Charlotte Lake, situated between the southern part of Tweedsmuir
(South) Provincial Park and Hwy 20, to the east in the foothills
of the Coast Mountains, has trophy-size rainbow trout. The turnoff
from Hwy 20 is 40 miles (66 km) west of Tatla Lake. Follow Charlotte
Lake Road about 9 miles (15 km) southwest of Hwy 20.
Approximately 37 miles (60 km) northwest of Tatla Lake on Hwy 20 lies
Nimpo Lake, known as the
floatplane capital of BC. It's a major centre for air charters flying
guests to remote fishing locations. In recognition of its reputation
for rainbow trout fishing, Nimpo Lake was chosen as the location for
the 1993 Commonwealth Fly-Fishing Championships.
Kleena Kleene, almost 20
miles (30 km) west of Tatla Lake, is the departure point for flights
to remote lakes such as One Eye, and rivers such as the Klinaklini.
Charter flights are also available at Tatla
Lake to nearby fishing lakes.
miles (80 km) long and glacier-fed, Chilko
Lake is the largest natural, high-elevation freshwater lake in
North America, and plays host to the third-largest chinook/sockeye
salmon run, from August through October. The salmon eggs are a major
food source for rainbow trout and dolly varden. There is true trophy
fishing here, with rainbow trout as big as 22 pounds (10 kg) and dolly
varden as large as 24 pounds (54 kg). Whitefish also inhabit Chilko
Chilko Lake is situated within the new Ts'yl-os
Provincial Park. There is a natural boat launch in the midlake
area and a concrete ramp for powerboats at the lake's north end. Beware
the strong winds that sweep down off the glaciated peaks surrounding
the park: these make for treacherous boating conditions.
You can fish for trout and kokanee at Puntzi Lake, which features
a fishing derby on the last weekend in June. The lake is about 4 miles
(7 km) north of Hwy 20, about 35 miles (60 km) west of Alexis
Creek. The ice fishing is also good, particularly for whitefish
The Chilcotin River
is a good spot for steelhead and sockeye. South of Lee's Corner (Hanceville)
are numerous Chilcotin lakes, some with rough recreation sites (picnic
table, pit toilet). Obtain a map from the BC Forest Service office
in Alexis Creek or Williams
Lake, or try the Williams Lake Visitor Info Centre.