Manitoba's Master Angler Leader
Master fisherman from around the world challenge themselves to pursue the Manitoba Master Angler Award badges - first Bronze, then the "Expert" silver and finally the "Grand Master" gold. Or focus on your favoured species, from Arctic Char to Whitefish, as you pursue the challenge of earning a "Specialist" award.
Each year, more than 3,000 badges are given to anglers who have discovered the wealth of Manitoba's angling adventures. Master Anglers know they have a lifetime membership in a program that registers and honours their angling triumphs in Manitoba each, and every time they tackle a Manitoba trophy. To enter is easy, the test lies in pitting your skills against the trophy fish that await you.
THE MASTERS' AWARDS
To qualify, catch any one of 28 different species, of a designated minimum size, with hook and line, anywhere in Manitoba. Then you've taken the first step to working your way up to the Grand Master title. Each qualifying fish caught and recorded moves you that much
A RECORD OF SUCCESS
Every year, "The Fishing and Hunting Adventures Guide" salutes the achievements of Manitoba Master Anglers. The "All-Time Angler Records" highlight the longest of each species and the body of water
where they were caught. In addition, it lists the names of those anglers who have set the benchmark for others to challenge.The "Master Angler Honour Roll" records the accomplishments of those anglers who reached the elite levels of silver and gold in the previous year. The "Master Angler Register" reads like a "who's who" of the anglers, qualifying fish and lakes of the season. Put your name on the record of success. All it takes is the right catch and your application.
YOUR OWN OFFICIAL RECORD
Every qualifying Master Angler fish you catch is honoured with a certificate recording your success. A unique certificate is given to those anglers who catch-and-release a trophy fish. Set aside a special place to display the highlights of your Manitoba angling adventures.
Awarded only once, the Bronze badge is presented to anglers who catch their first trophy fish of qualifying size, in any one of the 28 eligible species.
SILVER BADGE - THE EXPERT
This badge honours the skill and scope it takes to catch one qualifying fish from five different species. The combination you choose to become an "Expert" is up to you.
Catch five qualifying fish of one species to receive the Specialist badge. Master each of the species and earn a different badge each time. There are 28 Specialist badges to be had.
GOLD BADGE - THE GRAND MASTER
The right to wear gold is achieved by those who catch a qualifying fish from ten different species. A once-in-a-lifetime award, the Grand Master gold badge salutes the dedication, versatility and level of accomplishment of those who pursue this title.
CATCH & RELEASE AWARD
The Manitoba Master Angler Catch-and-Release shoulder patch is given to those individuals who release a qualifying fish. The growing number of patches awarded each year is a strong sign of anglers' overall commitment to ensuring a future for our fisheries resource. Seventy-five percent of the Master Angler fish recorded in 1994 were released. Start your own catch-and-release practice by earning the one-time Catch-and-Release patch.
JOIN THE MASTERS
Look for the Manitoba Master Angler application in the "Sport Fishing Guide" provided with the purchase of each fishing licence, or ask your lodge representative for a copy. The two criteria for entering a Master Angler qualifying fish are the length measurement, and the use of a hook and line to make the catch. In some cases a photo may be required to qualify your entry. Make it a practice to keep a camera ready for all the trophies that come your way.
The Manitoba Master Angler program has
acknowledged the achievements of anglers who continue to explore Manitoba waters
for over 50 years. We salute those anglers who, in 1960, entered 325 trophy fish from seven different species. And here's to the anglers who,have submitted
over 10,000 trophy fish from 28 species. That brings the total to over
100,000 trophy fish caught and registered in the Manitoba Master Angler Awards program. It represents a legacy to the anglers who caught them, and the adventurers' spirit which brought them to Manitoba.
THE TACKLE SHOP
Our tackle shop will have just what you need. Hooks, line, sinkers, lures, spoons and jigs, whatever you need you can find in our tackle shop. We have a number of fishing rods and reels which our guests may use free of charge. We do not supply any tackle free but "light" rod repair (such as broken tips) is available free of charge.
Most likely many of the lures you have in your tackle box right now will do just fine. However,one lure that you cannot do without is the "5 Of Diamonds" (#2 size)
It's a killer on northerns. A #1 does pretty good on walleye and a larger #5 is great for lake trout.
Large 5 of Diamonds and other large spoons, large Mepps spinners, red eye spoons, magnum Rapellas, Big Doctor spoons, Zara Spooks and any large stick baits and plugs.
Five of Diamonds (#2), Doctor spoons, diving baits, crank baits, top water lures, buzz baits.
Wally divers, ( purple is a good color ), Little Georges, jigs, all colors flip tails, Rattle Traps and spinner baits.