Angler Young Angler (AYA) Ice Fishing Derby

Angler Young Angler (AYA) Ice Fishing Derby

The annual AYA derby took place on Saturday, March 14 near Chalet Beach Road on Lake Winnipeg. Well over 1000 anglers competed for the top prize of a Lund boat, motor, and trailer valued at $12,228. Walking around the derby site, it wasn’t hard to find kababayan participants amongst the maze of fisher people. I spoke with Raymond Tan who was still looking for a bite with less than an hour to go in the derby. “I’m using this new Rapala lure that I bought online. Sana naman may kumagat”. Rolly Chico fished the event with his son Mark. Although neither of them had caught a fish yet, they were in a great mood as Rolly had just won the 50/50 raffle draw, “I plan to spend some of the $2,540 on new fishing gear!”
Altogether there were twenty-five fish caught and weighed-in. Sixty prizes were awarded which included a host of Rapala portable shacks, augers, and sleds. Cabela’s and Lund Boats among others donated fabulous prizes as well. The winning fish was a fat 6.71lb greenback caught by George Matte. Talking to George after, he stated that he caught the walleye on a green jig with a live minnow.
Angling notes:
The annual March Madness fishing frenzy is in full flight as anglers have been absolutely hammering the greenback walleye on Lake Winnipeg. This is also the best time of year to target Master Angler sized northern pike in the Whiteshell or Nopiming. Large schools of perch can be tracked down on Lake Manitoba or the Shoal Lakes in the Interlake. Warm weather this March has initiated an earlier than usual melt on our local bodies of water. The general fishing season in Southern Manitoba closes at 11:59pm on March 31. Please exercise caution and common sense if you are going on any excursions the rest of this month.