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Year-round fishing! Numerous marinas on Kootenay Lake provide access, and there are charters and fishing guides as desired. Fishing derbies take place in the spring and fall, while winter is a favourite season as big fish come up from the depths to eat.

For background information and history, Kootenay Mountain Culture has written an article summarizing the history of the beautiful trout, while Friends of Kootenay Lake is a local organization with lots of information on Kootenay Lake and the fish within it.

Important: Kokanee ban. There is currently a ban on catching any Kokanee due to the low numbers in the lake over the past few years. To find out what you can fish and when, and for licensing information, visit the government website.

NOTE: To find all the uptodate fishing regulations for Kootenay Lake please refer to PDF of Region 4, or visit the government website.

Fishing Derbies

The spring and fall fishing derbies are run by our local organizers:

Charters and fishing guides

Fishing Licenses

Licenses need to be purchased before you fish, and you can get them at sporting stores and fishing retailers. A separate license is also required to fish in national parks, which can be purchased at park headquarters at each park site.

See Travel British Columbia’s travel resources for up-to-date licensing information.

Winter Fishing on Kootenay Lake

Because Kootenay Lake does not freeze-over in winter, you can still fish during the colder months here. The bigger fish come up from the cold depths (152m/500ft) in the winter, and if you slow down and stay patient, you can catch a 20 pound Dolly Varden or that elusive Gerrard Rainbow Trout.

Salmon Spawning

Watch thousands of salmon head up the waterways to release their eggs. Kokanee Creek, Meadow Creek, Mill Creek are some of the place to see this amazing spectacle in August and September. For more information visit our Salmon Spawning page.

Preventing Invasive Species

We want to keep Kootenay Lake pristine and free of invasive species. We ask all anglers to please CLEAN, DRAIN and DRY their boat and equipment. For more information of how you take action and prevent the introduction and spread of invasive species visit the CKISS website.

Reel Adventures

Reel Adventures

Reel Adventures offers premiere fishing packages for some of the best fishing in the World. Kootenay Lake does not freeze over in the winter, so it is known for our year round fishery, and winter is our prime fishing time.

Kootenay Wild - Fishing, Golf Packages and Taxidermy

Kootenay Wild

Our Charters offer guided sport-fishing tours that target Gerrard Rainbow Trout and Bull Trout. We also offer golf and fishing packages.

Kaslo Shipyard Co

One of Kaslo Shipyard's houseboats on the shore of Kootenay Lake.

Cruise, fish and explore from the unique vantage point of a houseboat. Choose from our four cruise vessels, each fully furnished with a spacious wheelhouse, full galley, full bathroom and complete sleeping facilities.

Gill and Gift

Gill and Gift Tackle and Bait shop in Balfour BC

Gill & Gift is Kootenay Lake's tackle and bait shop. They also carry souvenirs, toys, fireworks, and much more!

Split Shot Charters

Split Shot Charters

Fishing Charters on World Famous Kootenay Lake for Gerrard rainbow trout!



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