Outdoor getaways for winter 2016-2017

You’ve gotta try the ice action in northern Ontario, Manitoba’s jumbo perch bonanza and working an Alberta trapline

   

2Scott Gardner

MEMESAGAMESING LAKE

Near Port Loring, Ontario, Memesagamesing is a classic Shield lake with an irregular shoreline and plenty of islands, narrows, rock piles and shoals—and that makes for good ice fishing for lake trout, pike, walleye and whitefish. No one knows this water like Johnny Matthews, owner of Matthews Little Portage Camp, who’s been on the lake since 1942.

More info: (705) 757-5427; www.matthewslittleportagecamp.com

—Scott Gardner

1Gord Pyzer

DAUPHIN

The lakes around Dauphin, Manitoba, boast some of the best fishing opportunities for yellow perch on the continent. Gigantic Lake Manitoba is outstanding for numbers of 10- to 12-inch perch, and 100-fish days are common. Expect fewer but much bigger fish in Lake Dauphin, where it’s harder to catch a striped bandit under 13 inches. Guide John Boyd can show you where to drill.

More info: (204) 638-8659; www.foryourwalleyesonly.com

—Gord Pyzer

3Bill Abercrombie

WEST-CENTRAL ALBERTA

For a unique winter experience, consider a weekend on the trapline with one of the guides at Bushman Inc. (pictured), learning first-hand how modern-day trappers ply their trade. You’ll see how fur-bearing animals are trapped and how the pelts are prepared for market. And at night, you’ll enjoy the cozy comfort of a heated wilderness cabin.

More info: 1-877-446-0204; www.bushman-inc.ca

—Ken Bailey