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Manitoba Fishing

Boat Access Lakes | Portage Lakes | Fly Out Lakes | Drive In Lakes
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Great fishing

From our lodge docks you can boat into 5 different lakes. Covering over 50 miles of water the fishing and scenery just doesn't come any better. Rarely lose fishing days due to strong winds.

For the adventurous fishermen we also have several portage lakes with boats and motors. Lake Trout, Walleye and Northern Pike are our most sought after species but we also have Brook Trout and Rainbow Trout available.

Most of our guests have been returning for over 10 years and some for over 20 years. References available upon request.

Boat Access Lakes

First Cranberry Lake
Home to Caribou Lodge Outfitters. Caribou Lodge Outfitters sits on a private 10-acre peninsula on the west end of First Cranberry Lake. First Cranberry Lake is the gateway to all of our boat accessible lakes.

Approximately 4.5 miles long, 2 miles wide and up to 30 feet deep, this lake supports the following fish species; Northern Pike, Walleye, Whitefish, Burbot and even the odd Lake Trout and Perch.

Re-known for its fishing quality versus quantity, First Cranberry is the hardest of our immediate lakes to fish. But when you do catch a fish in this lake it will likely fall within the master angler program. Most fishermen have a love and / or hate relationship with this lake.

Second Cranberry Lake
A ten-minute boat ride from the Lodge, Second Cranberry Lake is approximately 7 miles long, 2 miles wide and up to 150 feet deep. This lake supports the following fish species; Lake Trout, Northern Pike, Burbot, Whitefish, Walleye and Perch. A natural sandy beach located at the south end of this lake is a very popular spot for our young guests and their parents.

Third Cranberry Lake
A short 20-minute boat ride from the Lodge. Third Cranberry Lake is approximately 5 miles long, 1.5 miles wide and up to 40 feet deep. This lake supports the following fish species Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Burbot, Perch and even the odd Lake Trout.

Elbow Lake
The last lake, and furthest distance away from our lodge on our boat accessible chain of lakes is Elbow Lake. To get to Elbow Lake one must navigate the waters of First, Second and Third Cranberry lakes followed by a very scenic 10 miles of the Grass River. A one-hour boat ride from the lodge, it is approximately 7 miles long by 3 miles wide. This lake supports the following fish species; Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Burbot and Perch.

Simmonhouse Lake
Boat access is from the east side of Second Cranberry Lake. A 25 minute boat ride from the lodge, it is approximately 12 miles long by 2.5 miles wide and up to 54 feet deep. This lake supports the following fish species; Walleye, Northern Pike, Whitefish, Tullibee and Perch.


Portage Lakes

Wedge lake
Accessible from Third Cranberry Lake, Wedge Lake is a 15-minute walk on a well maintained trail, bringing you to our portage lake boats on Wedge lake. Approximately 3 miles long by 1.5 miles wide, this lake supports the following fish species; Walleye and Northern Pike. Try not to get lost on this lake.

Amphipod Lake
Also accessible from Third Cranberry Lake is Amphipod Lake. A 10-minute walk on a well-maintained trail will bring you to our boats on Amphipod Lake. Approximately 1 mile long by 1/4 mile wide, this lake is stocked with Rainbow and Speckled Trout. Certain government lake restrictions apply

Bear Lake - info coming

Brunne Lake - info coming


Drive-In Lakes

Lake Athapapuskow
A short 5-minute drive from the Lodge, lies Lake Athapapuskow, a world-class trophy Lake Trout lake. The Cree word, meaning "rocks all around", simply does not adequately describe the serene beauty of this Fisherman's Paradise. To add to your outdoor experience nearly 2,500 km of shoreline, more than 1,100 islands, and several beautiful beaches are there for your exploration and enjoyment.


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  • On our June 2005 trip the largest walleye was 31 1/4 inches and the largest northern pike was 44 inches. When you combine fishing like that with family or good friends and a good shore lunch; it just doesn't get any better.
    Mike Reinhardt
  • The five connected lakes gave us unlimited possibilities for areas to fish and just kick back in the boat and relax when we wanted to, we were never crowded by others.
    Craig and Tascha Jasper
  • It’s not too many places in the world you can go fishing, and even on a bad day catch so many fish that you can hardly hold you fishing rod .
    Dan Bullock
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  • Match tackle to the fish you are trying to catch. Using light tackle often results in longer time to land the fish thereby increasing stress levels and related mortality.
  • Whenever possible, release the fish while it is still in the water by simply grasping the shank of the hook with pliers and reversing it.
  • Never lift fish by the lower jaw or hold them in a vertical position. Hold the fish horizontally with support on their underside.
  • Use wet hands when fishing. This reduces damage to the fish's protective coating.
  • Do not squeeze a fish or touch the eyes or gills when handling it.
  • When releasing a fish, place it gently into the water and hold it upright until it is revived.
  • If a deeply hooked fish must be released, cut the line off as close as possible to the hook. When regulations allow, always keep badly injured or deeply hooked fish.
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