Kootenay Lake, BC

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Kootenay Lake
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Location: Kootenay Lake, BC, is over 100 km (62 mi) long with access from Nelson, Balfour, Kaslo, Crawford Bay, Boswell and several other points along BC Highway 31. Campgrounds with all facilities and various resorts are located along the lake.

Fishing Report: Kootenay Lake provides good fishery for Gerrard strain rainbow trout of up to 10 kg (22 lb), Yellowstone cutthroat, large Kokanee and rainbow and Dolly Varden weighing up to 12 kg (26 lb). Fly fishing in the late summer with floating line and Tom Thumb or hopper pattern near creek mouths is particularily productive. The Yellowstone cutthroat is more common in the southern end of Kootenay Lake whereas the north end of the lake is good for kokanee. Sheltered Crawford Bay provides excellent fishery for Gerrard rainbows, bull trout and largemouth bass.

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Shadow Mountain Outfitters: Located in the Bull River drainage, this is the largest guiding territory in Southeastern BC, encompassing 80-mile Kootenay Lake; an area often referred to as "Little Africa”. With over 30 years of guiding experience, this will be an adventure you won’t f... more

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