I had the boat out on the north sask river near petrofka bridge on saturday. The launch (old ferry ramp?) is really good for being on the river. We fished from the boat from 9 am to 11:30 heading upstream as far as a couple kilometres. The water level didn't look too much lower than it was in late july and august, from the graphs provided by sask water i can see that the NSR is typically pretty stable in flows. Most of the area i explored was 2 to 5 ft of water flats around the edge of the main river channel which ranged from 10 to 20 ft. We didn't find any fish sadly but it was still a great adventure. I think when we do eventually find a spot the payoff will be huge too. We reverted to shore fishing and caught a few decent sized walleye, some suckers and one pike. We only hit one sand bar and it was no big deal. I just killed the motor as we were coming into it and we pushed off with the paddles. Never ran into any rocks so it was a good day.
The only structure i was able to identify and tried to fish on was steep drops (which may have been the edge of a curvey main river channel). The flow was pretty fast around petrofka bridge area, I think i would like to find a bay or point off a bay where i could get out of the current. Does anyone have any tips on what structure is best to fish in the river and also ways to identify structure? I know to look for calm water or reverse currents, behind obstructions in the river (we tried behind the bridge pier but it didnt pay off for the time we put in to it).
Also does anyone care to share places that might be easy to launch a boat on the north or south sask rivers? (preferably closer to saskatoon, but i would be interested in anywhere for when i have mroe time to get out). Ones that i could drop the boat in on the trailer would be great spots with a nice enough slope to carry the boat a short distance would work too. I know of:
-the saskatoon boat launch (upstream of the weir, trailer friendly)
-petrofka bridge (trailer friendly), borden bridge (probably have to carry the boat?)
-active ferry crossings? some look like they have nice gradual sand slopes around the ferry that may be trailer friendly, do the operators of the ferry typically care if you launch near them? Can anyone offer any advice or tips on launching at any of the ferrys?
- -fred heal canoe launch (i have been there one time and the shore slope and access was pretty good but i think i recall there being a gate up that would prevent backing a boat in.
- -possibly found a few roads thats go right to the water south of saskatoon on the SSR i was able to find on google maps but havent checked them out yet. Anyone know of any?
- -the wingdam south of the city may be pretty good when the water level in high on the SSR, the pool created behind the dam would be very nice and calm for launching and unload. i think lifting the boat it wouild be necessary for this one
the emergency boat launch in saskatoon downstream of the wier is pretty tempting too. I know they have signs posted there that you cannot launch there but i have seen people taking there boats out of the water there. My thoughts would be if you didn't keep your vehicle in the way down there for too long it probably wouldnt bother anyone.
If anyone could help with any info regarding boating on the river i would appreciate it!