Fishing is not just a pastime here, it’s a passion.
The Gold Rush Trail boasts more thousands of lakes, rivers and streams famous for rod-bending rainbow trout, cunning cutthroat and steel-hearted steelhead and sturgeon. This is a place where certified guides and outfitters are as knowledgeable about wildlife habitats and conservation.
Spences Bridge, in the Fraser Canyon, is perfectly perched on the shores of the Thompson River and renowned for their late season steelhead runs. Between Lytton and Lillooet there are opportunities to go Sturgeon Fishing on the Fraser River in the remote sections along the Fraser. The guides and outfitters By practicing and promoting the safe handling and release of Sturgeon, we can preserve these magnificent fish for generations to come.
The Cariboo’s unlimited expanse of rivers and lakes also includes a stretch of road from Little Fort (at the eastern border of the Cariboo on the Yellowhead Hwy. 5) to 93 Mile House (at the western terminus of Highway 24). This route is referred to in angling circles as “The Fishing Highway” and the Land of Hidden Waters. Spring-fed Sheridan Lake is stocked annually and is famous for its rainbow trout up to 9kg. Bridge Lake is close by, with numerous bays and islands and crystal-clear waters teeming with rainbow and lake trout (char), kokanee and burbot. With 100 plus lakes typically within an hour’s drive of one another, the Interlakes area really is a fishing paradise. Check annual stocking reports for recent updates. Lone Butte Sporting Goods is a great place to stop in to get local tips and stock up on fishing tackle and gear.
Meanwhile, fly fishing enthusiasts congregate on the Horsefly River, a nursery for three-quarters of the rainbow trout found in nearby Quesnel Lake. In the fall its waters swell with millions of sockeye and chinook salmon en route to their spawning grounds. Near Quesnel, cattails and bullrushes line the banks of jewel-like Dragon Lake which is filled with trophy trout.
Outfitters in the region provide a range of hunting excursions depending on the game species, terrain and season. Catering to the abilities of every level, outfitters offer a wide range of accommodations and limit group sizes. Passion for wildlife, conservation, and a strong connection to the land are an integral part of the cultural thread woven throughout this region.Many family operations are also multigenerational, providing rare insights on much more than wildlife – pioneers, history, ranching, culture, cuisine and more. Hearty meals cooked in camp kitchens or over the open fire offer warm comfort at days’ end. Hunters join outfitters with exclusive guide territories where they can choose their own method of travel − ATV, horseback, 4×4, riverboat, oldfashioned “foot” and even snowmobile in the Blackwater River region.
Choose a season that best suits your hunting or fishing style. No matter your choice, we offer the landscape, wildlife and expertise that will make your ultimate fishing and hunting experiences unforgettable.