5 Eastman Ice Fishing Destinations

While most people are grumbling about snow and chilly air, anglers are jumping with glee and getting their gear ready. Ice fishing is back in action, and we couldn’t be more excited! Here are 5 Eastman Ice Fishing Destinations you can’t skip this year in celebration of the new season.

Whether you’re a pro angler, fishing enthusiast, or just trying it out, you’ll never want to get off the ice or out of your shack!

If you’re looking for tips, tricks, blogs, information, or anything and everything about fishing, visit Hunt/Fish Manitoba. For information on lodges, outposts, and outfitters across Manitoba, visit Manitoba Lodges & Outfitters Association.


  • Stay home if you have been travelling or do not feel well. Here is an excellent resource if you are quarantined. This will help you find people in Manitoba who are willing and able to help you while quarantined. Help Next Door Manitoba
  • Go out with people within your household, but practice social distancing (2 metres away) with other groups.
  • Please call ahead before visiting a business and inquire about their regulations to enter the building, such as capacity, sanitation, etc. Also, consider using curbside pickup where possible.
  • Please practice Leave No Trace. Clean up after yourself and leave nothing behind, such as trash and waste.


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Atikaki Provincial Park

While Atikaki Provincial Park is well known for its whitewater rafting and paddling adventures, it is also a superb destination for ice fishing! With a rich history, breathtaking natural sights, and fantastic fishing opportunities, Atikaki Provincial Park should be on your ice fishing bucket list.

Whether you’re roughing it and going solo or taking full advantage of the multiple lodges and outposts in the area, your experience will be a memorable one of world-class fishing. On your adventure, expect to catch Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Trout.


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Balsam Bay

If you are looking to catch double-digit walleye, then fishing at Balsam Bay along Lake Winnipeg is just the place for you! You could even reel in a Greenback Walleye or two!

In Eastern Manitoba, Balsam Bay is a must-fish destination. With plenty of fish awaiting you and the gorgeous scenery, this experience won’t be soon forgotten!


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Buffalo Point

If you are looking for a unique fishing experience, setting up in Buffalo Point is the perfect spot for you! Here, you have the opportunity of fishing Lake of the Woods through Buffalo Bay. This is the only section of Lake of the Woods that lies in Manitoba.

Your adventure will be full of fat walleyes, perch, and massive northern pike! Make your fishing excursion extra special and eventful by booking a ‘Fish N’ Stay’ package with Buffalo Point Resort. With their packages, you can stay at one of their fantastic cabins and experience guided fishing trips in their heated shacks.

Lac du Bonnet

With over 60 kilometres of rivers and lakes, it’s easy to understand why Lac du Bonnet is known for fishing. Whether you’re setting up on the Winnipeg River, Lee River, Pinawa Channel, Lake Lac du Bonnet, or the Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Association Trout Ponds, you can spend hours in the brisk ice fishing weather, and, of course, nab some big ones!

If you’re looking for Walleye, Northern Pike, Goldeye, Perch, Bass, Channel Cat, or Trout, you can catch them here!


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Nopiming Provincial Park

Another destination that’s more than just fishing, Nopiming Provincial Park has a variety of nature, wildlife, and historical opportunities waiting for you. In the Park’s many lakes and rivers are Walleye, Northern Pike, and Trout that you can reel in.

You can even make your ice fishing vacation a relaxing one! Nopiming Provincial Park has many outposts and lodges, so you can get the ultimate rest, relaxation, and fun during your adventure.

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