Nipawin is an angler’s paradise, with a world-class fishery, multiple tournaments, and a welcoming community. The closest boat launch is in the Nipawin Regional Park on the Tobin Lake Section of the Saskatchewan River. There are also spots along the shore that are accessible, including a dock near the boat launch installed every summer. Codette Lake is also close to Nipawin and was created with the construction of the Francios-Finlay Dam. The fisheries include Northern Pike, Walleye, Sauger, Perch, Sturgeon and Goldeye. settings.
A Roman Catholic priest Father Mariusz broke the world record ice fishing record with an 18.30-pound walleye on Tobin Lake, January 4, 2005. The previous Saskatchewan record walleye, also caught and relseased on Tobin Lake weighed in at 18.06 pounds in 1997.
Father Mariusz landed his trophy with a “diamond spinner” near the Tobin Lake Resort Village, while ice fishing alone in his shack on Tobin Lake at around 5 p.m.
The new Saskatchewan record walleye has a girth of 22.5 inches and measures 36.5 inches long. It is believed Father Mariusz’s walleye is the only one caught while ice fishing. All other Tobin Lake provincial records for walleye were realized in open water.
Nipawin and surrounding areas host multiple fishing events, making our home a fishing paradise and an opportunity to win some cash. We are world renowned for our tournaments, paying out hundreds of thousands every year! In the attempt to preserve our incredible aquatic wildlife, every tournament is a live release format. There are many varieties of tournaments, such as weigh-in style, measurements of fish, and fishing for tags. Whether you are a competitive angler or are fishing for fun, there is the ability to win a prize anytime you are on our waters.
Nipawin Great Northern Pike Festival
The Nipawin Great Northern Pike Festival is a way anyone can win a prize. Each year Northern Pike is tagged in early June at the annual Media Day. Media Day is an event that brings in media personnel from across the province to golf and tag Northern Pike.
To enter the festival, purchase a $5 entry at various locations in Nipawin and the area. The entry will be put into a draw for prizes regardless of if a fish is tagged. If entered the festival, and a current year tag is caught, there are various prizes able to be won.
Saskatchewan Premiers Walleye Cup
The Saskatchewan Premiers Walleye Cup is one of the largest fishing tournaments in the world, with 160 teams hitting the water for two days each August. The tournament is a weigh-in style, with prize money awarded to the top team each day and overall weight. There is also an opportunity to enter a tournament within a tournament that holds 120 of 160 teams to win bonus prizes for the highest weight. Anglers can enter a big fish pool where the heaviest fish each day receive a cash prize. The boats launch from the docks at the Nipawin Regional Park.
Vanity Cup Walleye Tournament
The Vanity Cup Walleye Tournament runs each October on the Saskatchewan River section Tobin Lake. It is a two-day live release tournament, based on the weight of walleye. In its conception the founders named the tournament “vanity” because of the large prize fund, and $000 entry fee. The first-place team of the tournament wins a prize fund of $100,000, not including any daily or bonus funds. Included with the overall placing are prizes for top mixed team, top team in a Lund boat, hidden weight, and most improved. Currently the Vanity Cup is organised by Nipawin Minor Hockey as a large fundraiser for their club. The boats launch from the docks at the Nipawin Regional Park.
The Vanity continues to contribute so much support to the community of nipawin. The Vanity has many large donations to help athletic projects such full funding of the Walleye Park Slo-Pitch Diamonds, batting cages at L.P. Miller and all minor ball diamonds. Helping with minor hockey they have bought nets, Novice boards, numerous sets of hockey jerseys and the Vanity Luxury Box at the Centennial Arena. Other donations have went toward the Nipawin Regional Park such as the spray, boat docks, and other various projects.
Tobin Lake Walleye Tournament
The Tobin Lake Walleye Tournament is organised by the Nipawin Junior ‘A’ Hawks, taking place in July each year. The tournament is a measurement style tournament, with 100 teams participating in the regular tournament. There is also an opportunity to enter a bonus fishing pool for every team. If entered in both sections of the tournaments, the first-place team takes home $25,200. Boats launch from the docks at the Resort Village of Tobin Lake.
Phone: (306) 862-2748
Ladies Fish for Freedom
The Ladies Fish for Freedom is one of Saskatchewan’s premier ladies-only, one-day tournaments. One hundred and ten teams hit the water with two anglers and a boat captain if desired. The captain cannot fish or assist in any way in the landing of a fish. The tournament is live release and measurement style, where prizes are based on the total measurement of four legal fish per team. The contest is on the weekend of August directly following the Premiers Cup, providing a chance for every family member to participate in a tournament. The tournament is a fundraiser event for the Twin Lakes Trailblazer Snowmobile Club. They reinvest back into the community by providing an attractive winter recreation destination.
Fishing Outfitters and Guides
Marina, Boat Rentals, Outfitting, Guiding
Phone: (306) 862-2628
Twin Marine is one of the largest outfitters on Tobin Lake, offering full or half day guided fishing adventures. One of their knowledgeable guides will show you the beautiful waters of Tobin Lake, the current spots the bite is on, and the type of tackle to use. Their fishing techniques will help you to catch one of Tobin Lake’s Trophy Walleye or Northern Pike. Guide packages of $550 for a full day include a knowledgeable guide, large guide boat, fuel, gear & equipment, container of bait and 8 hours of fun! Twin Marine also has ice fishing packages of $600 per day that includes a knowledgeable guide, and guided in a Snobear. Twin Marine also has boat rentals including six fishing boats and one pontoon boat. The marina also has bait, tackle, fishing licences, and a convenience store.
Reel 'Em Inn Cabins
Cabins, Fishing Guides
Phone: (306) 862-4544
Reel’em Inn Cabins includes twelve private, modern cabins located just outside of Nipawin in the Regional Park. This camping location is perfect for a fishing trip, as you are just minutes from the Saskatchewan River portion of Tobin Lake. All cabins have seen renovations in the last five years, making them the best place to rest after a long day of fishing. Reel ‘Em Inn Cabins has teamed up with Ray Lamy of Twin Marine to offer the best possible fishing experience.
Tobin Lake Trophy Adventures
Fishing and Hunting Lodge
Site 709 COMP 24 RR7
Canada S7K 1N2
Phone: (306) 229-0294
Tobin Lake Trophy Adventures specialise in trophy Whitetail Deer, Moose, and Black Bear hunts and also do fishing packages for trophy Walleye and Northern Pike. They have accommodations in their two story lake side lodge with a panoramic view. Their ten bedrooms, each with a private bathroom, sleeps 10-24, and includes satellite Tv, Wi-Fi, pool table and excellent home cooked meals. There is also access to the kitchen if guests wish to do their own cooking.
Tobin Lake Guide Services
101 Tindall Nipawin, SK
Phone: (306) 862-7735
Tobin Lake Guide Services offers guided fishing and sightseeing tours for a few hours or all day on Tobin and Codette Lakes. They are all about the client and want to provide the best service to suit your holiday. Tobin Lake Guide Services can supply guests with rods and tackle, or they can bring your own. “We will tailor your trip to your needs and wants to make it the best rip for you!” Whether summer or winter they will set guests up for a chance of catching trophy fish.
Trails End Outfitters
Fishing & Hunting Guide
Phone: (306) 812-8281
“Come as a client, leave as a friend” is Trails End Outfitters philosophy. They have a lakefront, handcrafted log lodge at Tobin Lake. The guest experience will be professionally guided, whether hunting for bear/ deer in the bush, or fishing the waters of Tobin Lake for a monster pike or world renowned walley. Fishing is open May 15 to March 31, and a price per person per day is $300.00 USD. When fishing with Trails End Outfitters the prices include your accommodations, home cooked meals, trophy and meat care, hunting and fishing Licences and Taxes.
Gary Simon Outfitting
Hunting and Fishing Outfitter
Carrot River, SK
Phone: (306) 768-2886
Gary Simon Outfitting and Thunder Rapids Lodge provides guests with an exciting and memorable fishing or hunting experience in NorthEast Saskatchewan. Thunder Rapid Lodge is equipped with a small store that offers gas, ice, groceries, fishing tackle, frozen bait, magazines, souvenirs, T-shirts, and confectionery. They also have cabins, a pool and boats for rent.
Angling Regulations and Limits
To maintain the high-quality trophy fishery, there are regulations in effect from the Francois-Finlay Dam to the E.B. Campbell Dam. This also includes all portions of the Petegain River which flows into Petegain Bay on Tobin Lake. The regulations include no walleye or sauger between 55cm (27.1 inches) and 86 cm (33.9 inches) long may be retained. No northern pike between 75 cm (29.5 inches) and 115 cm (45.3 inches) may be retained. Barbless hooks are mandatory.
Anglers may catch the limit for each fish species on a single day. At any time, possession limit is no more than the limit for each species. This limit includes the fish you have while fishing, at camp, during transportation and at home.
Northern Pike 4 (Only 1 northern pike may exceed 115 cm)
Walleye/ Sauger 4 (Only 1 walleye/ sauger may exceed 86 cm)
Sturgeon 0 limit