| You almost always
see someone fishing in Browning Lake, the most prominent feature
in Murrin Provincial
Park. The lake is well stocked with rainbow trout each spring
but gets fished out in a hurry. Still, that doesn't stop anglers,
particularly small fry, from trying. 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 happens on the Cheakamus
River almost year-round. 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 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 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 that are now reaching maturity. 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 and Pearson Ponds 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.
As well, there's 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. Nearby, Texas 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 Service 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.