Ice Fishing in Manitoba, Canada is enjoyed during the colder winter months after the temperatures drop, the waterways freeze over and the snow falls. It is during the winter months that most of the lakes and rivers in the province become ice fishing destinations. The winter ice fishing season usually runs from mid December to mid March. Some of the fish located in the lakes and rivers of Manitoba, Canada include walleye, perch, northern pike, small mouth bass, catfish, goldeye, pickeral, arctic char, whitefish and brown, lake, brook and rainbow trout.
The backcountry wilderness ice fishing lakes and rivers require transportation to access like snowmobiles, 4x4 vehicles and specially equipped bush planes and floatplanes. Many communities and wilderness resorts become staging areas for accessing the hard to access ice fishing locations.
Some anglers arrive in Manitoba, Canada with their fishing gear in hand ready for some quality time in an ice shack while others prefer the company of a fishing guide or the comforts of a winter fishing lodge. Many guides and lodges provide the gear, transportation and warming huts referred to as ice shacks. All fishing in Manitoba requires a fishing licence.
Ice shacks are portable ice fishing huts erected on the surface of frozen lakes and rivers. Inside each ice shack are some of the comforts of home. Some are basic providing a chair, ice auger and wood stove for heat while others are more deluxe providing sleeping quarters, television and cooking utensils.
In the western-parkland region of Manitoba, Canada ice fishing is enjoyed in the Turtle Mountain Provincial Park, Rivers Provincial Park, Riding Mountain National Park, Duck Mountain Provincial Park, Asessippi Provincial Park and the Porcupine Provincial Forests.
In the interlake region of Manitoba, Canada ice fishing is enjoyed in the Hecla/Grindstone Provincial Park and from many of the smaller communities located on the shores of Lake Winnipeg and Lake Manitoba.
In the eastern region of of Manitoba, Canada ice fishing is best in the Atikaki Provincial Wilderness Park, Nopiming Provincial Park and the Whiteshell Provincial Park. The parks stack one on top of another. The parks are some of the most popular areas for fishing in the province, as well as, a top destination for fishing lodges, cottage resorts and outfitter camps.
In the northern region of of Manitoba, Canada ice fishing is a popular activity in the Clearwater Lake Provincial Park and the Grass River Provincial Park near The Pas, Manitoba. Further north near Thompson and Churchill, Manitoba are remote lakes popular for ice fishing - some with fishing lodges and outfitter camps.