Chasing a better life was one thing but another reason for our settlement here in B.C. is the fishing.
I have travelled the world over in the name of sportfishing and have always felt slightly disappointed and been sold short, with dodgy guides and rip off tour companies and lots of “Well, you should have been here last week!”
Kamloops IS a fishing town, pure and simple! the amount of boats on the roofs of seemingly every other truck, car, camper or any other automotive conveyance is testament to this!
With literally 100’s of lakes in all directions and some of the most prolific and pure stillwater trout fishing to be found anywhere is right on your doorstep. You could live 10 lifetimes and barely scratch the surface…….. big lakes, small lakes, tree lined lakes, open lakes, lakes to find solitude lakes to find company, lakes to camp at or just an hour after work. Trophy fish or numbers of fish you can find it and you don’t have to look hard!
We are also enjoying exploring possibilities on the Thompson Rivers
Also famous for a hard fighting, high jumping bruiser strain of a Rainbow Trout, The Kamloops or “Looper” Rainbow which is abundant in these parts and believe me…… you know when you’ve battled one of these!
It is a flyfishermans paradise, a traveling angler with a #7, a few files and the basics could find almost endless possibilities to cast to. If fluff chucking is not for you then spinning is a good way likewise worm dangling with trophy fish all over the area.
You will find the following most prevalent:
Rainbow Trout, Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, Eastern Brook Trout
Also, but yet to encounter:
Cut throat trout, Lake trout, Burbot, Steelhead, five species of Salmon…
When I travelled the area before settling one of my biggest frustrations was finding a way to get afloat and there is no denying that it DOES make a huge difference to accessing the fish. But a float tube is all that’s needed or even better, our favoured way of convenient low impact access, the pontoon boat. These are very affordable making it an option even for the travelling angler from a couple of places in town.
We also have our very own Big Game fish, the Whitewater Marlin, the impressive prehistoric Sturgeon in the Fraser. Growing to 9ft+ and 100’s of pound in weight. We have, so far only managed one afternoon trip, but suffice to say that it was THE most fantastic fishing experience I have had! It will not be the last, I guarantee that! A day on the mighty Fraser is not an experience easily forgotten, I promise you that!
I have yet to sample the profuse Salmon, Steelhead or the Saltwater opportunities so I cannot really make any comments but I look forward to the day I can report back. Likewise Icefishing, but I feel that one’s in the post!