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Nipawin a Top 10 Finalist in Canada’s Ultimate Fishing Town Contest

The World Fishing Network (WFN) as revealed the top 10 finalists for its "Ultimate Fishing Town"contest… and Saskatchewan's very own Nipawin is one of them!

The lakes around Nipawin are legendary for great fishing all year-round, and now that this area has be named a top 10 finalist, it is up to Canada to choose who will be crowned WFN's Ultimate Fishing Town! The winning town will receive a $25,000 community donation to be used towards fishing-related initiatives benefiting local anglers.

To learn more about the "Ultimate Fishing Town" contest, click here, or VOTE NOW!

Nipawin, Exceptional By Nature

Between Two Worlds and Between Two Lakes, Your Ultimate Fishing Town Awaits. Nipawin, nestled along the banks of two world class fisheries, Codette and Tobin Lakes, has a history of being one of Saskatchewan's most progressive communities; a community with a positive tourism business attitude and an encompassing vision to make this a better place to live, to visit and to work in sharing their fishing prosperity.

Northern Pike

Nipawin, located on world famous Tobin Lake, is one of North America's most popular fishing spots. Angler success is high and has brought many fishermen back time and time again. Rated as "the best walleye fishing in North America," Tobin Lake is home to the ice fishing world record walleye and has five times consecutively broken the Saskatchewan walleye record.

For  over 40 years the Nipawin Great Northern Pike Festival thrills anglers with the chance of releasing a tagged pike with prizes exceeding $100,000 and has been rated by Outdoor Canada as "Canada’s Top Pike Event". The Saskatchewan Premier’s Walleye Cup stands as a model for tournaments across the continent. The Vanity Cup as one of the largest money tournaments attracts professional anglers year after year seeking the coveted Tobin Walleye. And not to be outdone the Ladies Fish for Freedom holds the title as Canada's largest all female fishing events.

Nipawin's fishing motto is "Catch, Photo and Release" and they work with the Ministry of Environment to ensure that in order to maintain a high quality trophy fishery, regulations must reflect their philosophy. They have a highly monitored protected slot size: no walleye or sauger between 55cm (21.7 in.) and 86cm (33.9 in.) long may be retained; no northern pike between 75cm (29.5 in.) and 115cm (45.3 in.) may be retained. This is also one of a handful of lakes in Saskatchewan where barbless hooks are mandatory.

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