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The north basin of Lake Manitoba is shallower than the other parts, with lots of shoals, irregular shoreline, rocks and weeds. This area is highly productive, and helps to feed the rest of the lake.
Pike fishing is a huge draw in Lake Manitoba, partly because the floods of years past have created excellent habitat. When the water flooded low-lying areas, grassland was submerged and became marshy. Pike love this. They hide when they hunt, and spring out on their prey with surprise and ferocity that other fish don’t quite match.
Staff from The Fishin’ Hole in Winnipeg say that ice fishing for pike in the north is spectacular. You get a lot of pike through the ice. In part this is owing to the increase in spawning habitat.
There are also walleye in the north, especially right up in the bays. You can drift throughout this area, and also fish from shore. Jigs and worms are simple and highly effective.
In the north, the nutrients and the fish flow south with the current. Heading south through the Narrows, all of the fish and food get concentrated, so the further south you get, the more fish there are.
Lake Manitoba’s north end is more sandy than the other parts, with enough rocky areas to provide shelter and cover for the fish.
In early spring, carp and silver bass are also prominent in the north. Carp fishing is a lot of fun, because these fish get huge and can really challenge anglers to keep them hooked and land them.
Silver bass are also plentiful. One of the great things about fishing for silver bass (or freshwater drum as they are also known), is that when other species slow down in the heat, drum keep biting.
As well, they aren’t fussy about their food choices. That means they can be caught on a lot of different presentations. You can troll for them with spinners and spoons, though in the north where it’s shallow, you may have better luck jigging. Fish with worms near the bottom.
Some of the most productive spots, as mentioned, are right up in the bays. North and South Twin Islands, Portage Bay and Steep Rock are all good places to start. If you’re further south, get into Vankoughnet Bay and Watchorn Bay.
If you’re in need of fishing gear, or are just looking for expert advice, staff at The Fishin’ Hole in Winnipeg have you covered! Stop by their store on Regent Avenue before your next trip.