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Fishing the South Cariboo, Kootenay and Interior Lakes
Go Fish!
By Jamie Ross

“So many lakes and so little time.”

An angler was heard to utter such a thought while guiding a canoe out onto the quiet surface of a South Cariboo lake at dawn, enjoying the morning’s rich silence, on water unbroken save for the stroke of the paddle and the occasional jumping of fish. Or were these words served up meditatively by the solitary figure standing waist deep in a turbulent South Cariboo stream, offering his best hand-tied fly to the river’s guardians. Perhaps it came from the visitor staring wide-eyed from the floatplane, looking down on the South Cariboo landscape.

If you feel best with rod and reel in hand, the South Cariboo region features some of BC’s best fresh-water sport fishing. Perhaps the best fishing in the area can be found along Highway 24, a beautiful, rolling, forested landscape spanning 65 miles from Little Fort to Highway 97, just minutes south of 100 Mile House. This paved highway is only 5 hours from Vancouver.

Aptly named “The Fishing Highway”, anglers can access over a hundred lakes within an hour’s drive. Highway 24 is the home of the famous “Interlakes,” which is comprised of four main destination lakes: Fawn, Sheridan, Bridge and Lac Des Roches. The Interlakes are strategically located with easy access to many more remote lakes. The nutrient rich waters off “The Fishing Highway” support abundant populations of freshwater shrimp, enabling Rainbow trout to grow in excess of twelve pounds.

Fawn, with its crystal clear green water, is the smallest of the “Interlakes” waters. This nutrient rich lake supports up to 6 pounds, the average running 2 ½ pounds. This lake has a surface area of 80 acres with extensive shallow areas making it ideal for fly fishing.

Sheridan Lake is the largest in the “Interlakes” having a surface area of 4,100 acres. Although large in surface area, it has a relatively shallow average depth of 23 feet, which makes the lake very productive in terms of aquatic insect life and big fish. Rainbow trout grow big in this lake as every year fish over 13 pounds are landed. The aver Rainbow trout weighs in at 3 ½ pounds.

Bridge Lake offers the most diverse fishing opportunities. A fisherman can catch Rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, Lake trout, and Burbot from the waters. At a size of 3,384 acres, this lake has consistently produces Lake trout over 20 pounds, Kokanee over 4 pounds and Rainbow over 5 pounds.

Lac Des Roches, located at the east end of “The Fishing Highway,” is another large lake at 1,650 acres and 14 kilometres/9 miles long. This crystal clear water lake supports good populations of Burbot and Rainbow trout averaging 2 pounds. Lac Des Roches is famous for the prolific mayfly hatches that occur during May and June, making the fly fishing top notch. The lake is also one of the most photographed lakes in British Columbia. There is a beautiful view of the lake, with all of its neat little islands and narrow channels, from the Pioneer Macdonald Ranch resta area located on the east end of the lake.

Visitors can combine activities by heading out on horseback to fish secluded lakes. Miles of well-marked scenic trails traverse the central plateau and are ideal for hikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers. Canoeing is also a favourite activity, with lakes that are not too big and lush lakeshore scenery. Resorts around the Interlakes range from very basic cabins and campgrounds to contemporary resorts.

If you visit the Interlakes

Complete drive in resort facilities are available at the four main lakes, making them ideal locations for the serious angler or family vacations. The resorts offer services ranging from cabins, fully serviced R.V. sites, restaurants, horseback riding, boat rentals, and camp stores to swimming beaches. Three golf courses are within 45 minutes. The village of 100 Mile House, which is a short drive from these lakes, offers all the amenities to ensure your holiday comfort.

Getting There: Highway 97 will take you into the region north from Cache Creek or south from Williams Lake, where the “Fishing Highway,” Highway 24, runs east from Highway 97 at 93 Mile. Those journeying from Edmonton or Calgary, or Banff and Jasper might want to avoid the busy Trans-Canada by trekking through Mount Robson Park, and then south on Highway 5 to Little Fort, then west on the Fishing Highway, for a very scenic and peaceful trek. The highway follows the historic Fur Brigade Trail as it passes from Little Fort to Bridge Lake

For more information&Contact the South Cariboo Visitor Centre, 1-877-511-5353.

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So Many Lakes, So Many Rivers and..So Little Time!

Fishing the South Cariboo
By Jamie Ross

I am sitting on a massive slab of grey stone lodged near the creek’s edge and enjoying the morning’s rich silence. I flick my hand-tied fly into the current, offering it to the river’s guardians. It matters little if I catch anything of not- I am here to enjoy what the wild trout does, the clean mountain streams, swift moving waters, and wilderness. I guess this is why they say that if you go to hook the trout, it is the trout that hooks you.

For those fishers who are hooked on trout, and fishing, a visit to the South Cariboo region of British Columbia’s interior is just what the doctor ordered. Drive the four and a half hours north-east of Vancouver, and you will find a lifetime of fishing opportunities. The South Cariboo region features some of BC’s best fresh-water sport fishing.

Perhaps the best fishing in the area can be found along Highway 24, a beautiful, rolling, forested landscape spanning 65 miles from Little Fort to Highway 97, just minutes south of 100 Mile House. This paved highway is only 5 hours from Vancouver. Aptly named “The Fishing Highway”, anglers can access over a hundred lakes within an hour’s drive. Highway 24 is home of the famous “Interlakes”, which is comprised of four main destination lakes: Fawn, Sheridan, Bridge and Lac Des Roches. The Interlakes are strategically located with easy access to many remote lakes. The nutrient rich waters off “The Fishing Highway” support abundant populations of freshwater shrimp, enabling Rainbow trout to grow in excess of twelve pounds.

Fawn, with its crystal clear green water, is the smallest of the “Interlakes” waters. This nutrient rich lake supports trout up to 6 pounds, the average running 2 ½ pounds. This lake has a surface area of 80 acres with extensive shallow areas making it ideal for fly fishing. Sheridan Lake is the largest in the “Interlakes” having a surface area of 4,100 acres. Although large in surface area, it has a relatively shallow average depth of 23 feet, which makes the lake very productive in terms of aquatic insect life and big fish. Rainbow trout grow big in the lake as every year fish over 13 pounds are landed. The average Rainbow trout weighs in at 3 ½ pounds.

Bridge Lake offers the most diverse fishing opportunities. A fisherman can catch Rainbow trout, Kokanee salmon, Lake trout, and Bubot from the waters. At a size of 3,384 acres, this lake has consistently produced Lake trout over 20 pounds, Kokanee over 4 pounds and Rainbow over 5 pounds. Lac Des Roches, located at the east end of “The Fishing Highway”, is another large lake at 1,650 acres and 14 kilometres/9 miles long. This crystal clear water lake supports good populations of Burbot and Rainbow trout averaging 2 pounds. Lac Des Roches is famous for the prolific mayfly hatches that occur during May and June, making the fly fishing top notch.

Drive three kilometres north of 100 Mile House and you will reach the turnoff that heads east to Canim Lake. The Canim River allows for excellent fly fishing, while 37 kilometre Canim Lake, 10 kilometre Ruth Lake, secluded Gotchen and Howard Lakes and a bevy of surrounding smaller lakes are a delight to lake anglers looking for kokanne, rainbow, lake trout or lingcod. Great fishing can also be found north of 100 Mile House in Lac La Hache, know for its kokanee fishing, and trophy sized lake trout, and Spout Lake.

The truth is, there are so many different waterways here that you could fish in a different lake each day of the year. Gold was the passion that first brought people here. Now fishing is the religion that brings visitors back, time and time again.

Getting There&Highway 97 will take you into the region north from Cache Creek or south from Williams Lake, where the “Fishing Highways,” Highway 24, runs east from Highway 97 at 93 Mile. Those journeying from Edmonton or Calgary, or Banff and Jasper might want to avoid the busy Trans-Canada by trekking through Mount Robson Park, and then south on Highway 5 to Little Fort, then west on the Fishing Highway, for a very scenic and peaceful trek. The highway follows the historic Fur Brigade Trail as it passes from Little Fort to Bridge Lake.

For More Information&Contact the South Cariboo Visitor Centre, 1877-511-5353.

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast&The South Cariboo is part of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coat region of British Columbia, an area that stretches from Lillooet in the south to Quesnel, Wells and Barkerville in the north, and from the Cariboo Mountains in the east to Bella Coola and the Pacific Ocean in the west, and offers both excellent fresh water and salt water fishing opportunities. For information on fishing this beautiful region, please contact the Criboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association at 250-392-2226.

FISHING IN KOOTENAY COUNTRY

TYPE OF FISH TO LOOK FORWARD TO CATCHING... RAINBOW TROUT, DOLLY VARDEN, KOKANEE, WHITEFISH, LARGEMOUTH BASS & SMALLMOUTH BASS, WALLEYE, LING COD.

KOOTENAY LAKE: Home of the famous Gerrard Rainbow Trout, growing up to 16 kg. Dolly Varden up to 8 kg. and Kokanee up to 1 kg. Trolling, spin casting and downrigger are the most common forms of fishing on Kootenay Lake. As well, there are dozens of streams and creeks flowing down from the mountains, where fly rods can be used for Rainbows and Dolly Vardens at the mouth of the creeks. Winter is the best time to fish for trophy Rainbows, between November and March, as the lake never freezes over due to the strong currents.

ARROW LAKE:A day of trolling for Kokanee on the Arrow Lakes is a perfect family outing. Kokanee range from 10-12 inches in length with daily limit of 10 per fisher. In the months of July and August, anglers reach their limit about 70% of the time.

COLUMBIA RIVER: The upper Columbia River, streching from Castlegar B.C. to Lake Roosevelt in Washington State, is a trophy dru fly Rainbow trout fishery, which has been called " the most productive Rainbow trout stream in British Columbia." Rainbows taken on the Columbia range from 18-28 inches in length. Because casts in excess of 40 feet are often required, the River is best suited to the experienced fly fisher. When fishing the Columbia River, it is recommended to go with an experienced guide/outfitter.

BASS: For different, and in the opinion of many anglers, more exciting type of fishing, the Kootenay flats at the south end of
Interior Lakes
Lake / Location Km from Kamloops Road Species
Bare lake 60 air miles --- k/trout
Caverhill lodge 80 2x2 k/trout
Chataway Lakes 150 2x2 rainbow
Circle-w hi-hum 80 4x4 rainbow
Corbett Lake 75 2x2 k/trout
The Ghillie guided ---- k/trout
Heffley Lake 55 2x2 rainbow
Hi-Hium 122 2x2 k/trout
Lac Le Juene 25 2x2 rainbow
Meadow Lake 25 2x2 k/trout
Mile High 25 2x2 k/trout
Moondancers guided --- rainbow
Moose Camp 151 2x2 rainbow, brook k/trout
Nehalliston Fish Camp 85 float plane k/trout, rainbow
Outbound river tours 169 trans Cdn. hwy sturgeon
Peter Hope 61 2x2 rainbow
Rainbow Lodge 65 fly in K/trout
Roche Lake 34 2x2 k/trout
Rock Island Camp 88 logging rd rainbow
R & R charters varies hwy #1 varies sturgeon/ rainbow
Salmon Lake 112 2x2 k/trout rainbow
Silvery Beach 60 2x2 rainbow
Skitchine Lodge 65 by air fly in rainbow
Spruce Lodge 80 2x2 rainbow
Stillwater -- Guided rainbow
Steelhead Inn 130 2x2 steelhead
Surrey Resort 50 2x2 k/trout
Ta-Weel Lodge 92 4x4 k/trout
Tunkwa Lake 64 2x2 k/trout
Vidette Resort 80 2x2 rainbow
Walloper Resort 32 2x2 rainbow
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