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Winnipeg River Trip

The Winnipeg River is huge. It is a  river which flows from Lake of the Woods in the province of Ontario to Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. This river is 235 kilometers long from the Norman Dam in Kenora to its mouth at Lake Winnipeg. In some ways it is a ‘sideways lake’. As a matter of fact, wider sections of the river are referred to as lakes. Almost every Manitoba species in habit this waterway.

  • bass
  • pike
  • walleye
  • white fish
  • white bass
  • mooneye
  • perch
  • sturgeon (not a fly rod friendly species)

As fly fishers we can access this river in a number of ways.

  • Boat. I have done it this way when invited to but I do not own a water craft that would make sense for a river of this magnitude and volume of large vessel traffic.
  • Float tube. This river have so many back bays, inlets and incoming water ways that a float tube can make a good deal of sense.
  • Wading. For guiding purposes this can work. The south side of the river is very accessible by car with may way points for pulling over and flinging our flys

As a guided trip I would start at the western edge of this river’s access points and work our way east stopping at the myriad of points. We are almost guaranteed to get pike. More than likely to get small mouth bass. Early season we might get some walleye and during the hex hatch there might even be a white fish.

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