This year’s edition of the (not really but close enough) “Opening Day Fishout” was another rousing success, with a good number of long time members attending as well as some new faces from the recent fly tying and casting lessons. A group met at McDonald’s before heading South to Diefenbaker to try our luck at the Danielson Provincial Park coulee. The morning was sunny and calm, with the forecast calling for more of the say throughout the day. Perfect for an early season day on the water.
Upon arriving at the park, some began the ritual of donning the waders and airing up the boats, while other opted to take a pass on water temps in the 4-6 celsius range and shore fish instead. Not long after getting on the water, Sherry B. had on a nice sized pike that put up a spirited fight. The Kilpatricks generally promote catch-and-release fishing, but this catch was kept for the club picnic. With barely a breeze and glass calm water, a true rarity on open prairie waters, a few ventured out on to the main lake. Bill C. landed a personal best pike, somewhere in the 15-20lb range. Unforunately, there was no camera on hand, so we’ll have to take Bill’s word. A couple other pike were caught, along with a white sucker, but no Diefenbaker rainbows this year.
As usual, Brian and Donna orchestrated a true feast, with fresh pike, smokies, and a host of sides and deserts on the menu. Nothing works up an appetite like kicking around all morning in frigid water. With our bellies full, tall fish tales told, and our gear packed up, we put another great fishout into the books.