Hook into Newell

 
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Hook into Newell

Brooks, AB – Here at SnowSeekers, we are open to any kind of winter pursuit. Hook yourself into Lake Newell for the chance to land yourself a new way to achieve winter zen. In this story, we take to the ice to see if we can hook some lunch during our ice fishing adventure.

Lake Newell is about 10 minutes south of the City of Brooks, in the south eastern portion of Alberta. For Trebled Life fishing guide, Bryce Urzada, it’s all about allowing his guests to leave their concerns at the shore and get their lure in the water.

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It didn’t take much for us to dive into the “fishing zen” ourselves and we made new friends along the way, like Brooks resident, Chelsea Desveaux.

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Trebled Life owner and fishing guide, Bryce Urzada runs a year-round operation, taking guests to Lake Newell and up the Saskatchewan River.

“It’s (ice fishing) is about the experience, hanging out with friends and you ideally catch a fish,” said Desveaux, a transplant from Toronto. “Here in Brooks, it’s so laid back, it’s been such a refreshing change of pace, everything is so 'rushy, rushy’ in Toronto. Now going back or even into other cities, I find the traffic wild and simply not a place I want to be.”

For Urzada, whether he is catching fish or catching incredible images as a budding photographer, being out on the ice is his way to keep the winter stoke.

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Trebled Life owner and fishing guide, Bryce Urzada (R) shows guest, Chelsea Desveaux how to bait her hook.

Running Trebled Life year-round for the past year and a half, he goes from winter to summer with a jet boating operation, taking his guests up the Saskatchewan River and up to prized fishing spots. “I take out about 150 people per year fishing, some who have never fished and others who are pros and want to be here for the prized conditions.”

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This healthy-sized Northern Pike, or Jack Fish as many Albertans call it, will go back into the water to continue on with its life.

On average during a day of fishing on Lake Newell, Urzada will catch and release around 25 fish, some days that number is much higher. The Trebled Life founder told us about a family he had taken out who had never fished before. “They caught 90 fish in eight hours,” said Urzada. It got to the point where they couldn’t even manage it anymore – there were fish on every line. (Catch and release is a year-round policy at Lake Newell.)

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Before you head out for a day of fishing, head to Steaming Cup, where Sandy Haberman-Melvill and her team will set you up for the day with a steaming cup of freshly ground Madhatter Coffee Roastery from Medicine Hat. And at the end of the day, Piston Broke Brewery (brand new to the community) is the perfect spot to share the “tall tales” of the day. Make sure to try a tasty pint of the X-Cross Red Ale. 

When You Go

For more on the fishing in the region and to experience Lake Newell, hook Trebled Life on the line here.

The folks from Newell Tourism will help make your trip smooth.

Travel Alberta can help get your ready to experience Newell here.

The community of Brooks is around two hours east of Calgary and approximately five hours from Regina.   Lake Newell is only 10 mins south from the City of Brooks.  Trebled Life will supply all fishing gear, however you will need a $10 fishing license that you can purchase from Canadian Tire and other sporting goods stores.

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This article is part of our #BucketlistAB campaign – allowing you to string together an assortment of destinations across Alberta’s south for a road trip you won’t soon forget. Start here www.BucketlistAB.ca and be sure to use the tag #BucketlistAB and let us know how the travels are going!

Region
Interior Alberta
Province
Alberta