Turtle Mountain - Bower Lake – Boissevain May 10-12, 2024

Registration Deadline

  • April 10, 2024

Host

  • Name: Michael Hutton
  • Ph/text number: 204-750-8165
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Directions

  • Hwy 2 west from Winnipeg, south on Hwy 10 to Boissevain.  It’s about 3 hours from Winnipeg.
  • Continue South on #10 until you see the Bower Lake sign on the right just a few km north of the border. It’s not easy to see so keep your eyes open. Turn right at the sign. If you see the Adam Lake sign, you have gone too far.
  • Cell phone coverage is good but unfortunately when on Bower, often it is the Verizon signal from USA resulting in roaming charges. These can usually reversed but save the hassle by turning roaming off.

Accommodation

  • Canadian Wilderness Inn in Boissevain, 305 Mountain St
  • To book reservations you'll need to call (204) 534-7155.  Check the website for styles of room  https://www.canadianwildernessinn.com/boissevain
  • Hotel coffee provided in the rooms, microwaves and small fridges in rooms.
  • BBQs are provided and are often the gathering spot for supper and chatter. 
  • There are a few restaurants in town but check the hours of operation.  The local Coop store is large with takeout items.
  • There is camping nearby at William Lake and Adam Lake but this is only available May long weekend or later.

Boating Equipment needed

  • This is a smaller lake that is round.  The primary fishing areas are the bays and reed shorelines. High winds from the east significantly reduces the fishing area.  A very strong south wind may make launching challenging.
  • Gas motors are allowed.
  • Great for float tubing and small watercraft.  
  • Boat launch is very good with bathrooms at the launch.

What to bring

  • Extra breakfast food if a muffin and yogurt is not enough for you
  • Stuff for lunches (refrigerator in the room).
  • Drinks for discreet evening socializing
    Need a 2024 Provincial Park Pass and fishing license as of May 1 2024.

Fishing Info

  • Bower known for its chunky rainbows and nice sized browns.
  • Gear-6 to 8 weight rods are perfect
  • In early May there is often a chironomid hatch late morning/early afternoon in shallower water or reedy bays.
  • Flies-woolly buggers, muddlers, DDH leeches, egg sucking leeches have all worked well in the past
  • Conservation office in Boissevain (Turn in Poachers program) 1-800-782-0076

Contest Rules

  • Must be MFFA member to participate in the contest.
  • Time period: Noon Friday May 10 to noon Sunday May 12.
  • Prize: $50 gift card for Fishing Hole
  • Largest fish prize: Longest fish any trout species – ties broken by second longest fish.
  • Novice prize: Longest fish caught by a novice as defined by an MFFA member of 2 years or less who has not previously won an outing prize.  If no fish qualifies then all novices will be entered in a draw for the prize.
  • One prize per person. E.g. If novice has the largest fish, the next prize goes to next largest fish.
  • If no novice is present only one prize will be given for largest fish.
  • As per common fishing competition rules, all caught fish must be released to be eligible for prizes.

Fishing Regulations

  • Practice good catch and release methods.
  • Possession limit is 3 trout.  One may exceed 45 cm (17.7 in).  None may exceed 60 cm (23.6 in).
  • While respecting the right for members to harvest fish within regulations, the MFFA encourages release of trophy-sized fish for others to enjoy
     

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Registerhere.  Please read through our water safety document found here.

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Thanks to our 2023 corporate sponsors! 

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