The annual SnoBear Migration will celebrate it’s 12th year on Lake Winnipeg in Gimli March 15 to 18 and they promise this year’s event will be the biggest and best ever.
Organizers are boasting new events, special guests and fantastic prizes. “It’s going to be a jam packed weekend of fun,” SnoBear Canada said on its website. “Nothing puts you on top of fish like SnoBear, and nothing gets you there in total comfort better than SnoBear.”
Special guests for the weekend include Bob & Wayne Izumi of Real Fishing, Ted Takasaki a Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee and Walleye Dan from Brainerd Lakes. They will be in attendance all weekend, as well as SnoBear dealers and representatives.
Check-in at Lakeview Hotel & Resort will commence March 15 at 3 p.m. and registration for SnoBear will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the ballroom on the main floor.
“Come down and say hi, pick up your weekend information and take care of all the pesky paperwork,” their website said. Snobearmigration.com suggests you take the rest of Thursday to enjoy to yourself.
“You can either head out to the lake for some fishing, or relax by the pool after checking out Gimli’s many fine eating establishments,” their official website said.
Seagull’s Restaurant will open at 8 a.m. March 16 for breakfast and SnowBear’s registration table will re-open at 9 a.m. in the ballroom. The table will be staffed all day for folks who wish to sign up for the SnoBear Only Walleye KidFish Charity Tournament while SnoBear prepares for the ice fishing challenge on March 17.
The KidFish fundraiser promises cash prizes for individuals, as well as teams and registration is in it’s final tier of $120 per person for 1 hole.
Designated fishing areas will be marked on Friday so that you can familiarize yourself with where the holes will be during the KidFish Ice Fishing Challenge.
“Lunch on the Lake” will be hosted by SnoBear and joined by Kaffe Haus who has agreed to meet attendees on the ice at noon Feb. 16.
Following lunch, the guides at Washow Bay Lodge will take SnoBear owners for a sightseeing adventure at 1 p.m. down through Riverton to Washow Bay to check out their lodge and the legendary monster pike that the bay is known for. The trip is expected to take about five hours, round trip.
“There’s some fantastic scenery out there, so be sure to bring your cameras,” their website says.
Their Friday Night Social will be open to the public with a $10 donation to KidFish and will be free for SnoBear attendees. This is the perfect opportunity to get to know people, brag, and share tips and tricks with SnoBear enthusiasts from all corners of North America.
March 17 is the day to wake up early, as Seagulls’ will open an hour earlier at 7 a.m. so that everyone can start fishing at 9 a.m.
Don Lamont and Kevin Stobbe of Hooked Magazine will be officials for the event.
Lunch on the Lake will again be hosted by SnoBear, and this time Danny’s Whole Hog will be there to warm you up.
A buffet dinner and cocktails will be held in the ballroom starting at 6:30 Saturday night, followed by the awards presentations. “It’s going to be a jam-packed night of fun and frivolity, make sure you have reserved your seat,” their website says.
March 18 marks the end of the migration and Seagulls will open early once more for anyone who wants to get some more fishing in before check-out at 11 a.m.
Be sure to read the “Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose: It’s the Law” form to help spread Aquatic Invasive Species for clarification for general cleaning and control zone provision that apply before heading out onto the frozen lake shore.
Manitoba fishing licenses can be obtained from gas stations, hardware, sporting goods stores and lodge/outfitter locations en route. The Husky gas station and Gimli Home Hardware both advertise carrying the licenses, if you need one when you arrive.
The Lakeview Hotel & Resort will be hosting the adventure for SnoBear enthusiasts from across the country, with prices ranging from standard double bed room starting at $109 per night to a luxury two bedroom vacation suite starting at $199 per night. Call 1-877-355-3500 to make a reservation if you want to get in on the action.
Email Karla Folstad, firstname.lastname@example.org to register your name and the number of people in your group attending the Awards Presentation to reserve your seats.
All fee’s payable at the SnoBear Migration registration table located in the Lakeview Ballroom March 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.