Top 5 Lakes You Should Fish in BC's Interior

Pass Lake

Pass Lake is situated approximately 20km north-west of the city of Kamloops on the Lac Du Bois road. Easily accessible by cars and suvs, the lakeâs campsites are often quite busy with vacationing campers and anglers. To ensure a good site, it is best to try and arrive before a busy Saturday morning. Be sure to pack a bottle of mosquito repellent (for the bugs, not the campers!)

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Being a small lake, pontoon boats, belly boats and prams (with or without an electric motor), are ideal in maintaining the peaceful serenity of the calm lake. Motors are unnecessary and will most likely result in dirty looks from relaxed anglers.

The water is unusually clear and fish can often be seen cruising in the shoals. Pass Lake fish average 3-6 pounds, however, are notorious for weighing in at upwards of 16 pounds! These monsters are a rarity, but are well worth the wait.

This fishery is classified as fly-fishing only, and is often successful when fished with chironomids.

One fish over 50cm can be retained.

Tunkwa Lake

Tunkwa Lake is one of the most accommodating lakes and lodges around . Open to fly-fishing, bait and artificial lures, it is a favorite among anglers of all sorts.

Located approximately 20 minutes north of the town of Logan Lake, Tunkwa is easily accessible by car.

With numerous cabins, campsites, boats, washroom facilities and a fantastic tackle shop, Tunkwa Lake is ideal for a family vacation.

This lake is notorious for the number of fish it is home to and catching twenty fish in a day is not abnormal. There have been reports of ten pounders caught, however, the average fish weighs in at 2-4 pounds.

Tunkwa is not an overly deep lake, and is described by many as a single, solid shoal. This makes it ideal for the major chironomid hatch that occurs every spring.

Anglers may bring their own boats, however, should be advised that there is a 9.9 h.p. maximum restriction.

Daily quota is six fish daily.

Island Lake (Big OK Lake)

Island Lake can found tucked in the mountains of the Highland Valley, approximately one hour north-west of the town of Logan Lake . The road can be rough and is unfit for cars and small vehicles. Keep an eye out for the breath-taking view of wild horses.

Main campsites can be found on the north shore, however, the southeast corner of the lake also provides several sites of a more rugged nature.

A catch and release fishery, these trout average 3-6 pounds, but it is not uncommon to catch fish upwards of ten pounds.

As stated in itâs name, Island Lake, houses a huge sunken island located near the middle of the lake. Fishing on and around this island can prove highly effective.

The water is clear and fish can be seen cruising the shoals and foraging in the plentiful weed beds, marl and vegetation.

Island is a fly-fishing only lake and, with the exception of electric motors, no motor boats are permitted.

Sheridan Lake

Sheridan Lake undoubtedly contains some of the largest fish in British Columbia. Located near 100 mile house in the Cariboo, Sheridan Lake is certainly not small. Motor boats are a preference and may be rented out through Sheridan Lake Resort . This lake is open to all types of fishing (with the exception of live bait) and contains rainbows that average five pounds. Fish reaching up to twenty pounds are a spectacular sight and are witnessed occasionally, leaving a scar on any anglers heart.

Camping is available through a few different camping sites and there is no shortage of room. The lake is extremely accessible, so cars are no burden. Sheridan Park Resort

Trolling seems to be the preferred fishing method here, however, chironomids, sedges and mayflies are targeted by trout as well.

The daily quota for retention is five fish, with only one over 50cm.

Roche Lake

The Roche Lake area is a favorite amongst local B.C. anglers. The largest in a group of ten lakes, Roche is situated about one hour south-east of Kamloops. Although most of these lakes contain prominent fisheries, Roche is an easy preference for anglers, providing textbook âfishyâ structure and large rainbows.

Some areas in this region are accessible by car, however, it is wise to make the trip in a 4Ã4.

There is a beautiful resort on the north end of the lake , however, there are multiple camp sites and boat launches available all over the lake.

Roche Lake has four islands and many bays, where a fly-fisherman can find leeches, caddis, chironomids, scuds, damsels, dragons and mayflies. Each of these species are abundant and provide a buffet to these healthy fish.

Average fish vary between 2-4 pounds, but have been reported at over ten pounds.

The daily quota is two fish daily and it is restricted to electric motors.

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