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Nelson and Kootenay Lake

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.

Visit www.nelsonkootenaylake.com/fishing to learn more.

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