Fly-In Fishing Camps
Northern Saskatchewan has one of the largest concentrations of fly-in fishing camps in the world. La Ronge serves as the major base for expeditions heading northward, and access is also available via Creighton and Buffalo Narrows. Many of the road-accessible camps offer fly-outs to more remote fishing lakes as well. International airports in Regina and Saskatoon can connect you with chartered air services to take you to your northern destination. When planning your fly-in adventure, be sure to check with your outfitter on flight arrangements; often charter air service can be included in your package plan.
Drive-In Fishing - South
Northern pike, walleye, rainbow trout and perch are the most common species in southern Saskatchewan. Some of the more popular waters include Lake Diefenbaker (with nearly 800 kilometres/500 miles of shoreline), Last Mountain Lake and the Fishing Lakes of the Qu’Appelle Valley.
At Rafferty Dam Reservoir and Boundary Dam Reservoir, near Estevan and just minutes away from the US border, there's great fishing for the usual species and even a few bass. You can fish at most of Saskatchewan’s provincial parks, including Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park. Southern lakes are easily accessible and a host of other recreational opportunities including trail riding, golfing and camping are often nearby.
Drive-In Fishing - Central
Drive-in Fishing in SaskatchewanAs the landscape shifts to boreal forest near the centre of the province, good, all-weather roads provide access to numerous fishing camps, resorts and campgrounds. Tobin Lake, the Saskatchewan River system and the lakes of Meadow Lake Provincial Park all have great fishing combined with other easily accessible activities.
From La Ronge you can drive the 440km/260mi stretch all the way to Wollaston Lake. The Hanson Lake Road from Narrow Hills Provincial Park to Creighton leads you through the excellent fishing country of northeast Saskatchewan.
Highway 155 through Buffalo narrows and La Loche takes you to the lakes of the northwest. The Semchuk Trail leads to Clearwater River Provincial Park and north to Cluff Lake. Throughout the north, you’ll find accommodation at government-operated campgrounds, at many private lakeside resorts and at numerous drive-in fishing camps.
By late December, ice on most Saskatchewan lakes is usually thick enough to support vehicles and fishing equipment (but always check conditions before crossing frozen bodies of water). Fish tend to be on a feeding frenzy around this time.
Walleye are plentiful, while northern pike, perch, whitefish, trout and burbot are also common. Thawing is rare before mid-March. The three month season gives winter anglers ample time and opportunity to get out on the ice.
Ice fishing requires relatively little equipment. A good ice auger is a must, along with ice fishing line, tackle, bait and, naturally, warm clothing, head and footwear. Dressing in layers is recommended. Portable fishing shacks or tents provide shelter on the coldest days, but many ice-fishers prefer to be out in the sunshine under the bright blue sky.
Licence fees and limits are consistent throughout the year. However, winter anglers are allowed the advantage of using two rods at one time — twice the challenge, but doubling your chances of bringing home a trophy fish.
Before you embark on your Saskatchewan ice fishing adventure, check weather and ice conditions, pack winter survival gear and always tell someone when and where you are fishing, as well as your estimated return time.
Spring-fed streams flow through the Cypress Hills, in the southwest corner of the province. The cool waters are abundant with rainbow and brown trout. Walleye, perch and pike can also be found in the southern and central regions.
Saskatchewan parks offer excellent fly-fishing. Narrow Hills Provincial Park, in the province’s east central region, has over 50 stocked lakes where more than a dozen species of fish can be caught, including seven varieties of trout.
If it’s big fish that you’re after, head north. And take a quality fly rod that won’t snap under force. In late spring, lake trout ranging from 5 to 50 pounds are abundant in the shallow waters of the north. This is also prime time for catching northern pike on a fly — a favourite with anglers for its size, powerful strike, and for the challenge of bringing this spirited fish to the surface.
Walleye and whitefish are fighters, too. Arctic grayling are beautiful to watch, performing impressive acrobatics in the swift flowing waters of the north. They’re even more exciting to catch.