Saskatchewan’s Best Ice Fishing Hot Spots

It’s almost ice fishing season in Saskatchewan! Check out these local waters:

Lake Diefenbaker, located southwest of Saskatoon and northwest of Regina, is a sprawling reservoir was created as an impoundment of the South Saskatchewan River by the Qu’Appelle and Gardiner dams. It holds pike, walleye, burbot, perch and rainbow trout. In fact, in the past two years, rainbow trout exceeding 30 pounds have been caught during the open water season! Ice anglers can access the lake at several points — Saskatchewan Landing Provincial Park and Riverhurst on the western arm; the town of Elbow, or Danielson and Douglas Provincial Parks on the eastern arm. —MS

An hour east of Regina, nestled in the Qu’Appelle Valley at Fort Qu’Appelle, are four interconnected lakes that are the favourites of urban anglers seeking pike, walleye and perch. Pasqua, Echo, Mission, and Katepwa Lakes each have several access points,  which are primarily through summer boat launch ramps. The lakes also hold decent populations of burbot — but perch are the primary goal of most anglers, and they are plentiful. —MS

An hour’s drive north of Regina ice anglers will find Last Mountain Lake. It’s a 110-km-long natural lake that holds walleye, pike and perch in good numbers. There’s plenty of access to the lake, at Regina Beach, Saskatchewan Beach, Glen Harbour, Rowan’s Ravine Provincial Park and Collingwood Beach. First-ice walleye fishing can be spectacular, with trophy ‘eyes hanging around places like Stone Barn bay. Anglers take walleye over 10 pounds through the ice, early in the winter. Large perch are also surprisingly common on this lake — a patient angler can find 10- to 13-inch perch almost any weekend of the winter. —MS

Tobin Lake and the Saskatchewan River, located between the Francois Finlay Dam at Codette, near Nipawin, and the E.B. Campbell Dam downriver, has become a destination of choice for summer anglers seeking trophy class walleye and northern pike. But winter fishing can be just as spectacular. Ice anglers wisely avoid the riverine section of the impoundment, fishing instead near Tobin Lake Resort, Prudens Point, Reimer’s Landing and in parts of Petaigan Bay. This is big northern pike territory, calling for heavy tackle. But the walleye fishing can be just as good. —MS

About an hour’s drive  northeast of Prince Albert, accessible through Highways 120 or 106, is Narrow Hills Provincial Park — home to 30-odd bodies of water, with another two-dozen scattered around the area outside the park. In addition to the usual walleye, pike and perch, the waters in the park are regularly stocked with rainbow, brown and brook trout, and also hold tiger trout and splake. While not all the waters in this area are accessible in the winter, a number are near the year-round roads, and make ideal destinations for the winter angler seeking trout. —MS

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