Fishing for rainbows on a local lake
The Clearwater Region and North Thompson Valley are a truly a fisherman’s paradise. Stream and river fishing opportunities abound. There are more than 50 trout stocked lakes within an hour’s drive of Clearwater. Stream and river fishing opportunities abound. The North Thompson River has more than a dozen species of game fish.
Rainbows, brook trout, kokanee, a variety of salmon in season, lake trout, burbot, mountain whitefish and more await you.
Float fish the Clearwater river. Fish one of the local streams with a spinner. Enjoy one of the many stocked lakes in the vicinity. Test your skills with wet and dry flies. No matter your level of angling prowess you will find something to your taste in the area.
If you don’t want to try it on your own, there are a number of fishing guides in the area.
WINTER FUN – ICE FISHING
For those who enjoy the off season, many of the local area lakes boast excellent ice fishing for trout and kokanee.
Test your skill on the ice and enjoy a northern Canadian sport.
Disclaimer: Always check the current year’s BC SportFishing Regulations for rules, catch limits, and restrictions. A valid BC freshwater fishing licence is required for most anglers (younger than age 16 do not require a licence).
GET YOUR GEAR
Fishing tackle (and licences) can also be purchased in Clearwater Home Hardware, Greffards And Greenscapes, and at local gas stations. In Nearby Little Fort you will find Little Fort Fly and Tackle, the only local shop dedicated entirely to fishing. Both Home Hardware and Greffards have a good supply of camping and other outdoor gear. A small selection of outdoor gear can also be found at the local Fields Department store.
Clearwater Trout Hatchery –
Fishing enthusiasts will want to be sure to visit the Clearwater Trout Hatchery. It is open daily for visitors during the summer. The hatchery stocks over 330 lakes and releases approximately 300 million fish per year. It makes for a great place to visit for any fish enthusiast!
40 Old North Thompson Highway East, Clearwater, BC, 250-674-2580.
First Fish Ceremony- Late August – 2017 date TBA
Discover deep-rooted traditions, sample delicious first nation fare and more as you celebrate the annual return of salmon to the Raft River. Experience it all every August when the rivers start running red…with salmon. The event is held at the Raft River Viewing Platform in Clearwater. On this day, Simcpw invites guests to participate in several activities that highlight Simcpw’s culture and history, including pit cooking, sockeye salmon viewing, storytelling and a traditional game called Lehal. Thank you to the Simpcw First Nation for hosting this event.