Part of the Western Provinces is another prairie region, Saskatchewan with Alberta on its west and Manitoba on its east. It is one of 2 provinces in Canada that is land-locked; the other province being Alberta. Saskatchewan has 14 main water basins of rivers and watersheds that pour out into the Gulf of Mexico, Hudson Bay, and the Arctic Ocean. It is also prone to tornadoes with an average of 15 a year although in 2012, the province experienced 33 tornadoes.
Originally, the province was agricultural-based with fishing as one of its main industries. That has changed significantly and now fishing along with hunting and forestry contributes about 6.8% to the province’s GDP. Fishing has become a recreational activity with almost 100,000 lakes scattered throughout the province.
Saskatchewan has been described time and again as the world’s finest destination for freshwater fishing. The Athabasca Lake is Canada’s 4th largest is located in Saskatchewan. It has 23 different fish species. The world record for Lake Trout was caught in this lake in 1961 using a gillnet. The trout weighed 102 pounds. Some of the other species found in Athabasca Lake are Burbot, Northern Pike, Walleye, Lake Whitefish, Yellow Perch, Cisco, White Sucker, Arctic Grayling, Brook Trout, Rainbow, Goldeye, and Longnose Sucker.
Aside from Athabasca, other popular fishing spots are Reindeer, Hatchet, Cree, La Ronge, and Wollaston lakes.
There are 3 fishing seasons in Saskatchewan. It was planned this way according to zones. This is how the province manages the sport more efficiently. For 2013 to 2014, the Southern Zone started May 5 and will end in March 2014. The Central Zone’s fishing season started May 15 and will end also on March 31, 2014. The third zone is the Northern Zone which opened season May 25 and will close on April 15, 2014.
Most Canadian anglers recommend Saskatchewan to new anglers and visiting foreign anglers as the prime location for a fishing trip. There are several lodges and outfitters around the lakes that provide assistance and excellent fishing tips on how to catch a big one. Moreover, the province is known for its inspiring scenery and pristine natural surroundings. The outdoors is beautiful and absolutely breathtaking.
The record for large fish caught in Saskatchewan is amazing. Here’s a list of some of the eye-popping sizes caught and released that hopefully will encourage to try fishing in Saskatchewan waters.
The longest Lake Trout was 52 inches
The heaviest Arctic Grayling caught was 4.3 pounds
The longest Northern Pike was 55 inches
The heaviest Rainbow Trout caught was 48 pounds
The heaviest Sauger was 7.81 pounds
The heaviest Walleye was 18.4 pounds (World record, January 2005)
The best time to go out fishing in Saskatchewan is all year round since ice fishing is very popular. You might want to try the province’s drive-in fishing camps, fly-in fishing camps which can be found in the remote corners of the province. No matter where you decide to set up camp, luxurious or rustic, there are outfitters around who can help you with all your angling needs.
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