FishingThompson Okanagan is known for the hundreds of lakes and rivers spread throughout this region. These waterways serve as the idea locations to cast out your fishing pole. Those who have a love for fishing, often plan a getaway to Okanagan just to experience the variety of fishing locations that are available.

Okanagan is a prime location, as it has easy access to many restaurants, accommodations and bait shops. One of the widely known waterways in the area is Adams River. The world’s largest sockeye salmon run takes place here once every four years. There are literally millions of sockeye salmon who travel back to Adams River, which was the place they were born. This extraordinary event can be seen from Roderick-Haig Brown Provincial Park.

Types of Fish

The Okanagan waterways presents a variety of fish species, which serves as a great location to catch the common or rare to find fish.

  • Trout – The Kamloops Rainbow trout originated from this area, but you can also expect to see Cutthroat, brook and bull trout as well.
  • Salmon: Sockeye salmon run is a big attraction for the Adams River.
  • Steelhead: This species is no stranger to the area, and can be found in most of the area lakes.
  • Bass: several lakes are well known for producing large bass.
  • Kokanee: This is a type of landlocked sockeye salmon and can be found in some of the lakes.

Ideal Fishing Locations

There are so many lakes and rivers in this area that it is hard to choose which spots to visit. Here are some of the best known waterways that locals and tourists flock to.

  • Kamloops area: Lac Le Jeune, Badger, Heffley, Knouff and Roche Lakes.
  • Wells Gray Provincial Park: Murtle Lake, Clearwater, Azure and Mahood lakes.
  • Okanagan Lake Region: Okanagan Lake, Kalamalka and Vaseux Lake.
  • Shuswap Lakes
  • Nicola Valley
  • Adams Lake
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