Tobin Lake, located just northeast of Nipawin, is an extremely popular lake that draws anglers from across the continent year after year in search of trophy northern pike and walleye. The waters here have earned a reputation for producing some of the biggest walleye in the world and this reputation is well-deserved. The Saskatchewan record for the largest walleye has been broken time after time at Tobin Lake. In fact, the provincial record has been broken there five times in a row!
The lake and provincial record for walleye currently stands at 18.30 pounds and was caught ice fishing on January 4, 2005, by Father Mariusz Zajac of Carrot River, Saskatchewan (shown in picture). This walleye has also entered the record books as the World Record Walleye caught ice fishing. The fish was caught on a “diamond spinner” about 1.6 kilometres (1 mile) from the resort village of Tobin Lake. This walleye weighed 18.30 pounds, had a girth of 22.5 inches and measured 36.5 inches in length. Father Mariusz sites the prayer of Luke 1:46-55 as a special fishing trip.