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In 2005 anglers spent about $5.3 million on fishing packages in Alberta from fishing lodges and guides or outfitters who also provided services such as lodging, food and transportation in the process, according to a report entitled Sport Fishing in Alberta 2005, written by David Park of the Alberta Fisheries Management Branch, the most recent year for which these results are available.

I've been on guided fishing trips on the storied Waterton, Castle and Oldman rivers in southwestern Alberta, the fabled Bow River many times, the Red Deer River, Lesser Slave and Maligne lakes, in addition to the mighty Athabasca and North Saskatchewan rivers. I've also had the good fortune to fish many waters in British Columbia, the Yukon and Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick the Alberta trips rate up there with the best in Canada. I believe that once you get over the hang up of hiring a fishing guide, there's no looking back and you'll kick yourself for not doing it earlier!
  You need specialized boats to properly fish many lakes or streams in Alberta which can be provided in a fishing package: a large, comfortable, stable boat on big lakes such as Lesser Slave Lake; a freighter canoe with an electric motor on Maligne Lake; an inflatable raft on relatively shallow rivers such as the Oldman, Red Deer or Waterton; a Mackenzie style drift boat on the Bow River; a powerful jet boat with a shallow draft on large, swift rivers such as the Athabasca or North Saskatchewan.

There's just no substitute for local knowledge, consequently a fishing guide who plies a lake or stream on a regular basis will put you onto fish that might otherwise take days to pattern. They will know where the best fishing spots are located and how to catch fish at these locations some operators even supply all the fishing tackle you'll need including the bait; all you have to bring is your fishing license and suitable outdoor clothing.
  An added benefit of going on a guided trip is that it will make you a better fisherman. I've been on a fast track over the past several years because of the many guided trips I've enjoyed, which have made me ever more knowledgeable in addition to helping improve my overall skill set. Rubbing shoulders with the fish pros will pay big dividends in terms of the number of hook ups and fish landed, big time.

Only about 2.6 percent of Alberta anglers purchased a fishing package in 2005; however, they spent roughly 1.5 times as much on these packages as did non-resident Canadian and foreign anglers combined. David Park was surprised to find that only about one quarter of non-resident foreign anglers actually purchased fishing packages which suggests that it's not just Albertans who might have a hang up regarding guided trips they'll be the worse for it. Personally, I'm already making plans for some guided trips this coming season I know full well that I'll have a good time and catch more than a few fish in the process!


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