For as long as I can remember I have waited for opening day of the new fishing season. For many years now, that day has always come in the first week of May for me. For the past couple years however, 3 dates are of equal importance to me. May 5, 15 & 25th.
When it comes to fishing season, the province of Saskatchewan is divided into 3 regions. South, Central and North. The vast majority of people live in Southern Saskatchewan and got to enjoy opening day on May 5th. For the rest of us, we have waited long enough, and finally, today is the day we can wet a line in the central zone. Having said that, for the very few(and very fortunate) that live in the far north of this great province, you have to wait just a bit longer until May 25th(or longer)…but believe me, it’s worth the wait.
I actually consider myself to be one of the most fortunate people in the angling world. Not only do I live in an absolute fantastic Country and Province when it comes to sport fishing, but I could not be positioned any better for great fishing and a long season You see, directly south of my home only a few miles, is the Saskatchewan River, which is located in the Southern zone(start fishing May 5). In addition to that, my own backyard(and the lakes I fish most often) is located in the Central zone(start fishing these lakes today, May 15)….and last but not least, I spend my summers at Arctic Lodges on Reindeer Lake, the best fishery of them all, which is in the northern zone(May 25 opening day).
Now I would love to tell you that I will be fishing on Reindeer Lake on May 25, but in all likelihood, that won’t be the case. Not because of choice, but rather, because of ice. Every year, mother nature makes us wait just a little bit longer to get on to our pristine lakes of the north. Latest estimates are for a relatively early ice-out, in about 14 days from now.
So although it seems unlikely that I will be wetting a line on 3 separate opening dates in Saskatchewan this year, I consider 2 out of 3 not bad.
Duane Kurbis, Arctic Lodges
Reindeer Lake, Saskatchewan