Article and Photos by: Travel Manitoba
It goes without saying, when a vision is fostered by a passionate community success is often achieved without boundaries. This is especially true for those who are and have been dedicated to developing and maintaining Manitoba’s renowned Stillwater Trout fisheries.
This dedication of sorts goes back to the late 80’s when heavy winter kills in the region prompted local fish and game groups to indulge in stocking brown and rainbow trout to replenish uninhabited waters. These highly fertile lakes soon revealed abundant populations of Gammarus scuds that were heavily consumed by the transplanted trout populations. With extraordinary results, the Parkland began producing trophy trout specimens that quickly gained a prominent reputation for reaching mind blowing dimensions.
Today, the Parkland is home to dozens of world class trout fisheries that offer angling opportunities for Splake, Arctic Char, Rainbow, Brown, Brook, and Tiger Trout. Many are highly managed fisheries that have adopted special regulations and management initiatives to help preserve the trophy experience. From catch and release policies to seasonal aeration, Parkland Stillwaters have set the exemplary model. Whether you choose to fish conventionally, with a fly rod or through the ice, the Parkland presents an exclusive experience that is unique to Manitoba.
But it doesn’t end here. To sustain such a resource takes a considerable amount of planning, time, effort, labor and monetary means. Without it, these endeavors would have only remained a vision. But thanks to a long standing commitment from various members of Manitoba’s angling community, local conservation groups, provincial and local government and fisheries staff, the Parkland’s trout legacy has endured the tests of time and continues to progress forward towards new successes and opportunities.
“There’s a lot of people that work hard to develop and sustain these world class trout fisheries,” said Ben Brodeur, who manages economic development for Roblin, MB. “It’s a working partnership that provides anglers with a trophy trout experience but also positive economic benefits for our communities and region.”
Roblin is proudly named the “Jewel of the Parkland” and a jewel it is. Conveniently located on each side of the 83 highway, at the town’s south entrance, are two well-known rainbow and brown trout lakes, West and East Goose. Both trophy fisheries, they were selected for practice and competition venues during the Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships, which Roblin hosted in 2010. Roblin has once again taken the initiative to promote the Parkland trout experience and will be hosting the fly fishing championships for the second time in 2017.
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