Category Archives: Northern Trails



A Big Birthday and a Look Back

Gord Ellis in June 2017 with a brookie. | GORD ELLIS

I marked a big birthday this year; yours truly turned 55 years old, or years young, if you are the optimistic type.

It’s a big number and carries some baggage with it. In some circles, 55 equals senior status. For others, it is a number that equals retirement. My father retired Continue Reading...



My Favourite Fish to Eat

Author Gord Ellis with a large northern pike. Good to eat, just lose the Y bones. | GORD ELLIS

Eating fish is something I’ve enjoyed throughout my life. It is both the perfect counterpoint to wild game and a great source of healthy protein that is full of good things. A meal of fresh fish is just one of the rewards an angler gets to enjoy after a day on the water.

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What’s So Great about Fishing in Canada?

The publisher of this fine publication, Shawn Perich, has suggested I write a column in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday. He wants me to do this by talking about why fishing in Canada is so great. Perich, who I consider an honorary Canadian, appreciates as well as anyone this country’s fine angling. Continue Reading...



Canoe Fishing in Small Lakes

Canoes allow people to access some of the north’s most beautiful lakes. | GORD ELLIS

If you like to fish small lakes, whether it be for bass, walleye, trout or pike, it’s pretty tough to beat fishing from a canoe. I know kayaks are fun too, and they have become all the rage. But I really haven’t had a lot of experience fishing from them. One of these days…

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