Waterways in the area will be buzzing this weekend as the walleye and sauger combined season officially opens on Saturday (May 21, 2022).

The season kicks off every year on the third weekend in May through until December 31 in Zones 4 and 5,  (with some waterbody exceptions), primarily where Northwestern Ontario anglers fish. 

Zone 5 is where places like Kenora, Dryden, Sioux Narrows, and Fort Frances are located. Zone 4 covers the Red Lake, Lac Seul, Minnitaki Lake, and Sydney Lake areas.

Canadian residents with a Sport Fishing Licence may retain four walleye and sauger combined while those with Conservation Fishing Licences may only retain two in most parts of Zones 4 and 5.

(Note the exceptions for water bodies, including the Winnipeg River and Shoal Lake)

Those who fish in the Winnipeg River system, Rainy Lake, Rainy River, and Seine River system should be aware that walleyes caught must be between 35 - 45cm. Please refer to your waterbody in the Ontario Fishing Regulations to confirm your limits and possession. Non-Canadian residents should also abide by their respective possession and limits. 

Anglers are also reminded to be safe this weekend and all summer long as boaters are eager to get back on the waterways.