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Lake Sturgeon

Record Catch 199.39 cm (78.5")
Top 3 Catches
  • Jenny L. Regan 199.39 cm / (78.5")
  • Stephen Swistun 193.04 cm / (76")
  • David McLean 190.5 cm / (75")

Lake Sturgeon

Lake Sturgeon

“Hooking up on dinosaurs” is an expression that you might be familiar with if you have engaged in a mind altering angling excursion that required you to hook, fight and land a prehistoric giant. Tangling with Manitoba’s largest freshwater fish is the epitome of an epic angling battle and an accurate depiction of the pre-mentioned expression.  It’s an experience that offers everything; the intensity of a long awaited bite, the anxiety from an uncertain hookset, the punishing exertion from the constant tug and the overwhelming emotion from the first glimpse and realization that this humungous fish is actually longer than you are!

Manitoba’s lake sturgeon has progressed into a craved angling experience that has taken off like a wild prairie storm.  As a result of a long time catch and release policy and management program, lake sturgeon have once again become a popular angling option, offering impressive numbers and excellent opportunities for that "once in a lifetime" giant!

Sturgeon are commonly caught at a few specific locations within the province, but the easily accessible Winnipeg River of the Eastern Region is the heart of Manitoba’s sturgeon mecca. This diverse river system holds the key to an unmatched sturgeon experience with annual catches surpassing the 70 inch mark!

Angling opportunities for lake sturgeon are popular during the months of May to September.

Top producing fisheries include various stretches below the multiple hydroelectric dams of the Winnipeg River, the Red River, Assiniboine River and Saskatchewan River.

Manitoba Record: Caught in the Red River, measuring 199.39 cm (78.5”).

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Where you'll find Lake Sturgeon

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Top fisheries where you’ll catch Lake Sturgeon

  • Winnipeg River
  • Nutimik Lake
  • Assiniboine River
  • Whiteshell River

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