Top Manitoba Bass Destinations
Manitoba may not immediately come to mind when talking about smallmouth bass.
HuntFishMB - Eric Labaupa
The big three of walleye, lake trout, and northern pike receive most of the press around these parts. World-class channel catfishing and stillwater trout fisheries are also highly regarded in this province, and rightfully so. But in the ever-growing global obsession with all things bass, Manitoba is a hugely untapped landscape. The Keystone province is home to a host of lakes and systems with solid populations of Master Angler smallmouths. ‘Bigguns’ regularly surpassing the trophy benchmark of 4lbs are abundant in our various waterways. The following are just a few places to explore this season where you can expect to hook into a tank.
One of the flagship lakes of the sprawling Whiteshell Provincial Park, this deep lake in the Eastern Region is well known to have chunky bass roaming its clear waters. Home to the annual Falcon Lake Bass Classic angling tournament, every year fish well beyond the 18inch Master Angler minimum mark are brought to weigh-in at the end of the day.
Other nearby waters to check out with bass just as big are Caddy, Star, and West Hawk.
Places to stay - Falcon Lake Trails Resort, Penguin Resort
This body of water in the Western Region may be small, but the smallies in it are definitely not. 21inch bass have been caught here both on open water and through the ice. Unlike more typical ‘shield’ lakes in other parts of the province, this prairie reservoir’s bass relate to the abundant shoreline vegetation and rip rap.
Other nearby lakes to check out for bass are Bower and William in Turtle Mountain Provincial Park.
Places to stay - Turtle Mountain Resort, Canadian Wilderness Inn
One of the northernmost populations of smallmouth bass on the continent, Rocky Lake is home to trophy smallies in the Northern Region of Manitoba. Located just north of the town of The Pas, this large pristine body of water offers endless undeveloped shoreline and mid-lake structure to hunt down schools of monster bass.
Places to stay - Rocky Lake Resort, town of The Pas, Kum-Bac Kabins
Hidden at the farthest north end of the Eastern Region roads, this lake is located by the town of Bissett. Scores of bass approaching a massive 5lbs can be caught at this out of the way yet road accessible lake. Just outside of Nopiming Provincial Park, the area has numerous lakes that are teeming with lunker smalljaws.
Other nearby waters to check out with giant smallmouth are Quesnel, Tooth, and Manigotagan.
Places to stay - Q Lake Lodge, Hotel San Antonio,Windsock Lodge
Lac Du Bonnet
This large body of water is part of the massive Winnipeg River system. Tank smallmouth are routinely caught in various areas of the lake be it in the fast-current stretches or quiet far back corners. Fish just as tall as they are long are a hallmark of the bass in this lake.
Other nearby sections of the Winnipeg River system to check out for smallmouth are Point du Bois, Nutimik Lake, and Pinawa.
Places to stay - Eagle Nest Landing, Tall Timber Lodge, town of Lac Du Bonnet, Trail End Camp and Outfitters
Undoubtedly, avid bass anglers will know other hotspots that are not mentioned in this article. There are also lakes in Manitoba that have targetable populations of the smallies’ close cousin largemouth bass. Get out and try some new water and perhaps a new species this season. From the northern city of Thompson all the way down to the U.S. border, the province has plenty of bass waters just waiting to be explored.
For more information on fishing for smallmouth bass in Manitoba, visit our Smallmouth Bass page.
Box 685 KILLARNEY, MB R0K 1G0 (204) 523-8721 Website
Turtle Mountain OutfittingBox 685
KILLARNEY, MB R0K 1G0
Box 208 MINITONAS, MB R0L 1G0 (204) 525-2121 Website
Canadian Wilderness OutfittersBox 208
MINITONAS, MB R0L 1G0
68 Rocky Lake Road WANLESS, MB R0B 1T0 (204) 682-7423 Website
Rocky Lake Cabins68 Rocky Lake Road
WANLESS, MB R0B 1T0
266 Main Road Wanless, MB R0B 1T0 (204) 682-7489 Website
Kum-Bac-Kabins266 Main Road
Wanless, MB R0B 1T0
Caribou Landing Nopiming Provincial Park, MB R0G 2V0 (204) 330-1758 Website
Q Lake LodgeCaribou Landing
Nopiming Provincial Park, MB R0G 2V0
PR 304 Long Lake Long Lake, MB R0E 0M0 (204) 785-1711 Website
Windsock LodgePR 304 Long Lake
Long Lake, MB R0E 0M0
74 Sawmill Bay Rd Pointe Du Bois, MB R0E 1N0 (204) 884-2301 Website
Eagle Nest Landing74 Sawmill Bay Rd
Pointe Du Bois, MB R0E 1N0
Box 62 POINTE DU BOIS, MB R0E 1N0 (204) 884-2321 Website
Trail End Camp & OutfittersBox 62
POINTE DU BOIS, MB R0E 1N0