Welcome to Blackwater Cats Outfitter

Your fully licensed and insured four seasons fishing outfitter and guide service. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada and operating out of both Lockport and Selkirk, Manitoba we specialize in giant Red River channel catfish and Trophy Lake Winnipeg greenback walleye.

Whether your looking for an expert Red River catfish guide to provide you with a world class catfishing experience on the mighty Red River or are interested in our famous fall run of trophy greenback walleye on the Winnipeg River, Red River, and south Basin of Lake Winnipeg, you have come to the right place my friends... we have the fishing guide for you.

Passion and experience are two characteristics of a great fishing guide Lake Winning Ice Fishing guideand Blackwater Cats Outfitter has both. With this amazing fishery in our back yard we have over 20 years experience targeting huge channel cats on the Red River, and trophy greenback walleye on the Winnipeg River and Lake Winnipeg..

Between a busy schedule guiding clients for huge channel catfish and trophy walleye, as well as tournament walleye fishing whenever I can squeeze it in, I am on the water constantly and ready to show you a good time and great fishing.

Our main goal is to provide you with a trip to remember, full of big fish, good company, and plenty of excitement for all with a guide who gets as much pleasure watching his guests catch big fish as he does catching them himself.

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The last week the catfish bite has started firing up. With the dam closed up and the water clearing the Cats have put on the feed bag.

We’ve been putting a hurt on the kitties with steady action all day long with and the best bite and numbers of the season.

Long long overdue but we’re busy with multiple groups per day but still lots of openings to fill.

Make hay while the sun is shining and take advantage of the incredible bite!
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Have a great time!!! How many boats so far in the masters cat ?

Summertime walleye fishing is always underrated on Lake Winnipeg.

To be honest I don’t even pay it the respect it deserves.

Last week the boys had a group of six guys out for a bachelor party and they had a pretty solid day.

They managed 20 to 40 fish per boat and ended up getting six masters between the two boats which is pretty exceptional for summertime walleye fishing.

Someone who Fish’s Lake Winnipeg regularly may say that slow based on our spring and fall expectations but we’re pretty spoiled here and that’s still a pretty banner day for most people.

 we got open schedules and beautiful weather to take advantage of. 

Send us an email to book your trip today!

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Jigging or trolling?

What to do on spring break?

Book a morning family fishing trip with Blackwater Cats Outfitter

An often overlooked opportunity on the red river for the kiddos is goldeye fishing. The big cats can be too much for the little ones but nothing is more exciting than having eager young angler learn how to cast a Rod for the first time and catch their first fish.

Easily manageable and fun watching the bobber go under Time and time again pulling up fish after fish.

And there’s Always the opportunity for a few tackle busting Bruisers for mom and dad

it makes for a nice little family vacation fishing trip and a good combo for the kids and the parents.
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Thanks Donovan. We had a great time and like you said three hours was enough to get in some great fishing (including a master angler catfish) but not too much for the kids.

Spring Break? Or summer break?

Cole Nychka

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Two of the finest right there.

The Goat!!

hey thats in fisherman guy

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Thanks Cam...Linzy can take a bow. T-Shirts coming!

Cool. Make sure you get big boy sizes!

Looks great dono! Great logo.

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Who ever wins this will have an amazing experience 🎣

Jordan Balamatowski

The Red River is dropping and the launches launches are opening it’s time to get back in action!!!

Had a hard-core father’s day group out last Friday braving the fast and high water And the catfish will give you the fight of your life!

Had a 20+ cat day with multiple masters and lots of fun for everyone!

Book your trip today our guides are waiting!
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Lol I meant down not dumb

I'm dumb or so you let me know when

288 days a year all of winnipeg and surrounding areas the sweage flows directly into rivers that feed the red as well as the red. Any time we have over 2mm precipitation the sweage treatment plant cannot keep up and it all goes to the river Tell our politicians were sick of their bull spit 10million dollar oer year feasibility studies on fixing our treatment plant. They been having these 10 million dollar year feasibility studies for over 20 years 20 years ago price tag was 200 million to upgrade sewage treatment, app 8 to 10 years ago they doubled our water bills under the " seweage treatment fee" this money was misappropriationed to things like, baseball,football stadiums, rapid transit ( our newer frontage taxes also were used) Now they say it's billions to fix sewage treatment plant and 5 more years to train unskilled workers to also have privileges of working on a large contract. I think these people would rather have the privileges of clean rivers, rivers I might add empty into like winnipeg, a lake they say eill take up to 10 billion and 20 years to clean and restore. A lake that has lost over 70% of its fish, not from overfishing but from over land pollution as,well as sewage/ every drop of moter vehicles fluids that spill on the roads each year all end up here. I have not fished the red in about 13 to 15 years, not since my kids while collecting stones and driftwood brought a pail that also contained many, many tampon applicators in various colors that they found and thought were a type of seashell YUCK

Josh Murdock we should go fishing lake of the woods sometime

Low water means good catching


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Blackwater Cats on the Red River - Catfishing Guide Winnipeg Lockport Selkirk Manitoba Catfish

Lockport * Selkirk * Winnipeg
Red River * Winnipeg River * Lake Winnipeg

Blackwater Cats Outfitter fishing guide service knows the water we fish as professional fishing guides like the back of our hands. The Red River and Lake Winnipeg systems is our workplace and playground. With tens of thousands of hours fishing on the Red River and Lake Winnipeg over the past 20+ years as anglers and fishing guides you won't find anyone with more hours logged than the Blackwater Cats team. From seasonal catfish and walleye movements and bait selections to specialized techniques and presentations out team of catfishing guides and walleye guides we will get you on fish in safety and comfort and It's likely as a first time guest you may experience the best fishing of your life. As an added bonus Donovan is partnered with many of the fishing industries leading and most innovative companies. Guests of Blackwater Cats will be introduced to some of the finest gear and fishing equipment on the market during your professionally guided catfishing or walleye fishing trip of a lifetime! Once you step into Donovan's customized 2025 Kingfisher Falcon catfish boat you know your in for a great time and great fishing.