Some of the best lakes for fishing in BC are right here in our backyard. The Kamloops area is known for some of the best freshwater fishing in the world and lakes are stocked by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC. 


Fishing in Kamloops

When fishing in Kamloops you would expect to catch mostly Rainbow Trout, Eastern Brook Trout, Kokanee, Bull Trout and even burbot. Many of the lakes are stocked with trout, including the Kamloops trout, that attracts anglers from around the world. There are more than 100 lakes within a one-hour drive of Kamloops. Wish so much fresh water around Kamloops, you would have to be curious about the fishing.

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Lake Fishing + Camping

Fish some favourite lakes of local anglers, including Kamloops Lake, Stump Lake, Jacko, Paul Lake, Heffley Lake, Scuitto, Roche Lake, Lac Le Jeune, Dominic and so many more for an angler of any age to try their luck. Indulge in the conveniences of modern fishing resorts or go rustic in a camper or tent at one of the many camping areas.

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Kamloops Lake

Kamloops Lake is a large, deep, river-fed lake that supports a healthy population of large Kamloops trout. The beautiful rugged backdrop is something to see next to the fresh, cool water of Kamloops Lake.

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Monte Lake

This lake is surrounded by Ponderosa Pine and rolling grasslands. It's well-stocked with approximately 25,000 Triploid Kokanee Salmon and 15,000 Blackwater Rainbow Trout annually. Monte Lake is a short 35 minute drive southeast of Kamloops on Hwy 97. The northwest end of the lake is popular for Kokanee and the for trout work along the edges of the lake in shallower water.


Edith Lake

Edith lake is a small gem nestled in the grassland hills just a 20 minute drive south of Kamloops on Hwy 5A. This lake is stocked with Fraser Valley and Pennask Rainbow Trout that swim in the deeper water. Eastern Brook Trout are also stocked and tend to feed in the shallows. This lake has a reputation to grow fish fast due to the abundance of insects.


Walloper lake

In January Walloper Lake is home to family ice fishing day hosted by the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Association and the Kamloops Fly Fishers Association. This lake is stocked with Rainbow Trout and its where many people learn to ice fish for their first time. The lake is a 30 minute drive south of Kamloops on the Coquihalla Hwy.


Heffley Lake

This lake is tucked in the rolling, forested hills and features scenic bays. Bird watchers keep an eye out for Eagles, Osprey and Hawks and Falcons. Heffley Lake is a 30 minute drive northeast of Kamloops on the way to Sun Peaks Resort. For a guided ice fishing trip contact Campbell from Elevated Fishing Adventures.


Roche Lake

This lake is a great weekend getaway, located on the Thompson Plateau just 33 kilometers southeast of Kamloops. Roche Lake is stocked with Kamloops Rainbow Trout every year,  world-renowned by anglers. You will find a lot to explore at Roche Lake and surrounding area every time you are out.


Isobel lake

Isobel Lake is roughly a 40 minute drive from Kamloops. Stocked annually with rainbow trout, fishing is usually best in the fall or through the ice during the winter months. Isobel Lake is a recreation site, managed by the Kamloops Indian Band. 


Stump Lake

Once famous for its huge trout of 15lb. or better, this moody lake still produces large fish in the 6lb. range 


Jocko Lake

This popular lake is popular with both fly and spin cast anglers. Fully stocked with Rainbow Trout, the best time a day to catch a fish, is in the early evening close to the shore lines. This day-use only lake is located only 20 minutes from Kamloops.


Need a fishing rod?

The Tourism Kamloops Visitor Centre is a Go Fish BC – Rod Loan location.

This unique program allows families and other groups to try fishing without having to purchase gear. At no cost, you and your family can borrow spinning rods with reels and a basic box of tackle.

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Must Try Fly Fishing Adventures

Nehalliston Wilderness Adventures (Dave Sigsworth) – 250-374-3383

Nehalliston Wilderness Adventures (Dave Sigsworth) – 250-374-3383

Mike Porco (Desert North Adventures) – 250-320-1267

Bruce Southern Guiding Services – 250-378-2556

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