Bio for new readers of my Blog.  John and Rena live in Manitoba in the winter near the shore of Lake Manitoba where John grew upon a farm.  I (John) am the writer of the blog.  These are a few of the highlights of the things we do in the winter.  My Brother and I are 3rd generation commercial fisherman on Lake Manitoba, catching walleye,perch,pike and suckers for market.  It is not the easiest place to work but is just something ingrained in us.  So when I refer to “The Lake”, it is Lake Manitoba.  Hockey is also a big part of our lives and I coach our youngest daughter Maija on a co-ed contact bantam hockey team.

 

Winter is setting here in the North.  Temperatures have just began to go below -20C every night, but up until now the temps went from low to high with high winds alternating from the North and the South.  Some days have been well above freezing up here recently which is out of the ordinary for late November.  Luckily the ice in our area froze nice and smooth, and we have a couple of islands a couple miles off shore that help anchor the ice.  The big part of the lake was froze 3-4 miles out but recently during the high winds it  has since piled up  out there somewhere.  We can see mountains of ice on the horizon.

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The first few days on the ice equals sore legs! Especially when the ice is smooth like this year.

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These are what allows us to move and work out on the sheet of ice. Creepers. These are the best and proven way of working on the lake. A hay mower section riveted to a strap of rubber with the corners sharpened and bent over.

 

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Here we are about 2 miles off shore and the open water is a couple of miles away. After the big winds, the open water starts where you see the rough ice a little ways out there. Glad our ice, and nets stayed put.

 

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When you catch as many fish as we do, you see some weird ones. The bottom walleye is older but is some sort of a midget!

 

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My Dad, Wayne! Tons of our guests today were first booked at a sportshow somewhere by this guy. My dad built most of our cabins in the early 90's and was a innovator in the tourist business.

 

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We were able to fish a lot faster for a few days. With another experienced fisherman on the lake, things were running like clockwork. It was great to have the old man on the lake. 65 years old and he can still fish a full day right along side Jamie and I.

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