Parkland Tourism Association | Manitoba, Canada


A particularly harsh winter back in 1989-90 is in some ways responsible for a thriving flyfishing movement in the Parkland. That year, many of the area's lakes experienced winter kill, making the stocking of the affected lakes necessary. Local fish and game groups introduced salmonoid species to these lakes, most notably rainbow and brown trout. To the surprise of many, and to the delight of anglers everywhere, the experiment was a resounding success.

The fishing experience you can have in the Parkland region is one of the best ever. The beautiful scenery, sizable trout and peaceful, relaxing and isolated lakes all provide you with the sense that you are fishing in paradise.

To get you started on your flyfishing adventure, here are a few of the stocked lakes you can try:

  • Beaver, Black Beaver, Childs, East Blue Lake, Glad, Gull, Laurie, Perch, Shilliday, Two Mile and West Blue Lakes in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
  • West Goose and East Goose Lakes are at Roblin.
  • Tokaryk and Patterson Lakes east of Rossburn.
  • Rossman Lake northeast of Rossburn.
  • Jackfish Lake is located in the Saskatchewan portion of Duck Mountain Provincial Park.
  • Spear Lake (reservoir) near Russell.
  • Vermillion River Reservoir near Dauphin.
Patterson Lake. 8 km north of Oakburn on #577, very near Tokaryk Lake. Surrounded by trees and located in a valley, Patterson is an excellent lake for the float tuber, even in the wind. Record brown and rainbow trout in the 30-inch range have provided trophy action for recent anglers.

Catch limits and seasons can vary from lake to lake. For example, on West Goose and Patterson Lakes, the stocked trout limit is one of any size, and only artificial lures may be used. For more information, consult the Manitoba Angler's Guide or visit obtain an electronic copy of the Guide.

Goose Lake (Roblin)

Though small, Goose Lake has an excellent reputation among fly-fishers throughout North America. The lake is artificially aerated to keep trout healthy through the winter months. Rainbows up to 76 cm (30 inches) have been documented here.

Located in the town of Roblin.

Shilliday Lake (Duck Mountain Provincial Park and Forest)

The exclusive domain of fly-fishers, who fish here for rainbow trout. Electric motors only.

Located 2 km (1.25 miles) west of East Blue Lake in Duck Mountain Provincial Park.

Tokaryk Lake (Oakburn)

This lake has earned a reputation as one of the best in Canada for fly-fishing. Expect to land brown trout, and some big rainbows.

Located 6.4 km (4 miles) north of Oakburn on PR577, then 1.6 km (1 mile) east and 1.6 km (1 mile) north.

Twin Lakes (Boggy Creek)

Located near Boggy Creek, the lakes are a destination for anglers looking for the new and exotic tiger trout hybrid (a brown trout and brook trout cross).

Vini Lake (Porcupine Provincial Forest)

A 2-km (1.25-mile) hike east of North Steeprock Lake in the Porcupine Forest may reward the patient fly-fisher with a nice catch of spar and rainbow trout. Nearby Gass Lake may yield a catch of spar and brook trout.