WINNIPEG - With public health orders now allowing small outdoor gatherings, and the province is offering residents an opportunity to get together and enjoy nature without breaking the bank. This weekend, Manitobans visiting for the day can enter a provincial park for free. Visitors are also permitted to go fishing without a license this weekend across the province, except where fishers need federal angling licenses such as national parks. Camping fees do apply to those who want to spend the night in a provincial park, though.
Those who do go fishing can also keep a conservation license limit of fish this weekend depending on species, but if you already have a regular angling license, regular limits apply.
The weather and timing have turned out well. With recent rain and improved fire conditions, the Manitoba Wildfire Service lifted all provincial fire bans and travel restrictions across the province earlier this past week.
Here are a few great places to go fishing:
1. Buffalo Bay
Hidden in southeastern Manitoba, Buffalo Bay has a reputation among anglers from out of province. Home to Lake of the Sandhills Golf Course and Buffalo Point Resort, you’ll find lots of Walleye, and guides are often on hand to give you a few pointers.
2. Clear Lake
This is just one of the many places to fish in Riding Mountain National Park, and is home to Brook Trout, Northern Pike, and Walleye. It’s a great destination for both experienced fishers and those who just want to relax.
3. Lake Dauphin
A popular venue for ice fishing in the winter, Lake Dauphin is a renowned walleye destination. You can also catch Bullheads, Carp, Northern Pike, Yellow Perch, and Whitefish.
4. Falcon Lake
In beautiful Whiteshell Provincial Park, Falcon Lake has a lot of variety to catch — Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass, and Yellow Perch to name just a few. There are also a lot of spots to set up camp.
5. Lake Winnipeg
This is a huge body of water, and is a popular place for anglers and derbies year-round. Known for its Walleye, you’ll also find Carp, Largemouth Bass, Lake Sturgeon, and Yellow Perch.
You can download the 2021 Manitoba Anglers’ Guide, which has provincial rules and regulations, at the Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development website.
The province is in the process of reviewing its Recreational Angling Strategy, and is open to feedback from anglers in the province through EngageMB.