There's nothing quite like the feeling of reeling in a worthy Kamloops Rainbow Trout. With new fishing docks being fin-stalled province-wide by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, now everyone - from avid anglers who want to quickly drop a line, to new anglers who don’t have access to a boat - will be able to brag about their trophy catches on more lakes.
Hooked? Visit our fishing page to book your own guided fishing adventure with the experts who will share their hidden lakes and experienced fishing tips. Here are 11 places to dock fish near Kamloops:
Located 12km south of Kamloops, Edith Lake has two fishing docks to cast off of. This extremely productive lake grows big Rainbow and Brook Trout and has a small Recreation Site with 14 camping spots, picnic tables, and toilets.
Stake Lake is a popular year-round recreation spot for nordic/cross-country skiing, hiking and biking. The day-use only Recreation Site has a new fishing dock that was installed in 2020, as well as toilets and a rustic boat launch. The lake is located 20km south of Kamloops along Lac le Jeune road.
Nearby Stake Lake, Lodgepole Lake is a high elevation lake where fishing for Rainbow Trout begins in mid to late May. There’s a small Recreation Site with 16 campsites, toilets, and a rustic boat launch.
Lac le Jeune
Another 1km down the road is Lac le Jeune Provincial Park, a perfect spot to spend a few hours or a few days enjoying nature. This lake features two fishing docks, a provincial park campground with 144 sites, both pit and flush toilets, a boat launch, and a substantial day-use area with picnic tables. A classic fly fishing lake that all will enjoy.
Located 24km south of Kamloops and just down the road from Lac le Jeune, Walloper Lake Provincial Park is a day-use only park best suited to fishermen and picnickers. Facilities include pit toilets, a picnic table and a fishing dock. Walloper is a great lake for beginners and children as it is stuffed to the gills with Rainbows that love to be caught (and released).
Located 20km northwest of Kamloops, Isobel Lake Recreation Site features 19 campsites, a 3km low mobility trail around the lake with rest benches, picnic tables, and a fully accessible outhouse. The new fishing dock installed in 2019 is also wheelchair friendly and has a disabled loading feature and benches. Note that Isobel Lake is a Youth/Disabled Accompanied Water regulated lake from April 1 - Sep 30.
Less than 30 minutes from Kamloops, Paul Lake Provincial Park is a popular destination for hiking, fishing, paddling, camping, and swimming. The lake is stocked with Kokanee and Rainbows each year. The provincial park campground has 90 sites, a large day use area, multiple hiking trails, and cartop boat launch.
Little Heffley Lake
En route to Sun Peaks Resort, Little Heffley lake received a new fishing dock in 2016. Nearby, Recreation Site, Heffley Lake has 30 campsites, picnic tables, toilets and a boat launch.
Stump Lake is located approx. 30 mins from both Merritt and Kamloops on Highway 5A. This dock was placed in the Stump Lake Recreation Site next to the boat launch and parking area.
New docks have been placed at each Duffy Lake boat launch. The larger, "T" shaped dock is mobile friendly and is located just a 40-minute drive outside of Kamloops. Duffy Lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout and these enhancements funded by the Kamloops Motor Cycle Association with support from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, will provide an excellent fishing opportunity at this lake.
Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park
Tunkwa Lake is listed as in the top 10 provincial rainbow trout fisheries. The lake is stocked annually with rainbow trout and accessible for year-round recreation. The dock is located at the south end of the park near the boat launch with steps down to it.
Before casting a line, you must have a British Columbia freshwater fishing license.
Check out the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC for more accessible and family friendly fishing docks and an interactive map on where to fish.