| The Okanagan
Darke Lake Provincial
Park is about 20 miles (35 km) northwest of Penticton off Hwy
97 on Prairie Valley Road (12 miles of gravel road). It has a small
campground (5 vehicle/tent sites), with good rainbow and brook trout
fishing. In winter, the lake is the site of ice fishing and skating.
From Darke Lake, it's only 2.5 miles (4 km) farther to Eneas
Lakes Provincial Park, a lovely undeveloped area consisting of
four lakes on a fir- and pine-forested plateau. It's 13 miles (20
km) west of Peachland; road access is limited and rough, and four-wheel-drive
vehicles are recommended.
Pennask Lake Provincial
Park, 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Peachland off Hwy 97, is a
source of much of the province's rainbow trout eggs, which are used
for restocking purposes. Fishing is excellent here, and the park has
a boat launch. The road in is not suitable for recreational vehicles:
it's rough for 30 miles (50 km) from Peachland and then gravel into
Bay Provincial Park ('kekuli' refers to the semi-subterranean
homes built by the Interior Salish natives), on the west side of Kalamalka
Lake, 7 miles (11 km) south of Vernon, is located on a lovely bay
with a sandy beach that promises to lure visitors to the park. The
park offers an access road with parking lot, a campsite, and a boat
launch that is deemed to be the best on Kalamalka Lake.
Wood Lake, between Okanagan Centre and Oyama on Hwy 97, has
a solid reputation for its kokanee and rainbow trout fishing. The
large lake sits just south of Kalamalka Lake on the east side of Hwy
97 south of Vernon.
Fishing is also good at Ellison
Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake, about 10 miles (16 km) southwest
of Vernon. It features a car-top boat launch about 1 mile (2 km) north
of the park and a full boat-launch facility about 5 miles (8 km) north
Anglers will find a cheery welcome, information on rainbow trout fishing,
licence, boat rentals, bait, and tackle in Echo
Lake Provincial Park, north of Lumby.
As well known as steelhead are the Kamloops trout. Kamloops
trout are a unique strain of trout that put on a eye-popping,
acrobatic performance for fly-fishers skilled enough to hook one.
These wild rainbow trout, native to central and south-central Interior
regions of the province, are the prize in Niskonlith
Provincial Park and Silver
Beach Provincial Park, at Seymour Arm at Shuswap Lake.
River system, which begins at Griffin Lake, has a total
of five lakes along a 12-mile (20-km) stretch of Hwy 1 between Sicamous
and Revelstoke. This system includes Three Valley, Victor,
Clanwilliam, and Wetask Lakes, all good fishing spots
for rainbow trout and easily accessed from Hwy 1.
And in Roderick
Haig-Brown Provincial Park, angling for rainbow trout, dolly
varden, and whitefish is popular, with the canyon and the river
mouth being among the most productive sites. Note: The Adams
River is closed to salmon fishing year-round, and in spring
it's also closed to rainbow trout fishing.
Similkameen Country and Boundary Country
Fly-fishing for rainbow trout in Lightning and Strike
Lakes is usually good, although the trout in these cold, nutrient-poor
waters rarely exceed 2 pounds (1 kg). The Similkameen and
Sumallo Rivers have dolly varden, and rainbow and cutthroat
trout. Watch for good casting spots as Highway 3 runs beside both
rivers on its journey through Manning
Provincial Park. You will need a British Columbia angling licence
if you plan to fish in the park. For information, contact the Fish
and Wildlife Conservation officer at Princeton, (250) 295-6343.
in Conkle Lake Provincial
Park is a bit of a trek to reach, but once there you'll find
good car-top-boat fishing for rainbow trout in an idyllic setting.
It's so quiet here that you'd think it was a library. Located about
19 miles (30 km) west of Greenwood, the lake can be reached by three
different routes. However, all three are over rough, narrow, winding
roads not suitable for motor homes, low-clearance vehicles, or towed
trailers. It is reached by travelling about 10 miles (16 km) west
of Hwy 33 at Westbridge; 16 miles (26 km) from Hwy 3, about 4 miles
(6 km) east of Bridesville; or almost 22 miles (35 km) east from
Hwy 97 at Okanagan Falls.
is an almost 2-mile-long (3-km) lake in the Monashees that offers
great opportunities for water sports. Rainbow trout can be caught
by fly-casting in summer or ice fishing in winter. There are no
services or maintenance staff at Jewel
Lake Provincial Park, so visitors are asked to keep the area
clean for themselves and others. It's located 6 miles (10 km) north
of Greenwood off Hwy 3.