Saskatchewan is one of the world’s top premier fishing destinations. With nearly 100,000 lakes and rivers in Saskatchewan, the province is home to some of the best freshwater fishing in the entire world.
- Saskatchewan fishing season starts the 3rd Friday in June & goes to the first Friday in October.
- This province is home to a number of remote, fishing lodges in roadless areas.
- There are no shortage of freshwater fish in Saskatchewan. In fact, 68 different species that live and thrive in these waters.
Species of Game Fish in Saskatchewan
- Walleye – On just about any fishing trip to Saskatchewan, you’re likely to encounter walleye. Walleye are the provincial fish of Saskatchewan, and a major target for anglers across the province as well as the continent.
- Northern pike – The northern pike is another popular target for freshwater fisherman — especially since they’ll hit just about any lure you cast.
- Lake trout – Lake trout are also fairly common in Saskatchewan’s waterways, particularly in the North where the water is a little colder, and the lakes a little deeper.
- Arctic grayling
- Rainbow trout
- Brook trout
- Yellow perch
- Smallmouth and largemouth bass
Top Saskatchewan Fishing Hotspots
Saskatchewan fishing is so good that you can literally stop along water virtually anywhere, and be confident you’re going to land a fish. That being said, if it’s your first time fishing in Saskatchewan, here are a few popular spots to get you started.
Reindeer Lake is the second largest lake in Saskatchewan and the ninth largest in Canada. Known for its trophy size pike and lake trout, Reindeer Lake is also home to several species including pike, walleye, perch, Arctic grayling, whitefish, burbot, cisco and several varieties of suckers.
Toted by some as the best walleye lake in Saskatchewan, Tobin holds the world ice fishing walleye record with an 18.3 pound walleye caught! Avid anglers will also enjoy the many other species the lake is home to including perch, pike, burbot, whitefish and goldeye. As the lake’s primary inflows and outflows are the Saskatchewan River, you might even be lucky enough to catch a sturgeon!
Lake Athabasca is the 9th largest lake in North America and boasts a reputation for some of the largest freshwater fish in the world. The largest Lake Trout ever recorded was caught here, and it weighed in at a whopping 102 pounds! The Canadian record for Northern pike was caught in this province, weighing in at 42 pounds. If you have never felt the power of a 25 pound Lake trout or If you are a fly fisher and have never caught a 40” pike, fishing in Saskatchewan should be on your bucket list.
The Saskatchewan River might be your best bet for a record-setting walleye, while in the Churchill River you’ll find them in great numbers. And if you’re fishing in the winter, Tobin Lake is one of the most consistently productive places out on the ice.
Selwyn Lake is located in the wilds of northern Saskatchewan, and it’s waters house astounding numbers of trophy northern pike, lake trout and arctic grayling.
The Churchill River is made up of a series of lakes, rapids and falls located throughout the Precambrian Shield. The historic route was once used by explorers, trappers and fur traders as early as four hundred years ago. Fishing the historic, pristine, rushing waters of the Churchill River is a unique, exciting experience. Trophy sized northern pike are common and the walleye fishing is world class. Sauger can also be found. Canoeing the river is an experience unlike any other. The Churchill is accessible by boat ins, fly ins and by road.
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