With approximately 100,000 lakes, Saskatchewan is an angler's paradise. Simply do the math - you could drop your line in a different body of water every day and 270 years later you would arrive back at your original spot.
Saskatchewan offers some of the most unique fishing environments in Canada, widely diverse from north to south. The rolling plains and parklands of the south and central regions contrast sharply with the wilderness of Saskatchewan's spectacular north.
For some anglers, a host of amenities and activities, plus easy access direct them to our southern lakes. Others are drawn to more rugged settings and head further north. For those who really want to get away from it all, a fly-in trip to a remote northern fishing lodge is ideal.
In the southern part of the province, Lake Diefenbaker is a favourite among anglers seeking trophy-sized fish. The massive lake features more than 497 miles of shoreline. Its depth and water conditions are ideal for rainbow trout, and record-breaking catches are not uncommon. In 2009, a 48-lb. rainbow trout was pulled from these waters.
Walleye, Tobin LakeTourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography
Other popular Saskatchewan waters include Last Mountain Lake, the Fishing Lakes of the Qu'Appelle Valley, the Saskatchewan River system, Tobin Lake, and spots in Meadow Lake Provincial Park, as well as Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Most provincial parks offer great fishing. Park lakes and waterways are easily accessible and offer an assortment of other recreational opportunities like trail riding, hiking, golfing, and camping.
Arctic GraylingTourism Saskatchewan/Yoshi Aoki
Northern pike, walleye, and yellow perch are the most common species in south and central fishing zones. Walleye and northern pike are also abundant in the north, along with lake trout and Arctic grayling.
Travelling north through the province, the landscape shifts to Precambrian Shield and boreal forest. Access to numerous fishing lodges, resorts, and campgrounds is provided through a series of highways and all-weather roads.
Northern PikeTourism Saskatchewan/Wollaston Lake Lodge
Paved highway takes you from the city of Prince Albert to the famed fishing waters of Lac La Ronge. From there, you can drive the 273 mile stretch to Wollaston Lake, north of the 58th parallel. The Hanson Lake Road, paved and well-maintained, runs from Narrow Hills Provincial Park to the community of Creighton, at the Manitoba border. Along the way, you will pass countless waters that offer excellent fishing.
Highway 155 provides access to lakes in the province's northwest. The Semchuk Trail takes you to Clearwater River Provincial Park and north to Cluff Lake. Throughout northern Saskatchewan, you will find accommodations at government-operated campgrounds, at many private establishments offering lakeside cabins, and at numerous drive-in fishing lodges.
Northern Saskatchewan has one of the largest concentrations of fly-in fishing lodges in the world.
La Ronge serves as a central base for fishing expeditions to remote northern getaways. Some road-accessible lodges offer fly-outs to even more distant, solitary fishing lakes.
Commercial airlines, including those that now provide direct flights into Saskatchewan from Denver, Colorado, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Chicago, Illinois, serve the province's two international airports-John G. Diefenbaker Airport in Saskatoon and Regina International Airport, in the province's capital. From these locations, chartered air services are available to take you to your destination in the north. When planning your fly-in adventure, check with your outfitter on flight arrangements as air service (chartered and scheduled) can often be included in your package plan.
If your journey to Saskatchewan is by RV or motor vehicle, chances are you will be entering the province via the Trans Canada Highway #1, Yellowhead Highway #16, or at one of the Canada/United States border crossings along the 49th parallel (Saskatchewan is situated directly north of Montana and North Dakota). There are two 24-hour, year-round ports of entry, located at North Portal (U.S. Highway 52) and Regway (U.S. Highway MT-16), as well as ten other ports that allow vehicle access from the U.S. into Saskatchewan. Information and hours of operation can be found on the Canada Border Services Agency website, www.cbsa.gc.ca. Travel information is also available from Tourism Saskatchewan (www.sasktourism.com or toll-free at 1-877-237-2273), which operates a Visitor Reception Centre at North Portal from mid-May until early September.
Saskatchewan delights in welcoming international visitors. For numbers of travellers from northern and mid-western states, driving here and having the convenience of their own vehicle is often the preferred choice. In the summer months, it is not uncommon to see license plates from across North America, and Saskatchewan is a popular route for RVers.
Ice fishing, Anglin LakeTourism Saskatchewan/Greg Huszar Photography
Winter in our province offers outdoor enthusiasts countless adventures, including fabulous ice fishing. By mid- to late-December, ice on Saskatchewan's pristine lakes is most often solid enough for fishing. However, checking ice conditions is recommended. This important information is available at www.hotline.gov.sk.ca.
Fish tend to be on a feeding frenzy around this time. With the right bait, you can catch walleye aplenty. Northern pike, perch, whitefish, lake trout, and burbot can also be easily caught in winter. Thawing is rare before mid-March. The three-month season gives winter anglers ample time and opportunity to get out on the ice.
An abundance of healthy, record-sized fish is one of Saskatchewan's many impressive features. There are ideal ice-fishing locations throughout the province. In the southeast, Last Mountain Lake and the Qu'Appelle Valley lakes are favourite spots. Lake Diefenbaker, in the southwest, is another prime location, renowned for its trophy-sized rainbow trout. The opportunities in the province's north are endless. Tobin Lake, near Nipawin, was the site of a world-record walleye ice-fishing catch in 2005 - Father Mariusz Zajak (known in fishing circles as Father Walleye) hooked an 18.3-lbs., 36.5-inch walleye.
A reliable outfitter can offer advice and assistance in planning a fishing adventure that is guaranteed to be among your fondest and most memorable experiences. For more information, or to order your free Saskatchewan Fishing & Hunting Guide, visit www.fishing-in-saskatchewan.com or call Tourism Saskatchewan toll-free at 1-877-237-2273. A fishing app for iPhone users is another helpful resource, available at //www.ifishsask.com/features.php. To read what other anglers are saying about their experiences in our province, visit www.facebook.com/FishinginSaskatchewan.
For angling regulations and licensing information, visit the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment website at www.environment.gov.sk.ca.