HIGHWAY ACCESSIBLE FISHING - NORTHERN ROCKIES 1.
Borrow Pits: The Alaska Highway between Prophet River (Mile 233) and Fort Nelson (Mile 300) has old gravel pits that are now fishing ponds. There are 11 pits that range in size, scattered east and west of the highway that can be identified by blue fish signs with a pit number. Borrow Pits 1, 2, 4 & 8 are stocked and are marked with large green signs. 2. Andy Bailey Park: This small regional park (access by an 8km 2x2 road at Mile 265 of the Alaska Highway) with boat launch, camping area and picnic area has a small lake with Northern Pike fishing. Non-motorized use only. 3. Tetsa River: From Mile 345 – 375 of the Alaska Highway you will be following the Tetsa River. Multiple access points available. The river provides good pool fishing for Arctic Grayling (avg 1½ lbs, up to 4lbs) and Bull Trout (avg 3lbs, up to 7lbs). Also small but plentiful Whitefish. Fly fishing suggested. 4. Summit Lake: Found at Mile 373. Good fishing at the Summit Lake campground. Boat launch with motorized boats allowed. Species available are Lake Trout and Whitefish. 5. McDonald Creek: From Mile 378 – 395 Alaska Highway you will follow and glimpse McDonald Creek. The creek provides excellent pool fishing for Arctic Grayling, Bull Trout, and Whitefish with many access points from the highway. Spin or Fly. 6. Racing River: Two main access points to the river, one at Mile 397 (a small gravel road) and one at the Racing River bridge at Mile 400. Good fishing for Arctic Grayling to 16 inches and Bull Trout to 2lbs. Fly fishing from July to September is the preferred method here. 7. Toad River: From Mile 411 – 420 of the Alaska Highway you will follow the turquoise green Toad River. Excellent fishing for Arctic Grayling (to 16 inches) and Bull Trout (to 10 lbs) July through September. Access points continuously along the highway. Spin or Fly. 8. Muncho Lake: Found at Mile 437. This is the place for Lake Trout fishing in the region. Deep, clear blue Muncho lake offers up to 50lb (record size) Lake Trout as well as Artic Grayling, and Whitefish to 15 inches. Two campgrounds with boat launches, several RV parks, motels, and restaurants on this 400 foot deep, 7 mile long lake make this a great spot for a fishing holiday. Suggested fishing from late June through September (June-July best) with spoons, spinners, diving plug or weighted spoons. Also fly-in fishing to remote lakes available here. 9. Trout River: From Mile 457 – Mile 471 of the Alaska Highway. Multiple access. Arctic Grayling to 18 inches, Whitefish to 12 inches early in the season – May, June best, and Bull Trout. Prochniak Creek Bridge at Mile 461 is a good access point. 10. Liard River: From Mile 477 – Mile 605 (Yukon Border) of the Alaska Highway. Good fishing for Bull Trout, Arctic Grayling, Northern Pike, and Whitefish mostly where the tributaries flow into and join the Liard. 11. Smith River Falls: Turnoff at Mile 495 of the Alaska Highway. A 2.6km 2x2 road leads to a parking lot. The stairs down to the Smith river Falls was burnt in a forest fire, however the path is still visible. Be careful while making your way down the steep path. Good fishing for Arctic Grayling, Bull Trout, and Whitefish in the pool below the falls. Best late summer when the water levels recede, revealing a gravel bar for the fly fisherman to stand on.
Note: Many other fly-in and remote fishing opportunities are available in the region from non-guided to fully guided fishing holidays. Please use the contact information on the back of this brochure if you are looking for further specific information.
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BORROW PITS | ANDY BAILEY | TETSA RIVER | SUMMIT LAKE MCDONALD CREEK | RACING RIVER | TOAD RIVER | MUNCHO LAKE
LEGEND 1. Borrow Pits 2. Andy Bailey Lake 3. Tetsa River 4. Summit Lake 5. McDonald Creek Where? Lake, River, Creek 1. Borrow Pits 2. Andy Bailey Park 3. Tetsa River 4. Summit Lake 5. McDonald Creek 6. Racing River 7. Toad River 8. Muncho Lake 9. Trout River 10. Liard River 11. Smith River Falls
Alaska Highway Mile # Varied (show in bracket) Mile 265 Mile 345-375 Mile 373 Mile 378-395 Mile 397-400 Mile 411-420 Mile 437 Mile 457-471 Mile 477-605 Mile 495
6. Racing River
7. Toad River 8. Muncho Lake
9. Trout River
10. Liard River 11. Smith River Falls
Photo: Taylor Burk
Updated: March 2018
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