Premier Lake, BC

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Location: Premier Lake is located northeast of Skookumchuk on Highway 93/95 via 8 km (5 mi) of gravel road.

Nestled against the west slopes of the Rocky Mountains, Premier Lake is one of the key recreational fishing lakes in the East Kootenay. The emerald green lakes of Premier and four smaller lakes, Canuck, Yankee, Cats Eye and Quartz offer a unique and varied fishing experience in a secluded and pleasant park atmosphere.

The area is rich in wildlife. Premier Ridge, west of the lake, is an important wintering range for elk, whitetail and mule deer, and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Forests of Douglas fir and western larch are common in the park. Osprey, eagle, heron, king fisher, numerous forest birds and water fowl can also be seen.

Size 229.6 ha. (567 ac.) Shoal Data not Available
Mean Depth 15.8 m. (51.8 ft.) Max. Depth 32 m. (105 ft.)
Game Fish Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout Fish Stocked Rainbow Trout
Angler Usage Moderate Elevation 860 m. (2821 ft.)
Ice Over November to Mid-April T.D.S. 189 mg/L

Resorts & Campsites: Premier Lake Park, situated 72 km north of Cranbrook, contains 57 vehicle/tent camp sites and is located at the south end of the lake. There are no drive-through sites. There is an information shelter located at the entrance to the park but no telephone.

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Fishing Report: This popular lake offers rainbow trout reaching sizes of 2 kg (4 lb) and brook trout are resident. These rainbows have been the main source of broodstock for Kootenay hatcheries.

Fly fishing methods such as Chironomid, halfback, fullback, Doc Spratleys and shrimp patterns all produce good results.

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



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