A few tips for the newbie and seasoned fishermen

Kevin Penner

A few tips for the newbie and seasoned fishermen

Experience the Thrill of Winter with Your Group at Wilderness Edge Retreat Centre

Calling all group organizers! Are you searching for an exciting and memorable winter adventure to offer your group? Look no further than Wilderness Edge Retreat Centre, where we invite you to embark on an exhilarating ice fishing journey in the heart of Whiteshell Provincial Park.

Unforgettable Winter Fun

Ice fishing is more than just a pastime; it's a thrilling winter experience that promises fun and rewards. Picture this: a crisp winter day spent on the frozen expanse of a pristine lake, sitting on pails, and eagerly anticipating the catch of the day. It's an activity that brings people together and creates lasting memories.

Here's a heartwarming story from one of our guests: A family trio, including the writer's wife, and mother-in-law, embarked on an ice fishing adventure. Surprisingly, the mother-in-law, usually a fair-weather angler, led the pack with enthusiasm. Equipped with a short, light ice fishing rod and a well-selected jig, she didn't have to wait long to feel the tug of a fish. In a delightful twist, she reeled in a 16-inch pike, making it a day filled with shared laughter and excitement.

Whether you're ice fishing with family, friends, or colleagues, the thrill of the catch and the camaraderie on the ice are unbeatable. It's an experience that warms your heart even in the coldest of winters.

Essential Tips for a Successful Ice Fishing Adventure

Getting started with ice fishing is easier than you might think. Whether you opt for a cozy ice fishing tent, a full pull-on ice shack, or simply a pail and warm winter clothing, the key is to stay comfortable and prepared. Here are some tips to ensure a smooth start:

  • Ensure you have a reliable auger (gas engine types are preferred) to drill holes in the ice.
  • Carry an ice spoon to remove debris from your fishing hole.
  • Bring something to sit on, as staying comfortable is crucial during long hours on the ice.
  • Carry a stringer or a box to store your catch.
  • Space your fishing holes apart to prevent tangled lines when someone hooks a fish.
  • Be mindful of the current's direction to avoid lines getting mixed up.

Just an Hour from Winnipeg

Wilderness Edge Retreat Centre offers the incredible advantage of being just an hour's drive from Winnipeg. You don't have to reserve fishing adventures exclusively for the summer months. Ice fishing is a cherished Manitoba winter tradition, and it's the perfect opportunity to gather family and friends for a memorable day on the ice. And what's better than enjoying a fresh catch for supper?

Rentable Ice Auger and Tent

At Wilderness Edge, we have all the equipment you need for a successful ice fishing trip. From gas motor ice augers to comfortable fishing tents, we've got you covered. Nearby, the Co-op station ensures you have access to essentials like frozen minnows and fishing licenses.

Explore More with Wilderness Edge

Our commitment to providing unforgettable group experiences extends beyond ice fishing. Wilderness Edge hosts amazing events for groups of up to 350 people. Whether you're interested in our annual winter festival or planning a family gathering in the summer, we specialize in creating exceptional retreats, gatherings, and conferences for Winnipeggers year-round.

Discover the Possibilities

For more information about the area and additional activities, explore our Whiteshell Provincial Park Directory. Your group's winter adventure awaits at Wilderness Edge Retreat Centre. Contact us today to book your stay and create cherished memories on the ice. Don't miss out on this opportunity to offer your group a winter adventure like no other!

For more ideas about what is available in the area check out our  Whiteshell Provincial Park Directory

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143 guest rooms


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One hour from Winnipeg

Located in Pinawa, East Whiteshell Provincial Park


25+ outdoor activities

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