Fish grow big around here. Bring a tape measure and see if you can match a 53-inch northern pike caught in the Burntwood River near Thompson a few years back, or set your sights on trophy-size walleye, lake trout, Arctic char, perch, sauger or rainbow trout.
Northern pike have a reputation as fighters and they have the size to back up their bravado. Walleye (pickerel) are a northern delicacy, and nothing beats a fresh walleye shore lunch.
Lynn Lake prides itself on being a trophy-fishing capital and anglers flock to provincial parks, rivers and lakes in and around towns across the North. Turnbull Lake is just four kilometres south of Leaf Rapids, and Leaf Lake is a mere 200 metres from town. The Pas has Clearwater Lake on its doorstep, and you can drop a line in the Saskatchewan River or head an hour or so north to Rocky Lake and Cormorant Lake. Wabowden residents just have to cross Hwy 6 to enjoy the pleasures of Setting Lake, and Thompson is minutes away from Paint Lake Provincial Park and other fishing hotspots.
Snow Lake offers easy road access to Snow, Wekusko, Herblett, Korman’s, Tramping and Osborne lakes, and you can hike or ride an ATV to favoured fishing holes in every neck of the northern woods.
Join the fun at a fishing derby, enjoy peace and solitude at a quiet hike-in backwater or take advantage of services at a drive-in lodge such as Bakers Narrows Lodge near Flin Flon or Caribou Lodge Outfitters at Cranberry Portage. There’s no shortage of fly-in lodges for those who want a more exclusive guided experience.
For complete information on fishing spots, rules and regulations, check out Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship’s annual Anglers’ Guide. It’s available to download at www.manitobafisheries.com.
Fishing Licences & Regulations
You must have a Manitoba Angling Licence to fish in this province. Residents under 16 years of age and Status Indians are exempt. Annual fees for a conservation licence — which more strictly limits the number of some species you can catch — are $19.20 for Manitobans ages 16 – 64, free for Manitobans who are 65 and older, $28 for Canadian residents and $37.85 for nonresidents. Regular licences cost $25.10 for Manitobans, $47.65 for Canadian residents and $62.35 for non-residents.
You must carry your licence while fishing or risk a $175 fine. The fine for fishing without a licence is $300.
Licences are sold at hardware and sporting goods stores, fishing centres and lodges and can be ordered by phone — call 1-800-214-6497 — or by mail from Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship at 200 Saulteaux Cres., Winnipeg, Man., R3J 3W3.
For details on rules and regulations, download the annual Anglers’ Guide at www.manitobafisheries.com.