Fall is the ideal time to plan your fishing trip. The air is cool, the sun is not as intense, and it is the prime time to catch Walleye. Now that fall is around the corner there is no better time to plan your fishing Canada trip. We are one of Canada’s premier fishing lodges, located on the Winnipeg River System, making Rough Rock Lodge & Outpost the ideal sportsman’s vacation retreat. Northern Pike, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and Muskie are what you can expect to catch on your trip. However, before you go out and start bringing in the fish, it is important to know what you are luring in!


Walleye is a native to most of Canada and the Northern United States and one of the finest eating freshwater fish. Walleyes are mostly olive and gold in color.  They have sharp teeth with a large mouth. Their average length is 16 to 18 inches and can get as big as 31 inches and weigh up to 20 pounds.

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass are a freshwater fish that is part of the sunfish family.  The smallmouth bass is brown, sometimes appearing as black or green with red eyes, and dark brown vertical bands. The smallmouth’s color and hue may vary depending on environmental variables such as diet or water clarity. These are small fish, “smallies,” with the maximum record size being 27 inches and 12 pounds.

Northern Pike

Northern’s, “Water Wolf of the North,” are a predator but one of the easiest fish to catch because it bites lures and bait willingly. Northern’s average 2 to 5 pounds and 16–22 inches long but 40+ inch pike are caught, photographed and released every year at the Rough Rock. They are an olive green color with shading from yellow to white along the belly.


Muskie’s can be the most difficult to find, “Fish of a 1,000 Casts”. Muskies are light green, silver, or light brown, and have dark bars running up and down their bodies. On average a Muskie weighs between 15–36 pounds and 28–48 inches in length. A Muskie will wait in the weeds and then lunge forward, clamping its large, tooth-lined jaw onto its prey. They eat fish and sometimes ducklings and small muskrats.

After a day of taking in the fall colors, the crisp air, and catching the perfect fish get cozy in your cabin at Rough Rock Outpost. With meal plans and a housekeeping plan, your fall trip will be easy just like hooking the perfect fish! Check out our accommodations and grab your sweater and get ready for your fishing Canada trip!