Pete Bowman, the host of the “Fish'n Canada” television series, had rave reviews for the abundance and the quality of fish in Boundary Dam after he spent three days on the reservoir in mid-July.
“The fish in Saskatchewan are every bit as typical for large-mouth bass as anywhere else we fished in the world,” said Bowman. “We've fished from Mexico to Florida to Texas to all around southern Ontario, to B.C. to Lake of the Woods in northern Ontario, and the large mouth bass at Boundary reservoir are the exact same looking fish, and they react the same.”
Boundary Dam's bass have short bodies, and a stout, fat stature, he said. They're also plentiful. Bowman estimates that they caught 25 to 35 nice-sized large mouth bass during the visit to Boundary Dam, along with three walleye and some pike.
“I didn't expect it to be this good simply because it's a reservoir,” said Bowman. “We're not used to fishing reservoirs. We're fishing natural lakes here all the time for our large mouthed bass.”
He was initially concerned when he saw the water at the north end of the reservoir. But once he went to the south end of the reservoir, the appearance of the water improved and the results were better, too.
When “Fish'n Canada” visits a site, they try to get enough footage for at least one episode. Bowman said they have more than enough footage of them catching fish for a full show.
Bowman first heard of Boundary Dam while he was fishing for pike at another location in the province. He was told that he could bass fish in Saskatchewan at Boundary Dam.
“We're from Ontario,” said Bowman. “We had not heard anything about large mouth or small mouth bass in the province.”
An appearance on "Fish'n Canada" has often yielded an increase in the number of anglers, Bowman said. The program divulges the location where they're fishing, gives directions for the lake or reservoir, and even includes the GPS coordinates for a hot spot where the fish are biting.
“We've talked to lodges who have said that … after our show aired, 'We had 10 bookings, we had 20 bookings,' and years later, after the show reran, they still get bookings,” said Bowman. “So I definitely think there's still a residual effect on people going.”
Bowman expects that the Boundary Dam episode will air in the fall or the early winter.
It will run four times on Global. It'll also appear on the World Fishing Network and smaller stations.