In my previous update I predicted May 3rd for ice out on Lac Seul…. I was pretty close. The first day that Lac Seul was completely ice free was May 5th. I know guys on the west end and SE end will say it was a few days earlier, but the last part to go out is always the centre islands between Manitoba Pt and Eagle Island. I was there, and May 5th was the day.
Yes, the water is low on Lac Seul… BUT THAT IS COMPLETELY NORMAL! It's always low at ice out. I've seen it much lower than this in previous years. It will come up, but we need rain badly. It's dry and we are currently under fire ban.
I did some exploring and pike fishing last week. The water was cold, ranging from 43 on the main lake to mid 50's in the back back back of bays. The pike were sluggish, but catchable. Jerkbaits and spoons seemed to work best.
I've been guiding on Lac Seul for 12 years now and this is the fist time I ran across this. Anyone know where this is? If you do, then you've been exploring!
A respectable pike that I caught while fishing with my good buddy Graham. Jerkbaits are hard to beat in cold water.
Opening day of walleye season is this saturday, May 21st. My schedule is booked pretty solid from opener till mid-september. I'll try to get some reports and pictures up when I can. Anyone interested in fall (Sept-Oct) Muskie trips let me know asap!
Ben Beattie is a fishing guide and outdoor writer living in Sioux Lookout, in northwestern Ontario.