As the last vestiges of winter retreat from Kamloops, vibrant anticipation fills the air, heralding the arrival of the ice-off fishing season. This period is not just a transition; it's an invitation to anglers everywhere, offering a unique blend of challenge and reward as the ice gives way to flowing waters teeming with life. 

Preparation is key as the thaw approaches. Anglers ready their boats, organize tackle, and stock up on essentials like fly rods, strike indicators, and a variety of flies. These preparatory rituals are as much a part of the season's excitement as the fishing itself, setting the stage for the adventures to come.

Fishing BC & Joel Clifton Two men carrying fishing tackle walking towards a partly frozen lake for ice off fishing in Kamloops, BC.
Fishing BC & Joel Clifton two men rowing boat out on the lake for ice off fishing in Kamloops, BC.
Fishing BC & Joel Clifton Man casting from an inflatable boat on the lake in Kamloops, BC.
Fishing BC & Joel Clifton Two men preparing their tackle for ice off fishing in Kamloops, BC.

Timing is everything in ice-off fishing. The window for the best fly-fishing experiences is brief yet incredibly rewarding, lasting only a week or two after the ice recedes. This is when trout, energized by the change in seasons, are most active in the shallow, oxygen-rich waters near the surface. Anglers focus on these areas, casting their lines for the chance at a memorable catch.

The choice of bait during this time is crucial. Fly patterns that imitate chironomid larvae or bloodworms in shades of red, maroon, or Kelly green are particularly effective. These fished under a strike indicator with a floating fly-line, can yield impressive results. Other successful imitations include leeches, scuds, water boatmen, and small chironomid pupae, reflecting the diverse diet of trout in Kamloops waters.

However, ice-off fishing in Kamloops is more than just a quest for the perfect catch; it's about connection. It's a time to bond with family and friends, share in the beauty of our expansive landscapes, and indulge in the serene yet exhilarating pursuit of fishing. As spring progresses and the waters warm, understanding the dynamics of spring turnover becomes essential. This natural process, while temporarily slowing the fishing, rejuvenates the lakes, ensuring the health and vitality of the ecosystem.

Fishing BC & Joel Clifton Bird's eye view of a thawing lake with two fishing boats in Kamloops, BC.
Fishing BC & Joel Clifton Man casting from an inflatable boat with the sun shining and forest in the background in Kamloops, BC.
Fishing BC & Joel Clifton Man casting his fishing rod into a lake in Kamloops, BC.
Fishing BC & Joel Clifton fisherman pulling a rainbow trout from a net in a lake in Kamloops, BC.

In Kamloops, we welcome you to experience the magic of ice-off fishing—a time when the raw, rugged beauty of our landscapes comes alive with promise. Here, amidst the thawing lakes and rivers, you'll find not just the thrill of the catch but a profound connection to the natural world. So, as we look forward to the ice-off season, let us embrace the anticipation, prepare for the adventure, and immerse ourselves in the boundless space and vibrant life that Kamloops has to offer. Whether you're a seasoned angler or casting your line for the first time, the ice-off season in Kamloops is an experience not to be missed, blending the excitement of the catch with the serene beauty of our natural landscape.

For those eager to dive deeper into the techniques and joys of ice-off fishing, the guide on GoFishBC offers a wealth of knowledge to enhance your fishing adventures in Kamloops and beyond​​.


Cast your line into spring! We're eager to see your ice off fishing tales. Share with us by tagging @tourismkamloops, and using #ExploreKamloops on social.