Still Waters (Lake Fishing)
The best kept secret of the East Kootenays is the exceptional lake fishing.
Nothing is more relaxing and exciting than fishing the lakes of the East Kootenay. There is something elusive and enticing about lake fishing in itself and the East Kootenay is very fortunate to have over 50 productive trout lakes. By mid April many of these lower elevation lakes become ice-free and slowly begin to warm up; bringing the aquatic life alive and allowing hungry trout to feast on prolific early season hatches. Chironomids, Mayflies, Caddisflies, Damselflies and Backswimmers are just a few of the insects that find themselves eluding trout along shoal drops and weed beds. An abundance of Leeches and Scuds also help trout reach trophy size. Both the beginner and knowledgeable angler will find the lakes of the Kootenays a thrilling experience and may even have the chance to catch dozens of fish during an early season hatch. Gerrard and Triploid rainbow trout inhabit the lakes and some anglers have been known to land fish up to 10lbs and the occasional one may exceed 14lbs. A lake trip in the Kootenays is a special adventure and highly recommended by our local guides; who find themselves spending endless hours pursuing and waiting for that epic lake trout to take their line for what they all know is a heart stopping zing! The best months for still water fly fishing is in the spring; April, May, and June and then again in the fall; September, October and November; when the trout are getting ready to fatten up for the winter. If you want to try fish on your own, stop by the shop to see our selection of Chironomids and other great lake patterns. Or, let one of our experienced guides lessen the learning curve of lake fishing set you up for the chance at feeling the zing of your line peel out as a big rainbow tail dances in front of you! Check out our guided trip page for rates.