2020 Fishing Season Open/Close Dates:
Southern Division – Season opens May 9. Generally closed from April 6 to and including May 8.
Northwest Division – Season opens May 16. Generally closed from May 1 to and including May 15.
North Central Division – Season Opens May 16. Generally closed from May 1 to and including May 15.
Northeast Division – Generally open to angling all year
Stocked Trout Waters – Please consult with the current Manitoba Anglers Guide for a list of stocked trout waters that are open to fishing all year.
You can a purchase an angling licence online at manitobaelicensing, at a participating retailer or over the telephone by calling the Help Desk at 1-877-880-1203.
All persons, except those exempted below, who engage in angling, dip netting, seining, minnow trapping, spear fishing, and bow fishing, must have a Manitoba Angling Licence on their person.
Regular and Conservation Licence
A Conservation Licence entitles the holder to the same rights as a Regular Licence holder except for reduced limits for some species: 4 walleye/sauger, 4 pike, 1 lake trout, 1 channel catfish, 2 smallmouth bass and 2 stocked trout. Limits for other species remain the same.
Manitoba Resident Seniors Licence
A “Manitoba Resident Seniors Conservation Licence” is for seniors (65 and over) who have permanently resided in Manitoba for at least 6 months and is valid for a conservation limit of fish only. Manitoba seniors wanting a regular limit of fish must buy a regular resident licence.
Resident, Canadian Resident or Non-resident Licence
• A resident is a person who has lived in Manitoba for the immediate past six months.
• A Canadian resident is a person who has lived elsewhere in Canada for the immediate past six months.
• A non-resident is a person who has not lived in Manitoba or Canada for the immediate past six months.
The following people may angle without a licence:
• Any youth under the age of 16 who has permanently resided in Manitoba for at least six months. Manitoba youth under the age of 16 have all the rights and privileges of those holding a Regular Licence, including their own regular limit of fish. All other regulations apply. Proof of age is required when checked by an Officer.
• Any Canadian resident or non-resident youth under the age of 16. The person must fish with a licence holder, or someone exempt from holding a licence, and their catch must be applied to the limit of that person. A Canadian resident or non-resident youth under 16 who wishes to have a separate limit must buy a licence.
A Manitoba Angling Licence is not valid for fishing in National Parks. Contact Parks Canada for details on fishing licences and regulations in National Parks. www.pc.gc.ca.
Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)
For information and regulations on AIS in Manitoba, please visit the Manitoba Sustainable Development website.
Manitoba Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF)
Projects funded through FWEF will help ensure that our fisheries and wildlife resources remain healthy and productive, for the benefit of all Manitobans. For more information on applying to the fund or learning more about the fund, please visit the Manitoba Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund website.
For more information on Manitoba fishing licences, fishing seasons, limits or general fishing regulations, please visit the Manitoba Sustainable Development website or consult with the current Manitoba Angling Guide.