Big Lake, BC. Big Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada

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Big Lake is located in the Central Cariboo region of British Columbia, east of the City of Williams Lake. At 150 Mile House, 25 km (15.5 mi) south of Williams Lake on BC Hwy 97, turn east onto the Horsefly Road. A couple of miles later, turn left onto the Likely Road. Big Lake is located on the Likely Road about 40 km (25 mi) from 150 Mile House.

Size 571.20 hectares (1,410 acres) Shoal 139 hectares (343 acres)

Mean Depth

13.2 metres (44 feet) Max. Depth 40.84 metres (134 feet)

Game Fish

Lake Char, Kokanee, Rainbow, Eastern Brook Trout Fish Stocked None

Angler Usage

Low to Moderate Elevation 814 metres (2,669 feet)

Ice Over

Mid November - Early May T.D.S. 260 mg/L

Resorts & Campsites: There are no resorts on Big Lake however, there is camping space and a boat launch located on the north side of the lake. A general store and gas station are also located on the Likely Road at Big Lake. A public lake access is located on the south side. Besides fishing, Big Lake is an excellent swimming and waterskiing lake.

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Fishing Report: Trophy size Lake Char of 30 lbs and better have been caught. Kokanee and rainbow averaging in the 1 - 2 lb range are common, with some rainbows weighing as much as 12 lbs or better.

Trolling is the most popular method used in Big Lake, however, fly fishing and spin casting meet also with good success. Although mid-summer is still productive, early and late summer are best for fishing.

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Viewscape: Big Lake is surrounded by hilly terrain. The south side is mainly coniferous forest of pine, fir and spruce, with cottages, an elementary school, community hall and lake access. The north shore consists mainly of cleared ranch and residential land with poplar and aspen groves. Two public lake access roads can be found on the north side. There are two sunken islands in this very beautiful lake.

Shoreline: Varied.

Nearby Lakes

Marguerite Lake: Marguerite Lake is located just a few miles west of Big Lake. Turn off the Likely Road on to a rough 2 wheel drive Marguerite Lake Road. It contains wild stock rainbows up to 2 lbs. Fly fishing, spin casting and trolling. The action slows down dramatically in the heat of mid-summer. No resorts, but there is a small camping site and a place to launch your car top boat.

Skulow Lake: Skulow, a small aerated lake, is located on the east side of the Likely Road a few kilometres before Big Lake. Stocked Eastern Brook Trout and Rainbows up to 2 lbs. are caught on the fly, spin casting or trolling light gear. Electric motors only.

Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.



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Big Lake, BC. Big Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada