Columbia is a vast anglers paradise!
trout, lake trout, brook trout, kokanee, char, burbot, steelhead,
cutthroat, chinook, coho, sockeye, bass, sturgeon, walleye, northern
pike, dolly varden, gerrard and so on.
Whether you love to fly fish or use spinning gear we have an abundance
of saltwater fishing on the coast and freshwater fishing throughout
the interior to please all sport fishing enthusiasts.
British Columbia is segmented into six tourism regions with over
2,400 lakes, rivers and streams and 18,000 square kilometers of
Trophy Lodge - Rivers Inlet
West Resort - Ucluelet
River Lodge - Campbell River
Island is where you will find Rivers Inlet where huge salmon 27kg/60lbs
and halibut 59kg/130lbs are it’s claim to fame regarding Saltwater
fishing. Peak season is early June to the end of September. Port
Hardy is on a migration route with Chinook up to 29kg/60lbs, and
Coho to 9kg/20lbs. You can also find Chum, Pinks, Sockeye, Halibut,
Snapper, Flounder and Lingcod. The greatest number of trout fishing
lakes on Vancouver Island is in the Sayward Forest.
Pacific Rim offers two main areas…the Surfline which goes
from Tofino to Ucluelet are famous for Halibut and Salmon in the
9kg/20lb range, and the other main area known as Offshore is from
south of Bamfield to north of Clayoquot Sound is great for Halibut.
Point Alberni hosts a Salmon festival the September long weekend.
For Freshwater Fishing The Stamp and Somass River system has great
summer runs of Sockeye, and the Stamp River is a major Steelhead
producer with fishing from fall until March.
North Central Island Region has Cutthroat, Kokanee, Dolly Varden
and rainbows in glacier fed Comox Lake. Gold River is exciting steelhead
catch and release fishing, The Campbell River area offers trout
fishing year round. For Saltwater Fishing Campbell River is known
as the Salmon Capital of the World with several runs of Salmon to
and from the Strait of Georgia. In the waters near Nootka &
Kyuquot Sound are Chinook up to 28kg/60lbs and halibut of 18kg/40lb.
South Island with it’s unique climate conditions provide fish
all year long. Halibut fishing peak season is march to May and Chinook
are best found in the area from October through April although there
are 20 pounders any month of the year. Port Renfrew boasts Chinooks
up to 23kg/50lbs. For freshwater fishing both Sooke River and Jordan
River produce Cutthroat and Steelhead, or give the San Juan River
a try for some fly fishing.
Gulf Islands are home to Weston Lake, on Salt Spring Island which
is a trophy fly fishing lake for Cutthroat and Rainbows. The Cowichan
River is the Fly Fishing Capital of the World. This river has a
20km footpath for fly fishing. Saltwater fishing for Salmon, Halibut
and Lingcod peak May through October, but you can catch year round,
with the largest fish caught September and August.
Central Island ‘s best trolling time for Chinook is May and
June, and July through September is time for Pinks. Thrasher Rock
reef is a great place to try for Rockfish and bottom fish. For freshwater
fishing there are several lakes to choose from, Long Lake, Westwood,
Nanaimo, Brannen, Quennell, or try Qualicum River.
Coast & Mountains
Hotel - Vancouver
Marina Resort - Sechelt
Resort - Desolation Sound
Vancouver provides very popular spots such as English Bay and the
Capilano River. The mouth of the Fraser River is a great spot to
take advantage of the Sockeye Salmon run which has an average of
10 million fish per year. There is excellent salmon fishing even
in the winter along with crabbing. Marinas and charters can be found
all along this area White Rock, Steveston, Horseshoe Bay, Burrard
Inlet, Boundary Bay. The Fraser River offers freshwater fishing
such as Sturgeon which can weigh in at up to 360kg/800 pounds. Some
freshwater fishing lakes in this area are, Harrison, Cultus, Alouette,
Silver and Kawkawa.
Sea To Sky offers Chinook at Porteau Cove and Upper Howe Sound early
in the season. Hot spots for freshwater fishing are Anderson Lake,
Squamish and Cheakamus Rivers, Alice, Lillooet and Birkenhead Lakes.
The Sunshine Coast overlooks the Straight of Georgia. Pender Harbour
is famous for Salmon and giant Lingcod. There are dozens of marinas
and charter operators . When mentioning a few of these world class
fishing destinations, they are names you probably have heard of
…Gibsons, Sechelt, Powell River, Desolation Sound, Jervis
Inlet and Salmon Inlet. The Powell River area gives access to over
30 lakes and many streams for Steelhead, Cutthroat and Rainbows.
Lake Fishing Resort - Lumby
Logan Lake Lodge
- Logan Lake
Lodge - Douglas Lake
Thompson Nicola area offers more than 200 lakes and streams . In
the Merritt area you can fly fish or troll for Rainbow, Whitefish
or Kokanee. The Logan Lake District includes Lac Le Jeune, Walloper,
Tunkwa, Leighton and Surrey lakes offer up great Trout fishing.
Near Kamloops you will find Paul, Knouff, Peterhope, Stump and Hi
Hium Lakes all offering resort facilities and good Trout fishing.
North-east of Kamloops the Adams River will be having a major Sockeye
run October 2006.
Shuswap Lakes area offers over 20 lakes where you can find Kokanee,
Rainbows, Lake Trout, Whitefish, Perch and Burbot. Shuswap Lake
provide large fish for the trophy enthusiasts. Mara Lake is home
to Rainbows, Bull trout and Kokanee. Near Falkland there are several
more lakes including Spa, Bolean, Arthur and Pillar Lakes.
The Okanagan is home to Okanagan Lake which is 80 miles long where
you can troll for Rainbows up to10kg/21lbs. Kalamalka Lake near
Vernon hosts Rainbows to 21 pounds/10kg, Char to 10kg/22lbs and
Boundary/Similkameen area has mountain fed streams and lakes where
you can catch wild Rainbows. The Similkameen River hosts wild Rainbows,
and The West Kettle River at Westbridge has Rainbows, Brookies and
Whitefish. Jewel Lake offers ice fishing for Rainbow and Brookies
with an average weight of 2kg/4lbs. Christina Lake which is very
popular hosts Rainbows as well as Largemouth Bass, Whitefish and
Resort & Marina - Farnsworth
Creek wilderness Inn - Arrow Lakes
Houseboat Vacations - Lake Koocanusa
Valley offers Cutthroat, Bull Trout and Whitefish on spinner or
fly on the Elk River. The border river of Flathead is 65km/40miles
long, hosts Cutthroat and can be accessed from Fernie. Other lakes
in the area offer up Brook trout, Blackwater Rainbows and Dolly
Valley of a Thousand Peaks is where you will find St. Mary River
which has Whitefish, Brook Trout, Cutthroat & Bull Trout, and
is good for trolling or fly fishing. Skookumchuck River provides
good fly fishing from mid June through September. Premier Lake is
stocked with Rainbows resulting in catches of 4kg/9lbs, and Brookies
National Parks Corridor which includes parks such as Yoho, Kootenay
and Glacier National Parks have much to offer to the angler. Trout
Lake near Revelstoke is well known for Gerrard and Bull trout which
grow up to 20lbs. It is also home to Burbot , Kokanee and Whitefish.
Arrow Lakes / Slocan area offers the 150km/90 mile long Arrow Lakes,
which has Rainbows, Kokanee, Bull Trout and Burbot. Another large
lake is Slocan of 45km/28 miles which is home to Rainbow, Bull Trout
and Kokanee. Whatshan Lake is also a fly fishers lake.
Central Kootenay is home to Christina Lake which hosts large Rainbow
Trout, Kokanee, Small mouth Bass and Whitefish. The Columbia River
provides Rainbow Trout and Walleye
Kootenay home to Kootenay Lake of 100km/62 miles with it’s
many creek mouths is great for fly fishers as well as spin casters.
This is where the famous Gerrard Rainbows came from and can grow
to 12kg/20lbs. Duck Lake is the best Bass lake in the province with
large mouths to 3kg/8lbs. It also has Crappies, Sunfish and Perch.
Dean on Nimpo - Nimpo Lake
- Quesnel Lake
Chiko Lake Resort
- Chilko Lake
Cariboo is one of the most exciting fishing destinations in the
province. Whatever your tastes in freshwater fishing you will find
it here. Thousands of lakes, and many miles of streams and rivers.
You could also try the Fraser River, the worlds primary source for
North Cariboo offers Rainbows in the Blackwater River (thus the
name Blackwater Trout) as well in Fishpot Lake. Blackwater Rainbows
are extremely aggressive and grow to 2.5kg/5lbs. Dragon Lake near
city of Quesnel provides Rainbow Trout to 5.5kg/12lbs…….trophy
Central Cariboo is home to Quesnel Lake which is up to 2,000 feet
deep with various arms to the lake, one measuring to 101km/63miles.Horsefly
River hosts the second largest Sockeye run in the province from
mid August to mid October.
South Cariboo home of the world famous “Fishing Highway“
(hwy 24) which accesses well over 100 freshwater fishing lakes.
SEE OUR “FEATURE” on this area. Also in the South Cariboo
are great spots such as Big Bar Lake and Loon Lake which has a stocking
program with Rainbows.
The Chilcotin area is vast. The Chilko River offers Bull Trout,
Rainbow Trout, Salmon and Steelhead. Some of the area famous waterways
in this area are Puntzi, Nimpo, Anaheim Lakes and the Dean River.
The 80km/50 mile long Chilko Lake produces Bull Trout to 10kg/24lbs.
Spruce Lake is a great fly fishing lake with Trout growing to 2.5kg/5lbs.
In the Gold Bridge area there are small but good fishing lakes such
as Carpenter and Gun Lakes.
The Coast offers little lake freshwater fishing, but there some
great rivers. Atnarko River produces Salmon & Rainbows. The
Bella Coola River offers Rainbow & Cutthroats. The Dean River
is one of the finest Steelhead producers & also great for Salmon
in the summer months. The Saltwater fishing in the region is partly
due to the rich supply of Herring which are a major source of food
for the Salmon. Chinook to 32kg/70lbs for trophy fishers. The Dean
& Burke Channels also offer up Halibut & Crab . Denny Island
is famous for its Chinook & Halibut.
Pacific Lodge - Kitimat
Langara Lodge -
Queen Charlotte Island
Rockies Lodge - Muncho Lake
Coast near Prince Rupert and the Skeena River you will find an abundance
of fishing for Halibut, Lingcod, Rockfish, Crab and Pawns. The Douglas
Channel near Kitimat is the longest deep water channel in North
America. Here you can find giant Halibut, Lingcod, Snapper, Crab
The Queen Charlotte Islands are home to 5 types of Salmon along
with Steelhead, Halibut, Rockfish, Crab and Prawns. It is recommended
that guided charter be used in these coastal wilderness waters,
and there are many ocean side resorts awaiting to make this a trip
of a lifetime. For freshwater fishing in one of the many river systems
you can find Steelhead and Cutthroats.
Prince George area and north offers such fishing lakes as Summit,
McLeod, and Williston. Williston offers Whitefish, Bull Trout, Rainbows
and Kokanee. Rivers near Chetwynd offer Grayling, Dolly Varden and
Rainbows. The Peace river offers Rainbows, Bulls and Graylings.
The Sukunka and Murray river also offer Whitefish. There are many
fly in lakes and streams in the area.
Hwy 16 offers many fishing choices, Chilanko River, Nechako River,
Cluculz Lake and Finger Lake for Whitefish and Rainbows. The Hazeltons
offers shore line fishing. Fraser Lake hosts Burbot, Lake Trout
Burns Lake has over 3,000 miles of shoreline. The Suskwa River has
great fall Steelhead fishing. Babine River offers great fly fishing
for Steelhead and Salmon.
Hwy 37 goes all the way to the Yukon and from it you can access
the Kitwanga River, Tatogga Lake, Kinaskin Lake and Natadesleen
Lake. Very popular Dease Lake offers trolling, spinning or fly fishing
for Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling and Northern Pike.