Whether you are an expert angler who seeks out backcountry adventure year-round or a recreational fisherman who wants to share time with family or friends, Similkameen fishing adventures promise an abundance of opportunities, no matter the season or your skill level.
Here’s a quick guide to the best places to fish in the Similkameen Valley. For more detailed information explore our website.
Fishing in the Similkameen Valley
If you’re a dedicated sports fisherman, you’ve probably already visited many of the alluring Similkameen fishing areas.
The rivers and lakes provide limitless opportunities for a peaceful day spent casting, trolling or fly fishing for rainbow trout and mountain whitefish… and maybe cooking your catch over a campfire.
If you’re new to the sport or new to the area, here are a few tips that will get you where you want to be so you can start having fun!
Lakes in the Similkameen Valley
Did you know that there are over 50 lakes within an easy drive once you’re settled in the Similkameen Valley?
Whether you’re staying at a lodge in Tulameen, one of the many inviting hotels in Princeton and Keremeos, or a bed & breakfast in Cawston, you’re a stone’s throw from some exceptional Similkameen fishing.
Check out a few of these popular—and easily accessible—options:
Alleyne & Kentucky Lakes
The beautiful Kentucky-Alleyne Provincial Park boasts two crystal-clear fishing lakes and a “children’s only” fishing pond stocked with rainbow trout. Known for its quiet campground, this is a serene place for you and your family to escape and immerse yourselves in nature… and maybe catch your dinner!
Situated off Highway 5A, about an hour’s drive out of Princeton, you can get there easily by car.
Chain, Osprey & Link Lakes
These three fishing lakes are roughly an hour out of Princeton on Princeton-Summerland Road if you’re looking for something off the beaten track. The BC Forest Service campsites are a little more rustic than their Provincial counterparts, but the water is clear and teeming with fish.
If you’re looking for something a little more out-of-the-way and secluded, these lakes are a good option, even for a novice angler.
A Similkameen fishing trip wouldn’t be complete without a drive up the winding road to Tulameen so you can drop your bait in Otter Lake. It’s the largest lake in the Similkameen Valley and a popular spot for avid anglers and families alike.
Want to learn about all the beautiful lakes—some remote and some a quick drive away—in the Similkameen? Explore our website.
Rivers in the Similkameen
Winding through the valley, the Ashnola, Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers are ideal spots to try your hand at fishing, whether you’re a novice or an expert.
Get your hip waders or simply stand on the shore with your family.
With their fast-running currents and deep watery pools, the rivers are prime spots for catching rainbow trout and mountain whitefish.
Enjoy the splendour the scenic valley has to offer… wide wandering rivers framed by towering hills covered in lush forests of Ponderosa pine and colourful aspen.
Perch yourself on the Red Bridge in Keremeos or take a drive to Bromley Rock and embrace the peace and quiet of fishing on the crystal-clear flowing waters of the valley’s rivers.
Want to know more about how to access the various places to cast your line? Check out more information on our website.
Ice fishing in the Similkameen
Are you coming to the Similkameen Valley for a cross-country skiing adventure in Manning Park or on one of the countless trails in China Ridge? Why not try your hand at ice fishing while you’re at it?
It’s an activity your whole family can enjoy… as long as they bundle up!
You can take advantage of the abundance of Mountain Whitefish in the Similkameen River as they complete their spawning journey and settle in the cold pools from October to February…
Or, you can venture out to one of the many pristine, frozen lakes around Princeton. There’s no shortage of options from December through to March. And don’t forget to visit Yellow Lake, one of the most popular spots for fishing year-round.
Not sure you’ve got the right gear? Visit the Princeton Outdoor Supply store on Bridge Street, and they’ll make sure you’re ready for your ice fishing adventure.
Experience Four Seasons of Similkameen Fishing
It doesn’t matter what time of year you venture into the valley. There are limitless opportunities, whether you’re a seasoned angler or new to the sport.
Here are a few important tips to keep in mind:
- Make sure to get a fishing license for anyone who wants to drop a line in the water.
- Check with local outfitters about the best gear to use.
- Ask the locals for advice when you’re visiting the wineries, fruit stands and other attractions.
There are places to fish for every outdoor enthusiast. See you on the water!
Contact us, and we’ll get you started. We’d love to welcome you to the Similkameen Valley.