Buck Lake, Bragged Photo

Beauty picture of Buck Lake, bragged to us using the iFish Alberta CatchLog.

Lee & his buddies were targeting walleye using minnows

“Awesome fishing hole @ 20 feet and depth break 12 walleye with 1 keeper , 1 pike for lee 7 walleye, 1 pike for candy 3 hours fishing 21 fish average walleye length 47 Keeper was 52 Awesome way to end our boat season”

iFish Alberta Hoodies on Sale

The Alberta weather is beginning to change, some of us have already experienced snow!! Keep warm with an iFish Alberta Hoodie – now on Sale!!

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Chucking Bugs in the Name of Citizen Science

Some of us get into fishing through family or a friend; others pick it up to connect with nature or get hooked on the competitive catch and release tournament-weekend tour. A new trend emerging for anglers involves citizen science, loosely defined as the amateur or nonprofessional participation in scientific research. For over 40 years, Trout Unlimited Canada has been working to conserve, protect and restore Canada’s freshwater ecosystems and their coldwater resources for future generations. In 1998, an initiative began in Alberta to control populations of brook trout, using angler education and volunteerism, which today provides thousands of hours of angler effort for the program. To participate, anglers take a simple fish identification test followed by a supervised outing with biologists from Trout Unlimited Canada. Afterwards they are issued a research license allowing them to harvest brook and rainbow trout in select streams in the Bow and Oldman watersheds.

Realizing my chance to participate, I booked the written test, passed with flying colours and found myself electrofishing with other volunteers in the Jumpingpound Creek amidst leftover September snowfall. The experience, and subsequent research license, not only reinforces my angler responsibility to maintain and support the protection and restoration of the very resource I enjoy but to also educate myself on proper species identification. I can now identify Alberta’s trout and chars more confidently, and when in the assigned research areas, can take home an epic panfry of fish. Harvesting one species to save another can make you feel like a superhero but it also teaches you about the nature of various species within the same classification. If more anglers participate in TUC’s Stewardship License Program, aggressive fish like brook and rainbow trout will have less domination over at-risk species like bull trout and the cutthroat. To learn more visit: http://www.tucanada.org/index.asp?p=2167

 

New Rapala Gear Video Added

Check out the latest Gear, Trips & Tips Video in your iFish Alberta, Sask, BC or Ontario App – We captured a short video of Rapala Pro Staff Steve Meredith showcasing the North Coast Kayak Rod!

 

We’ve been seeing an significant increase in kayak angling lately and wanted to give our users some insight on a great rod for 2015, the North Coast Kayak Rod. We shot this video along with the other gear vids at this years Edmonton Boat & Sportsman Show.

iFish Creators Release New TPWD App

The App Door, developers of the successful iFish Texas USA App have just released the latest outdoor app for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

TPWD Outdoor Annual Screen Shot

The Outdoor Annual features the Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations and is available now Free for iOS and Android. 

Get the App!

 

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Let’s see your WALLEYE photos for #WalleyeWednesday! Like our page(s) on facebook & send them in, be sure to include the waterbody you caught your fish at!

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Links

 

iFish Magazine August 2014

 

The Latest iFish Magazine is out of our hands & into yours!

The Summer 2014 Issue is your ultimate guide to fly fishing; with articles from local Alberta Angler Mike Zilkowsky, Fly Craft Angling’s Phil Rowley, & Lady Angler Rachel Moffatt.

Check out the iFish Team’s favourite fly fishing patterns for this summer, pages or user’s photos, a mouth-watering trout recipe & so much more.

Download it from the Books, Mags & More Section of your iFish App or read it free online at www.iFishMagazine.com

 

Chef Steph’s Recipe of the Week

Chef Steph’s Recipe of the Week.. mm Oven Roasted Trout with Lemon Dill Stuffing.. need I say more?

 

Ingredients

  • 1 c soft bread crumbs
  • 1/2 sweet onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 2 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c olive oil, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 trout, cleaned and head removed

 

Directions: 

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil

2. Toss bread crumbs with onion, dill, lemon zest, garlic and half of the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Press stuffing into the trout, then brush the trout with the remaining olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place trout onto prepared baking sheet.

4. Roast in the preheated oven until the skin of the fish begins to brown, and the flesh flakes easily with a fork (about 20 minutes).

Chef Steph’s Recipe of the Week

Basil Pesto Pike 

Recipe from Outdoor Canada, mm this one sounds yummy.

 

What you will need: 

Basil Pesto:

  • 2 c basil leaves, packed
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 c pine nuts
  • 1 c extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 c grated parmesan cheese

 

Pasta & Pike

 

  • 2 tomatoes, seeded & coarsely diced
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 450 grams ziti pasta, cooked (reserve cooking water)
  • 4 boneless, skinless pike fillets (6-8oz each) cut into 2″ strips across the grain

 

Preperation:

Basil Pesto:

1. Place basil, garlic & pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped.

2. Add olive oil in a slow drizzle while machine is running & season with salt and pepper

3. Add cheese and pulse until thoroughly mixed. Set aside.

 

Pasta & Pike

1. Toss diced tomatoes in oil & vinegar, let stand at room temperature for 30 mins. Season tomatoes with salt & pepper, set aside.

2. Preheat over to 350 degrees

3. Reserver 1/4 cup of pesto to spread on cooked fillets; thin remaining pesto with 1/2 – 1 cup of water used to cook ziti pasta. Toss pasta in thinned pesto.

4. Season fish strips with salt and pepper & drizzle with olive oil. Bake in over until flesh is cooked through.

5. Remove fish from over and spread 1/2 – 1 tsp pesto on each strip. Place fish on a bed of ziti pasta & top with diced tomatoes.

Photo from Dean Schenk

Chef Steph’s Recipe Pick of the Week- Walleye!

We’ve been getting so much walleye love lately so I decided to make our first recipe of the week a walleye dish! 

 
Bacon-Wrapped Mustard Walleye

What you will need..

 

  • 3 c flour
  • 5 tbsp seasoning salt
  • 3 tbsp lemon pepper
  • 2 c Dijon mustard
  • 1 c cracker crumbs
  • 6-9 walleye fillets, cut in 1.5″ cubes
  • 2 lbs side bacon, sliced

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  1. Combine flour, cracker crumbs & seasoning salt; set aside.
  2. Sprinkle fillets with lemon pepper, then wrap each cube with a bacon slice, secure with a toothpick and cover with mustard.
  3. completely cover the cubes with the flour mixture. Deep dry in canola oi until golden brown. (each 1.5″ cube should take about 1-2 minutes to cook if the oil is at the right temperature.
  4. Serve with deep-fried potatoes, beans and bread!

 

Check back next week for my next yummy pick!