Sea to Sky
the Sea to Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler, you almost
always see someone fishing in Browning Lake, the most prominent
feature in Murrin Provincial Park.
Browning Lake is well stocked with rainbow trout each spring, but
tends to get fished out in a hurry. Still, that doesn't stop anglers
from trying, particularly small fry. This is a safe environment
to test out flotation equipment such as inflatable rafts, float
tubes, and belly boats.
lake fishing from the dock at Alice Lake may not be everyone's
speed but there is a chance you'll hook a trout in these stocked
waters, especially in May and June. There's also a boat launch at
the north end of the lake (no motors) if you'd like to improve your
chances by paddling to some of the less-accessible parts of the
river fishing is possible almost year round on the Cheakamus
River. Fishing is strictly catch-and-release on all the rivers
and creeks in the Squamish
region. Unlike the nearby Squamish River,
into which it flows, water in the Cheakamus River is clear year
round. Anglers cast from the banks of the Cheakamus for coho salmon
in October and November, for steelhead from late February to April,
and for dolly varden char year round. Best access to the banks is
from the north end of Paradise Valley Road. Head west of Hwy 99
on Squamish Valley Road to reach Paradise Valley Road.
Pemberton and Lillooet Area
The clear Birkenhead River melds with
the murky green waters of the Lillooet
River just as the two empty into the north end of Lillooet Lake
near Pemberton. Beginning
in August, successive runs of sockeye salmon enter the Birkenhead
from the lake, having made their way this far from the Pacific Ocean
via the Fraser River and Harrison Lake.
When they do, the river runs red with the stock returning to spawn.
This is a stunning sight, an autumn treat that rivals the changing
colours in the forest along the riverbank. Although the salmon aren't
feeding, you can sometimes fish for the rainbow trout that follow
in their wake.
The best place to launch is beside the more northerly of the two
Birkenhead River bridges on Hwy 99, at the head of Lillooet Lake.
You'll often see anglers casting from the banks of the Birkenhead
beside the D'Arcy-Anderson Lake Road. Birkenhead Lake is
a popular fishing spot, even in winter, particularly at the mouth
of Sockeye Creek. Try gang trolling using a wedding band or flatfish.
Tenquille Lake lies west of Birkenhead, but at much higher
elevation. Pack a fly-fishing rod and a 'Royal Coachman' for the
best chance of hooking a rainbow trout.
and Middle Joffre Lakes have been stocked with rainbow
trout. Owing to the frigid conditions in these two lakes, the size
of most fish is smaller than you'll wish to keep. However, given
the setting, a paddle on Lower Joffre offers as many rewards as
does landing a trout.
dominate the 40-odd lakes, rivers, and streams around Lillooet just
as salmon and sturgeon rule the Fraser. There are even a few locations
- such as Mowson Pond and Pearson Pond west of Lillooet
on Hwy 40 near Gun Lake, and Lake Lamare on the Yalakom River
Road north of Hwy 40 at Moha - where you can cast for brook trout.
Anderson, Seton, Duffey, Carpenter, and Gun Lakes
are all big, with strategically placed boat ramps located along
Hwy 40 west of Lillooet.
There is also a dock at the BC Hydro recreation site on Seton
Lake beside Hwy 99, just west of Lillooet, where you can cast
for rainbow trout, steelhead, and dolly varden up to 15 pounds (6.75
kg). Come fall, there's a chinook and coho run. Use at least a large
5-ounce spoon - Kitimats or Crocodiles work well - when casting
into the lake and let your line drift by the dock. Be sure to retrieve
your lure before it gets lost in the Seton River's swift current
at the outlet of the lake.
Creek south of Lillooet on the West Fraser Canyon Road is loaded
with rainbow trout, 'old-time fishing at its best' as the locals
say. Also, as you drive Hwy 99 between Duffey and Seton Lakes, try
your luck for rainbows at the forest recreation sites at Downton
or Melvin Creeks, where they enter Cayoosh Creek. Fly-fish
with a small spoon, such as the dependable 'Deadly Dick,' favoured
by area anglers.