January 28th, 2018
The Flood of the Century may have spawned the largest walleye that Lake Winnipeg ice fishers have seen in recent memory.
Veteran ice fisher and nature guide Lee Nolan said this year, fishers are finding giant walleye in Manitoba’s largest lake — and he said it all started with excellent spawning seasons.
“We’ve got a good shot at breaking a world record up here this year, I think. There’s lots of people catching fish of a lifetime…”
“So back in 1997 and 2000, when we had very high water, walleye had a very, very good spawn,” said Nolan. “So you’ve got year classes of fish.”
The 1997 spring flood that affected large parts of Manitoba is considered the Flood of the Century, meaning the water reached the highest point it’s expected to reach in a century.
“Those fish are getting very mature now, so that’s why you’ve got a higher percentage of the biomass in the lake