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QUESNEL LAKE, BC, CANADA
Quesnel Lake in British Columbia, Canada is the deepest fjord lake in the world and the third largest overall in the world. It has almost 600 km (360 miles) of shoreline distributed among the three arms – West, East and North Arms. In the heart of the Cariboo Mountains, it has stunning scenery including sandy beaches and ancient cedar rainforests up the North Arm and fjord-like rock walls and our own Niagara Falls up the East Arm. It lies just to the west of three provincial parks – Bowron Lake, Cariboo Mountains and Wells Gray.

The principal interest in Quesnel Lake is its fishery. It is a popular sport fishing destination (see the BC Adventure and Elysia Resort sites for more information), and is also home to about a quarter of BC's sockeye. Anthropogenic disturbance nearly wiped out the sockeye population in the early 1900's, but it has now rebounded to historic levels. The lake is a long, narrow fjord-type lake - carved by glaciers, not man-made - and is stunningly beautiful.

Cast for trophy wild rainbow trout in one of the world's most pristine & unique settings. From diverse stillwaters to Sockeye salmon creeks and rivers, the exceptionally beautiful and unique Quesnel Lake ecosystem offers Rainbow trout angling that is unparalleled anywhere in British Columbia. Measured in pounds and not inches, many expert flyfishers say that this is hard to match anywhere on earth!

Fishing Report: Rainbows, Bull Trout, Lake Char, and Kokanee are found in Quesnel Lake. These fish can grow to enormous sizes. 10 pound rainbows aren't newsworthy and 20 pound Lake Char are often caught. You should definitely ask locals where to fish on this huge lake, or, even better, hire a guide. Summer winds can be a danger for small boats. The Quesnel River flows from the lake at Likely, and there are several smaller rivers and creeks (including the world famous Horsefly River) that flow into Quesnel Lake. Flyfishing at the mouth of these rivers and creeks can be fabulous. Trolling apex lures is also a popular method of fishing. In the late summer and fall, millions of Sockeye and Chinook salmon come up the Quesnel River and swim through the lake to get to rivers such as the Mitchell and the Horsefly to spawn.

Shoreline: This large and very beautiful lake offers some of the most spectacular and secluded beaches found on any lake in B.C. Fantastic family vacations can be planned here. Along with fishing, there is beachcombing, swimming, water skiing, sailing, boating, kayaking, hiking and mountain climbing.

Resorts & Campsites: There are several resorts, marinas and BC Forestry Service Campsites around the lake. All services and facilities can also be found in Likely and Horsefly.

The Quesnel River flows west out of Quesnel Lake, commencing at Likely. Rainbows and Bull Trout from one pound to 14 pounds are taken on spinning gear from July through October from here. Flies will also entice these fish. There is an angling closure covering 50 meters on either side of Likely Bridge.

The Quesnel River Hatchery produces approximately 2.3 million Chinook salmon fry every year to stock the rivers and streams in the surrounding area. Adult salmon can be viewed from August 1 to the end of September; from November to April the fry can be observed in their different stages of development. From April to August 1 there are no fish in the hatchery at all. The hatchery is open seven days a week, from 8 am to 4 pm.
How to get to Quesnel Lake: There are a couple of ways to get to different arms of Quesnel Lake. 1) To the town of Likely on the west arm of Quesnel Lake: turn east off Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House onto the Horsefly Rd. Continue to the major intersection of paved roads, then turn left (northeast) onto the Likely Road. Total distance from 150 Mile is 85 km (53 mi). From here you can access the northern portion of the lake. Ask for information and directions in Likely. 2) To the village of Horsefly and on to the southern shores at the junction of the three arms of Quesnel Lake: turn east off Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House on to the Horsefly Road. Stay on this road until you reach the village of Horsefly -- 59 km (37 mi). Once in Horsefly, turn right at Clarke's Store and cross the Horsefly River, as if going to Horsefly Lake. Now follow the signs to Elysia Resort, which is at the end of the road (13 signs along 42 kms of well-maintained gravel road). More directions and more information can be obtained in Horsefly.
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