Fishing in Northern Saskatchewan

by Greg Blaney September. 22, 2019 679 views

My wife, Margaret and I, went fishing recently at Dore Lake, Saskatchewan. Dore Lake is a largish lake north east of the city of Saskatoon and is quite isolated. Despite the relatively flat terrain (compared to most other places in Canada), the area is quite beautiful, with deciduous and evergreen trees, wildlife and of course fish. That's not to mention the ever changing skies, which are very dramatic. There were eight of us in two boats, and although the fishing was not overly successful, there was enough beauty and activity to keep a photographer happy. Here are some photos.

As I mentioned in the intro, the skies were dramatic. Here is the dock on our first morning there.

As I mentioned in the intro, the skies were dramatic. Here is the dock on our first morning there.

First morning out and we encounter rain and wind, forcing us to head for safety. Sister-in-law Debra, whose eyes are usually closed when getting her photo taken, is bundled up and wide eyed.

First morning out and we encounter rain and wind, forcing us to head for safety. Sister-in-law Debra, whose eyes are usually closed when getting her photo taken, is bundled up and wide eyed.

Margaret fishes off the dock after weather chased us off the lake.

Margaret fishes off the dock after weather chased us off the lake.

A Barred Owl surveys the scene above our cabin.

A Barred Owl surveys the scene above our cabin.

A brief bout of rain produced a rainbow after effect. Bill, Angela and Margaret watched some action in the other boat, somewhat oblivious to the beauty behind them.

A brief bout of rain produced a rainbow after effect. Bill, Angela and Margaret watched some action in the other boat, somewhat oblivious to the beauty behind them.

No rain or wind this day.

No rain or wind this day.

A peaceful scene at the dock.

A peaceful scene at the dock.

A shorebird called the Lesser Yellowlegs (I can see how they came up with that name) spent hours walking up and down picking at the spongy shore.

A shorebird called the Lesser Yellowlegs (I can see how they came up with that name) spent hours walking up and down picking at the spongy shore.

Day 3 and we’re again chased from the lake by bad weather. You can see the other boat in the lower right flying back to the lodge before it gets too bad.

Day 3 and we’re again chased from the lake by bad weather. You can see the other boat in the lower right flying back to the lodge before it gets too bad.

Sunset through the trees

Sunset through the trees

Day 4 and an American White Pelican flies overhead (it’s always risky looking up at a bird).

Day 4 and an American White Pelican flies overhead (it’s always risky looking up at a bird).

Margaret hooks a fish on our last afternoon.

Margaret hooks a fish on our last afternoon.

The last moments at the lake were misty and calm. Bill gets the last few casts in before heading home.

The last moments at the lake were misty and calm. Bill gets the last few casts in before heading home.

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Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

So much to love here! Some fantastic bird finds, for one thing - WOW - but the mist and dramatic skies are equally beautiful. #7 has such a tranquil feeling to it! Looks like Saskatchewan is another "must visit" place in Canada I need to add to my list. smile

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Greg Blaney Replied to Bethany Plonski 1 year, 10 months ago

Thank-you, Bethany. Saskatchewan gets a bad rap in Canada - many people think that because it's flat (mostly prairie farmland in the south half) that there is no beauty. But I find it incredibly beautiful and worth the visit. Adding it to your list would be a good idea!

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Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

For obvious reasons I don't have to tell you which ones are my favorite, but if there was a way for me to put two stars I would definitely place 2 on #1 and 2 on #3, 2 on #5, 2 on.....wait I seem to be going over the same pics. All kidding aside, gorgeous captures, the colors are brilliant and the location breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

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Greg Blaney Replied to Camellia Staab 1 year, 10 months ago

I really appreciate your comments, Camellia. When I'm a superb setting such as this, it's easy to take some nice photographs. When I was taking the pelican picture, I was looking straight up at it and actually tripped and fell as I was spinning around to follow it. Fortunately, it was onto the deck of the boat and not into the water. If it was into the water, I may not have had any photos to share. Lesson learned persevere

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Heike 1 year, 10 months ago

This dramatic sky in #1sucks me into the picture, fantastic intro to this set, Greg! The wide open eyes of Debra made me laugh and that pic gave me a great description of the weather that morning.smile Margaret fishing in front of this blurred nature background is really nice, I would have cropped the engine out of the pic, so that the eye is just focused on her and this fantastic background. The rainbow, the owl, the little shorebird are perfect and I was just gobsmacked when I saw #6 ! Wow, great mood, it looks so infinite! Love this set, Greg. Thanks for showing!

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Greg Blaney Replied to Heike 1 year, 10 months ago

Thanks Heike, I'm glad you liked the post. We really had a mix of weather, which produced a variety of scenes of which to take pictures. Your suggestion regarding photo #3 is right on - the motor should have been cropped. Normally I check for those kinds of things but missed this one. Good eye and thanks.

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