Dalain Prefontaine holds his latest catch.
Dalain Prefontaine was three years old when he first cast a line in hopes of snagging a pike in Otter Falls. “I didn’t catch anything and I was pretty upset,” recalls the native of St-Pierre-Jolys. “But the next day, we went out and I reeled in a 16-inch monster!” That early angling memory remains etched in his brain decades later. “I love the chase; there’s always a bigger one out there.” Prefontaine shares his passion and expert tips on his YouTube channel, D.P. Outdoors. It’s easy to share in the “reel” fun across Manitoba: Massive northern pike, golden walleye, smallmouth bass, big bad lake trout or hefty channel catfish are just some of the 90 species swimming in Manitoba’s lakes, rivers and streams. Prefontaine’s preferred spots include Lake Winnipeg for big greenbacks. “Staying mobile is key,” he notes. “I fish for 10 or 15 minutes and if I don’t mark any fish on my flasher, I move by 50-100 metres at a time to go farther out.” He also likes Birch Point for large pike, which he targets with dead baits like ciscos. On more relaxing days, the White Mud River is a nice spot to haul in carp and freshwater drum. “Instead of chasing fish all over, park your boat on the side of the river and just wait ’em out!”