Trophy Walleye Fishing

There are not many places you can go where it’s common to catch over 100 walleyes in a single day. Crow Duck Lake in Manitoba, Canada is one of those places. Of course there are other fish to be found in our beautiful lake as well, such as Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass.

Read below for more details about about to snag your favourite fish, and what rules we respectfully enforce for conservation.

Trophy Walleye Fishing

The Manitoba Conservation launched a walleye stocking experiment in 1985. At that time walleyes were introduced to see if the species would take. Prior to that Crow Duck was known as a pike and Smallmouth bass lake. It didn’t even have walleyes. Between 1985 and 1989, Manitoba fisheries crews stocked over six million walleye fry into the big lake.

Manitoba Conservation implemented the zero-walleye limit in 1993. People look at Crow Duck as an affordable way to experience walleye fishing you’d experience at a far northern lodge or some remote place. It’s a unique experience that has been very popular. It’s probably one of the greatest walleye lakes on the North American continent, and it shows that catch-and-release has worked.

Now a new phase of the fishing experiment has begun. Beginning in 2016 two walleyes under 45 cm ( 17.75 inches) may be taken from the lake. Two walleyes per person are currently the maximum allowed.

A primary walleye fishing method is slip bobbers and night crawlers while anchored. A Lindy rig is popular while drifting for walleye. Bottom bouncers trailing a spinner and worm work well while trolling. Remember that the law throughout Manitoba stipulates that every lure or hook attached to a rod must be barbless, or the barb must be crimped on every hook or lure.