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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COVID Friendly FAMILY ICE FISHING!!! Discount Local Pricing!

Blackwater Cats has been leading the packs on lake Winnipeg for over a decade. Shake off the blues and come experience the world class Ice fishing Lake Winnipeg has to offer.
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What a weekend for the Blackwater Cats Outfitter crew!

Besides the Walleye Masters Cup with two Blackwater Cats boats finishing in the top 10

We had several guided trips taking place on a very busy weekend and absolutely everybody killed it.

On Saturday BWC guide James Patterson Laid an absolute curb stomping on Jumbo Lake Winnipeg walleyes out on the big lake. The eater bite was decent but they landed... get this.... 10 fish over 28 inches which a fish over 30 inches!!!! That is an absolute Lake Winnipeg beat down on trophy walleye.

On Sunday BWC Guide Brad Kiselbach Lost count of catfish after about 50 landed with 30 masters Anchored by a whopper over 39” inches.

Also on Sunday BWC Ken Welsh Fresh off the fourth place finish and top tiller boat at the walleye masters cup did a back to back, first taking out a family for a multi species excursion pounding both catfish sauger and anything else that would bite the hook And then an evening quickie with an easy 25 cats.

The whole system is on fire right now with lots of opportunities don’t miss out on your last chance fishing excursions before freeze up we should be going into late October.

Cats might have another week or two left
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Congrats! Call me if they open the border to U.S. fisherman.

Lake Winnipeg Greenback fishing report!!!

Decent day up on Lake Winnipeg with 60 to 70 Fish boated. They were aggressive and hitting like tigers with lots of big ones to Boot!

Red River:

Red River’s been consistent With a half dozen to a dozen fish per trip last few outings and they seem to be getting better every day with some nice ones in the mix

Pine Falls:

Per Norm the fishing is good and the numbers are a little bit better than the red but I think you still have a better shot at the big ones on the red right now.

We have a full contingent of guides ready and waiting to make your greenback dreams reality

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Blackwater Cats Outfitter Guide Service

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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.