Kootenay Lake Fisherman

Kootenay Lake is ice free providing great fishing year round, with the prime season for big fish being October through March. Hook one of the world’s largest  Gerrard Rainbows , Dolly Varden (Bull trout) or Kokanee Salmon in one of nature’s most beautiful settings.

The lake has three main seasons, spring, summer and winter, and you need to understand fish behavior during these seasons.
Most big fish are caught on the lure that is in season, but the right techniques, such as speed and depth, are just as important. Kootenay Lake also offers excellent fly fishing.
If you are a newcomer, hire a guide for a day or more. You’ll get the most information this way, and perhaps you’ll land the big one.

Gerrard Rainbow Trout
Gerrard Rainbow Trout

Public launch ramps are available at Riondel, Kootenay Bay and Kuskanook. Many lakeside campgrounds have launch ramps and docking.
Fishing licenses and tackle are available from the Gray Creek Store. Fishing licenses can also be ordered online at the Ministry of Environment of British Columbia.

Don’t forget the most important part – relax and enjoy the day as you escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Kootenay Lake.