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he Skeena Region covers a vast area of BC, taking up the north-west quarter of the province. This region has world class rivers and thousands of lakes for anglers to explore. The area around Prince Rupert is dominated by rugged mountains and wild rivers while inland there are lakes of all sizes. Most of the

lakes in the Skeena region, unlike in many other areas, sustain naturally producing wild populations of rainbow trout. Many lakes are stocked with different species. Three types of trout released in this region are rainbows, cutthroat and Eastern brook trout. This guide contains 25 lakes and three rivers from this region. Most of them are centred along the highway corridors, with a few off the beaten track. Some of the best fly fishing is available in the Skeena region, f r o m fab-

ulous high elevation mountain lakes such as McDonnell, to lakes right around the corner from populous areas such as Cicuta. Anglers of all persuasions will find a lot to keep them challenged in the Skeena region, and as well, beginners will find plenty of opportunity to learn in world-class lakes and rivers. From fly fishing in remote waters to trolling with the family on a weekend getaway, the Skeena region offers much to explore. This guide is meant as an appetizer to some of the great fishing lakes in this region. Around each lake featured in this guide are often dozens of other lakes that are just as productive. Maps for other lakes in this region are freely available from our website at: AnglersAtlas.com

SKEENA FISHING 2011 Publisher Sean Simmons Production Co-ordinator Kathy Buhler Contributors: Roger Kincl, David Gruen, Cory Koenig, Randy Murray, Dan Moffat, Joe DeGrisi. Advertising sales, printing and distribution managed by Glacier Media Inc. Fishing Skeena 2011 is part of The Angler’s Atlas and is owned by Goldstream Publishing Inc. 1274 Fifth Ave. Prince George, BC V2L 3L2 (250) 596-6277 mail@anglersatlas.com

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BABINE LAKE

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abine Lake is home to a special strain of rainbow trout that grow much larger than common rainbow trout species. This strain of trout is part of a rare ecotype called the Sutherland population.

Some productive lures for this lake are Rapalas, Apex, Williams Wablers and Flatfish for the char. For trout, use small spinners and spoons, flatfish and Hotshots. Early in the season the char will inhabit shallow waters, but as the water warms up the fish migrate to deeper, cooler sections of the lake.

These rainbow trout feed on forage fish, likely kokanee, and grow quite large. This group of fish are technically referred to as “pelagic piscivorous rainbow trout ecotype” —which basically describes where the fish live (pelagic means open water) and what they feed on (piscivorous means they feed on fish). There is limited information regarding the size of Babine Lake’s Sutherland population, and because it is a rare ecotype, anglers are encouraged to practise catch-and-release when going after these big rainbow trout, to encourage the long term sustainability of this species. Barbless hooks are also encouraged to improve survivability. Fisheries biologist in Smithers, Joe DeGrisi, says that the ministry

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has begun a research program on Babine Lake to determine if the stock is sustainable at present levels. They will be looking at the habitat and conducting surveys on tributaries as well. Babine Lake is known for producing trophy char, rainbow trout and salmon.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 46,499 Hectares (114,897 Acres) Maximum Depth • 186 metres (610 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 712 metres (2,336 feet) Survey Date • 1964 Contour Units • Metres

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BABINE LAKE The rainbow trout fishery offers great options for every type of angler. Fly fishers can float the section of water between Babine Lake and Nilkitkwa Lake, known as Rainbow Alley. Fishing in Rainbow Alley can be some of the best in the province. Fly patterns that can w o r k well are stoneflies a n d

Fry Egg +1, chinook and coho fry, Epoxy Minnows and Stimulators. There are three major hatches to watch for—caddisflies, stoneflies and mayflies. When imitating these flies, it’s important to know your insect’s patterns. For example, when emerging, damselflies will swim straight up and then to the edge, while dragonflies will swim to the edge before heading up. A portion of Babine Lake has been closed to angling. Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information. It’s also important to review the Federal regulations for salmon fishing. Babine Lake is closed to chinook fishing all year, and other species of salmon

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here are four primary access points to Babine Lake—north of Burns Lake to Pendelton Bay Provincial Park; near Granisle at recreation sites and provincial parks; at Smithers Landing and at Fort Babine. Granisle is located north of Topley (on Highway 16), following the Granisle Highway. Access to Smithers Landing/ Fort Babine from Highway 16 is from Eckman Road, about 5 km east of Smithers on the right (east). Turn here and follow for 53 km. (Note: The road eventually turns into Babine Lake Road). Turn left (north) onto the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road, and follow for 44 km, to the turnoff to Fort Babine on the right (east).

Quick Facts Surface Area • 46,499 Hectares (114,897 Acres) Maximum Depth • 186 metres (610 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 712 metres (2,336 feet) Survey Date • 1964 Contour Units • Metres

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CICUTA LAKE

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icuta Lake is a medium size lake located south-west of Vanderhoof. It is known for its high rock bluffs and great fly fishing, with extensive shoals and drop offs to explore.

Moffat notes that anglers might do well to immitate minnows. The trout 90 to the will go after "anything k m that looks like a minnow," Kenny Dam then turn right (west), cross the dam to Holy Cross Forest he says. Service Road (FSR) and turn right At the moment there is no active again (north). There is a small, stocking program but between secondary road on the left side 1986 and 1995 the lake was peri(west)—turn here and follow for odically stocked with yearling another five km to Cicuta Lake. rainbow trout. The released trout included Tunkwa, Badger, and Another popular route is via Holy Cross FSR which meets Highway Genier strains. 16 at Fraser Lake, and is about For all your fishing needs stop by 65 km from the highway. If you Northern Hardware in Prince go too far and meet the dam George and talk with Dan and the just backtrack using the directions knowledgeable staff. above.

There are loads of small rainbows in Cicuta Lake. Trolling and strike indicator (bobber) fishing work well. Troll with a sinking line. If you are fishing with a strike indicator, use a long leader so the fly gets close to the bottom. Go deep for bigger fish. LAKE ACCESS Dan Moffat from Northern Hardware in Prince George, says that Cicuta Lake is a great choice for fall fly fishing. He suggests that good patterns to try are Muddler Minnows or Doc

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rom Prince George follow Highway 16 west to Vanderhoof. Turn left (south) onto the Kenny Dam Road—watch for overhead signage in town. Travel along this road for approximately

There is a forestry recreation site on the lake with seven vehicle units and a cartop boat launch. It is accessible with two wheel drive.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 174 Hectares (430 Acres) Maximum Depth • 12 metres (39 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 910 metres (2,956 feet) Survey Date • August 1977 Contour Units • Metres

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chironomids and mayflies will be followed by dragonflies and sedges.

Early in the season, rainbows can be targetted with leeches and bloodworms. As the insects begin to hatch, fly fishers have a wealth of opportunity. Early season insects such a s

However, there are standard patterns that can produce year-round. Doc Spratleys, Halfbacks, Woolly Buggers and leeches are sometimes termed the “meat and potato” patterns for their consistently good results.

oris Lake is a small lake northwest of Burns Lake. There is good fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat and burbot.

Please note that Doris Lake continues to be closed to fishing for lake trout. In smaller lakes such as Doris, lake trout catches are harder to sustain, as

lake trout have a low reproductive capacity. Doris Lake is not an isolated case and other lakes around the province have also experienced declines in lake trout. To improve the state of this fishery and help fisheries staff develop new management tools, the BC Government is undertaking a review of its lake trout strategy. Fisheries biologist Joe DeGrisi says that the ministry will be going back to Doris Lake at some point in the near future to conduct further research and to determine the status of the lake trout fishery there. LAKE ACCESS

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oris Lake is located along Babine Lake Road, near the 53 kilometre marking, immediately before the Nilkitkwa FSR fork. From Burns Lake, follow Highway 16 west to Eckman Road, located between Telkwa and Smithers. Turn right (northeast) onto this road, which turns into Babine Lake Road.

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There is a small recreation site on the lake, and it is easily accessible. The site has five vehicle units, suited for smaller vehicles, and includes a boat launch.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 113 Hectares (279 Acres) Maximum Depth • 13.4 metres (44 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 880 metres (2,887 feet) Survey Date • August 1968 Contour Units • Feet

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DRAGON LAKE ragon Lake is a medium size lake located in the Nass Valley north of Terrace. Rainbow trout are a popular sport fish in this lake and are prized by fly fishers. Rainbow trout in this lake can get very large, and the fishing is normally good year round. Fly fishers can try wet or dry flies when going after the rainbows. For wet flies try Muddler Minnows, chironomids, dragonfly patterns and leeches, all using a sinking line. For dry flies try a mayfly or mosquito pattern along the edge of weedbeds. Lure fishers can try small spinners, such as Blue Foxes, Panther Martins and Mepps —but keep the hooks small.

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rom Terrace, follow Highway 16 west to Kalum Lake Drive, also known as the Nisga’a Highway. Follow this road north, 110 km, past New Aiyansh and the Nass Camp, to Dragon Lake. The lake is located about six kilometres past the camp, on the Nass Forest Service Road.

cle units. There is a boat launch and dock at the site, and it is RV accessible.

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Note: Dragon Lake can also be reached from Hwy 37N by turning west onto the Nass FSR at Cranberry Junction. Continue west on the Nass FSR for about 42 km.

Dragon Lake has a medium size recreation site in a semi-open area with eleven vehi-

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No special restrictions apply to this lake but make sure to consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis for the regional and provincial guidelines.

Surface Area • 531 Hectares (1,312 Acres) Maximum Depth • 9.5 metres (31 feet)

Please remember that Dragon Lake is in bear country— both grizzly and black. Everyone should use caution when fishing this and other remote lakes and bring along bear bangers and spray.

Elevation (ASL) • 185 metres (607 feet) Survey Date • August 1972 Contour Units • Feet © The Angler’s Atlas

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unalter Lake is a small lake located about 15 kilometres north of Houston. The lake is commonly referred to as Irrigation Lake and has good fishing for cutthroat and rainbow trout. Dunalter Lake is a good place for family fishing, conveniently located in a popular public park. There is a dock in the day use area, where anglers can easily cast a line. In other spots the lake can be weedy, so boating with small boats or pontoons is popular. In early spring, flies to try are chironomids, used while stillwater fishing with a strike indicator (bobber). As the lake warms up, hatch activity will increase with mayfly, caddis and midge hatches. The midges usually hatch through to June. In June the mayflies and caddis start to emerge. Later in the summer, fishing dragonfly and leech patterns in the deeper water should work well. Some popular lures used on the lake are Gang Trolls, Triple Teazers, Triplefish, and little Apex Trout Killers.

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rom Burns Lake follow Highway 16 west, about 15

kilometres past Houston, to a sign reading “Irrigation Lake”. Turn left (west) onto a small road and follow for about half a kilometre to the lake. There is a day-use camp ground and picnicking area near the lake, and also a dock. The lake is easily accessed by belly boats, pontoon boats and canoes. © The Angler’s Atlas

Quick Facts Surface Area • 23 Hectares (57 Acres) Maximum Depth • 18 metres (59 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 785 metres (2,575 feet) Survey Date • August 1982 Contour Units • Metres

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HELEN LAKE

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f you’re looking for a family fishing lake, Helen Lake is a good choice. It is a fairly small lake, and is home to cutthroat trout. This pretty little lake is perfect for a day trip. Helen Lake is also a good lake for fishing with kids. It’s small enough that it can be covered easily, and the fishing can be good. Belly boats and canoes are ideal on this lake, which makes for a peaceful trip out. As it is relatively shallow it warms up and cools off sooner than the deep lakes. If anglers are not having success fishing near the weed beds, try trolling down the middle of the

lake, in the deepest sections. Most of the standard fly patterns for the area should work well. Try leeches, damselflies or dragonflies. Flatfish that imitate leeches may also work well. For gear fishers, try using a small Willow Leaf, Wedding Band and worm. Small spinners generally work well.

the left (north), past the farm. Turn here and continue another five kilometres to the lake. There is a forest recreation site at the lake. The site has three vehicle units and there is a rough boat launch.

Surface Area • 18 Hectares (44 Acres) Maximum Depth • 4 metres (13 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 930 metres (3,051 feet)

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rom Burns Lake, follow Highway 16 west, about 20 km past Houston, to Summit Lake Road on the right (east). Turn here and drive for six kilometres to a rough road on

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KITSUMKALUM LAKE Kitsumkalum Lake, called The Hart Farm. This is a medium size site in a semi-open area. From Terrace, head west on Highway 16, across the Kitsumkalum River, and then turn right (north) onto West Kalum Road. Follow this road for 27 km to the Redsand Demonstration Forest, and into the Hart Farm recreation site.

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itsumkalum Lake is a large, deep lake about 25 kilometers north of Terrace. Also referred to as Kalum or Kitsumgallum Lake, it has good fishing for cutthroat trout and dolly varden. The Kitsumkalum River, at the north end of the lake, is known for its excellent salmon fishery. Special regulations apply for salmon, and anglers should consult the BC Freshwater Salmon Supplement published by Fisheries and Oceans, as well as the provincial regulations, before going after salmon. This applies to both the lake and the river. Anglers going after cutthroat in Kitsumkalum Lake will be in for a real treat. Fishing for cutthroat is a great experience. At times, cutthroat are entirely indiscriminate about their food choices, and will go after anything available. At other times, these beautiful trout can be almost finicky. Try

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leech or stickleback patterns throughout the season, or a flatfish or Panther Martin, both in black and silver colour combinations. Dolly Varden are also present in Kitsumkalum Lake. Try fish egg patterns, small fish patterns, and flashy spoons and spinners. There is no stocking program for Kitsumkalum Lake, and there is only one historical stocking record. In 1940, 25,000 rainbow trout (eyed eggs) from Pinantan Lake were released into this lake.

Quick Facts Kitsumkalum Lake, and runs along the lake’s eastern shore. There are a few rugged boat launches on this side of the lake, but current status of these launches is unknown. For current information on these boat launches, head down to one of the local tackle shops to find out more.

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Maximum Depth • 139.9 metres (459 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 149 metres (489 feet) Survey Date • July 1972

LAKE ACCESS est Kalum Road leads to a forestry recreation site located on the south shore of

Surface Area • 1,969 Hectares (4,865 Acres)

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KLEANZA LAKE

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leanza Lake is a small lake east of Terrace located along Kleanza Road. There are several species of sport fish present in the lake, but it is best known for the plentiful rainbow trout. The trout are generally in the one pound range, and fairly easy to catch making it a great place to bring kids to fish. Kids learning to fly fish should use a lighter fly rod, such as a four-weight. With a sinking line (wet flies) try a small minnow pattern with a silver body, and a touch of red. Or try chironomid patterns for still fishing. For dry flies try using a mosquito and mayfly pattern. This lake is very productive and the fish often go after most fly patterns. Dragonflies and leeches are other good starting patterns.

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Kleanza Lake is fairly shallow, and is a great lake for belly boats. The southwest end of the lake is a good place to start if you want to try a deeper section out of the weeds.

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No special restrictions apply to this lake, but make sure to consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for the regional and provincial guidelines. Always remember that Kleanza Lake is in bear country—both grizzly and black. Everyone should use caution when fishing Skeena lakes, and bring along bear bangers and bear spray.

rom Terrace, follow Highway 16 east about 20 km to Kleanza Road on the right (east). Turn here and follow for another 25 km. Kleanza Lake is located on the right (south) side, and can be seen from the road. There is a short trail at the east end of the lake which can be found by turning right onto a secondary forest road shortly after passing the lake. Alternatively, you can pull over when you

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Quick Facts see the lake from Kleanza Road, and a little bush whacking will also bring you to the lake. Fishing can be done from shore, or portage in a small boat.

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There are no facilities on the lake, but Kleanza Creek Provincial Park is located a short distance from the lake, at the junction of Highway 16 and Kleanza Road. The park has 32 vehicle accessible campsites, in a treed area, and offers other recreational opportunities.

Surface Area • 25 Hectares (62 Acres) Maximum Depth • 18 metres (59 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 736 metres (2,415 feet) Survey Date • October 1974 Contour Units • Feet

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he opportunities seem endless on Lakelse Lake. The cutthroat and rainbow trout fisheries are one part of a great lake experience. An adventure playground awaits for the kids, explore the hiking trails amidst the old-growth forests, or relax on the sandy beaches after a day of excellent fishing. Lakelse Lake is considered one of the region’s Family Fishing Waters, as described in the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations. The lakes chosen for this designation are family-

As well, try exploring weed beds in the lake. A black Woolly Bugger or black and silver flatfish, could prove effective in deeper sections. While cutthroat can often be found in streams and rivers, please note that special regulations apply to the Lakelse River. This world class river is catch and release for cutthroat trout. As well, Lakelse River provides excellent steelhead fishing rounded by the mountains of the Kitimat Range, and stands of old growth forests.

f r i e n d l y, ideal places for children to learn to fish. One of the species in Lakelse Lake is cutthroat trout. When fishing cutthroat, remember that they are opportunistic feeders. They often prefer small fish, crustaceans and insects, but will go after anything available. Try fishing a minnow pattern with a slow retrieve. Gear fishers can try small silver spoons.

o p p o rtunities. However, extensive regulations apply, such as a bait ban, motor and time restrictions and a mandatory steelhead stamp. Please see the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information. There is a well developed provincial park on the north and eastern shore of Lakelse Lake. The park consists of three separate sections—Gruchy’s Beach, Lakelse Lake Picnic Area, and Furlong Bay Campground. The park is sur-

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rom Terrace, head south along Highway 37. Gruchy’s Bay and the picnic area is located about 15 km along highway. To get to the campground and boat launch, continue along the highway for another five km to Furlong Bay Campground. The campground has excellent facilities, with a double-paved boat launch, loading dock and plenty of parking space. Also, the launch is located close to the dayuse area of the campground.

Surface Area • 31.7 Hectares (3,608 Acres) Maximum Depth • 31.7 metres (104 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 77 metres (253 feet) Survey Date • 1976 Contour Units • Feet

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ava Lake is about 45 minutes north of Terrace and lies within Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. The lake has good cutthroat trout fishing and dolly varden can also be caught there. Try fishing along areas with large weed beds—preferably sub-surface weeds. During the hatches fly fishers can try a mosquito or mayfly pattern in these areas.

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Fish inventories of the lake reveal a wide range of species are present. This includes cutthroat trout, dolly varden, kokanee, longnose sucker, mountain whitefish, peamouth chub, prickly sculpin, steelhead, sucker (general). This

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inventory should not be considered complete, as other species may exist but have not been captured during surveys.

Lure fishers can try a small Mepps or Rooster Tail, and trailing the lure with a worm really helps.

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Lava Lake’s many bays and shoals are great fish habitat. This is also a real all-season lake, as the depths vary quite a bit. The shallower south end is ideal for spring and fall fishing. As the season heats up, explore further north. In particular, there is a steep drop off at the far north end, and this is a good

The provincial park offers a wide range of recreational opportunities and in the winter snowmobiling is popular along Sterling Mountain Trails.

ABOUT THE AREA he area around Lava Lake is highly valued for relatively young lava flows that ran hot about 250 years ago. A few kilometres north of the lake, a guided hike is available which follows the lava flows to the top of the crater at Melita Lakes.

rom Terrace, head west along Highway 16 to Nisga’a Highway. Lava Lake is another 100 km along the highway. The highway runs along the eastern shore of Lava Lake, and there are several pull outs where a small cartop can be launched. There is also a small gravel boat launch at the north end of Lava Lake. There should be plenty of space for parking as well.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 563 Hectares (1,391 Acres) Maximum Depth • 56 metres (184 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 222 metres (728 feet) Survey Date • August 1972 Contour Units • Feet

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MAXAN LAKE 40 km past Houston, to Forestdale Road on your right (south). Follow this road for about five kilometres, which then turns into the Maxan Creek Road. Continue another 11 km along this road, which will take you directly to the shores of Maxan Lake. There is a forest recreation site on the north-west shore

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axan Lake is a popular fishing lake, situated between Houston and Burns Lake. It offers excellent fishing for rainbow trout and burbot. Avoid the lake trout, as fishing regulations have closed this species to fishing in Maxan Lake. Try fishing for rainbow trout in the shallow areas of the lake, and using smaller tackle. Popular areas are in the bays and along the shoals. The best time to fish for rainbow trout is in the spring. For flyfishers, a standard leech pattern should work well, and lure fishers can try the reliable Willow Leaf with a worm if you are trolling. If you are targeting burbot, try jigging just off the bottom

with a small Buzzbomb. If you are spending the night, you may want to use a set line, as described in the Freshwater Fishing Regulations. You are only allowed one line with a single hook, and the hook must be at least 3 cm from the point to the shank. The line must be marked with your name, address and telephone number.

Quick Facts of this lake, in a sheltered bay. The site is accessible with two-wheel drive, and has twelve vehicle units. The site has a boat launch and small beach.

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Maximum Depth • 25 metres (82 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 765 metres (2,510 feet) Survey Date • September 1973

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Surface Area • 638 Hectares (1,576 Acres)

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MCDONELL LAKE

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lar fishing lakes located along the McDonnell Forest Service Road, preceded by Aldrich and Dennis Lakes. The lake is known for its cutthroat trout, but also contains dolly varden. Although the fish are not often large, they are plentiful. Fishing leech patterns and damselflies is recommended when targeting cutthroat. For lures, try small wedding bands or a blue fox in a size zero or one. The lake is near the headwaters of the Zymoetz (Copper) River, and near the top of the mountain. It can get fairly windy up there, and anglers should be prepared for strong winds.

The Copper River is known for its amazing steelhead fishery. Fishing this river, as with most rivers in the Skeena region, is a fishing adventure of a lifetime. Wild steelhead are a thrill to catch, their fight and vigor unmatched. The Copper River is Classified Water, and a steelhead stamp is mandatory. Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information. As well, to make the most of your trip, it may be worthwhile to hire a guide. New regulations in place beginning in April, 2011, will affect the Copper River. Please review regulations before heading out. These are remote lakes, popular for backcountry adventures. Please be prepared for wildlife encounters and emergency sit-

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rom Terrace, head east to Smithers. Follow Hudson Bay Mountain Road from town, which turns into McDonnell Forest Service Road. McDonnell Lake is located about 35 km along this road, on the left (south) side of the road. Although there are no facilities on the lake, there used to be a forest recreation site at the east end of the lake, and you should be able to launch a small cartop boat at this location. There is another forest recreation site located at Dennis Lake, a few kilometres before reaching McDonnell Lake, which has five vehicle units.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 223 Hectares (531 Acres) Maximum Depth • 14.6 metres (48 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 823 metres (2,700 feet) Survey Date • August 1968 Contour Units • Feet

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rom Smithers follow Highway 16 west to the junction of Highway 37 at Kitwanga. Follow this highway north about 155 km just south of the junction with Highway 37A to Stewart.

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eziadin Lake is a large lake east of Stewart along Highway 37. This deep lake is well known for dolly varden fishing, but is also home to rainbow and cutthroat trout, as well as several other species. Some of the best fishing is off the gravel bars at the mouths of creeks. During the summer, dollies will generally inhabit deeper water, and anglers should troll deep. Apex lures, Kamloops spoons and Ruby Eyed Wigglers should perform well, along with FSPs in about a size 5. Anglers should try to use lures that imitate young salmon or trout fry when going after char and dolly varden. Dropoff locations are good places to fish. When fly fishing, minnow and fry patterns will work well. For dry flies, try stoneflies, chironomids and leeches. An Elk Hair Caddis performs, as will general attractor

patterns. In the spring and fall, try fishing near the mouths of feeder creeks. The dollies tend to feed on small salmon fry emerging from the streams, and in the fall, they will feed on pieces of salmon carcass.

Meziadin Lake Provincial Park is a small park on the eastern shore of Meziadin Lake. There are 60 campsites in an open area, and a gravel boat launch with limited parking. Vehicles need to be left at the campsite,

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b u t there is a small dock available for temporary boat tie-ups.

Meziadin Lake is bear country—both grizzly and black bear. Please use caution when fishing remote lakes, and bring along bear bangers and bear spray for protection.

The park also has pit toilets, picnic areas and there is a hand water pump available. This campground has recently been upgraded. Sites are RV accessible. Reservations are not accepted, and campsites are available on a first-come firstserved basis.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 3,110 Hectares (7,685 Acres) Maximum Depth • 134 metres (439 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 246 metres (806 feet) Survey Date • August 1972 Contour Units • Feet

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adina Lake is located south of Houston and is known for the big rainbow trout it produces. Some anglers have reported rainbows up to fifteen pounds. Trolling is the best way to catch the big trout, and you may need to go down deep. Try using a fishfinder to locate the depth of the fish. Also, these fish will generally go after faster bait, so if you are not getting any bites try speeding up a bit. The Willow Leaf and worm are traditional favourites that work well. Another effective lure is the Apex Troutkiller, in either black or blue— both with silver specks. The Nadina River flows into the lake at the north-west end of the lake, and begins again at the north-east end of the lake. The river is also popular for fishing rainbow trout. The access road to Nadina Lake winds along the Nadina River for miles, and provides many opportunities to pull over and

cast a line into the river. A point of interest along the river is the Nadina Spawning Channel, just downstream of the lake. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Smithers head east along Highway 16 to Houston and then south along the Morice River Forest Service Road (FSR). Stay left (east) at the 27 km fork, keeping on the Morice-Owen FSR. There are two roads that lead to Nadina Lake. The first road—Morice-Tahtsa Rd.— is located at the 48 km mark, on the right (west) side of the road. This road forks about 15 km along. The left fork takes anglers to the Nadina Lake recreation site, and the left (west) fork continues along the Nadina River, past the spawning channel and Nadina Lake Lodge.

along the Morice-Owen FSR. At the 56 km mark, turn left (west) onto the Morice-Nadine FSR, and follow to the 74 km mark. Turn right (west). Shortly after crossing the river this sideroad meets up with the Morice-Tahtsa FSR, a few kilometres before meeting the fork to the recreation site or lodge. The recreation site has space for six vehicle units in an open, grassy area. There is a scenic view of the Sibola Mountains and the site has a boat launch and pebble beach. Nadina Lake Lodge offers cabins, campground facilities and boat rentals. The contact information for Nadina Lake Lodge is Wendy & Brad Thompson PO Box 99, Granisle, BC V0J 1W0 Phone (250) 697-2355. Or send an email to nadina@shaw.ca

The second access point is further

Quick Facts Surface Area • 947 Hectares (2,340 Acres) Maximum Depth • 34.7 metres (114 feet) Elevation (ASL) • ~1,000 metres (~3,300 feet) Survey Date • July 1962 Contour Units • Feet

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ilkitkwa Lake is a narrow lake famous for its great stonefly hatch and trophy trout. The stonefly hatch starts with the warmer weather and normally lasts until the end of July—sometimes into August. Try to cast a dry fly pattern downstream, and let it drift with the boat. Keep the line loose in order to make the fly look real. When fishing along the weed beds, try a Parachute Adams or Royal Wullf dry fly. A Sofa Pillow will also work well. Compared to its upstream neighbour, Nilkitkwa Lake is quite shallow and has large weed beds. The Babine River flows through the lake, creating a slow moving current well suited for drift fishing. The salmon runs on Babine River provide an excellent food source for rainbow trout, from salmon carcasses as well as the salmon fry that emerge

from stream beds. Upstream of this lake is a short section of river known as “Rainbow Alley,” which boasts some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the province. The trout can grow larger than ten pounds. Nilkitkwa Lake is fly-fishing only, and there is a bait ban in effect (see regulations for exceptions). For more information about some great hand-tied flies for Nilkitkwa Lake, visit www. webflyz.com. LAKE ACCESS

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ollow Highway 16 east to Eckman Road on the left (west), just past Smithers. Turn here and follow for 53 km. (Note: The road eventually

turns i n t o Babine Lake Road.) Turn left (north) onto the Nilkitkwa Forest Service Road, and follow for 44 km, to the turnoff to Fort Babine on the right (east). There is a small provincial park on Nilkitkwa Lake, consisting of two sections of lakefront. Both lie within a protected bay and have nice beaches. Access to the park is by boat. Visit BC Parks website for further information: www.bcparks.ca

Quick Facts Surface Area • 487 Hectares (1,203 Acres) Maximum Depth • 21 metres (69 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 712 metres (2,336 feet) Survey Date • 1964 Contour Units • Metres

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nion Lake is small lake south of Terrace, and is one of the few lakes in the area that are regularly stocked with rainbow trout. The stocking program on Onion Lake releases 1,000 rainbow trout yearlings each spring. The program releases trout every two years, and includes Tunkwa, Premier and Badger strains of trout. The earliest known stocking of Onion Lake was in 1960, when 1000 rainbow trout fry were released. Onion Lake is also known for

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Te r r a c e , head south along Highway 37, about 27 km. Onion Lake is located along the highway, on the right hand (west) side. The trails that wind past Onion and Clearwater Lakes are considered an easy hike, and pass through an old growth reserve.

Clearwater Lakes are a one-to-two km hike along the trails, and are ideally suited for belly boats, or light-weight pontoon boats. To get a good overview map of the trails, the Snow Valley Nordic ski club has trailmaps on their website at www.snowvalleynordics.com and then select the Maps link. There is an aerial overview of all three lakes and a trail map.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 15 Hectares (37 Acres) Maximum Depth • 19.8 metres (65 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 186 metres (610 feet) Survey Date • August 1959 Contour Units • Feet

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wen Lake is a popular recreation lake with good fishing for rainbow trout and lake trout (char). Most of the rainbow trout are in the one to two pound range while the lake trout can reach up to twenty pounds.

and if necessary use a downrigger. A brief stocking program was in place between 1959 and 1966. On five separate occasions rainbow trout were released, but no details are available regarding the origin of the stock or why the program was discontinued. Typically 20,000 trout were released at each stocking.

When fishing for rainbows a Willow Leaf and worm is a good place to start. Another popular lure is the smaller size Apex “Troutkillers” in black or blue and with silver specks. LAKE ACCESS rom Houston head south Fly fishers can try a stonefly along the Morice River nymph or Dragon Butler patForest Service Road (FSR) tern. In the warmer weather staying left (east) at the 27 km the rainbow trout will migrate fork, keeping on the Moriceto deeper reaches of the lake Owen FSR. The road wraps and a fishfinder can help around the east side of the locate the best depth to target lake, and there is a forestthese fish. ry recreation site on the lake When going after lake trout shore. try using a Williams Wobbler, Flatfish or Rapala Minnow. The recreation site is a very Make sure to popular camping spot and has get your space for twenty vehicle units. line down The site also comes with a d e e p boat launch and is close to Nadina Mountain trail.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 297 Hectares (734 Acres) Maximum Depth • 37.5 metres (123 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 747 metres (2,450 feet) Survey Date • July 1961 Contour Units • Feet

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ine Lake is a small waterbody north of Terrace and being close to town it is great for daytrips with a flyrod. Try exploring some of the many features around the island on the east side of the lake. The deeper water in these sections can make for more productive fishing in the heat. Cutthroat trout are the main target and fishing can be good on a wet or dry fly. Randy Murray, owner of Northcoast Anglers in Terrace, says that being a small lake, most people fish from shore or a small boat. Expect the unexpected when it comes to insect hatches on Pine Lake. “There aren’t hatches all season, but when one happens, it happens quickly,” says Murray.

Dragonflies and leeches are good choices. Chironomids and mayflies are good to have on hand as well. Cast a mayfly toward the emerging trout and just let it float for a while. Lure fishing on this lake can also be rewarding. Small is best, says Murray. Rooster tails and Panther Martins are good choices, and some folks have good success with a standard Wedding Band and worm. Murray says the key is to keep it small and flashy. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Terrace head west on Highway 16, across the Kitsumkalum River, and then turn right (north) onto West

Kalum R o a d . Follow this road for 12 km to the Pine Lakes recreation site. This small site is located in a forested section, and is part of the Pine Lakes Trail. It is accessible by two-wheel drive and there are five vehicle units for camping. The site also has a cartop boat launch.

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Pine Lake Trail wraps around the lake, and offers excellent views of the mountains and lake. This 6 km trail is an easy hike, and suitable for family use. The trail is also popular among mountain bikers.

Maximum Depth • 14.3 metres (47 feet)

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Surface Area • 34 Hectares (84 Acres)

Elevation (ASL) • 207 metres (679 feet) Survey Date • October 1974 Contour Units • Feet

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ust south of Kitsumkalum Lake are Redsand and Treston Lakes, located in the Redsand Demonstration Forest. The lakes are part of the Kitsumkalum River a n d offer good

fishing for cutthroat trout and dolly varden, both with lures and fly patterns. Along with the fabulous fishing, enjoy the walking and biking trails, and the spectacular mountain views. Fly fishers can try emerging minnow and chironomid patterns on the bottom or a small midge pattern for the surface. Fish the emerging minnow pattern near the lake bottom to imitate a small fry emerging. Lure fishers can try trolling a Wedding Band with worm. A maggot also works well. If you’re going after cutthroat, black and silver colour combinations seem to work well. This applies to both fly patterns and lures. The west end of Treston Lake and northwest corner of Redsand Lake are suitable f o r

belly boats and pontoon boats. But it is recommended that you use a larger boat on the eastern portion of the lakes as the current from the Kitsumkalum River is quite strong. Redsand and Treston Lakes are open for coho fishing from September 1 to October 31. Please be sure to consult both the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations as well as the federal Fisheries and Oceans regulations. The chinook fishery is closed on these lakes. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Terrace follow Highway 16 across the Kitsumkalum River and turn right (north) at the Kalum Forest Service Road. Continue down this road about 26 km to the Redsand Demonstration Forest. Although there are three camping locations within the demonstration forest only one is located on Redsand Lake. This large site has 20 vehicle units for camping. The site is accessible with 2WD and is connected to a wheelchair accessible interpretive trail. The Redsand Demonstration Forest is a popular destination, as it offers a wide range of recreational activities. There are three campgrounds, three trails, and a variety of ecotypes within the demonstration forest, and also has a self-guided interpretive loop.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 39 & 90 Hectares (96 & 223 Acres) Maximum Depth • 14.6 & 34.1 metres (48 & 112 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 112 metres (400 feet) Survey Date • August 1972 Contour Units • Feet

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ound Lake is located on the east side of Highway 16 between Houston and Smithers. Also considered a Family Fishing Water according to the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations, the lake boasts excellent cutthroat trout fishing. Cory Koenig of Webflyz BC says that Round Lake provides awesome fishing for cutthroat and raibow trout up to 20+ inches long. Koenig says there are a few essentials for Round Lake. Make sure your fly box is stocked with leeches, chronomids, damselfly nymphs, and water boatman flies. He notes that early season flies will consist of leeches in olive, black, and brown, with or without beadheads, along with go-to flies like the Bulldog, Egg-sucking Leeches, and small Cutthroat Candy in hook sizes #6-14. Flyfishing or trolling with small Croks, spinners and Wedding Band lures are an easy way to catch the cutthroat and rainbow trout. Other options are to troll a Triple Teazer, a Flatfish (F4 size), or a Hotshot. Fishing later in the season can

be hit and miss, as the lake often experiences large algae blooms, and can get very weedy. At these times, try increasing the size of your fly patterns. Cutthroat may take a surface fly, though they tend to prefer bottom feeding. Try wobbling plugs and spoons cast or trolled along the bottom. Early mornings and late evenings are the best times to target these fish. A popular driving tour uses Round Lake as its centerpiece. After turning onto Round Lake Road, you are taken on a circular tour through dairy farming country. From various vantage points, you are able to get spectacular views of the four mountain ranges of the Bulkley Valley Telkwa Range, Hudson Bay Range, Hazleton Range and the Babine Mountains. Near the end of the tour, you’ll catch a quick glimpse of beautiful Tyhee Lake, just a few kilometers northwest of Round Lake.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 182 Hectares (450 Acres) Maximum Depth • 20.4 metres (67 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 576 metres (1,890 feet) Survey Date • August 1958 Contour Units • Feet

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e e l e y Lake is a small, shallow lake nestled in the spectacular Hazelton Mountains. A provincial park borders its shoreline and provides good facilities for daytrips and overnight camping. Large cutthroat trout can be found in Seeley Lake. Fly fishers can try using shrimp patterns. Orange would be a good colour to use for fall fishing. Anglers may also have good luck with standard area patterns, such as damsels, dragonflies and Doc Spratleys. Anglers would do well to look carefully at the weed beds for insects and hatches. Since the lake is quite shallow, fishing is generally only good in spring and fall, when the water is still cool. Maximum depth of the lake is less than

t e n feet, and the lake warms up relatively early in the season. There are three known fish species that inhabit Seeley Lake—cutthroat trout, rainbow trout and dolly varden. There is no stocking program for this lake, and historical records show that the lake has only been stocked once—way back in 1926. This single stocking event released 50,000 eyedegg rainbow trout into the lake using Pinantan stocks. Make sure to check the regulations before fishing this lake — only electric motors are allowed on the lake.

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rom Terrace, follow Highway 16 east for about 110 km to Seeley Lake Provincial Park. The park is located along the highway. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Picnic tables are available for day-use visitors, and there is a hand-pump water well near the tables. A boat launch is available. The park is open until September 15, however there is lake access year round.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 20 Hectares (49 Acres) Maximum Depth • 2.7 metres (9 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 296 metres (971 feet) Survey Date • July 1961 Contour Units • Feet

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akysie Lake is south of Burns Lake, between Francois Lake and the Nechako Reservoir. It is known for its wild rainbow trout fishery and has several accomodation options. It is also a great family fishing lake. David Gruen from Takysie Resort says the fishing is “fabulous. Kids can catch lots of fish right off the dock.” A worm and bobber work well, as do Mepps and Panther Martins. “Green seems to work well,” says Gruen. A Bear Valley Willow Leaf or Bear Valley Spinner is productive. Gruen suggests Muddler Minnows, Montana Beadheads and leeches for fly fishers. Dry flies such as Adams and Tom Thumbs are good producers.

O t h e r tackle that work well are Triple Teazers and Needle Fish. Try attaching a split shot to the line about six feet up from the lure. There is a special no fishing area on Takysie Lake between March 1 and May 31. Signs are posted on opposite shores of the lake marking the no fishing boundary, just north of Takysie Lake settlement. Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations Synopsis before fishing this lake. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Burns Lake follow Highway 35 south to the Francois Lake ferry. Take the ferry across the lake and contin-

ue south for another 24 kilometres to the north-west tip of Takysie Lake. David and Rise Gruen at Takysie Resort can be reached at (250) 694-3403, or email them at takysie@xplornet.com or visit their website at www.hiway16.com/takysie There is also a forest recreation site on the northern shore of the lake. It is a twelve unit site, and is a popular camping and fishing destination. The site has a boat launch.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 514 Hectares (1,270 Acres) Maximum Depth • 11.6 metres (38 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 772 metres (2,532 feet) Survey Date • July 1969

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ncha Lake, south of Francois Lake, has good fishing for rainbow trout and big char. Some anglers have even reported char greater than 30 pounds. If you are fishing for char, make sure your lure goes deep, as they retreat to colder water in the heat of the summer months. The most popular lures are the Flatfish, T50 and T60 in a silver or coho blue colour. Other colours are also popular, including lures in black, red and white. Less known lures for fishing char include the Flatfish M2, the Swimwhiz and Kwikfish. There is good rainbow trout fishing on Uncha Lake, in the one to two pound range. Roger Kyncl from Moosehorn Lodge says that the fishing has been great. “So many things work really well.” Small Apex seem to be consistent producers. Trolling works best, he adds. Fly fishers may want to try stan-

reation site on the south shore. dard patterns such as Doc Spratleys, leeches and Woolly Worms. Either troll with these patterns, about six feet below the surface, or cast and strip. A Doc Spratley in black may work well for rainbow as well, or try a willow leaf and worm. For these trout, try areas near bays. Be sure to consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for quota information. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Burns Lake follow Highway 35 south to the Francois Lake ferry and cross the lake. Turn left immediately after leaving the ferry onto Uncha Lake Road. The lake offers two accommodation options for anglers— Moosehorn Lodge, located on the north shore of the lake, and a rec-

There is good signage guiding travelers to Moosehorn Lodge, located just off the Uncha Lake Road. The lodge offers 12 log cabin rentals, space for 20 full hookup RV’s, numerous camping pads, and boat rentals. To get to the forest recreation site, continue along Uncha Road until meeting Campbell Road. Turn right here (south), and continue about four kilometres to Binta Road. Turn left (east) and continue for another 8 kilometres. The site is located on the left side (north). It is a twelve unit site, and is a popular camping and fishing destination. The site has a boat launch. To find out more about Moosehorn Lodge, call (250) 694-3730, or email them at moosehornlodge@telus.net © The Angler’s Atlas

Quick Facts Surface Area • 503 Hectares (1,243 Acres) Maximum Depth • 15.2 metres (50 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 692 metres (2,270 feet) Survey Date • August 1952 Contour Units • Feet

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n the doorstep of Terrace is the mouth of the Kalum River, made world famous by its big salmon. The chinook fishery on this river closes in early August.

consult both the federal and provincial regulations for all salmon openings. Please consult the updated list of closures, which is available on the website at www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

Anglers regularly catch chinook 30 to 40 pounds, with some monsters coming in at more than 80 pounds.

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In the stretch r i v e r is a c a n y o n If chinook aren’t in season, you’re still in for spectacular w h i c h angling. There is also excellent fishing for steelhead, dolly varden, cutthroat and bull trout. The world-class coho fishery also opens from September 1 to October 31. Anglers should

can be difficult to pass through. Boaters should talk to a marine dealer or tackle shop about the locations to avoid. The Kalum River is known by two other names—Kitsumkalum and Kitsumgallum. Kitsumkalum is the river’s gazetted name and the one which appears on the map.

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ar fishing is a popular technique for salmon fishing, and is something you can do right from shore. Medium to heavy rods and lines work best, as salmon are strong fighters. Use a weight about 3 to 5 feet from the lure and a small sized Spin-n-glo. The weight will allow the lure to rise just off the bottom. Cast out and then wait for a fish to come and strike the lure.

comes to a sudden end because of broken gear. We remind anglers that this river and all its tributaries are Classified Waters and require a special licence. Ask a lot of questions when heading out, read all of the regulations, and talk to local sports shops about restrictions. New regulations for April, 2011, should be reviewed before your trip.

Backtrolling is effective if you have a boat and a good lure RIVER ACCESS to use is the HotShot. Another he main access road up the common technique is simply Kitsumkalum River is the casting a spoon from shore. Fly Nisga’a Highway, which wraps fishers can try spey patterns. along the eastern side of the Remember to check your river to the lake.

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lines regularly for wear and tear, and to always have backup equipment to keep from being disappointed if a trip

Caution: Do not use this map for navigational purposes. This map may not reflect current conditions. Uncharted hazards may exist. Base Map ©Province of British Columbia.

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he Kispiox River is world famous for its steelhead, but there are a number of other species present that make for great angling opportunities.

or blue or pink Bunnies. Good flies to try would be blue or black Moons, or Intruders.

For fishing coho, jigs are becoming quite popular. The Good sized bull trout are Marabou jig can be quite lifenumerous in the Kispiox, and like, and coho will often strike reportedly they will go after from a distance to get it. just about anything. Using a standard steelhead A good fly rod, anywhere from nine to to try is a ten-and-a-half feet, cast the float and jig along the river seam and let it float with the current.

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Marabou. A Marabou would work well for steelhead, too. People from all over the world come for the steelhead. These fish are well known for their fight, and many anglers report that the thrill of the chase alone is well worth the trip. The coho fishery is open until September 30. They can be caught with Vibrex spinners,

Make sure the float is running the same speed as the current. Free spool the float down the seam, with the jig hanging below it. Keeping most of y o u r line

out of the water helps reduce the drag. Please remember to consult the Freshwater Fishing Regulations as well as the Federal Fisheries Regulations for information before you head out. The Kispiox River is Classified Waters and special regulations apply. The coho fishery is open until September 30, and all wild steelhead are catch and release only. A number of other restrictions are in place for this river. Please watch out for new regulations put in place for April, 2011. To learn more helpful tips, drop by your local tackle shop and talk to the pros. ABOUT THE RIVER

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he Kispiox River runs for 160 kilometres before meeting the Skeena River, just north of New Hazelton. Its a diverse system with the headwaters beginning at productive Swan Lake. There are a lot of feeder creeks with a big variety of fish and habitat. The river is home to all six salmon species, as well as bull trout and numerous other sport and coarse fish populations. Lamprey are also found in the watershed.

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rom Terrace head east along Highway 16 to the town of New Hazleton. Turn left (north) through the town, and continue to the Village of Kispiox, located at the confluence of this river and the Skeena. There are several forestry roads that lead up the Kispiox River. The Kispiox Trail road winds along the north side of the River, with two recreation sites on the side of the road. See map for details. Access to the northern portion of the watershed can be done through Highway 37, at Cranberry Junction.

Caution: Do not use this map for navigational purposes. This map may not reflect current conditions. Uncharted hazards may exist. Base Map ©Province of British Columbia.

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MORICE RIVER

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teelhead season on the Morice River is not to be missed. This river attracts anglers from all over the world, providing exceptional adventure in spectacular surroundings. Try fishing dry flies with a waking technique. The objective is to create a “wake”, or a "V" pattern, behind the fly for the steelhead to cue on. The trailing wake needs to be big enough so that it can be seen by the fish. In slow moving, clear water a smaller wake will work, but as the turbulence and turbidity increase, the size of the wake needs to be larger in order to be seen by feeding fish. This works best in shady areas, or before the sun is fully up. Try fishing areas where there is a distinctive drop-off, such as around rocks. Put a bit of bend on the line and cast across on a 45 degree angle. Keep the salmon openings in mind when you venture out. Coho are open from September 1 to October 31, and one section of the river is open to chinook only until the end of August. A great way to make the most of your trip is to hire a guide. A professional guide is an excellent

way for beginners who may be intimidated by river fishing, and for more experienced anglers who are looking to take their trips to the next level.

Supplement, produced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

If you’re out on your own, remember to keep your gear in top shape, and always have backups.

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Before heading out to fish this wild river, remember that special regulations apply to this fishery. There are two sets of regulations that must be consulted— the BC Freshwater F i s h i n g Regulations, produced by the Province of BC, and the Freshwater Salmon

ABOUT THE RIVER he Morice River emerges from the north end of Morice Lake, and runs for more than 80 kilometres to the confluence of the Bulkley River, near Houston. Five species of salmon are known to inhabit this system, including chinook, pink, chum, sockeye, coho and steelhead. The chinook salmon are the

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rom Terrace head east along Highway 16 to the town of Houston. Turn right (south) onto the Morice River Forest Service Road (FSR), which winds along the Morice River for nearly its entire length. top producers in this system, responsible for an estimated 30% of the total Skeena escapements of this species.

There are several recreation sites located along the forestry road, and offer several locations to fish, or put in a ponWhile the Morice River toon boat. See map for general is known for its excellent location of recreation sites. salmon fishing, it is also © The Angler’s Atlas

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