Getaways for spring 2018

Hit the road for colossal St. Lawrence carp, trophy Manitoba trout and an awesome Alberta snow goose hunt

2Len Perdic

St. Lawrence River

According to carp-catching guru Len Perdic, the St. Lawrence River between Kingston and Cornwall, Ontario, offers the best carp fishing in the world. The fish are huge, averaging 25 to 35 pounds, with plenty of 50- to 70-pound goliaths in the mix. To catch these big-river carp, Perdic says any nine-foot or longer steelhead or catfish rod spooled with at least 200 yards of line will do. Sweet corn presented on a hair rig is your best bait bet, he says. Canadian Carpin’ Holidays can arrange guides and accommodations.

Learn more: (613) 330-2343;

Gord Pyzer

3Eric Laboupta

Patterson Lake

Managed under Manitoba’s Fish and Lake Improvement for the Parkland Region program, Patterson Lake consistently produces huge trophy trout. Gorging on a massive population of giant freshwater shrimp, the lake’s rainbows and browns often gain a kilogram each year, reaching a staggering 27 inches by their fourth birthday. Ten-foot, 6- or 7-weight rods and scud patterns are popular choices with fly anglers, while hardware anglers rely on Mepps in-line spinners, small X-Raps and spoons.

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Gord Pyzer

1Ken Bailey

Central Alberta

With generous limits and no shortage of birds, central Alberta offers a great spring hunt for snow geese. But be forewarned: These birds are wily, having already been hunted up and down the flyway. That means you’ll need lots of decoys, including motion decoys, and electronic calls. Staying well hidden is imperative, so layout blinds are the norm. Expect Ross’s and blue geese, too. The Alberta Professional Outfitters Association can help plan your hunt. Learn more: (780) 414-0249;

Ken Bailey