- Located between the cities of Weyburn & Estevan approximately 30 kilometers north of the Saskatchewan / USA border
- 55 kilometers (35 miles) long and 1.2 kilometers (3/4 of a mile) wide
- At full supply level the depth ranges from 25 feet at the Park (north west end) to 55 feet at the dam near Estevan
- Known as the new walleye "hot spot"
- The southerly location, warm water and significant size have created an excellent fishery for locals and southern tourists to test their skills without having to travel to our northern lakes
Largest Recorded Fish Taken
- Began in 1992 and ended in 1999
- Total program included approximately 23 million walleye and 8 thousand perch
- Northern Pike population has always been excellent
- 2005 test netting results were very positive on the walleye species(up to 70 cm or 28 inches in length with the majority being 30 to 50 cm or 12 to 20 inches in length)
Daily Catch and Possession Limits
- 33.5 lb. Northern Pike
- 8.5 lb. Walleye
- 1 lb. Perch
The regulated fish limits on Rafferty Reservoir are different from neighboring lakes.
Your possession limit is equal to a one-day's catch (Regardless of how many days you have been fishing, the maximum number of fish you can have in your possession in a one-day's limit)The daily limit per person is:
- 3 walleye (only one can be over 55 cm or 22 inches in length)
- 6 northern pike (only 1 can be over 75 cm or 30 inches in length)
- 10 perch
The new reservoir could not withstand this kind of fishing pressure, so for the long term success of this fishery, the limits were lowered. At Mainprize Park, we strongly encourage "catch and release".
Services (click on "Park Services)
Licenses, tackle, bait, ice, gasoline and confectionary items are available at the Bentwood Store located in the boat launch area.
Need a guide? Call the "Rafferty Outfitter" located at the Harbour View Bed & Breakfast
For a lot of people, the winter weather brings closure to the fishing season. Not at Mainprize! Ice fishing is a great pastime andthe Rafferty has produced numerous record catches that anglers will debate for some time to come.