Lakes

The Elk Valley region of British Columbia has an abundance of excellent lakes that are quite diverse in geography and fish species. While the alpine lakes offer Cutthroat Trout, the lower elevation lakes can produce large Rainbow and Brook Trout as well as Bass. Many of these lakes are accessible by vehicle and are a short distance from Fernie.

When spring arrives in March, the ice comes off the lakes in the Elk Valley and anglers have the opportunity to enjoy world class fly-fishing. Exceptional fly-fishing can be experienced during this time as excellent hatches of Chronomids provide non-stop action.

The lower level lakes are stocked with a variety of trout species including the West Slope Cutthroat which is native to the flowing rivers and streams of the Kootenays. Many of these lakes are stocked with the mighty Gerrard Rainbow Trout that can grow to giant proportions of 15 lbs or more, and the Eastern Brook Trout which can make excellent table fair and are great fun to catch.

As the season warms, so do the higher elevation alpine lakes with the melting of snow and ice which brings more excellent hatches as the lakes open up. A scenic helicopter ride will take you to experience these remote lakes that offer the best trout fishing and wildlife viewing.

We offer our clients a full day of guided fly-fishing with all the gear and lunch included. The lunch can be the catch of the day cooked over an open fire at the lake. This is a fun day for people who like to enjoy the backcountry experience.