Commercial fishers on Lake Winnipeg will get a week-long extension to the fishing season this year.

Blaine Pedersen, Manitoba’s Minister of Agriculture and Resource Development, explains the extension is due to a 60% slump in the harvest for this time of year.

“The fish markets literally dried up in the early days of COVID. They’ve come back somewhat now, so this will help fishermen finish off their commercial fishing season with an extra week,” said Pedersen.

The commercial fishing season on Lake Winnipeg ends November 6.