In the far north, lakes may be either too shallow or too deep, and
fish stocks don't do well. Shallow water freezes solid in winter,
while deeper lakes never really warm up in summer, stunting fish growth.
With that said, there are fish beyond count in these waters, both
wild and introduced. Prime species include various types of trout,
char, arctic grayling, dolly varden, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and
Almost every provincial park supports sportfishing, and many Forest
Service recreation sites were built specifically for anglers looking
for a place to park near their favourite spot. Along Highway 97, the
lakes on and surrounding Crooked River provide good fishing.
You'll find squawfish, char, and rainbow trout in Summit Lake
and lakes along the Crooked River chain, while surrounding lakes also
have brook trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and arctic grayling. In
particular, try Bear and Hart Lakes, located within
the borders of Crooked
River Provincial Park, 43 miles (70 km) north of Prince
George along Highway 97 (watch for powerboat restrictions).
Fifty-six miles (90 km) north of Prince George, along Hwy 97, is the
turnoff to the Tacheeda Lakes. Rainbow trout are the prime
catch here; but if you're not having much luck, or Tacheeda is too
crowded, try one of the other lakes in the area, including Goose,
Cat, Hambone, or Fishhook Lakes. You can also drop
a line into the nearby Parsnip River, which runs all the way north
to Williston Lake.
McLeod Lake, the lake, is located just south of McLeod
Lake, the town. There's a boat launch at Whiskers
Point Provincial Park, and good arctic grayling, rainbow trout,
and char fishing. Carp Lake, 20 miles (32 km) west of McLeod
Lake (the town), boasts . . . guess what?
North of McLeod Lake is Tudyah
Lake Provincial Park, where you'll enjoy good squawfish angling,
with some rainbow and bull trout. From here, a rat's nest of Forest
Service roads bring the angler into a fisherman's paradise far too
expansive (and too difficult) to describe without a good map. Or you
can just head for Finlay Bay on Williston Lake. You can't miss
it; it's the largest body of water in the province. Whether or not
you can catch a fish here, well, that depends on your skill and if
the fish are biting when you cast a line. Talk to local outfitters
for information on where to catch what in this gigantic lake.
Highway 97 follows the Pine River through the Pine Pass. Simply
pick a Forest Service recreation site along the road and toss in a
line. Further east, 15.5 miles (25 km) past Chetwynd,
is East Pine Provincial
Park, where the East Pine and Murray Rivers come
together. There's a boat launch in the park, and the rivers offer
good bull trout fishing.
Cast a line in the Sukunka River for dolly varden and arctic
grayling. Watch for the turnoff for Sukunka Forest Service Road, 12
miles (20 km) south of Chetwynd along Hwy 29. Continuing along Hwy
29, south of Gwillim
Lake Provincial Park, is Moose Lake, popular with the locals
for lake trout.
River flows along the east side of Dawson
Creek, then bends north around the town. Kiskatinaw
Provincial Park, which has access to the river, is right beside
the historic bridge on Hwy 97, offering good fishing for pike, and
possibly bull and rainbow trout, right near town. Even better fishing
is found on the Peace River near its confluence with the Kiskatinaw.
Use the boat launch at Blackfoot Regional Park, northeast of Dawson
Creek near the town of Clayhurst.
Just north of Fort St. John
is Charlie Lake. Walleye, northern pike, and yellow perch are
found here, and there are boat launches at Beatton
Park and Charlie
Lake Provincial Park, about 4 miles (6 km) north of Fort St. John.