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5 awesome fishing spots in central Manitoba

Central Manitoba: 5 awesome fishing spots

Where the father-and-son team at Macdonald’s Sporting Goods go for walleye, pike and channel cats

For 60 years, MacDonald’s Sporting Goods in Portage la Prairie has served anglers and hunters in Manitoba’s Central Plains region, where it’s only five minutes from the Assiniboine’s walleye and catfish. These spots are from owner Wade Duncan and his 19-year-old son Tyler (pictured), who plans to take over the business and become the fourth-generation owner.

More info: Macdonald’s Sporting Goods, (204) 857-3496, www.macdonaldsportinggoods.com

ASSINIBOINE RIVER, MANITOBA

GPS: 49.946, -98.334

FISH: Channel catfish, freshwater drum, mooneye, northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Easy access and good shore fishing at the dam

WHEN: May to October

LAKE MANITOBA, MANITOBA

GPS: 50.246, -98.468

FISH: Northern pike, walleye, yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: Try south end, off Delta Beach

WHEN: Spring and fall; winter for perch

LAKE OF THE PRAIRIES, MANITOBA

GPS: 50.990, -101.407

FISH: Northern pike, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Great walleye population

WHEN: Year-round

RED RIVER, LOCKPORT, MANITOBA

GPS: 50.082, -96.938

FISH: Channel catfish, sauger, walleye

HIGHLIGHT: Wide variety of large fish from Lockport to Lake Winnipeg

WHEN: Spring and summer for cats; spring and fall for walleye

WHITEMUD RIVER, MANITOBA

GPS: 50.133, -98.591

FISH: Freshwater drum, northern pike, walleye, yellow perch

HIGHLIGHT: Great fishing near Westbourne, plus access to Lake Manitoba

WHEN: Spring and fall

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Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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