Angling is one
of the most popular activities in Tweedsmuir
South Provincial Park. Pink, Chinook, and Coho salmon, as well
as char, trout and white fish are caught in the Bella Coola and
Atnarko Rivers. The Dean River is renowned for its fly fishing.
The backcountry lakes and rivers provide some excellent sport fishing
for coastal cutthroat along the Turner Lake Canoe Circuit. The lakes
of the area can be fished for Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout, and
rainbow trout, depending on location. Favoured fishing gear ranges
from flies (representing insect patterns) to tackle like spinners
and spoons. Popular fishing gear for salmon include flies, artificial
wool, spoons and bait (where regulations permit). There are single-wide
car-top boat launches at Fisheries Pool campground and Belarko boat
launch along Highway 20. There is limited space available for parking
at both boat launches.
Lake, situated in the foothills of the Coast Mountains, between
the southern part of Tweedsmuir South Provincial Park and Hwy 20
to the east, has trophy-size rainbow trout. The turnoff from Hwy
20 is 40 miles (66 km) west of Tatla Lake. Follow Charlotte Lake
Road about 9 miles (15 km) southwest of Hwy 20.
Approximately 37 miles (60 km) northwest of Tatla Lake on Hwy 20
lies Nimpo Lake, known
as the floatplane capital of BC. It's a major centre for air charters
flying guests to remote fishing locations. In recognition of its
reputation for rainbow trout fishing, Nimpo Lake was chosen as the
location for the 1993 Commonwealth Fly-Fishing Championships.
Kleena Kleene, almost
20 miles (30 km) west of Tatla Lake, is the departure point for
flights to remote lakes such as One Eye, and rivers such as the
Klinaklini. Charter flights are also available at Tatla
Lake to nearby fishing lakes.
(80 km) long and glacier-fed, Chilko
Lake is the largest natural, high-elevation freshwater lake
in North America, and plays host to the third-largest chinook/sockeye
salmon run, from August through October. The salmon eggs are a major
food source for rainbow trout and dolly varden. There is true trophy
fishing here, with rainbow trout as big as 22 pounds (10 kg) and
dolly varden as large as 24 pounds (11 kg). Whitefish and bull trout
also inhabit Chilko Lake.
a blue-listed species, is late-maturing and doesn't spawn until
after its sixth year. As an aggressive feeder, the species is also
fairly easy to catch. These two traits, combined with the difficulty
in accurately determining stocks, make the bull trout susceptible
to over harvesting. The slow growth rate and late maturity could
result in a recovery period as long as 20 years, so respect gear
restrictions and lowered catch limits on bull trout.
Chilko Lake is situated within the new Ts'yl-os
Provincial Park. There is a natural boat launch in the midlake
area and a concrete ramp for powerboats at the lake's north end.
Beware the strong winds that sweep down off the glaciated peaks
surrounding the park. These winds make for treacherous boating conditions.
The Chilko River
is one of the leading wilderness trout rivers in the west Chilcotin,
supporting spawning and rearing habitat for resident rainbow trout,
bull trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and steelhead trout. The Chilko
River is a classified water, so a Classified Waters licence must
be purchased before fishing in the Chilko River. Current regulations
on the river include single barbless hooks, flyfishing only, a bait
ban, and a catch-and-release policy.
You can fish for trout and kokanee at Puntzi Lake, which
features a fishing derby on the last weekend in June. Puntzi Lake
is about 4 miles (7 km) north of Hwy 20, about 35 miles (60 km)
west of Alexis Creek.
The ice fishing is also good, particularly for whitefish in January.
The Chilcotin River is a good spot
for steelhead and sockeye. South of Lee's Corner (Hanceville) are
numerous Chilcotin lakes, some with rough recreation sites (picnic
table, pit toilet). Obtain a map from the Williams Lake Visitor