Sure, it’s winter for a good chunk of the year here in Alberta, but nothing stops just because of a little snow and ice! There are fish in the lakes all year round and a day of fishing is as much fun in the winter as it is in the summer. It’s just a little different. Ice fishing in Lac La Biche is enjoyable, but it is important to be prepared, to have what you need with you, and to check the weather before you go.
Why go ice fishing in Lac La Biche?
Lac La Biche County is a community in north east Alberta about 220 km northeast of Edmonton. The county has a collection of lakes, including Lac La Biche Lake, that are prized fishing spots in summer or in the winter. Lac La Biche is an excellent destination for sport fishing in the winter. When the lake becomes ice, little communities of fishing shelters and fishing villages take over.
What fish are in the lake in the winter?
Anglers ice fishing in Lac La Biche can catch the popular species of walleye, perch, and northern pike, as well as others. The fish are here in abundance and there is a good chance that something quite exciting will end up on your hook when you are ice fishing in Lac La Biche.
What should you bring?
When you come, bring what you need to enjoy the outing and stay warm. In addition to fishing gear, you will also want to have food, and drink with you, and some way to heat things up. You can light a fire out on the ice, but be very careful!
Not everybody, but most people need a licence for fishing in Alberta, and even those who don’t, do need to be aware of the regulations. The regulations tell you whether or not the fishing site is open or closed, what bait is allowed, how much you can catch, and other things. Always check and heed the Alberta fishing regulations.
Check the weather
The best days to go ice fishing in Lac La Biche are the sunny days, of course, and Alberta winters have a lot of those. If you choose the day right, you might even need a little sunscreen. There is no doubt that getting out into the sunshine as much as possible will make you feel better. The weather matters when you are ice fishing because the difference between a good day and a bad day comes down to how warm you are. Ice fishing can be miserable when it’s minus 30, wet, with a howling wind, but it is the complete opposite when you have a little sunshine, a shelter and a fire, some great food, and good friends with you.