Winding its way from Kenora, Ontario, to Lake Winnipeg, and draining more than 100,000 square kilometres, this historic waterway now draws anglers instead of voyageurs. The Winnipeg offers a terrific mixed fishery, and some epic catfish toward its mouth, but over the years we’ve mostly recognized it as a walleye hot spot. While the river may have fewer trophies than some waters, there are loads of fish, and the local greenbacks are notoriously hard fighting.
In 2008, Walleye; Good numbers of easily accessible big fish
When to fish: September and October.
Where to fish: Current breaks, reefs, points, rock piles and large flats in the mouth and last few miles of river.
Tip: Troll crankbaits or vertically jig 3/8- to one-ounce jigs tipped with large minnows on bottom.