Dennis Zimmermann

Pimp My Ice Shack for Christmas

Given that it had been a mild winter thus far, the thought of bone-chilling cold was not top of mind. Rather, I was preoccupied with first negotiating the time away from family obligations and, secondly, preparing for my first ice fishing trip of the year. The destination was Squanga Lake and the objective was jigging …

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Measuring-up to Yukon Pike

We are fortunate in the Yukon that we can simply throw the rods in the car, the canoe on the roof and within an hour of Whitehorse we are paddling into some world-class pike fishing. Northern pike are notoriously aggressive and relatively easy to catch. Throw something shiny into the water and there is a …

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Squeezing in an Ice Fish

I won’t lie to you, it has been really tough getting out ice-fishing this winter. With Taekwondo, piano and downhill skiing, the weekends are just not long enough. With an editor’s subtle nudge, and my conscience getting the better of me, I was determined to squeeze in a fish this Saturday. After some pre-weekend dialogue …

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Venturing West into Alaska

With the exception of the remote north coast, the Yukon is landlocked. We have large rivers and drainages that connect us to the Pacific Ocean, but 3,000 kilometres for salmon to travel to Whitehorse is a bit far. It is sad that the British didn’t step up in 1867 to purchase what is now Alaska. …

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The Give and Take of Fishing Hidden Lakes

Every spring, dozens of Yukoners release fish fry into our waters. Kids and adults alike, jiggle, pour or place Bull Trout, Rainbows, Charr, Kokannee or Salmon into specific lakes and creeks. Personally, I can’t think of a greater way to connect to fish, your food or the environment than to have a direct responsibility for …

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Fishing the Funky Blues at Chadburn Lake

I can’t emphasize enough the importance of getting out fishing with kids. Likewise, spending time with friends on the water brings memories to last a lifetime. While fishing can be an incredible social experience, sometimes you just have to get out yourself. This past weekend, I spent some quality “me time” fishing at Chadburn Lake. …

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Picking Eddies For Takhini River Grayling

For a small fish, Grayling put on a great show. Their entertainment value is derived from their feisty nature, dramatic physical features and the fact that they are usually located in prime moving waters. Further to this, Grayling are not fussy and tend to take a variety of presentations, including small spoons, spinners, wet and …

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“That Fish is Beautiful”

I had been nervous all day. This was to be the first “Hooked on Yukon Fishing” event of many this summer. Susan and I had planned a public event at Hidden Lakes where we were going to release 20,000 Rainbow Trout fry. Usually Susan, the Fisheries Management biologist for Department of Environment, and members of …

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Endless Possibilities for Yukon Kayak Fishing

Christmas has come early for me. I have invested in a brand, spanking, new fishing kayak. I’ve tried and owned all kinds of watercrafts for fishing. I’m paddling now and giving the piston-powered propeller a break, the belly boat a hiatus and the pontoon boat a well-deserved vacation. The introduction of the specialized fishing kayak …

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Getting Crafty for Salmon

Crafts don’t come naturally to me. To be honest, even Play-Doh is painful … anything that requires considerable cutting or gluing, forget about it. Thank heaven for teachers, daycare workers and grandmas that can sit there for hours with kids to make a toddler masterpiece. It’s not a question of patience, as I can untangle …

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