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Dkiazyk, I saw your post about Lake Dauphin. I go hunting there every fall. I have brought my fishing rod allong with and fished Manitoba but never made it to Dauphin. Dauphin water gets so cloudy but I have heard it is awesome for fishing. Is the fall bite very good? I would think that is is but I never see any one out on the lake fishing. Last year when we were hunting I saw one of the weirdest things on that lake. Looking to the north through binoculars there were large whitecaps. I looked like it was getting really ugly out there. The place where we wer was dead calm, I mean glass. The white caps stayed to the north and kept rolling up north for another hour but the wave action never came south. Also there is some major water level changes on that lake. I thought was seeing things but the water level changed 3 times in a couple of hours. About 8" from its high point to its low point. I thought there was a tied until it changed 2 more times. It was kinda of bizzare. It was not a windy day, mostly calm except for the whitecaps up north. Any explainations?
Do you know when the bulk of the northern mallards come through? We have always hunted the 1st week of October. We ocassionaly (about every 3rd or 4th year) see quite a few mallards. I have seem the behive up there but it never seems to be consistant? I think we might be there a little early for them.
One last thing, The place we have been staying at for the last several years has been sold. Might you know of any one who might rent out a House/cabin or old farm house? We have hunted the area for 15 years and have several references from people that live there. Idealy we would like to be anywhere from St Rose up to Rorketon. Any help would be appreciated.

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Yes Dauphin is really good most of the time. The fall sees more and more 'eyes approaching the rivers and their mouths. When you were up the fishing is good and only gets better after that. I'd recommend to anyone who hasn't been up to give it a go at the beginning of the ice season and just at the end, it is superb for numbers of good size fish 18" -24", but there aren't that many monsters. (I'm usually really busy at theses times eh!) Access is relatively simple --- you've got to find the inflowing rivers and access to the lake isn't far away. As for some of the phenomenon described water levels change on the lake for a couple of reasons 1) inflow from "mountain"(for Manitoba) fed rives can be significant 2) water control/outflow on the one outflowing river does occur with little or no notice The lakes level for the past couple of years has been regulated to help with some farming concerns up along the Duck Mountains (north and west). As for the wave action I've seen something similar to what you've described and I believe it corresponds to a certain extent with geographical location and how wind is effected by the latter. Dauphin and the lake are exposed to a funnel wind effect because to the south winds are blocked by the Riding mountains and to the north-west wind is blocked by the Duck mountains. The effect is some unusual winds blowing directly from the west through the area. If you've ever watched weather for the area it can have temperatures that are 5-8 degrees different (usually warmer) than areas to the south (as a result of the geography described). As for lodging you'd have to give me a bit of time on that one --- I'd have to make a few phone calls the next time I was up doing some fishing -- save a few coins eh! And I'd suggest you guys should even consider coming up a wee bit later maybe as late as two weeks later (but that is just an opinion as it seems the bigger "northern" birds come down at that time). I hope this helps.

As for the Red.... things are pretty slow at the moment. Sauger are biting but the walleye are very reluctant to chew on anything.

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