Kootenay Rockies & Columbia Valley
Fishing in the Columbia Valley
Lake Windermere offers the widest variety of game fish in our selection of excursions. You can catch rainbow or cutthroat trout, char, kokanee, mountain whitefish, northern pikeminnow, and burbot. Lake Windermere is also one of the few lakes where bass fishing is allowed in this region. Explore this vast lake in search of breathtaking views or for that elusive big bass. Reel Axe Adventures are local fishing guides that offer half and full day trips onboard the "Sunny Manana" pontoon boat. Other fishable waterways popular for a variety of fish are: Columbia Lake, Columbia River (from shore or by boat) and Whiteswan Lake near Fairmont Hot Springs.
Fishing near Kimberley
With clean, aqua-green waters of the St Mary River, Elk River, Skookumchuck River and Bull River, Kimberley is the place to get your fish on! Fish these classic waters on a half or full day guided fishing tour with Kimberley Fly Fishing or St Mary's Angler.
Fishing near Fernie
The Elk River and its tributaries, a freestone river system above the town of Elko, is pristine territory for Westslop Cutthroat Trout and other native fish species. While the catch is important, there is no doubt that the beautiful mountain scenery adds to the angler's experience. Guiding services are available with three companies in the Fernie area, each offering expertise, equipment and intimate knowledge of the local rivers.