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Master Angler Program: Travel Manitoba


Mike's Trophy Fish!

The Master Angler Program in Manitoba had been around for 50 years, making it the oldest master angler program in North America. According to the program’s website, over “10,000 trophy fish from 30 qualifying species were caught and recorded - and almost 90% of those were released!” The program was set in place to highlight the top tier fishing that is available to expert anglers in Manitoba. 

To enter your fish, it must be a Master Angler qualified fish. You have to submit: the length of the fish, a photo of the fish against a ruler or another measurement tool, use of a hook and line to catch the fish, state where and when the fish was caught. Every fish that qualifies receives a certificate signifying your successful catch. Plus, Anglers who catch-and-release a trophy fish are rewarded with a special certificate.

Our SavvyBoater customers, Mike and Al, are finishing up a trip in Manitoba and were kind enough to share their angler adventure. Mike said, “We travel 420 miles North to Paradise Lodge on lake Athapapuskow just South of Flin Flon Manitoba for a week of trout fishing. We fish off of the South East tip of McKenzie point on the West side of the lake looking to anchor in 100 to 110 feet of depth. We anchor and use 1 to 2 ounce jigs tipped with a strip of sucker fish fillet.”

Mike and Al focus on finding the rare “big ones” rather than a large quantity of qualifying fish. The minimum length for fish caught in the lake is 35 inches. Fish of that length or bigger receive a badge and certificate from Travel Manitoba. There are several badges anglers could receive, including: the Released Badge, Bronze, Silver (Expert), Gold (Grand Master), Platinum (Elite Angler), Diamond (Ultimate Angler), and various specialist badges. 

        Bob with a great catch!                 

Below is a list of length requirements from the Travel Manitoba website.

 Length Requirements

Species Minimum Length
Arctic Char 51 cm (20 in)
Arctic Grayling 46 cm (18 in)
Black Crappie 30.5 cm (12 in)
Brook Trout 51 cm (20 in)
Brown Trout 51 cm (20 in)
Bullhead 30.5 cm (12 in)
Burbot 76 cm (30 in)
Channel Catfish 86.5 cm (34 in)
Cisco (Tullibee)
Common Carp 76 cm (30 in)
Freshwater Drum 61 cm (24 in)
Goldeye 35.5 cm (14 in)
Kokanee 51 cm (20 in)
Lake Sturgeon 109 cm (43 in)
Lake Trout 89 cm (35 in)
Lake Whitefish 56 cm (22 in)
Largemouth Bass 46 cm (18 in)
Mooneye 35.5 cm (14 in)
Muskellunge 79 cm (31 in)
Northern Pike 104 cm (41 in)
Rainbow Trout 51 cm (20 in)
Rock Bass 25.5 cm (10 in)
Sauger 46 cm (18 in)
Smallmouth Bass 46 cm (18 in)
Splake 51 cm (20 in)
Sucker 46 cm (18 in)
Sunfish 18 cm (7 in)
Tiger Trout 51 cm (20 in)
Walleye 71 cm (28 in)
White Bass 38 cm (15 in)
Yellow Perch 33 cm (13 in)

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