …
    • Fishing fun

      Fishing fun

      There’s a narrow outlet called Drunken Creek by Silver Harbor on the southwest side of Lake Winnipeg.  Oh, the new home owners in the area would probably want the creeks’ name changed to something nicer but the families who settled the place scoff at the idea. Well, that’s where I …
    • When a fish comes, you jump on it!

      When a fish comes, you jump on it!

      Welcome folks. The clear, sun filled sky seemed in tune with the great feeling I had last Wednesday as I walked onto the bridge over the Brokenhead River to once again meet with my Ojibway friends for their summer fishing derby.  I noticed long time councilor Winston Desjarlais was working …
    • Never believe the practical joker when it comes to fishing!

      Never believe the practical joker when it comes to fishing!

      Welcome my friends. The heat of late summers’ unrelenting sun and dry wind lately has driven the fish to deeper, colder waters which meant our anglers, regardless of the fishing spot, generally have been going home empty handed.  That was unacceptable to Art Reimer of Winnipeg who I met fishing …
    • Who owns that fish?

      Who owns that fish?

      Hi guys and gals. There was no reason to think our camper-angler friends at Norris Lake wouldn’t give us an entertaining fishing story when I was there last weekend until I got side tracked by a lovable loon. I idled slowly through the dusty gravel lanes stopping occasionally to talk …
    • Give up my turkey bait!

      Give up my turkey bait!

      Hi fishers, our friends have given us some really great angling stories this past week, enjoy! The sand on Gimli’s Willow Island beach was cool on Sandy’s bare feet in the still early evening. A slight lady, her short brown hair fell on either side of her delicate face. Her …
    • In search of new fishing spots

      In search of new fishing spots

      Hi, thanks for dropping by. With the coming of summer, the urge to travel far and wide in search of new fishing waters captures our imagination. It was no surprise that when I visited with folks around Lake Winnipeg’s south basin last week their unusual stories took us to unfamiliar …
    • “Here, I’ll show you how to cast!”

      “Here, I’ll show you how to cast!”

      Hi guys and gals. I wanted to find us some different fishing stories somewhere along the Winnipeg River last Thursday and thought the pier in Lac du Bonnet might be a pretty good bet.  The warm, sunny fresh morning was beginning to bring the sun bathers out to the sandy …
    • A Fisherman’s Luck

      A Fisherman’s Luck

      Photo: Local commercial fishermen Reney Thomes and Carmen of Belair lift their nets while dealing with a developing crack in the ice of Lake Winnipeg. Welcome friends. I’m always impressed with folks when faced with challenges, stay calm taking things as they come and end up in pretty good shape. …
    • Who says you have to be quiet when fishing?

      Who says you have to be quiet when fishing?

      Photo: Jakob Kuzniak of Selkirk with his catch from the Red River. Hi fellow fishers. In a haze of floating snow urged about by a cool breeze last Saturday I rolled over the flat ice pack on Lake Winnipeg’s south basin. Houses and trees on the Matlock shore shrank to …
    • Fishing with family and friends

      Fishing with family and friends

      Photo: A large group of family and friends from Stonewall with some of their catch on Shoal Lake. From left to right, back  row, Matt Chamaillard, Shaunne Precourt, Paul Breland, Marc Chamaillard, Phil Soroka and Joe St. Laurent;  front row, Nickolas Soroka, Jocelyn Chamaillard, Emily Chamaillard and Amanda Chamaillard.   …
    • Fishermen’s luck earns him supper

      Fishermen’s luck earns him supper

      Photo: Cameron Bernier with a pickerel he caught while fishing with his father on the Red River by Breezy Point Hi outdoor buddies. Late last week found me sitting and swapping fishing stories with Phillip Perkins of Transcona in Shawn MacDuffs’ ice shack not far from the end of Gimlis’ …
    • Another tale about the fish that got away

      Another tale about the fish that got away

      Photo: Dennis Barchuk of Belair with a nice eating pickerel just caught. Hello again fishing buddies. It’s hard not to make some reference to the movie The Wizard of Oz when I share a story given to us from the folks at Belair. Belair is on the east side of Lake …
    • Fishing shirtless in the tropics of Lake Winnipeg

      Fishing shirtless in the tropics of Lake Winnipeg

      Our shirtless guys on the Red River where Tyler landed the fish with a flik of his foot, left to right, Travis Noble, Jack Campbell, Tyler Dusanek and Drew Richards all of Winnipeg. What a great bunch of fun loving guys. Welcome fellow outdoors enthusiasts. I guess it was last …
    • Baiting fish with jellybeans

      Baiting fish with jellybeans

      Photo: Stephanie, Guy Darrens’ wife, with a pickerel she caught on Dauphin Lake. Hi folks. Last week my instincts told me it was time to visit anglers on Gull Lake and Shoal Lake, which are known for great perch fishing. The grey, cool, breezy day seemed to have little affect …
    • Four-legged thieves have to eat

      Four-legged thieves have to eat

      Photo: Chris Passalis of Winnipeg with some of his pickerel catch caught on the Red River by the Selkirk Park. Hi outdoor buddies. I hope you survived the Christmas and New Year’s Eve festivities. Happily, the good times continue with humorous fishing stories our fellow anglers have offered for our …
    • Winter fun and ice fishing have begun

      Winter fun and ice fishing have begun

      Photo: Curt Bayak with a pickerel he caught standing on front of his and Terry Roth’s rental shacks. Hi gang. On New Year’s Eve, we celebrate the hope for better things to come. In our world of winter outdoor sport, two young guys at Sunset Beach bay just south of …
    • A Bombardier to the rescue

      A Bombardier to the rescue

      Photo: John Klassen, left, and son Kyle Klassen with some of their pickerel catch by Sugar Island on the Red. Seasons greetings, everyone! This is our time of year when we share love in all its ways as well as helping others in need. It reveals the best in us. …
    • Sharing the Catch of the Day

      Sharing the Catch of the Day

      Photo: Ron Iverson, left, Wes Hurd, middle, and Dale Iverson with some of Dale’s catch on the Red River. Hi guys and gals. Man, talk about mowing the lawn one week and cranking up your snowmobile in a ice storm not long after. On the bright side, maybe we’ll be …
    • Some people just have all the luck

      Some people just have all the luck

      Photo: Emily Birley with a monster walleye she caught on the Red at the waterfront pier at Selkirk. Welcome, fishing pals. In the last little while, some fishing stories have come to us bearing a humorous similarity about anglers fishing beside each other yet realizing vastly different luck. It was …
    • Fishing in the ponds proves to be rewarding

      Fishing in the ponds proves to be rewarding

      Photo: Dan Dooly, left, and Tyler Booner with two Tiger Trout caught at the ponds north of Lac du Bonnet. Express photo submitted. Hi. Thanks for stopping for a moment to enjoy a few fishing stories our buddies have been kind enough to share. Time and again lately, I have stopped …
    • Local angler shows pity on fisherman friend

      Local angler shows pity on fisherman friend

      Welcome to my fishing pals. It seems our first cool snap and snow has spurred many of us on to getting our winter fishing gear ready. It’s only human nature to be apprehensive about the coming winter so let me and a new young fishing friend of ours, Dallas Morrisseau …