Nine things you need to know about fishing in Saskatchewan, Canada
When you’re talking about big fish, breathtaking scenery, pristine waters and clean, fresh air, then you’re talking about Saskatchewan. Drive or fly in, get settled at one of our many fishing lodges, and an unforgettable Canadian fishing adventure is underway.
1. What makes Saskatchewan, Canada the best choice for world class freshwater fishing?
Saskatchewan’s popularity as a world-class fishing destination can be attributed to its large areas of unspoiled, natural beauty, its huge selection of close to 100,000 lakes and rivers covering almost 1/3 of the province, a large number of fishing lodges to choose from, and the province’s famous living skies. From huge lakes like Athabasca – the fourth largest lake in Canada – to a host of others with equally great reputations like Cree, Reindeer, Wollaston, Hatchet, and La Ronge, expect a fishing experience that will call you back again and again.
2. What species of fish are commonly found in Saskatchewan waters?
World class fishing exists for Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, and Yellow Perch. Learn more.
3. What are the season dates for fishing in Saskatchewan?
Saskatchewan is divided into 3 management zones for regulation purposes with dates varying between each zone. Variable angling season opening dates have been replaced with fixed season opening dates. These details will be consistent from one year to the next, making it easier for anglers to plan their fishing activities.
2013/2014 Season Dates:
- Southern Zone: Open – May 5, 2013 Close – March 31, 2014
- Central Zone: Open – May 15, 2013 Close – March 31, 2014
- Northern Zone: Open – May 25, 2013 Close – April 15, 2014
For more information refer to the Anglers' Guide.
4. What is the cost for a Saskatchewan angling licence and where can they be obtained?
There are a number of types of licences available to residents and non-residents of Canada. Click here to see a list of all fishing licence fees. Saskatchewan Fishing Licences can be ordered online, by phone (1-855-848-4773) and over the counter at licence issuers and ministry offices. General fishing regulations apply province-wide. Refer to the Anglers' Guide for a summary of the major regulations anglers should be aware of.
5. Do I need to be an experienced angler to enjoy a Saskatchewan fishing trip?
No, you can be very new to the sport and still enjoy yourself. Many outfitters and lodges have knowledgeable guides on staff that offer assistance to everyone from the novice to the avid angler. But if you try a Saskatchewan fishing trip on your next vacation, be careful, you might get hooked and want to come back again and again.
6. What are some of the largest fish that have been caught in Saskatchewan?
Saskatchewan is home to world-class waters for anglers interested in landing the big one! Some of the current record sized fish include:
- Lake Trout – 132 cm (52 in) record size and live release
- Northern Pike – 141 cm (55 in) record size and live release
- Walleye – 8.3 kg (18.3 lb)
- Arctic Grayling – 1.96 kg (4.3 lb)
- Sauger - 3.55 kg (7.81 lb)
- Rainbow Trout – 21.77 kg (48 lb)
7. What type of weather should I expect?
Saskatchewan’s weather is the topic of many a conversation. From winter Chinooks, to autumn Indian summers, to summer thunderstorms, our climate is four-season and variable. Spring, summer, fall and winter are distinct, and temperatures can fluctuate - sometimes dramatically. Saskatchewan summers are usually warm and dry. High temperatures range from 15 C (60 F) in May to the mid-30s C (90-95 F) in July and August. We are one of the sunniest destinations in Canada. Nights tend to be cool. Winter normally begins in November and temperatures generally remain below the freezing point. Mild spring weather usually begins by April. Learn more about Saskatchewan weather.
8. Is ice fishing a popular winter sport in Saskatchewan, Canada?
Yes, winter angling is a very popular pastime in Saskatchewan for residents and travelers alike. Lakes are commonly frozen over by mid-December and provide the opportunity to fish for perch, walleye, whitefish and trout. In fact, the world ice fishing record for walleye was set in Saskatchewan in January 2005 and is also the largest walleye recorded in the province at 18.4 pounds. Learn more.
9. What type of documentation do I need to enter Canada?
When you enter Canada from abroad, a passport and a valid visa may be required. IMPORTANT: Before planning your trip to Canada, check all border crossing requirements on the Canada Border Services Agency Website. For more information, visit the Customs Information section of Tourism Saskatchewan's website.