Being a multi-species angler born and raised in Manitoba, I’ve spent a substantial amount of time on local waters pursuing trout while experimenting with fluctuating weather conditions. It has been very educating in many ways and has taught me a lot about fishing in general. One of my all time favorite bites we have here is our Fall Brown trout bite. If your a trout guru then this is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up!
Manitoba’s parkland region is a sanctuary for big Brown trout. Often referred to by locals as Brown Town this flourishing chain of deep rooted lakes offers an jaw dropping experience well worth the trip. The nearly 3000 square kilometer park is situated in the southwest corner the province and has been catering to trout enthusiasts for years. Well-maintained roads make for safe and easy travel to nearly any lake of your choice. As an added convenience campsites within walking distance of majestic hiking trails leading into prestigious back lakes packed with trout make it great for those seeking that added adventure or off the grid experience. Easy travel and convenience make the park along with its world class fishery a great family trip that offers something for anglers of all ages and skill level.
Patterson Lake, Laurie Lake, Persse Lake, West Goose, Lyons Lake, Hunt Lake and William Lake are amongst the most popular. Each boasts trophy size fish and offers its own unique experience for example. Laurie lake is known for its massive Browns that can reach over 30” in length. Considerably deeper the ultra clear water makes for a stealthy approach in order to be successful. The lake also offers Lake trout and Splake and is larger than many of its sistering lakes. Near by camping can be available. Where as Patterson lake is a smaller lake with a maximum 20fow but has been well recognized as a numbers lake. All day bites yielding multiple trophy Browns between 20”-25” are not un common at Patterson Lake witch also offers on the lake overnight camping .
Autumn remains a notably well-chosen time of year as pre and post spawn Browns become extremely aggressive. Using their laser like eyesight and camouflaged skin they patrol weed beds and quick transitions for there next meal.
Early morning and late evening consistently present the best opportunity along with sunny days. Focusing on Windblown shorelines has been a proven method, turbulent water produced by the constant pounding of the waves disorientates small aquatic life making it an easy meal. Quick transitions, points and weedy flats are also top choice’s. Areas such as these supply trout with fantastic ambush points for a quick meal.
Some preferred methods that I personally have found very efficient consist of trolling, drift jigging and casting into shore along windblown shore lines. Using a trolling motor to administer a more stealthy approach during light transition periods for example, morning and evening or still water days works best. Typically I’ll spend the optimum times casting and will troll durring the dead of the afternoon searching for active fish. Jerk baits ranging fro 4”-7” in length have proven to be more successful for myself then any other bait when casting or trolling . As the saying goes big baits equal big fish. Using gold and black on cloudy days and silver and black on sunny days has rewarded me with well over 50 trophies size Browns.
Manitoba conservation, local municipalities, anglers and Flipper a volunteer group of parkland residents have contributed immensely in sub-staing this lavish fishery. Varying regulations have been set in place and can change from year to year. I strongly suggest picking up a Manitoba anglers guide which can be found at any location a license may be purchased. Offered free to the public resident or non-resident, it’s the only way we can preserve the future of our fishery for generations to come.
Author of Chris’s corner, Manitoba provincial ambassador for Canadian Fishing Network, HuntFishMb contributed.
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