Looking forward to new experiences and adventures
What will the next few months bring to those of us who like to explore new waters and new adventures? In my job, I like to visit new places to write. Over the past year and a half, this has been virtually nonexistent. I took an airplane trip with my family and it was the highlight of my limited COVID adventures.
I am now fully immune, so theoretically I should be able to move around the country a bit. It doesn’t mean I’m bulletproof, but with proper care and caution it should mean a return to fishing opportunities with more than just my family.
A plane trip is planned in northern Saskatchewan to a lodge that hopes to attract customers. I just hope to get out in the desert which I love to enjoy new experiences and adventures. It is also an opportunity to reconnect with old friends who also make a living in the fishing industry as writers. It will be very strange to go back to what I have been doing for a lifetime. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The winds of change are blowing across the Prairies on the necessary management of the fishery. Triggered by COVID-19 and the need to stay close to home, the outdoors has become the place to be.
With evil comes good, but also the need to adapt. With a huge influx of fishermen new to the sport, the pressure on our aquatic resources has increased dramatically.
So much so that resource managers from coast to coast have recognized the need for regulatory change.
In Manitoba, these changes have been in the works for some time, fueled by fishermen and stakeholders themselves, who for years knew that the day would come.
Despite the push, it has been difficult for governments to feel the need to change the status quo. With a willingness to offer constructive advice and support organizations such as the Manitoba Wildlife Federation, Swan Valley Sport Fishing and Fish Futures have made a difference.
There is always one final element required for change and that is a government ready to listen and make the final commitment to change. So far this has happened in this province with the current government.
This spring, the Manitoba Department of Fisheries released a comprehensive plan to overhaul Manitoba’s fisheries management.
This 10-page document is titled Manitoba Recreational Fishing Strategy – Managing Our World-Class Fisheries. It can be found at manitobafisheries.com.
NOTES FROM FISHERMEN:
As we head into July there will be plenty of opportunities to book a trip to a lodge or other accommodation. This is especially true in northwestern Ontario, where the US border is closed until at least July 21. There are a myriad of great lakes to fish in Manitoba and Ontario and you might want to book this trip sooner rather than later. It’s a great way to spend time with your family and do something you might never get the chance to do otherwise.
We have a family trip planned for the August long weekend. It has now become a priority every summer to spend a fishing adventure together. We are fortunate to have such a variety of places to choose from. One of the most impressive air-accessible lodges I’ve been to, both for convenience and first-class service, is the Sasa-Ginni-Gak Lodge. Owned by Northway Aviation, you can plan a trip pretty much anytime, given the flexibility offered by owning an airline. The cabins are first class, as are the boats and the fishing. Discover them on saslodge.com.