Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy

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Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy


Hundreds of thousands of Manitobans and visitors enjoy the diverse and vibrant fishing opportunities our province has to offer. Recreational angling generates significant economic, social and cultural benefits.

Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy outlines proposed changes to the regulation and management of recreational angling. It strives to balance the enhancement of angling opportunities while protecting our valuable fish populations. This strategy positions Manitoba to become a leader in recreational fisheries management across North America.

We want to understand what anglers think about the proposed angling changes outlined in Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy. To learn more about Manitoba’s plans to transform recreational angling, review Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy and view this three-minute video.

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Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy


Hundreds of thousands of Manitobans and visitors enjoy the diverse and vibrant fishing opportunities our province has to offer. Recreational angling generates significant economic, social and cultural benefits.

Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy outlines proposed changes to the regulation and management of recreational angling. It strives to balance the enhancement of angling opportunities while protecting our valuable fish populations. This strategy positions Manitoba to become a leader in recreational fisheries management across North America.

We want to understand what anglers think about the proposed angling changes outlined in Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy. To learn more about Manitoba’s plans to transform recreational angling, review Manitoba’s Recreational Angling Strategy and view this three-minute video.

Provide Your Feedback

Feedback will be accepted until June 30, 2021. There are many ways you can participate:

Share your comments

Submit Your Feedback

Take the Survey


This information is available in an alternate format upon request, please contact fish@gov.mb.ca.


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Why is there no mention about White Bass?? Haven't caught any in the past two years and only 1 three years ago. Is it the Zebra Mussels killing them?

Arllen27 about 9 hours ago
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KEEP LIVE BAIT! More conservation for safe boaters and limits being met.

Mrtc 3 days ago
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Buy Back Commercial Licenses Stock More Walleye every year open Fish stocking site at West Hawk Again Too Hard to catch a Slot size fish to keep ( cant keep small ones cant keep big ones) Bring Back the money we spend on fishing licenses to our province $4.50 to Lodges Stores

Jordolaptop 3 days ago
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keep live Bait Do Not Lower Walleye Limits Do Not Cut off One Week of Walleye Fishing in the Spring More Conservation Officers and enforcement Keep two Fishing License Options For Manitoba Residents along with their Limits Fishing license sold in Lodges

Jordolaptop 3 days ago
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For those of who are saying “no to new the new regulations “ - don’t you want to have your license on your phone? Don’t you want the option of a 1 day license for your visitors? Don’t you want to protect trophy sized fish? Don’t you want to fish Bass in spring? This is what is in the proposal.

DSteven 5 days ago
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I am not sure if people understand that this proposal gets rid of the general spring closure - which would make us more like Ontario and less like Saskatchewan. Most of the negative comments are about the commercial fishery - not this proposal.

DSteven 5 days ago
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Put a limit on burbot!!!

Mattjosa 7 days ago
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If sport anglers who pay the bills get a 40% reduction in catch limit and a shorter season do the commercial operations lose 40% of the quota and a shorter season as well?

Johnnytenn 7 days ago
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Two featues of this proposed policy will do nothing to sustain the walley population - extending the opening by 1 week and limiting catch to 4 from 6. Commercial operations account for about 90% of the catch.Their start date should be later to avoid netting fish that haven't spawned.

lake winnipeg fisher 9 days ago
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live bait should not be banned. minnow lakes where the minnows are trapped have no zebra muscles. where is the logic. if your really concerned about zebra muscles more sterilization stations around lakes that have them are needed not just at the weigh station on the perimeter

bushmaster jr 9 days ago
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There has to be some sort of dialogue with the treaty,to respect the the lakes in the north that are High Quality management specific,theres a reason these lakes have that regulation,respect the slot,take what you need but release the fish that are over the slot.

Tbrew 10 days ago
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Instead of Walleye closure in end of May there should be catch and release period where none are kept. Two rods should be allowed in the summer time from a boat only.

Kevin s 10 days ago
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I think we should get rid of live bait next year. It is obviously a huge issue transferring water to other lakes, and we need to act now.

anschoen 11 days ago
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I think all the proposed changes are fact and research based, and have a needed place in conservation. Manitoba has amazing fisheries, one of the best in North America, and we need to be proactive in protecting them. I love the new limits, which I know you can find the research they were based on.

anschoen 11 days ago
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I do not agree that we should reduce the walleye limits on lake winnipeg for anglers.

Winnipeg Angler SS 11 days ago
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I say NO to extending the Manitoba fishing season closure by one week during prime time.

I say No to opening cat fishing in one breath and then shutting down the red river in the next.

I say NO to blanket coverage for the province rather than lake and water body specific regulations.

Winnipeg Angler SS 11 days ago
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Leave Bass out of any changes , let this industry grow , bass fishing is growing as it is amazingly fun . Anglers spend thousands of dollars chasing this species supporting businesses and the industry , stop taking our privlages away , no changes needed for this species

Mgcar 11 days ago
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Stop putting road blocks in front of anglers who spend endless monies toward the fishing industry .ones who want to pass this tradition onto others .recreational anglers are not the issue stop painting everyone with the same brush . Poor conservation policing is not anglers fault

Mgcar 11 days ago
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Spawning walleye don’t feed, but they can be netted easily? That’s why the great fishing in spring after the spawn. Not sure why, 2 years ago open and ice almost all our fish had eggs? Last weekend, none had eggs?

Sledgod 11 days ago
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We seine net our liveys in the morning for our fishing that day. Usually 1 quick dip and we have 30-40 minnows for the day. Release what we don’t use from the same body of water. Will this now be illegal? Ps, if your “scientists “ are reputable, they should tell you spawning fish don’t feed!

Sledgod 11 days ago
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