When it comes to channel cats, there’s the Red, then everywhere else. This muddy, unhurried river is renowned for its giants, including the Canadian record: a 44½-pound tiger. But it’s also among the country’s best walleye waters, holding the Manitoba record, plus the provincial records for carp, drum and sturgeon. This fine mixed fishery even has great shore angling for any Winnipegger with bus fare and a bag of bait.
In 2010, Walleye; Great numbers of quality fish and the legitimate chance of a trophy.
When to fish:: All season long.
Where to fish: Try river delta areas, back eddies and current breaks throughout the system.
Tip: Bounce crawler harnesses, jig-and minnow combos or crankbaits off the bottom.