Lac du Bonnet is home to one of the province’s best trout fishing locations, The Wildlife Ponds. Operated year-round by the Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Association, this is the perfect location to hit up for some great fishing in the spring, summer, fall, or winter.
Stocked with rainbow, tiger, and brown trout, it is almost impossible not to catch a fish from one of the shoreside fishing locations, or from your ice shack. The Wildlife Association encourages ‘Catch and Release’ to ensure a high-quality angling experience for everyone, but if you’d like to snag one for dinner, rainbow trout may be taken. The Wildlife Association is hoping to develop some Master Angler size Tigers and Browns, so please let them go when you catch them.
The calm waters and beautiful scenery also make the ponds a gorgeous, safe destination for canoeing, kayaking or pedal boating. The ponds are a great place to enjoy nature and the wildlife that call this area of Lac du Bonnet home for paddlers of every skill level.
If you prefer enjoying nature on foot, then head off down the 1.2km interpretive walking trail. The ponds provide important habitats for a variety of waterfowl including migrating ducks and geese, as well as common loons, which you can find all summer. Redwing blackbirds frequently nest in the cattail vegetation along the edge of the ponds, and many other species of songbirds can be observed. The habitat surrounding the trail also includes many impressive flowering plants. Strawberries, raspberries, chokecherries and saskatoons provide a food source for the wildlife living in this area and are a tasty treat from the human visitors too.
If you’re set for a day of fishing, paddling, hiking, and relaxation, then don’t miss the Lac du Bonnet Wildlife Ponds, location on PTH 11 just 1.5 km North of the junction of PR 313.