Kootenay Lake offers year-round fishing in a unique BC location
The deep waters of Kootenay Lake offer anglers access to an eco-system as old as the hills. Here, deep in the Interior of B.C., the lake is home to one of the largest sub-species of rainbow trout to be found anywhere — the Gerrard trout.
Gerrards have evolved over millennia in lock-step with another of the lake’s dominant species, the kokanee, which is a land-locked sockeye salmon. The annual outflow of kokanee fry from the creeks and small rivers that flow into the lake gives Gerrards a prey base that allows them to grow to tremendous size, often in excess of 30 pounds. They are fish-eaters by nature, and anglers will never forget a Gerard trout’s fast, slashing assault on a streamer or spoon.
Kootenay Lake has a great base for anglers as well — the picturesque city of Nelson, and quaint communities of Balfour and Kaslo. Nestled on a magnificent expanse of glacier-fed lakeshore, these communities are home to an eclectic mix of free-spirited, nature-loving, environmentally sensitive folk who cherish the outdoors more than most.
Several marinas and outfitters offer visitors all the support services they could imagine, from comfortable lodging to full guide services.