Riding Mountain National Park
Fishing times / Season
RMNP encompasses over 1900 lakes, 650 permanent and ephemeral streams and countless wetlands. Recreational fishing opportunities exist within all bounds of the Park. Whether it is back country fishing for northern pike, landing walleye on Clear Lake, or fly fishing for brook trout inhabiting the mountain like streams along the escarpment, Riding Mountain National Park has the experience for you.
Winter recreational fishing (1.3 MB) | Fishing Regulations (1.2 MB)
For a complete listing, please refer to the National Parks of Canada Fishing Regulations.
Where can I buy a fishing permit and Park Pass outside of Riding Mountain National Park?
Learn more about aquatic invasive species (AIS): Facts and FAQs about AIS
Banning of leeches as fishing baitsDue to the increased risk of spreading AIS via natural bait, the use and possession of leeches is prohibited. Parks Canada encourages fishers to confine the use of tackle to individual lakes and to ensure that all fishing gear is clean and dry before entering park waters.
Mandatory watercraft inspections for aquatic invasive species (AIS)
MANDATORY INSPECTIONS are required for all watercraft and/or water related equipment including, but not limited to: scuba diving gear, fishing gear, inflatables, life jackets, beach toys, etc…. before entering RMNP waters. This includes Clear Lake, South Lake, and all outlying lakes (Deep Lake, Moon Lake, Whirlpool Lake, Lake Katherine, Lake Audy & Grayling Lake) as well as all streams and rivers. The service is free of charge and watercrafts that pass the inspection will receive a permit from Parks Canada. Inspection schedule
|Prominent Clear Lake Recreational Fishing Species||Road accessible Northern Pike Fishing||Backcountry Fishing Opportunities||Escarpment Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) Fishing Opportunities|
|Northern Pike (Esox lucius)||Bobhill Lake||East Deep Lake||McKinnon Creek|
|Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens)||Deep Lake||Edwards Lake||Scott Creek|
|Walleye (Sander vitreus)||Grayling Lake||Gunn Lake|
|Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis)||Jackfish Creek||Kinasao Lake|
|Lake Audy||Long Lake|
|Lake Katherine||Muskrat Lake|
|Moon Lake||Tilson Lake|
|Whirlpool Lake||Whitewater Lake|
Note: There are many more remote recreational fishing opportunities throughout Riding Mountain National Park.
|Pike (only 1 may exceed 76 cm)||3|
|Smallmouth Bass||NO LIMIT|
Anglers are asked to retain and euthanize all smallmouth bass, then report their catch and submit smallmouth bass samples to the AIS inspection staff at the Boat Cove. There, Parks Canada staff will measure the fish and collect information about where and when it was caught. Afterwards, anglers can choose to keep the fish or donate it for further research on population characteristics like age, health, and diet. Learn more about smallmouth bass.
Fish Consumption Advisory (Mercury)
Parks Canada has been advised that elevated mercury concentrations have been found in fish in some RMNP waters. Therefore, Parks Canada, in consultation with Health Canada, has established consumption guidelines for women of reproductive age and children (see Table 1). Mercury is a toxin that can affect human health. It can come from natural sources (e.g. soils and sediments) or sources outside the park (e.g. transported through the atmosphere). It can be passed up the food chain and become concentrated in top predators (e.g. Northern pike, walleye). Mercury data does not exist for all fish species in all park waters and fish mercury concentrations may change over time. To be precautionary, anglers may wish to apply the following guidelines to all sport fish caught in park waters.
|Location||General Fish Advisories||Fish Length (cm)||Mean Mercury Concentration (ppm)||General Population||Specified Women2||Children under 12 years of age|
|Clear Lake, Riding Mountain National Park, MB||Walleye||< 50||0.48||465 (8)||230 (4)||80 (3)|
|> 50||0.99||225 (4)||110 (2)||40 (15)|
|Northern pike||< 65||0.36||620 (12)||310 (6)||110 (4)|
|> 65||0.7||320 (6)||160 (3)||60 (2)|
|*** Recommended Maximum Intake (g/week) (meals/month in brackets)1 ***|
|1 Meal sizes are considered to be 227 grams (8 ounces) for adults and 114 grams (4 ounces) for children under the age of 12 years.|
|2 Specified women are women who are, or may become pregnant or are breastfeeding.|
It is recommended that if consuming both walleye and Northern pike from Riding Mountain National Park in a given month, or consuming only one of these species but the fish sizes fall within both of the size categories for which consumption guidance is recommended, consumers should reduce their consumption of walleye and/or Northern pike accordingly to amounts lower that those presented in the table above.
As well, consumers of fish from Riding Mountain National Park may also wish to be aware of the federal fish consumption advisory that has been issued by Health Canada for several commercially available types of fish. . Please contact provincial authorities for any consumer advisories for sport fish outside national park boundaries.
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