The Elk Valley region of British Columbia has an abundance of upper and lower lakes that are quite diverse in geography and fish species. Elk Valley is home to various lakes that are accessible by vehicle and are a short distance from Fernie. While the alpine lakes offer Cutthroat Trout, the lower elevation lakes can produce large Rainbow and Brook Trout as well as Bass.
When spring arrives in March, the ice comes off the lakes in the Elk Valley and anglers have the opportunity to enjoy world class fly fishing. Exceptional fly fishing can be experienced during this time as excellent hatches of Chironomids provide nonstop action.
Upper Lake Fishing
As the season warms, so do the higher elevation alpine lakes with the melting of snow and ice which brings more excellent hatches as the lakes open up. A scenic helicopter ride will take you to experience these remote lakes that offer the best trout fishing and wildlife viewing. Fall is one of the best times to fish our lakes as is the spring time. One of the best things about fishing at this time of the season is sight fishing. With the clear waters and the marl bottoms the fish are easily in sight.
Lower Lake Fishing
The lower level lakes are stocked with a variety of trout species including the West Slope Cutthroat which is native to the flowing rivers and streams of the Kootenays. Many of these lakes are stocked with the mighty Gerrard Rainbow Trout that can grow to giant proportions of 15 lbs or more, and the Eastern Brook Trout which can make excellent table fair and are great fun to catch.