Species: Pike, Sauger, Walleye/Pickerel
Season: January to March
Coordinates: 50.1436° N, 96.8839° W
Why we chose it: Best for easily accessible ice fishing.
The southern end of Lake Winnipeg is the sweet spot for ice fishing in these parts. The Red River dumps into the lake and fish tend to hang around these parts through the winter. On the east side, Balsam Bay seems to be the ticket. On the west side, take your pick from Lockport, Selkirk or Chalet Beach. All these spots are within an hour from Winnipeg. Ice fishing success is usually brisk, but it pays to move around if your spot isn’t producing. Double digit walleye are the norm. A short drive on the ice will put you on good spots. In some cases, a 15-minute walk from the shoreline will also get you there. Because all Manitoba waters freeze, ice fishing can be very good almost anywhere. Look for derbies in February and March that offer big prizes. —Presented by Travel Manitoba
Hot lure: Rapala Crankin’ Rap, live minnows on a small jig
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