St. Mary Lake, Saltspring Island, BC. St. Mary Lake, Gulf Islands, British Columbia

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St. Mary Lake
Saltspring Island in the BC Gulf Islands

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Location: St. Mary Lake is located on Saltspring Island in the BC Gulf Islands. Regular ferry service to the island is available from Schwartz Bay on Vancouver Island to Fulford Harbour, Duncan on Vancouver Island to Vesuvius Bay and Tsawassen south of Vancouver, BC to Long Harbour. St. Mary Lake is found 3.5 km (2 mi) north of Ganges near Vesuvius Bay.

Size 195.07 ha (481.82 ac) Shoal 54.62 ha (134.9 ac)
Mean Depth 9.1 m (29.85 ft) Max. Depth 16.8 m (55.10 ft)
Game Fish Smallmouth Bass, Cutthroat, Steelhead Fish Stocked Rainbow, Cutthroat, Steelhead
Angler Usage High Elevation 42 m (137.8 ft)
Ice Over Varies with climate conditions T.D.S. 160 mg/l

Resorts & Campsites: Camping and resort accommodations are available at St. Mary Lake on Saltspring Island. Cartop boat launches are provided.

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Fishing Report: Due to the large amount of annual stocking of a variety of species, the lake provides excellent opportunity for the avid angler. Smallmouth bass of record sizes (3.5 kg or 8 lb) are resident in the lake and Bass anglers enjoy excellent success on St. Mary Lake.

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Nearby Lakes

Cusheon Lake - Cusheon is located on Satlspring Island halfway between the communities of Fulford Harbour and Ganges and contains smallmouth bass and cutthroat trout which are stocked regularily.

Stowell Lake - Stowell is a small Saltspring Island lake with cutthroat trout reaching sizes of 1.4 kg (3 lb) and is located 2 km (1.2 mi) north of Fulford Harbour via Beaver Point Road.

Weston Lake - Weston Lake is stocked with rainbow trout and steelhead. Fly and light tackle are known to work well.

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


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St. Mary Lake, Saltspring Island, BC. St. Mary Lake, Gulf Islands, British Columbia