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Issue #62 January 2018

Wishin’ I was Fishin’...

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If You See a Boat on the River in December, Chances Are It’s Local Angler Mike Rousseau

to experience some phenomenal fishing. I never look forward to ice fishing though because it means the end of boat season. Often I am still in my boats weeks after people begin ice fishing.”

By Todd Anderson


ornwall’s Mike Rousseau has a great respect for fishing. The life-long angler says he has learned a lot about fishing in his 32 years. “No matter how good you are, you will always get a slice of humble pie from time-to-time when the fish just decide they don’t want to eat what you’re giving them.” Rousseau says. “You think you have them dialled in and the river gets flooded and changes everything. I love the comradery in the fishing community. There is a lot of secrecy but it seems like when you meet someone and they say they like to fish, you know at that moment you probably just met a new friend.” As a kid, Rousseau and his family spent their summers at their cottage in Lancaster. Sporting a canoe, a spinning rod, and a couple lures, he would fish every day. He started fishing as soon as he could hold a fishing rod. “I think one of my fondest memories was hiding in the boathouses when it was raining and targeting the resident rock bass,” he says. “I would spend hours by myself in there with a little jig and the sound of rain hitting the tin roof.” Now an Operations Manager

He’s been out in his boat in January and February several times. A member of the Cornwall Lunker Club and Muskies Canada Ottawa chapter, Rousseau fondly looks back at his trophy catches. This September he captured a 55inch Muskie. “At the end of my cast (without knowing she was there) I did a figure 8 manoeuvre just in case,” Cornwall’s Mike Rousseau landed this 55-inch Muskie during a recent Rousseau remembers. “This Photo Submitted trip in September. monster attacked my spinner with only 18 inches of line out and pure for Walmart Logistics Canada, “I will bring out two or three chaos followed.” Rousseau enjoys his leisure time rods rigged the exact same so when Rousseau’s largest walleye is a fishing, including in tournaments. one spool is frozen I can just grab 12-pounder caught through the ice. “For tournaments, the most another rod. For clothing I will He has set his sights on landing a 14 successful approach I have found is use a line from my friend Terry pound walleye, he figures it might trolling deep diving cranks on key Chaput. A good Gore-Tex rain suit take a trip to the Bay of Quinte for structures like weed lines and rock paired up with high quality thermal that, and also has dreams of fishing points. For fun and enjoyment, it is layering underneath does the ticket for monster sturgeon on the Fraser hard to beat casting for any species. for me until air temps get below River in British Columbia. Still, The strike and fight are far more zero. Below zero I trade my Gore- he’s been spoiled fishing locally, exciting when casting as opposed Tex for a 1 piece float suit. The one too. piece float suit eliminates drafts, to trolling.” provides warmth, and also provides “If you enjoy multispecies fishing Rousseau’s love for fishing is the safety factor so if I fall in at and capitalize on the right species evident as he could still be found least I will float.” at certain times of the year, we have out in his boat on the St. Lawrence “As much as I hate the cold, the resources here to keep anyone River deep into December. late season is a great opportunity happy.”

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