Donovan Pearase

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Owner of Blackwater Cats Outfitter, Donovan Pearase is a river rat that has spent the majority of his 38 years following his love of sport fishing fishing. A few memorable seasons spent guiding on sunset countries famous Lake Of The Woods occupied his early twenties, his heart has always belonged to the tireless pursuit of monster Red River channel catfish. An expert catfish guide with over 25 years experience catfishing on the Red River throughout the seasons, Donovan believes in hard work and going the extra mile to ensure his guests have a great day on the water. He prides himself on being prepared for whatever the Cats can throw at him. From netting suckers to catching goldeye, and capturing a variety of other seasonal bait preferences, there’s always plenty of fresh catfish bait on hand to lure the kitties. After a day on the water with Donovan as your catfish guide you will have a new respect for catfishing and learned a thing or two about the Red River channel catfish.

As the areas premier 4-seasons fishing outfitter Donovan switches gears in late September and focuses on Manitoba’s famous fall run of Lake Winnipeg greenback walleye. His fall fishing season is spent on the Red River and Winnipeg River chasing trophy fall walleye and tournament fishing on the Red River and in Pine Falls. The trophy walleye pursuit continues through the winter and into the Lake Winnipeg ice fishing season where he spends the winter hunting down large schools of walleye for his guests.

Donovan Pearase and Blackwater Cats Outfitter has gained a solid reputation for great service and great fishing through years of hard work and determination which opened up several exciting media opportunities in print and television. He has appeared on both In-Fisherman TV and Fords The Outfitters both on the Sportsman’s Channel. A bucket list highlight for Donovan was getting to fish with his personal mentor and In-Fisherman, Editor In Chief Doug Stange.

Besides writing and contributing to online blogs in WFN, IN-Fisherman, and Outdoor Canada, Donovan has written articles for Just Fishing with Big Jim Mclaughlin, Hooked Magazine and in 2013 co-founded Manitoba Outdoors. There he filled the role of chief editor, staff writer and co-host of several of their TV and web based fishing shows.

Donovan lives and breathes fishing and is proudly sponsored by many of the industry’s finest companies who are known for quality products and cutting edge innovation. Guests of Donovan Pearase and Blackwater Cats Outfitter get introduced to some of the best gear and equipment in the fishing industry.


Phone: 204-990-2171


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Donovan Pearase

The bite on Lake Winnipeg has been very slow. You need to drill a bunch of holes, spread out and use mobility to get numbers of fish right now. This has become especially difficult with the extreme cold conditions we have been experiencing throughout our region.   Some areas of Lake Winnipeg have better numbers [Read more…]

Off Shore
Donovan Pearase

So is Big Windy dead? Not by a long shot.   The early results are in and pictures speak louder than words. Great catches and big fish almost every trip since we started guiding after Christmas.   A quick glance at social media shows the cornucopia is filled to the brim with jumbo Lake Winnipeg [Read more…]

80 Channel Catfish

80’s a good number   A truly enjoyable benefit about being a professional fishing outfitter are the friendships you build with repeat clients. The Engel family is one those groups to me. Paul Engel (father) Greg and Tom (sons) always stop in for a day of world class catfishing with me as they head up [Read more…]


Manitoba is host to a wide array of incredible angling opportunities, however we are probably best known for our trophy greenback walleye on Lake Winnipeg and arguably the greatest sport fishery on the planet with our world class channel catfish on the mighty Red River.   Sure it’s the greatest channel catfish fishery, but the [Read more…]

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Donovan Pearase

With this my first report I’m gonna catch everybody up on Lake Winnipeg and some history. The big lake or big windy as we call her is a giant sand bowl with very little, if any, structure to speak of. The occasional sandbar or gradual depth change is all you can really find. The fish [Read more…]

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