The Province of Manitoba, through its provincial tourism department called Travel Manitoba, recognizes anglers catching trophy fish through a unique program. The Manitoba Master Angler Program forwards special certificates, patches and badges to all anglers registering their trophy fish.
71 centimetres / 28 inches
(approximately 7 to 8 pounds)
105 centimetres / 41 inches
(approximately 18 to 20 pounds)
90 centimetres / 35 inches
(approximately 20 pounds)
33 centimetres / 13 inches
55 centimetres / 22 inches
75 centimetres / 30 inches
45 centimetres / 18 inches
Master Anglers that are caught and released at Aikens Lake are registered in the provincial Master Angler Program, which is administered by Travel Manitoba. A pin and certificate are sent to each qualifying angler. An angler earns a bronze medallion with his or her first trophy catch. After they have caught at least one trophy in five different species, they receive a silver medallion. The gold, or "grandmaster", is received after ten different species of trophy fish are caught. As well, an angler can receive specialist badges for each species like the one on the right. Specialist badges are given after the 5th trophy of a particular species.
During our nightly dinner presentations, we present each Master Angler with an 8x10 photo of their catch and a personalized "Master Angler's Club" mug (not available for purchase — they must be earned!). We also update our Facebook page daily with the day's catches, and showcase all our trophy fish in the Master Angler Database, which you can search above. For the lucky anglers that catch five trophy walleyes during their Aikens careers, we present to them a personalized blue Tournament Series St-Croix Legend jigging rod (valued at $250) so they can continue to reel in those big ones in style!
My husband and I never go back to the same place twice, but we loved it so much at Aikens we knew by the end of our first week we’d be back. It’s just how well they take care of you there. They make you feel like you’re part of the family.
Lake Oswego, Oregon
I’ve taken many large groups to Aikens and I always tell people beforehand how incredible the service is at Aikens. Every person has said to me at the end of the trip, “We believed you before, but I just can’t believe how good they treat you here!” One time Pit and Julie didn’t have the type of alcohol on-hand one of our guests was drinking, so they sent a plane out and got it.
Westman Dreams for Kids
I call it a 5-star hotel in the wilderness. It’s the neatest place we’ve ever been, it’s like fantasy island.
Each year we go somewhere as a family. We’ve been to Hawaii, Disney and many other places, but Aikens was one of the best trips we’ve ever had. Our trip was terrific, and my grandson loved every minute of it.
You think you’re at a Ritz-Carlton, you seriously get that level of treatment and amenities. Nobody in Manitoba can compete with Aikens for the quality of the fishing, staff, and facilities.
Trip number five and once again Aikens Lake out did itself. I thought it impossible for this wonderful place to get any better.
NHL Senior VP of Hockey Operations, 14 year NHL player and captain, and Aikens Lake Honorary Pro Staff Guide
From the accommodations, to the staff and especially shore lunch, the entire experience at Aikens Lake is unmatched.
Former United States Vice-President
The photos are amazing and like the memories, they will last a lifetime.
Former NFL MVP Quarterback, TV Commentator, and Founder of the Boomer Esiason Foundation (against cystic fibrosis)