With isolation and social distancing our present norm, it was fortunate that we were able to squeeze in a group excursion to the Whiteshell a week ago. A good contingent of Filipino Anglers Association of Manitoba members headed out for the weekend to do some ice fishing.
The target species here in the winter are trophy class tullibee and perch. Using smaller ‘panfish’ sized spoons and jigs, the anglers fished several different areas on the lake in search of these fish. Despite the tiny offerings, most of the fish that were aggressively biting were the bigger species, northern pike and walleye. With enough time put in, eventually a handful of members were able to catch the sought after perch and tullibee.
The group rented all of the cabins that they have open during the winter season. The roomy two-bedroom cottages also come complete with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, pull-out couch, BBQ on a large deck, and jacuzzi in the full bathroom. The newly renovated store on site has everything from fishing supplies to beer to lotto. Contact our good friend Garry at Big Whiteshell Lodge to book a stay.
The Saturday night potluck dinner had the usual Filipino over abundance of food. The most popular dish was Carly Laden’s chili which also made for great chili dogs for lunch the next day. Hats off to members: Gil Vargas who caught the most northern pike, Jomar Sarmiento who caught the most tullibee, and Jeff Laden who caught the biggest perch.
Contact FAAM at email@example.com to become a member today. Our slogan is ‘Never Fish Alone’ (but still at an acceptable social distance).