Turtle Mountain Metis - 3.
Many Elders remember sunny summer days spent sitting on the banks of a
lake or creek with a home- made fishing pole in hand. These fishing
poles were sometimes no more complicated than a string with
a hook tied onto the end.
“We fished with a hook and a line. You could use any kind of bait or
A pin would work.” (Roger Goodon).
The most common type of fish coming out of the lakes in the summertime
was perch, though Lorraine Goodon recalled that “they were bigger then
than they are now.” Summer fishing was no problem; there was no limit
to the amount of fish anyone could catch. It was during the spring
spawning run that people had to be more careful.
For a few weeks every spring, masses of spawning fish came crowding
from Lake Metigoshe through Canada Creek to Lake Dromore where they
were heading to lay their eggs. When the time came in spring, the word
was excitedly spread by mouth throughout the community and everyone
headed down to Canada Creek with nets, gunny sacks, washtubs or copper
boilers to fill up with fish. The spawning fish ran thickest between
the banks of Canada Creek and were easiest to catch there. Murray King
remembers they ran so thick that “we would just get into the water and
throw them out. You could shoot into the water and they would float to
the top and you could throw them out.”