Freshwater Fishing in BC Parks
Map of Provincial Regions
Spider Lake - is stocked with small mouth bass and rainbow trout, providing fishing opportunities year-round. Small car-top boats and canoes and kayaks can be launched from the beach next to a small parking lot located within the provincial park, or boats can also be launched from a steep-banked causeway outside of the park
Spectacle Lake - is one of few accessible freshwater lakes in the Nanaimo Lowlands Ecosection. The lake allows allows fishing, swimming and in the winter, skating. This park offers the only Eastern Brook trout fishing on Vancouver Island and is also stocked with cutthroat trout.
Alice Lake - surrounded by towering mountains, dense forests and grassy areas, is an ideal family fishing destination park. The four fresh water lakes which dominate the landscape make fishing a very enjoyable pastimes. Alice lake is stocked yearly with Rainbow trout and other species within the lakes include- Cutthroat Trout, Dolly Varden, Prickly Sculpin, General Sculpin.
Allouette Lake - in Golden Ears Provincial park, is a popular spot for swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, canoeing, boating and freshwater fishing. For those wishing to fish, Allouette Lake is alturnately stocked with cutthroat and Rainbow trout, but other species within the lake include: Dolly Varden, Kokanee, Lake Trout, Largescale Sucker, Longnose Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Peamouth Chub, Redside Shiner, Sculpin (General), and Stickleback. Access to the lake is via a four-lane cement surface boat launch at the south end of Alouette Lake and there is overnight parking available for vehicles and trailers. As well, nearby Mike Lake and Gold Creek also offer freshwater fishing opportunities.
Hicks Lake – is one of four small lakes that occupy the narrow Y-shaped valley in which Sasquatch Provincial Park is located. Hicks Lake, fifty metres at the south end, is the deepest of the four; fishing being among the most popular of the activities. The lakes and streams in Sasquatch Provincial Park provide excellent habitat for over ten species of fish from the sturgeon, smelt, salmon, catfish, and stickleback families. As well, the three smaller lakes are stocked with cutthroat trout and, rainbow trout.
Lac Le Jeune Provincial Park offers a diverse assortment of recreational activities including swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and nature appreciation. The waters of Lac Le Jeune are known for rainbow trout, an average size of 1.5 kgs. Other fish in this lake include brook and bull trout, mountain whitefish and lake chub. Lac Le Jeune features a boat launch and a 250’ fishing wharf located in the day use area. Nearby Walloper Lake provides a wharf for shore fishing and is suited to family fishing and anglers who wish to catch relatively small size trout. Both lakes offer fishing year-round.
|Paul Lake - Easy access, beautiful scenery, plentiful fishing and a diversity of outdoor recreational activities make Paul Lake a popular destination. The lake is stocked with Rainbow trout and other species include Gerrard rainbow trout, a subspecies from Kootenay Lake, which mature much later than most rainbow and grow to a larger size. There is a boat launch suitable for launching cartop boats in the popular day-use area as well as over 400 metres of sandy beach, picnic tables and briquette barbecue stands. Hiking trails lead through the forest to the summit of Gibralter Rock, 900 metres in elevation.|
Pennask Lake - The Pennask Lake fishery, producing 3-5 million native rainbow trout eggs annually, and providing for roughly 40% of the provincial hatchery needs, is considered vital for the provincial fish culture program. The Pennask Lake fishery is particularly valuable since its large spawning runs peak around two or three weeks later than other runs, allowing flexibility in the hatching process to maximize hatchery outputs. Along with the egg collection program, the fishery is considered to be of provincial significance for its outstanding sport fishing.
Premier Lake - is one of a few easily accessible good fishing lakes in the East Kootenays and the renowned angling opportunities are the main attraction for visitors and one of the main reasons for its park designation. The emerald green lakes of Premier Lake and four smaller lakes, Canuck, Yankee, Cats Eye and Quartz offer a unique and varied fishing experience. Species found in Premier lake include Brook Trout, Bull Trout, Kokanee, Longnose Sucker, Northern Pikeminnow, Rainbow Trout, Redside Shiner, Steelhead, Tench, Westslope (Yellowstone) Cutthroat Trout and White Sucker. There is a boat launch located at the far end of the day use area. As well, Staples Creek fish ladder and fish collection station provides eggs for the Kootenay Fish Hatchery and signs posted along Staples Creek interpret the life cycle of the rainbow trout. This site was used by the Ktunaxa (Kootenay) First Nations as a camp area and food fishery.
Whiteswan Lake - The shining waters of two mountain lakes, Whiteswan and Alces, and a natural hot springs are the focal points of Whiteswan Provincial Park. Visitors may use one of the 3 available boat launches to enjoy angling in the some of the East Kootenays’ most productive lakes. Whiteswan Lake Park is renowned for its high quality rainbow trout sports fishery.
Champion Lake: Known as an ideal destination for family fun, this park, with its 3 lakes, offers an all-inclusive recreational package to visitors including fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking, nature appreciation and swimming. Launching sites for canoes, kayaks and cartop boats are located across from the picnic areas on the 3rd lake and near the westerly end of the 2nd lake.
Kootenay Lake - This scenic lake has a variety of natural and cultural shoreline features that complement an outstanding sport fishery. Visitors can enjoy angling for kokanee, Dolly Varden, bull and rainbow trout. Kootenay Lake Provincial Park is comprised of five sites on Kootenay Lake.
- Lost Ledge and Davis Creek are popular with anglers and their families for their unique, informal camping experience.
- Access to the park at Midge Creek is via water vessel. Boasting more than a kilometre of sandy beach, it is a popoular destination for boaters.
- The Campbell Bay site contains 30 metres of beautiful cobble and sand shoreline and is one of the few areas along the north-eastern section of Kootenay Lake that provides safe anchorage.
- The Coffee Creek site is a secluded beach area centrally situated close to the confluence of the north and south arms of Kootenay Lake. A small bay along the foreshore and fishing opportunities at the outlet of Coffee Creek are the most popular attractions.
|Chilko Lake - provides high-quality angling opportunities, and is one of the leading large-lake fishery resources in the Cariboo Chilcotin. The lake has long been recognized as a producer of bull-trout and rainbow trout, and has gained recognition for its spectacular scenery and high catch success of native sport fish. Chilko Lake supports rainbow trout, bull trout, and productive spawning areas for chinook and sockeye salmon. The Chilko River is similarly highly regarded for its fisheries values, and recognized as one of the leading wilderness trout rivers in the west Chilcotin. The river supports spawning and rearing habitat for resident rainbow trout, bull trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and steelhead trout.|
Tyhee Lake - Fishers of all ages can try their hand for native cutthroat or stocked rainbow trout. Minnows like the peamouth chub, red shiner, and pygmy whitefish can challenge the younger fisher. This park offers a boat launch, loading dock, camping, swimming, waterskiing and a playground for the kids.
Babine Lake – is an angler’s paradise. The sites provide anchorage, scenic lakeshore viewscapes, beaches and access to internationally-significant angling opportunities along 200 km of waterways. Cutthroat, rainbow trout and char are found in the lake, flyfishing and trolling yield superb results. As well, Smithers landing offers burbot and a variety of trout species available to catch.
Nisga’a (Anhluut’ukwsim Laxmihl Angwinga’asanskwhl Nisga’a) - Excellent salmon and Steelhead fishing along Ksi Sii Aks (Tseax River), and K’alii Aksim Lisims (Nass River). Try fly fishing in the Zolzap Slough for trout and coho or pink and chum salmon in the lower reaches. The outstanding combination of guided walks to view the park’s recent volcanic activity, scenery, and interpretation programs that focus on the legends and culture of the Nisga'a people earns this park a reputation as a fascinating destination for the avid fisher and family.
Stikine River – This river offers marvelous fishing and spectacular scenery. The Stikine River supports resident rainbow trout, cutthroat, bull trout, Dolly Varden, mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling. The lower reaches of the Stikine River and its tributaries also contain chinook, coho and sockeye salmon.
Lakelse Lake – Some excellent fishing opportunities await during summer and winter. Trout and Dolly Varden are common catches in the lake while the area's rivers boast world-class salmon and steelhead runs. All five species of Pacific salmon spawn in these waters.
Call Lake - Call Lake is a popular location for family fishing in both summer and winter. The lake is stocked with brook trout and ice fishing is available during the winter season.
Crooked River, Square Lake and Hart Lake all provide good angling for rainbow trout, Dolly Varden or Rocky Mountain whitefish. Square lake offers ice fishing in the winter and is a popular lake among the locals.
Purden Lake – provides lake-oriented recreation (camping, boating, swimming and fishing) for locals and Highway 16 travellers alike and is noted for its wildlife viewing opportunities. For people who like to fish, rainbow trout are the most sought-after prize, but angling for burbot can also be productive. At Purden Creek the mature forest provides a natural umbrella shading the stream channel and creating excellent habitat for the spawning and rearing rainbow trout.
Carp Lake - Long famous for its rainbow trout, this park offers some of the best fishing in the Central Interior. Angling is the single most popular activity; the 6,000 hectare lake was first acclaimed for its prime fishing potential nearly two centuries ago, by explorer Simon Fraser. Anglers come from near and far to try their luck with fly or spinner for the lake’s succulent rainbow trout. The Carp Lake watershed above War Falls has isolated six fish species from the Peace River drainage. Rainbow trout averaging 500 grams and burbot are regularly caught by anglers. Northern Pikeminnow, two species of suckers and redside shiners can be found in park waters. There is also a short loop trail that connects Carp Lake campground with the McLeod River, providing access to fly fishing sites.
One Island Lake - One Island Lake is a popular destination for area anglers. The lake is stocked annually with Eastern brook and rainbow trout, but other sport fish include bull trout, northern pike and wetslope cutthroat trout. The lake also supports other fish species such as brook stickleback, finescale dace and fathead minnow.
|Charlie Lake – As well as offering productive fishing opportunities for northern pike and walleye, the park also features activities such as hiking, boating, cycling,a play area for children, and opportunities for bird watching and wildlife sightings|
Kentucky-Alleyne – Kentucky-Alleyne park is very well-known for fishing and features a ‘children only’ fishery -- the ponds between Kentucky Lake and Alleyne Lake are open only to those under the age of 16 - to foster interest in the sport among youth. The lakes and ponds are stocked with kokanee and rainbow trout in the summer time and, depending on temperatures, there are ice fishing opportunities and some snowmobiling in the winter.
Conkle Lake - Conkle Lake, named for W.H. Conkle, an early settler in the nearby Kettle Valley, is noted for its rainbow trout. Visitors have come for many years to fish the lake, sunbathe, swim and hike to various viewpoints. Conkle Lake is a destination for fishing. It is stocked with rainbow trout fry by the Summerland Trout Hatchery. There is ice fishing in the winter season, though access can be challenging.