The following information was contributed by HBCA member Dianne Logan.
Hillside Beach is home to Fireflies which are one of the most intriguing species in the insect world. In early summer, (June and July), they start a courting ritual that delights anyone who stays up late enough to watch them twinkling and flashing in your yards.
To show that they are available, the male Fireflies show off by flying around signaling to the females. The females usually sit at the top of tall blades of grass or on a tree branch watching for a possible mate. If she’s impressed, she will flash her light to attract him. He will flash back at her indicating his interest. After mating, she can lay as many as 500 eggs in the ground. When the numbers of mature Fireflies are plentiful, they can light up your yard and bushes in a magical display.
The Firefly population is in decline at Hillside Beach and around the world due to loss of habitat. However, it is very easy to nurture fireflies in your yard and neighbourhood. They thrive in damp conditions and they prefer total darkness at night. It’s best for us to observe them when it’s dark.
Step one: Let's go fishing
The Provincial Fisheries Act and Fisheries Act of Canada are the regulatory bodies governing fishing in Manitoba. Lake Winnipeg is in the Southern Fishing region of Manitoba.
Purchase your licence online here If you are exempt remember to have your identification as proof of age with you when you fish.
Pickerel/Walleye (and sauger or combination of both) is limited to 4 and may not exceed 55 cm.
Step two: Stop aquatic invasive species
Before you enter the Lake Winnipeg, please ensure that all your equipment, boat (motorized and non-motorized), fishing equipment and bait containers are free of aquatic plants and mud.
When you exit the water, clear all water related equipment of aquatic plants (algae and weeds) including boats (motorized and non-motorized), fishing equipment and bait containers. Drain all water from watercraft and water related equipment. Keep drains/valves open or removed while in transport.
Read some important information to protect the waterways and your watercraft.
Step three: Filet that fish
Let us leave this to the experts. Here is a great video on how to fillet a fish.
Step four: Follow one of these recipes
The following recipes are from our HBCA former and current Directors!
Pickerel cheeks appetizer from Lynnette
Wrap pickerel cheeks in thin piece of prosciutto or very lean bacon (check Gimli Fish for pickerel cheeks for a special celebration).
The basic pan fry Pickerel with three variations from Lawrence, Grace, and Val
Verna Dawns’ Beer Batter Recipe
Verna Dawn found this recipe… sounds delicious
We are hosting “Nature’s Calling” at Charlie Wall Park, 38069 Hillside Beach Road on Saturday, June 24 at 10:30 a.m.
The event is open to everyone!
Find out more about the Hillside Beach Trail Proposal and build a nesting box for birds to be placed on the trail. HBCA membership required for a free opportunity to build a box.
Bring your own lawn chair. Coffee and water free for those with reusable cups/containers.
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