Maligne Lake - Fishing - Jasper

Maligne Lake Fishing

Fishing on Maligne Lake

Maligne Lake is one of the lakes that you can go fish­ing in Jasper Nation­al Park, where the scenery is as beau­ti­ful as the sport of Fish­ing. The weath­er was hot this par­tic­u­lar day and it was about time, as this year start­ed out cold and it seemed that El Nina was going to make Jasper a frigid sum­mer. To get back to the fish­ing tale on Maligne Lake, some good friends were up from Sher­wood Park for a vis­it and of course, some fish­ing. We picked up our Nation­al Parks fish­ing per­mit (provin­cial fish­ing per­mits are not valid in Nation­al Parks) the day before at a local sport shop and got a tip from the ven­dor that Maligne Lake was the hot spot to be!

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Get­ting a right fish­ing boat makes a lot of dif­fer­ence
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Gord and his release

We were going to go there any­how, so it just made us hap­pi­er to go there. We (Per­ry, Kim, Gord and I) picked up our snacks for the out­ing in the morn­ing and head­ed off to the lake. The bonus was Per­ry and Kim had their own canoe and elec­tric motor (gas pow­ered motors are not allowed on Maligne Lake) and Gord had his “Rain­bow War­rior”, a fine­ly craft­ed 19 foot cedar strip canoe with all the fix­ings. This elim­i­nat­ed us in rent­ing any gear that is avail­able at the local shops. Or you can hire a fish­ing guide that will sup­ply all the nec­es­sary gear, I had the plea­sure of get­ting a seat in the Rain­bow War­rior with an expe­ri­ence guide (Gord).

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I’ll take you to a nice spot

This fish­ing trip was not an ordi­nary one as most fish­er­man / women knows that ear­ly morn­ing and late evening is the time that the fish­es bite. Putting in at around 10:00am is just a wee bit late, but nev­er­the­less, we were deter­mined to catch some fine trout. Gord led the way to a secret spot where the fish­es were just wait­ing to take a bite in our hooks. Who knows which one of us had the first bite. As I fum­bled with some of my archa­ic lures (lead and live bait is not allowed, and bar­b­less rec­om­mend­ed) and tried some that just did not work for me, so I ask Gord for one of his spe­cial lure (can’t tell ya, going have to.… you) and sure enough, BAM! I got a bite!

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secret bay
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Great scenery while you fish

We were pulling them in and there was Kim pulling in her first one and ask­ing Per­ry, “can I let him go?” after releas­ing the fish she says, “alright I’m done fish­ing!” Ahh, to be sat­is­fied with just one catch, such a refresh­ing thought. We laughed and baked in the sun. We have all release one or two by now, but kept trolling. Then sud­den­ly, Gord lands a two to three pound Brook Trout. (Did I men­tion this is a tale?) After tak­ing a pho­to of this trout, Gord says “looks too good to keep…he’s a breed­er” and my mouth dropped as he releas­es it back into the water.
I usu­al­ly like to keep the fish I catch, because it taste so good up here and spe­cial­ly if they are big ones. But today was just catch and release day, good friends and beau­ti­ful sun­ny day.

June 15, 1999
by Eddie Wong

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