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Imagine being out on Kootenay Lake, rugged, tree-covered mountains all around. You've just settled in after baiting your hook and letting out your line. You're taking in the spectacular scenery, when all of a sudden - wham - a fish strikes. But it's no ordinary fish you've just hooked. It's a Gerrard Rainbow, pound for pound one of the toughest fighting fish in the world, and it's not stopping. These monster fish grow to 30 pounds (some locals even suggest there are 50 pounders in the lake) and when one takes your line, you've just landed one of the finest angling experiences you'll ever have.

Photo © Ethan Baron
In addition to the Gerrard Rainbow, Kootenay Lake is home to Dolly Varden, Bull Trout, and Kokanee Salmon. The Kokanee spawn every August and you can see this marvelous event at Kokanee Creek and other small tributaries in the area. The Canadian record for a Bull Trout (see photo bottom left) was caught by Red Wassick on February 4, 1997. It weighed in at 29.5 pounds, so the Gerrard Rainbows aren't the only monsters in the lake. You can also find plenty of cutthroat in the streams and smaller lakes that abound throughout the backcountry, so grab your hiking boots and head into the unspoiled beauty of the mountains for an unforgettable fishing experience.
Fishing Charters

Hooked Up Charters & Tours
Balfour, BC
250-55-3404
Split-Shot Charters
1-877-368-3474
Reel Adventures Fishing Charters
250-505-4963


For more information on all the activities available to you in and around Nelson, please drop by the Visitor Centre.
225 Hall Street, Nelson BC V1L 5X4
Phone: (250) 352-3433
Toll Free: 1-877-663-5706


Photo courtesy
Split Shot Charters
Photo © Timothy Friesen Photo courtesy
Split Shot Charters