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Welcome to the 2018 SnoBear Migration at Lake Winnipeg, Gimli, Manitoba!

Mark your calendar & book your rooms - it's SnoBear Migration time!!

We are celebrating SnoBear's 12th year on Lake Winnipeg with the 2018 SnoBear Migration in Gimli, Manitoba (at the Lakeview Resort) and this year's will be the biggest and best ever!

New events, special guests and fantastic prizes, chances to meet Dealers, Vendors and Suppliers - it's going to be a jam packed weekend of fun and we want you and your SnoBear there!

Register by August 31, 2017 and receive a free SnoBear camo cap! Registration is easy with the form below:


SnoBear Ice Fishing Challenge:
Saturday, March, 17, 2018

Special Guests:
Wayne & Bob Izumi - Real Fishing
Walleye Dan - Brainerd Lakes


The Lakeview Resort is holding rooms for us, but they won't last long, so reserve your spot today. Rates for the 2018 SnoBear Migration are:

  • Standard Double Room - $109/night
  • Standard Hotel Suite - $129/night
  • Deluxe Hotel Suite - $149/night
  • Luxury Vacation Suite (Beach View) - $149/night
  • Luxury Vacation Suite (Lake View) - $179/night
  • Luxury 2 Bedroom Vacation Suite - $199/night

Several rooms have been booked already, so we are strongly encouraging you to reserve your spot as soon as possible so you aren't left out in the snow!

More information on the Lakeview Resort can be found on their website or by calling them toll free at 1-877-355-3500. Make sure when you book your room you mention you are with the SnoBear Migration to take advantage of these great rates!


Not only will we be spending the weekend catching up with old friends (and making new ones!) but this year we are hosting the SnoBear Ice Fishing Challenge! Saturday March 17th our SnoBear Only Walleye Charity Tournament takes place with cash prizes, for both individuals and teams!

Registration Schedule
January 31, 2018 - $85 per person $20 extra for 2nd hole
February 28, 2018 - $100 per person $20 extra for 2nd hole
March 17, 2018 - $120 per person for 1 hole

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register each person and number of holes for each person!
All fee's payable at the SnoBear Migration registration table located in the Lakeview Ballroom Thur. 5-7, Fri. 9-7


Special guests Bob & Wayne Izumi of Real Fishing, Ted Takasaki a Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee and WalleyeDan from Brainerd Lakes will be in attendance all weekend, as well as SnoBear Dealers and Reps.

Our "Meet & Greet" reception on Friday night will be the perfect opportunity to share tips and tricks, and brag about the one that got away with SnoBear enthusiasts from all corners of North America.


The weekend starts on Thursday, March 15. Check in time at the Lakeview Resort is 3:00 P.M. and SnoBear Registration opens just after that at 5:00!

We will be located in the Lakeview Ballroom on the main floor of the Hotel from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday. Come on down and say hi, pick up your weekend information, and take care of all the pesky paperwork. The rest of Thursday is yours to enjoy. Head out for some fishing or relax by the pool. Have a nice evening meal at one of Gimli's fine eating establishments, do some last minute shopping or just relax in your room. Isn't being on vacation great?

Friday, March 16 we really start to kick it into high gear. Seagull's Restaurant opens at 8:00 for a hearty breakfast beforehand, or head out onto the hard water early and come back for a warm up bite to eat. Our Registration Table opens at 9:00 in the Lakeview Ballroom and will be staffed all day, so there's plenty of time to get registered and organized for the KidFish Charity Fishing Tournament on Saturday and to check out some of the great prizes that are up for grabs!

But let's be honest - who wants to hang around inside the hotel when you own a SnoBear? And Lake Winnipeg is RIGHT THERE! Nobody!

Head out on the ice! And keep your eyes out for the SnoBear Staff. They will be out on the hard water too, setting up for the KidFish Ice Fishing Challenge. Make sure you are close by at noon because our first "Lunch on the Lake" happens at noon. Kaffe Haus in Gimli has agreed to go mobile and meet us out on the ice - no need to stop fishing for anything!

Have SnoBear, will travel! Following lunch, those looking to do a bit of exploration and touring are in luck. The guides at Washow Bay Lodge have volunteered to take SnoBear owners out for a bit of sightseeing. (One of the great prizes we have this year is a day of guided fishing for two at Washow Bay!)

Trailer up your SnoBear and take a 30-minute trip down the road to Riverton, MB. From there you can travel in a SnoBear convoy to Washow Bay, check out the lodge and the legendary fishing area, and maybe even have a chance to go for one of the monster pike that Washow Bay is known for.

The tour leaves from SnoBear Ice HQ at 1:00 P.M. and our guides estimate it should take about 5 hours round trip. There's some fantastic scenery out there, so be sure to bring your cameras!

At 7:00 P.M. on Friday we will be starting our Friday Night Social, sponsored by the Saskatchewan and Manitoba Dealer Warner Industries. This event will be open to the public as well, with a $10 donation to KidFish (free for SnoBear attendees) because we also have special guest Ted Takasaki joining us. Ted is a Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame Inductee, and he's graciously agreed to hold a Q&A session for everyone on Friday night, just ahead of the Ice Fishing Challenge the next day. "Ask the Expert" If you are looking for tips, tricks and expert secrets, this is definitely the chance to do that. There will also be a cash bar available.

Ted will also be around all day on Friday, out on the ice with the SnoBear team, and he's more than happy to answer questions and meet people out there as well. Make sure to find him and introduce yourself - you can even snag an autographed picture! He will have his SnoBear with him, and has offered to open its doors to anyone who wants to spend an hour fishing with a pro. Hours and seating are limited, so if you are interested in doing that, please talk to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, March 17 is the day to make sure you wake up nice and early!

The Chef and Staff at Seagull's have happily agreed to open an hour early so you have time to get your body pumped with a great breakfast before tackling those monster Greenbacks!

The event of the weekend is The KidFish Ice Fishing Challenge that goes from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M., but if you get peckish before then, don't worry! Lunch on the Lake will be right by the judging area, and we have Danny's Whole Hog coming, so you can enjoy a bite while you watch the big ones get weighed and listen to the tales of the even bigger ones that wriggled off the hook!

The designated fishing area will be marked out on Friday, so you will have a chance to familiarize youself with where we will be fishing during the KidFish Ice Fishing Challenge.

Special thanks to Don Lamont and Kevin Stobbe of Hooked Magazine, who have agreed to be our officials for the event.

And since we have you all there in one spot, what a great time to get those cameras rolling. It's tradition to get some group photos and SnoBears and SnoBear Owners! By request of previous years attendees, we've arranged for Black Chair Marketing to come out at 1:30 P.M. and take professional photos of you with a professional digital photo you can print and share with family and friends. What a great memory of the weekend!

A few more hours of fishing and then it's back to the Lakeview Resort. Head on down to the Lakeview Ballroom at 6:30 for some cocktails (cash bar) and relax before dinner. Our Saturday night banquet is the Baron of Beef Buffet, complete with assorted salads, chef's choice of potato and vegetable, fresh vegetable tray, relish tray, Lakeview bread basket, assorted desserts, coffee, tea and soft drinks. The perfect meal to end a day of ice fishing fun!

But we aren't done yet! Following dinner, we will have our Awards Presentation, giving out fabulous prizes and gifts. It's going to be a jam-packed night of fun and frivolity, make sure you have reserved your seats. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by March 9 and indicate the number of people in your group attending the Awards Presentation to reserve your seats.

Alas, all good things must come to an end, and Sunday, March 18 marks the end of a great SnoBear Migration. Seagull's will open an hour early for anyone wanting to either get just a few more hours of fishing in before heading out, or for those that need to hit the road early to make the trek home. Checkout time at the Lakeview Resort is 11:00 A.M., so be sure to have yourself packed up by then.


Manitoba, our host province for the 2018 Migration, takes great care in preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS). I’m attaching a file called “Clean, Drain, Dry and Dispose: It’s the Law” for you to read more information about the specific requirements in Manitoba.

For clarification, because we are fishing in the winter, the general cleaning and control zone provisions do not apply to water in it’s frozen state. For example, if driving on the ice/snow to ice fish, snow accumulated in the skis or tracks of a SnoBear does not have to be removed before leaving the shore of the frozen water body.

Before leaving the shore of the water body ensure any watercraft, water‐related equipment (e.g. bait buckets, fishing rods, totes) and conveyance are inspected and free of aquatic invasive species and aquatic plants and all water is drained. Note: water which freezes to water‐related equipment upon removal from the water such as an auger does not need to have the frozen water (ice) removed before leaving the shore of the water body.

And while we are on the topic of fishing rules and regulations – anyone needing a Manitoba fishing license can purchase one at various gas stations, hardware, sporting goods stores and lodge/outfitter locations. In Gimli, the Husky gas station (corner of 7th Avenue and Centre Street) and the Gimli Home Hardware (75 Centre Street) both carry licenses.

Stop Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) | Manitoba AIS Regulations | Federal Regulations | Federal Watercraft Import Provisions

SnoBear Accessories and Merchandise will be availavble for sale all weekend long - with so much goin on it's shaping up to be the vent of the winter!

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