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Fishing On Amisk Lake

Fishing On Amisk Lake


VICTORIA NOLAN: Well, moving
from fast-paced driving to calm and tranquil waters. STEVE SAYLOR: Yes. So we first visited Amisk Lake
in northern Alberta with a nature paddle, exploring the
diverse wildlife the area has to offer. VICTORIA NOLAN:
Alex Smyth is back, this time to try
his hand at fishing. Do you fish, Steve? STEVE SAYLOR: You know, I
actually haven’t been since I went with my grandpa
back in high school. But I would love to try again. What about you? VICTORIA NOLAN: Yeah, same. As a kid I did, because
my dad loved to fish. But I haven’t done
it in so long. But like I always
say on this show, I love being on the
water in any capacity. But enough about me, and you. Let’s find out if Alex
managed to catch anything. ALEX SMYTH: Today, I’m meeting
up with my guide and local fishermen, Shannon Parsons. But first, I have to
pick up a few things. CLERK: Hi, how are you? ALEX SMYTH: Oh, I’m not too bad. I’m looking to get
a fishing license. CLERK: OK. Well, I can help you. ALEX SMYTH: Perfect. CLERK: Do you want any leeches
or anything like that? They’re in the fridge
just around the corner. ALEX SMYTH: It’s time to meet
Shannon at the boat launch. SHANNON PARSONS: Hey, Alex,
let’s get this motor on. ALEX SMYTH: OK. So what do we need to do? SHANNON PARSONS: You’re going to
lean over and give me a little help on getting
this thing in here. ALEX SMYTH: OK. [MUSIC PLAYING] All-righty. Away we go. So, Shannon, what kind
of fish are in this lake, and what could we
expect to catch? SHANNON PARSONS: Well, Amisk
Lake is a boreal forest lake. So what we’re going to find is
we’re going to find northern pike, we’re going to find
walleye, perch, and, although they’re hard to
catch, we’re going to see some whitefish on occasions. ALEX SMYTH: OK. And so anything we do catch, are
we able to take it out and cook it for dinner? SHANNON PARSONS: No, this
is a catch-and-release lake. ALEX SMYTH: OK. SHANNON PARSONS: There’s a
moratorium on catching fish here that fisheries have
put on Amisk Lake. So we can’t take any
home to eat them. But we can have a lot
of fun catching them. Today, we’re fishing with a jig. ALEX SMYTH: The jig looks like
a rubber tadpole with a split tail, attached to a hook. SHANNON PARSONS: The jig has
the ability to go through the water– we can troll with it or
we can jig with it up and down. ALEX SMYTH: So, why
do we use leeches? Why not worms or anything else? SHANNON PARSONS: History tells
us that they like leeches in this lake. ALEX SMYTH: These leeches
are snake-like things, about a couple inches long. There we go. [INAUDIBLE] Finally. So, what do I do now? SHANNON PARSONS: Now, we’ve
basically got to get it in the water– ALEX SMYTH: OK. SHANNON PARSONS: –so we can
try and catch those fish. ALEX SMYTH: All-righty. So it’s open and [INAUDIBLE]. SHANNON PARSONS: Nice cast. ALEX SMYTH: Oh, thank you. Oh, I think I got
something on here already. It’s a strong one. It’s definitely fighting here. SHANNON PARSONS:
He liked that hook. ALEX SMYTH: Looks
like a big one. SHANNON PARSONS: Let’s– oh,
looks like you got a nice northern pike. ALEX SMYTH: The
pike, or jackfish, has a greenish back with
yellow to white spots. Is this a standard
size [INAUDIBLE]? SHANNON PARSONS: Oh,
it’s on the small side. But it’s a nice fish. You got yourself
a northern pike. ALEX SMYTH: Great. SHANNON PARSONS:
On your first cast. ALEX SMYTH: Yeah,
that’s exciting. I mean, now I can understand
why people enjoy fishing. SHANNON PARSONS: OK. We’ve got to let him go. There he goes. ALEX SMYTH: That was exciting. SHANNON PARSONS:
Congratulations. ALEX SMYTH: Thank you very much. I couldn’t have done it
without you, obviously. So, OK. We’ve caught the northern pike. So what else is there
to catch in this lake? What else can we try to get? SHANNON PARSONS: It’s
time to go for a walleye. We’ll go up here a ways and
we’ll try one of these other weed beds. ALEX SMYTH: All-righty. Let’s do it. SHANNON PARSONS: That’s
what we look for. We look for signs
of weeds growing. You’ll see, they’ll come up just
a little bit on the top so you can see them. ALEX SMYTH: So that’s
where I want to be aiming, where I want to be casting. SHANNON PARSONS: Weed beds are
generally good areas for fish. We’re hoping to find
a walleye in there. [SPLASHING] You’ll hear some of
them jumping behind us. ALEX SMYTH: Part of the problem
with fishing in weeds– you catch weeds. The one thing I will say, it
is beautiful being out on this lake. I can see why people enjoy
fishing out on a nice, quiet lake. SHANNON PARSONS: Hey, Alex, I
think you have another fish. ALEX SMYTH: Whoa. SHANNON PARSONS: We caught
ourselves a walleye. ALEX SMYTH: The walleye is
brownish yellow with two fins on his back, one of which
has large spines, and is just over a foot long. We’ve got to release it back– SHANNON PARSONS: Yeah. ALEX SMYTH: –because they
don’t let us keep this fish? SHANNON PARSONS: Just put
him back into the water. ALEX SMYTH: All-righty. Bye-bye, little buddy. SHANNON PARSONS:
Yeah, he’s fine. There he goes. ALEX SMYTH: OK. Shannon, thank you very much
for bringing me out here. I’ve caught some fish. This is something I never
thought I would be able to do. And I had a blast being
on the lake here with you. SHANNON PARSONS:
Glad you enjoyed it. ALEX SMYTH: OK, great. Thank you. SHANNON PARSONS:
Welcome to Amisk Lake. VICTORIA NOLAN: Great catch,
especially for his first time. And lucky for the fish,
it was catch and release. Otherwise, it could have
ended up in their frying pan. STEVE SAYLOR: That
is truly impressive. But I think that Alex’s guide
Shannon’s knowledge of the lake really helped. VICTORIA NOLAN: Yeah, for sure. And I understand Alex was not
thrilled with the leeches. Can’t say I blame him. STEVE SAYLOR: Nah. I’ve seen enough, though. I need to get my rod and
reel, and I’m scared to say, some leeches.

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