Channel Catfish On the Red!

Ice Fishing for Big Walleye

Manitoba Hot Bite video was created by Eric Labaupa of Hunt-Fish Manitoba


Welcome to our fishery. We are one of Manitoba’s most popular regions providing anglers with some of the best fishing experiences imaginable in this four season world class fishery. With a great diversity of fish species in the both the south basin of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River, you are sure to find that trophy fish of a lifetime. Whether you fish along the countless miles of shoreline or sit anchored in your boat, you will be treated to an experience only found in Red River North.  

Fast Fact: The Red River is home to 5 of the Manitoba Master Angler Programs All-time Records.The list includes Channel Catfish, Common Carp, Freshwater Drum (Silver Bass), Lake Sturgeon, and Walleye.

With many species to choose from, the two most sought after by sport anglers throughout North America are the Channel Catfish and the Walleye.


The Red River of the North is home to the greatest trophy channel catfishing fishery the world has ever known. So unique is this magnificent fishery, it has become legendary throughout the world. No other fresh water system on the North American continent produces as many MONSTER channel catfish as the mighty Red River. As well, no other fresh water fishery has been as well documented by a wide assortment of media outlets than Red River North. Newspapers, magazines, radio, and even TV have all participated in spreading the word on this one of a kind resource.

Since the mid 1980’s, an all-star cast of international TV sport fishing personalities have come to the Red River. Outdoor communicators from across Canada, the United States and as far away as Japan, Italy, and Great Britain have come to experience firsthand, this incredible fishery. The Red River and her WORLD CLASS channel cat fishery could very well be the most internationally documented sport fishery on the planet. Peak times for ultimate action and your chance to land that fish of a lifetime is during May through September.

Come see for yourself why Lockport to Selkirk is known as the CHANNEL CATFISH CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.


Throughout these parts, the Red River and Lake Winnipeg walleye are simply referred to as “Greenbacks”. The reason is due to the incredible iridescent green colouration that runs down the entire length of the walleye’s back and sides. This colouring is believed to be caused by the lime deposits found in Lake Winnipeg. No other walleye fishery on the continent produces a more spectacularly coloured walleye.

Since the 1980’s, the Red River has gained a wide spread and international reputation throughout the angling community for producing HUGE trophy walleye. The Red River’s trophy walleye fishery has earned the reputation as a WORLD CLASS sport fishing destination. During late September and well into late October and early November, huge trophy walleye enter the Red River from Lake Winnipeg in pursuit of their favorite food source, the emerald shiner minnow. This Red River phenomenon is simply referred to as the FALL GREENBACK RUN. Every fall, thousands of anglers from all over North America descend upon the region and the Red River in search of that trophy of a lifetime. The Red River is also home to the annual “Walleye Masters Cup”, a competitive fishing tournament. This event has gained a reputation as being one of the Provinces premiere one day tournaments. Anglers from all over Manitoba, Northwest Ontario, and Saskatchewan put their skills to the test as they compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.


Modern day technology has transformed ice fishing into a “culture”. Once only for the brave of heart, ice fishing has exploded in popularity and is continuing to grow at an amazing pace across the northern United States and Canadian snow belt. You will be treated to the sight of ice shack villages in certain areas that line the Red River from Lockport to Selkirk. With some that are uniquely designed and decorated, it only adds to the character of this ice fishing HOTBED.

Beginning usually in early December, when the ice begins to form on the Red River and Lake Winnipeg, or known locally as “Big Windy”, an “all-new” season gets underway. Ice-fishing enthusiasts from far and wide make their way to the Red River and the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg to pursue the dream of landing that trophy of a lifetime. Make no mistake, many dreams become realities on these two World Class ice fishing venues. Walleye weighing 10-pounds or more and 28 inches plus are commonly caught each winter. Many would agree that a new world record walleye could one day be reeled in from Lake Winnipeg. But it’s not only walleye that you can expect in these waters. Don’t be surprised at the abundance of Sauger or if you’re lucky, you might even pull in a Lake Sturgeon or Channel Catfish through the ice while ice fishing the Red River.


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