In the far north of British Columbia, 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 northern pike. Almost every provincial park
supports sportfishing, and many forest recreation sites were built
specifically for anglers looking for a place to park near their
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 rainbow trout, Dolly Varden, brook trout, Rocky
Mountain whitefish, and arctic grayling. In particular, try Square
Lake, Bear Lake and Hart Lake, located within the borders
of Crooked River Provincial Park, 43
miles (70 km) north of Prince
George along Highway 97 (watch for powerboat restrictions).
Only Square Lake is available for ice fishing and is a popular lake
among the locals. Hart Lake is closed to ice fishing.
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 Lake, Cat Lake, Hambone Lake, or Fishhook
Lake. 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 concrete boat launch at Whiskers
Point Provincial Park, and good fishing for arctic grayling,
rainbow trout, and char. 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 in Tudyah Lake and the nearby Parsnip River. From
here, a rat's nest of Forest Service roads brings 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 Williston Lake; 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 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 River and Murray
River 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.
The deep blue
waters of Gwillim Lake in Gwillim Lake
Provincial Park are home to bull trout, mountain whitefish,
lake trout, Arctic grayling, burbot, and northern pike. Due to low
nutrient levels, the lake has a low regeneration capability for
fish populations and is not able to sustain heavy fishing pressures.
Please obey the catch limits posted. Ice fishing is allowed during
the winter season, but visitors should be aware that the park road
from Hwy 29 to Gwillim Lake is usually snowed in until late April
or early May. Snowmobiles have been used to travel this 1-km stretch
Hwy 29, south of Gwillim Lake Provincial Park, is Moose Lake,
popular with the locals for lake trout. No moose are caught in the
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 right near
town for pike, and possibly bull and rainbow trout. Fishing in the
Kiskatinaw River at the park may have limited success as the Kiskatinaw
River is muddy and shallow at the park. 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
Lake Provincial Park and Charlie Lake
Provincial Park, about 4 miles (6 km) north of Fort St. John.