Manitoba is an angler’s paradise, and it’s hard to drive for too long through the province without stumbling upon an incredible fishing hole. But, with over 110,000 lakes in Manitoba to choose from, the options can be a little overwhelming. That is why we have put together this introductory list of big and small lakes throughout the province to give you an idea of where to start on your Manitoba lake fishing adventure. Whether you prefer fly-fishing, shore-casting, trolling, jigging, spincasting or ice fishing, there is a lake (or several) in Manitoba just for you!

 

Athapapuskow Lake

This big, deep lake (up to 62 metres/203 ft) is found in between The Pas and Flin Flon and is known for its incredible lake trout fishing. In fact, a world record lake trout was once pulled from its waters, weighing a whopping 28.8 kg (63.5 lb). The lake has also produced a world-record burbot, weighing over 10 kg (22.8 lb). While you are more likely to catch lake trout in the 2-4 kg (3-7 lb) range and burbot in the 4 kg (8 lb) range, this still makes for some fine fishing. Northern pike, perch, tullibee and whitefish round out the fishery here.

 

Lake Trout on Lake Athapapuskow. Photo credit: Robert Karpiak

 

Childs Lake

This is the largest lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, offering good fishing for lake trout, northern pike, perch, splake and walleye. In particular, fly-fishing for lake trout in the late fall can be incredible, when the fish move into their spawning reefs.

 

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East, West and North Shoal Lakes

Sandwiched between the much larger Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg, these interconnected lakes are quickly gaining a reputation as the best ice-fishing lake for yellow perch in the province. In fact, 95 of Manitoba’s top 100 Master Angler sized perch were caught in these lakes in 2013, all through the ice. The biggest of these measured close to 43 cm (17 in)!

 

Yellow perch from the Shoal Lakes. Photo credit: Gord Pyzer/outdoorcanada.ca

 

First Cranberry, Second Cranberry, Simonhouse Lakes

This trio of lakes are known for their great walleye and northern pike fishing, with many fish pulled from here pushing Master Angler size. First Cranberry is the only one of the lakes that is road accessible, and this increases the pressure on it, but a short paddle will lead you to some excellent fishing in the other two lakes. Second Cranberry Lake, in particular, is known for its great lake trout opportunities.

 

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Line Lake

One of many great fishing lakes found in Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Line Lake holds the provincial record for muskellunge, with a 111 cm (44 in) monster pulled from its waters in 2002. The lake requires a short hike to reach, but once you get there you can also enjoy some incredible northern pike and walleye fishing.

 

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Lake of the Prairies

Stretching across the Saskatchewan border, this man made lake is known for having some of the best northern pike fishing in the province. There have been over 1,550 Master Angler sized fish caught here, and the locals will be quick to tell you there is rarely a bad day on Lake of the Prairies. Anglers can also expect to find some huge walleye and perch while fishing here.

 

Walleye on Lake of the Prairies. Photo credit: hookedmagazine.ca

 

Lake Winnipeg

This huge lake is fed by numerous rivers and reaches up to 217 metres (713 ft) at its deepest point. While it is an important commercial fishing lake, sport fishers have plenty of hotspots to explore. There have been nearly 1,200 Master Angler sized fish caught here, with bullhead, walleye and white bass being the most common. Record-sized fish caught in the lake also include black crappie, burbot, carp, channel catfish, freshwater drum, goldeye, mooneye, northern pike, perch, rock bass, sauger, smallmouth bass and whitefish.That’s a lot of record fish!

 

Sunset on Lake Winnipeg. Photo credit: University of Manitoba

 

Max Lake

Until the record was broken in Apisko Lake in 2004, Max Lake held the Manitoba record for the largest northern pike, with a beastly 150 cm (59 in) fish having been pulled from its waters. While it is rare to catch a fish that size, the lake is known for producing more northern pike over 114 cm (45 in) than any other lake in the province. And if that is not enough, there is also some great walleye fishing to be had.

 

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Molson Lake

If you are willing to fly in to this remote lake, get ready for some furious fishing for big lake trout, northern pike and walleye. In fact, in one month in 2009, the lake produced two Master Angler sized catches per person. The lake is strictly regulated, but the incredible fishing is worth following the rules for.

 

Image via / Map 69: 3rd Edition Manitoba Mapbook

 

Nueltin Lake

Located 300 km from the nearest road, right along the Nunavut border, this lake is not easy to access. However, anglers that do make their way here (most often by floatplane) can expect some truly phenomenal fishing. The lake has produced record-breaking Arctic grayling, lake trout and northern pike, with the largest lake trout ever caught in Manitoba pulled from its waters in 2001. That monster measured 137.2 cm (54 in) in length.

 

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Patterson Lake

This smaller lake has some big fishing opportunities, with an aeration system and stocking greatly improving the fishery over recent years. It consistently produces Master Angler sized brown and rainbow trout, with fish in the 60 cm (24 in) range not uncommon.

 

Brown trout on Patterson Lake. Photo credit: huntfishmanitoba.ca

 

Rocky Lake

Found north of The Pas right next to Highway 10, Rocky Lake is an incredible Manitoba lake fishing destination. At last count, there have been 752 Master Angler fish pulled from these waters, including a 113 cm (44.5 in) northern pike, 80 cm (31.5 in) walleye and a 58 cm (23 in) tullibee, which was Manitoba’s largest. A provincial park and several resorts on the shoreline make access to the lake easy.

 

Image via / Map 66: 3rd Edition Manitoba Mapbook

 

Sasaginnigak Lake

This lake’s name translates to “many ways to go,” and with over 1,000 islands found on the lake that is quite appropriate. All those islands create a whole lot of structure for fish to hang out in, and there are numerous rock reefs, drop-offs, shoals and weedy shallows to target as well. Your biggest problem will be deciding which of the many hotspots to target. Both walleye and northern pike are known to reach some impressive sizes here

 

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Silsby Lake

This fly-in lake is what fishing dreams are made of, with fish over 104 cm (41 in) the norm rather than the exception. Northern pike are one of the main sportfishing species here, and some folks have pulled over two dozen trophy-sized pike from the lake over the course of one trip. There are also plenty of walleye, with some anglers catching up to 100 of these fish in a day!

 

Northern pike on Silsby Lake. Photo credit: Silsby Lake Lodge

 

Stephens Lake

This is Manitoba’s northernmost road-accessed lake, and was created by the damming of the Nelson River. While there are consumption warnings due to mercury levels in the lake, there is still some incredible fishing to be had, including for pike up to 100 cm (39 in) and walleye up to 65 cm (25 in). The town of Gillam sits on the lakeshore and offers supplies and accomodations

 

Image via / Map 84: 3rd Edition Manitoba Mapbook

 


 


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