Make Valemount, BC your first stop for a fantastic fishing vacation.
Hook, Line and Sinker
The water is clear and cool and stretches out for miles. The sun is barely up, but already you know it’s going to be one of those blue sky, wispy cloud sort of days. The needs of a fisherman aren’t great — — a rod, some bait and tackle and a lake or river or two. Here we’ve got so much more. We’ve got ambiance, miles of wilderness and so many fish. Rainbow and brook trout fill our lakes and rivers, as do Rocky Mountain whitefish, lake char and Dolly Varden. It all adds up to a spectacular, mountain fishing vacation.
Whether your hobby runs to fly fishing, trolling or spin casting — or maybe all three — this area has more fishing holes than could be reached in a single visit. Sit back in your boat all lazy-like and watch the bobber float, but don’t let the gentle waves lull you to sleep, and don’t let those easy mountain breezes dull your senses. Wait for it (you won’t wait long), feel the tug on the line and haul in your first fighter. Fish your limit today and come back tomorrow and do it all over again.
Where the waters run deep
When stocked, Yellowhead Lake contains rainbow trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish and lake trout, and the best fishing can be had in the spring before high water. Bring your boat, as there is a launch, and in the winter this is the place to go for ice fishing with some nice ling cod available. For variety try Moose Lake, home to lake trout, rainbow and bull trout, whitefish, ling cod and kokanee. It’s also a great place for ice fishing if conditions allow. Also great for ice fishing is Shere Lake, with access 33 km (21 mi) northwest of Valemount. You won’t be able to fish for the plentiful brook trout from shore, but there is good access for canoes, small aluminum boats and belly boats. Of course, Kinbasket Lake is a great place to set up camp and it’s also a great place to fish for rainbow and bull trout, whitefish and kokanee, but if you’re going out in your boat be careful. When storms blow through Kinbasket the winds are treacherous and boaters can get caught unprepared. The creeks that empty into Kinbasket Lake are also a great place to drop a lure, and many more fishing opportunities can be accessed on your ATV.
A dream is like a river
Sink your line into the mighty Fraser and pull up some nice sized rainbow and bull trout. The most popular spots to fish are on and around Kinbasket Lake. The easiest access for Fraser River fishing is between Tete Jaune and Mount Robson (Play/Mt Robson). While spring angling is closed from April 1 to June 30 at Camp Creek, late summer fishing is sublime in the tail end of summer. Head to Canoe River to find a heavy run of whitefish from late October to late March, as well as a good run of rainbow and bull trout. Or give McLennan River a try near Tete Jaune Cache and catch your limit of good-sized trout, but keep in mind McLennan and Camp Creek are both closed for fishing from April 1 to June 30.
You can’t fish, but you can certain stand by and appreciate the effort the Chinook have gone to arrive here, back at their spawning grounds in late summer. Guided interpretive tours of the Swift Creek Salmon Run take place in August and starts at the Visitors Information Centre at 7:30 p.m. nightly. Or, if you want to watch the Fraser Chinook attempt to leap over Rearguard Falls during the last, most triumphant point in their return journey, go in late August and early September.