Things were going great that day.
We had the camper hooked up, the fridge was full, and the beers were cold. We were headed out for a much needed kid free fishing vacation! Nothing could rain on our parade….. I mean nothing!
Then the turbo on the truck blew up………
Fast forward through a flat bed tow truck, (shout out to Midway Auto Towing), a special 2nd truck delivery via one special Grandma and Great Grandma, a gas station, a 5th wheel hitch and rail swap out and re-install into the #2 truck, and we were on our way again!
Nothing, and I mean nothing, was going to hold us back from this trip. (We even made it to our destination before night fall!)
So where were we headed that we were so bound and determined to get to you ask?
Dorè Lake Saskatchewn. It is Saskatchewan’s 7th largest lake. Known for ample amounts of walleye over 21.5″ and recording setting pike. (33 pounds to be exact).
Dorè has been on our bucket list for a very long time, so when the opportunity to spring fish this lake with NO kids in tow came up, we jumped on the chance faster then our kids on a new trampoline!
There are a few different choices in places to stay. We opted to haul our camper and stay at Dore Lake Fish N’ Camp RV Park. Its a newly established campground that offers full services. We are not usually the type to care very much about power and water, so full hook-ups were kind of magical. There are also a few different lodges that offer cabin & boat rentals on the lake as well.
Day one actually started kind of slow. While we were casting for some pike, Troy managed to snag one, but this wasn’t the legendary Dorè Lake fishing we had come to expect.
That’s it! Time to move!
It didn’t take us long after we moved to hit the money spot. After only a few minutes trolling in this new location, trying a few different fishing presentations of bait, along with figuring out speed of the boat and our depth, we were hooking 8 pound walleye all day and the Vogt fishing derby had commenced, this was the fishing we were expecting to have… Maybe even slightly better then we were expecting to have!
Now, Troy is a field staff for Exsile Outdoors, so I’m going to let him take over to give you all the low down on our set up and all that jazz.
So for our two days fishing we found that 8.5 and 9.5 feet was where the fish were hanging out. The presentation that was working for us was bottom bouncing. Bottom bouncing is a led weight with a thick wire through it, hooked to your line, then a leader with some beads, a spinner blade and hook/hooks hooked to that! Top the hooks off with a worm or leach and you are ready to go!
I like to use a combo of my own tied hooks and bought hooks. There are many different options for making spinner rigs but the color pattern we found that worked at this place and time of year was gold, silver, and red! Also silver and blue,(not shown). Chartreuse, pink and white also worked but did not have the hook up rate that the other patterns did!
That being said the trick to winning the family fishing derby is to keep your rod tip bent….at all times with a fish on! As it keeps hook tension, and gives next to no chance for the fish to spit the hook!
Speed, that’s a tough one! We had to keep our speed at 0.9 to 1.1 mph. This is hard to achieve without a decent trolling motor. Ours has GPS and gives very accurate speed on the hand held remote. It’s a Minnkota power drive 24 volt 70lb thrust. If you dont have a trolling motor, you could use your phone and a tracking app for hiking or something like that, as they usually have a speedo on them. If using your boat motor and you are going to fast, tying a pail with a few holes in it and tossing it out the back can help to slow you down!!
Location, location, location. While we had never fished this lake, we did receive some pretty good intel to follow. Spring time, the walleye are moving out of the bays and into the main lake. We didnt have to venture far from our campsite to fish. In fact, we were able to come in and have lunch each day! If you are more adventurous and want to find some big pike, we have heard rumours of the infamous “T-Bay” across the lake- all the way across! We didnt brave the main lake this time. I’ve heard though, if you do go out on it to be prepared. It can go from calm to insane in .5 seconds. Many have been known to have to seek refuge on shore for the night. So bring some extra supplies.
Day 2 proved to be much of the same. Same locations, set ups, sizes, and numbers caught. We did try our luck farther back in the bay we were in, but had little luck. We are told the walleye head out of the bays by mid-June early July, so the fishing gets tougher and you do have to venture out on the main lake for best results. So we were pretty lucky to be there for the spring fish this year.
All said and done, we only explored a small amount of what this lake has to offer. There are many trails to explore, places to stay and fishing holes to find. There is also guided hunting in the area which we hear have stellar results.
We highly recommend checking out Dore Lake for a wicked walleye/pike fishing. We have plans to make this an annual spring time venture for us!
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Oh, and if your wondering, yes I won, but Tanya makes for a great fishing partner, and if she would have kept the rod tip bent she would have won the derby.
Troy – 62
Tanya – 43
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