Manitoba offers top-notch fishing experiences

By Renee Conte
Clear skies, thousands of lakes and 30 different species of fish to reel in – Manitoba is fishing at its finest. Tourists descend on our province from near and far to experience the outdoors and stay in some of the best fly-in fishing lodges around. Whether you’re fishing in or near the city of Winnipeg, in the Interlake, further north or wherever you decide to try your luck, our waters will not disappoint.

WHAT YOU’LL CATCH HERE

Arctic Char

Top spots: Snail Lake
Record Catch: Snail Lake, measuring 71.12 cm (28”)

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ArcticGrayling

Arctic Grayling

Top spots: Caribou River, Roberts River, Wolverine River, North Seal River, South Knife River, Munroe Lake, Egenolf Lake and Wolf Lake
Record Catch: Wolf Lake, measuring 58.42 cm (23”)

Black Crappie

Top spots: Eastern and Central Plains Pembina Region at Caddy Lake, North Cross Lake, South Cross Lake, Sailing Lake, Lake Minnewasta and Mary Jane Reservoir
Record Catch: Lake Winnipeg, measuring 43.18 cm (17”)

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Brook Trout

Top spots: Gods River, Hayes River, Limestone River, Mistikokan River, Kaskattama River, Foot Print Lake, Barbe Lake, Black Beaver Lake, West Blue Lake and Persse Lake
Record Catch: Caught in Barbe Lake, measuring 76.20 cm (30”)

Brown Bullhead

Top spots: Stretches of the Red River, Assiniboine River, Whitemud River, Mossey River, Willow Creek, Netley Creek, Winnipeg River, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba and Dauphin Lake
Record Catch: Caught in Netley Creek, measuring 45.09 cm (17.75”)

Brown bullhead. Ictalurus nebulosus.
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Brown Trout

Top spots: Laurie Lake, Persse Lake, West Goose Lake, Patterson Lake, Tokaryk Lake, Lyons Lake, McHugh Lake, Hunt Lake and William Lake
Record Catch: Caught in Laurie Lake, measuring 78.44 cm (30.88”)

Burbot

Top spots: Reed Lake, Kississing Lake, Athapapuskow Lake, Cedar Lake, Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba
Record Catch: Caught in Athapapuskow Lake, measuring 107.95 cm (42.50”)

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channel catfish

Channel Catfish

Top spots: Manitoba is the proclaimed “Channel Catfish Capital of the World”, and fish are caught in several destinations but the most reputable are the Red River, north of the Lockport Dam. Other top locations include various stretches of the Red River, Assiniboine River, Winnipeg River and Lake Winnipeg
Record Catch: Caught in the Red River, measuring 118 cm (46.5”)

Cisco (Tullibee)

Top spots: Rocky Lake, Cedar Lake, Simonhouse Lake, Cormorant and Big Whiteshell Lake
Record Catch: Caught in Rocky Lake, measuring 59.69 cm (23.50”)

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common-carp

Common Carp

Top spots: Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba, Lake of the Prairies, Red River, Whitemud River, Assiniboine River, and Fairford River
Record Catch: Caught in the Red River, measuring 107.95 cm (42.5”).

Freshwater Drum

Locally identified as the “Silver Bass”
Top spots: Whitemud River, Red River, Waterhen River, Assiniboine River, and Fairford River
Record Catch: Catches from the Red and Fairford Rivers, measuring 88.90 cm (35”)

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Goldeye

Goldeye

Top spots: Stretches of the Saskatchewan River, Red River, Assiniboine River, Pembina River and the Winnipeg River
Record Catch: Saskatchewan River, measuring 50.50 cm (19.88”)

Lake Sturgeon

Top spots: Commonly caught at a few specific locations within the province, Winnipeg River of the Eastern Region is the heart of large annual catches, stretches below the multiple hydroelectric dams of the Winnipeg River, the Red River, Assiniboine River and Saskatchewan River
Record Catch: Red River, measuring 199.39 cm (78.5”)

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Lake Trout

Top spots: Nueltin Lake, Nejanilini Lake, Big Sand Lake, Egenolf Lake, Morand Lake, Kamuchawie Lake, Athapapaskow Lake, Clearwater Lake, Kississing Lake and Reed Lake
Record Catch: Nueltin Lake, measuring 137.16 cm (54”)

Lake Whitefish

Top spots: God’s Lake, Bolton Lake, Aikens Lake, Athapapuskow Lake, Cedar Lake, Reed Lake, Clear Lake, Gull Lake, and Winnipeg River
Manitoba Record: Cedar Lake, measuring 72.39 cm (28.50”)

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Largemouth Bass

Top spots: Eastern and Central Plains Pembina Regions, Mary Jane Reservoir and the Manitoba portion of Shoal Lake
Record Catch: Mary Jane Reservoir, measuring 53.98 cm (21.25”)

Mooneye

Top spots: Winnipeg River and Assiniboine River
Record Catch: Assiniboine River, measuring 50.80 cm (20.00”)

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Muskellunge

Muskellunge

Top spots: limited catches from the Manitoba side of Shoal Lake, along the Ontario border, Line Lake, Shoal Lake, Winnipeg River, Beautiful Lake
Record Catch: Shoal Lake, measuring 124.46 cm (49”)

Rainbow Trout

Top spots: Footprint Lake, Barbe Lake, West Goose Lake, Patterson Lake, Tokaryk Lake, Pybus Lake, Corstophine Lake, Anton’s Lake and Bower Lake
Record Catch: East Blue Lake, measuring 82.55 cm (32.5”)

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rock-bass

Rock Bass

Top spots: Wahtopanah Lake, Winnipeg River, Sturgeon Creek, La Salle River and Lake of the Prairies
Record Catch: Winnipeg River, measuring 40.64 cm (16”)

Splake

Top spots: Mid Lake, Laurie Lake, East Blue Lake and Camp Lake
Record Catch: Mid Lake, measuring 90.81 cm (35.75”)

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Smallmouth_bass

Smallmouth Bass

Top Spots: Rocky Lake, Winnipeg River, Echo Lake, Shoe Lake, Rice Lake, Quesnel Lake, Booster Lake, Crowduck Lake, Shoal Lake and Deloraine Reservoir
Record Catch: Rice Lake, measuring 61.60 cm (24.25”)

Sauger

Top Spots: Wekusko Lake, Saskatchewan River, Red River, Assiniboine River and Winnipeg River
Record Catch: Shared catches from Green Lake and the Souris River, measuring 62.87 cm (24.75”)

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sunfish

Sunfish (Bluegill and Pumpkinseed)

Top Spots: Bluegill – Metigoshe Lake, Dromore Lake and Hasselfield Lake. Pumpkinseed – Lake Minnewasta
Record Catch: Bluegill Shared catches on Metigoshe and Dromore Lakes, measuring 29.21 cm (11.50”)

Tiger Trout

Top Spots: Twin Lakes in the Parkland Region, Footprint Lake in the Northern Region and Lac Du Bonnet Ponds and Wasp Lake in the Eastern Region
Record Catch: Twin Lakes, measuring 67.31 cm (26.5”)

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Walleye

Walleye

Locally known as the pickerel, Manitoba’s official fish
Top Spots: Gunisao Lake, Sasaginnigak Lake, Tramping Lake, Athapapuskow Lake, Lake of the Prairies, Lake Winnipeg, Lake Manitoba Narrows, Waterhen River, Red River and the Winnipeg River
Record Catch: Red River, measuring 99.06 cm (39”)

White Bass

Top spots: Lake Winnipeg, Winnipeg River, Red River, Cooks Creek, Netley Creek and Manigotagan River
Record Catch: Rice River, measuring 50.17 cm (19.75”)

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yellowperch

Yellow Perch

Top spots: East and West Shoal Lakes, Oak Lake, Pelican Lake, Dauphin Lake, Lake Manitoba, Buffalo Bay, Lake of the Prairies, Big Whiteshell Lake and Winnipeg River
Record Catch: West Shoal Lake, measuring 42.42 cm (16.70”)