of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
Chilcotin offers countless lakes with some of the best sportfishing for
rainbow trout and other game fish. Check the lakes below and book a lakeside
vacation at a Cariboo Chilcotin resort.
Photo: Fawn Lake
Lake: Abbott Lake is approximately 55 km(34.1 mi) from Williams Lake.
The game fish in Abbott Lake are Rainbow Trout and Char, the rainbow trout
will go to seven pounds.
Lake: Abuntlet Lake is 322 km (199 mi) west of Williams Lake on Highway
20. Flyfishing is best at the outflow into the Dean River.
Lake: To find Alexis Lake travel 10 km (6.2 mi) west of Alexis Creek. At
this point take the road that branches north off Highway 20. Alexis Lake
is another 25 km (15.5 mi). Alexis is a consistent producer of 12 inch
rainbows from May through October.
Lake: This popular fly fishing lake is located 322 km (199.64
mi) west of Williams Lake on Highway 20. Anahim Lake reports an average
of 14 to 16 inch wild stock trout reaching up to 3 lbs.
Lake: This 9 km (5.5 mi) long lake is reached by taking the Blackwater
River Road northwest from Quesnel. This semi-wilderness lake sports
good fishing for a variety of fish such as Rainbow, Kokanee, Dolly Varden,
Lake: Beaver Lake is about 21 km (13 mi) west of Riske Creek, turn
north off Hwy 20 onto the Palmer Lake Forest Access Rd. Travel this road
and then turn north off the Palmer Lk Rd. Lots of large rainbows are the
order of the day at Beaver Lake.
Lake: Big Lake is located on the Likely Road about 40 km(25 mi) from
150 Mile House. Trophy size Lake Char of 30 lbs and better have been caught
in Big Lake. Kokanee and rainbow averaging in the 1 - 2 lb range are common,
with some rainbows weighing as much as 12 lbs or better.
Lake: At the Bridge Lake store, turn right (south) on to a gravel
road (stay left at the Y) this will take you to Eagan lake. Just past
Eagan, take the left road at the Y and follow it to Bonaparte. Bonaparte
Lake is capable of producing rainbows in the l2 lb range with 3 to 4 lb
trout being the norm. Small kokanee are also around.
Lake: Bouchie Lake is located west of the city of Quesnel across
the Fraser River. Travel up the paved Nazko road for approximately 13
km (8mi) to this popular fishing lake which has a number of full time
residences. Late May to October produces pan-sized rainbow at Bouchie
Lake: Follow Hwy 24 to Sheridan Lake. Turn north to Needa Lake.
Bowers is located a few miles north of Needa on the same road. Bowers
Lake is a very highly recommended lake, producing wild stock rainbows
to 2 lbs all summer long.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, travel south on Highway 97 until you reach
the junction of Highway 24. Turning east on this paved road will take
you to a multitude of resort and fishing lakes. Bridge Lake is located
approximately 48 km (30 mi. mi) along this scenic, lake dotted route.
This 7 km (4 mi.) long lake can produce rainbows up to 5 lbs, kokanee
to 4 lbs and lake trout to 20 lbs.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, proceed north on Highway 97. At the top
of the hill as you are leaving town, turn east on the Forest Grove/Canim
Lake Road. At the intersection in the community of Forest Grove, turn
right and proceed to Canim Lake. Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout and Kokanee
are the game fish in Canim Lake.
Lake: See Wolverine Lake
Lake: This 20 km (12.4 mi) long and 6 km (3.72 mi) wide lake
is located south of Nimpo Lake on the Pine Point Resort road. After 10
km (6.2 mi) you branch south for another 20 km (12.4 mi) to reach the
lake. Even though the average rainbow trout may reach 4 to 5 lbs
at Charlotte Lake, much larger ones are often caught.
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Hwy 20. Follow this road
Hanceville (a.k.a. Lee's Corner). Turn south off Hwy 20, cross the bridge
over the Chilcotin River and follow the Taseko Lake Road. Chaunigan is
a very special lake, surrounded by spectacular scenery and offering exceptional
Lake: Follow Hwy 20 west from Williams Lake to Tatla Lake. Turn left
(south) onto the Bluff Lake road and drive for 4.2 km (2.6 mi.). Keep
left on the Tatlayoko Lake Road to the Chilko Lake Road. Chilko contains
big fish, the Bull Trout can go to 10 lbs and the rainbows to 6 lbs or
Lake: Travel about 245 km. (152 mi.) west of Williams Lake on
Hwy 20. Clearwater is on the south side of Hwy 20 with easy access right
to the lake. Clearwater is a steady producer of wild stock rainbows in
the 2 lb range.
Bear Lake: This lake is located 35 km. (22 mi.) south west of Nimpo
Lake over the famous Atnarko River. The average rainbow trout will reach
between 14" and 20".
Lake: This beautiful and small lake can be found approximately 5 kms
(3 mi) southwest of neighbouring Bridge Lake on Hwy 24. Crystal Lake is
known to be a good producer of trout up to 4.4 lbs. Although, a 14 lb
rainbow is on record.
Lake: South of 100 Mile House, you turn east on the Horse Lake Road.
Deka Lake is located northeast of Sheridan Lake. Lake trout are caught
up to 10 lbs with rainbow about a 1 1/2 lbs at Deka Lake.
Lake: About 4.2 km (2.6 miles) south of the city of Quesnel.
Turn east off Highway 97. Dragon Lake is one of the jewels of the Cariboo,
home of trophy size rainbows. Twelve pounders are caught on a regular
basis and because of such great fishing, this lake is often featured on
TV fishing programs.
Lake: North of 100 Mile House, turn east off Highway 97 to the Forest
Grove/Canim Lake Road. The road turning east at Buffalo Creek will take
you to this 14 km (8 1/2 mi.) long lake.Wild stock rainbows of up to 4
lbs can be caught at Dewry Lake.
Lake: Turn off Hwy 97 onto the Horsefly Rd. at 150 Mile House. Approx.
2.41 km (1.5 miles) past the junction of the Horsefly and Likely Roads,
you will turn off the Horsefly Rd onto the Dugan Lake Rd. This is
a highly productive lake, with rainbows and brook trout.
Lake: Follow Hwy 24 to the Bridge Lake Store. Turn right (south) onto
a gravel road, staying on the left branch of the fork in the road. Follow
this road to Eagan. The game fish in Eagan Lake are Rainbow Trout.
Lake: From Williams Lake, turn west onto Hwy 20. Continue past Chilanko
Forks and the Pyper Lake turnoff. Continue on Hwy 20 watching for a well
marked road to Eagle Lake on the south (left) of the highway. 2 lb
rainbows seem to be common with the odd fish going up to 8 lbs at Eagle
Lake: North of Williams Lake on Hwy 97. Upon reaching McLeese Lake,
turn right on the McLeese Lake-Likely Road. Elk Lake is located about
22 Km (14 mi) along this good gravel road. Elk Lake is considered
as one of the best fly fishing lakes for Rainbow trout.
Lake: From Lone Butte continue east on Hwy 24 for another and you
will see Irish Lake on the right (south side) of the road. The turn off
to Fawn Lake is just past Irish Lake as you continue east on Hwy 24. Watch
for the signs on the left (north side) of the road. Fawn is a small but
very productive rainbow lake.
Lake: At Hanceville take the Taseko Lake road south until you reach
the Lord River Development road. Turn south onto the Lord River Development
road and travel to an intersection just past Yohetta Creek. At this intersection,
turn left and drive 0.5 km (0.3 mi.) and then turn right and continue
to Fishem Lake. Fishem produces small wild stock rainbow and bull trout.
Lake: From Quesnel, turn off Highway 97 onto the Nazko Road.
Branch west from the Nazko store. Fishpot is capable of producing rainbow
trout up to 7 lbs.
Lake: Excellent rainbow lake. Most fish are in the 4 - 8 lb.
range. Catch and release is strongly encouraged on this lake, as during
the warm days of summer, the fish take on a 'muddy' taste.
Lake: Located about l3 kms. (8 miles) east of 70 Mile House,
Green lake is an outstanding family lake. Situated amongst rolling hills
of meadows, aspen and pine, this beautiful lake shines of Caribbean blue/green
colors. With water that is incredibly warm, some of the best beaches in
BC and 2 fabulous provincial park campsites, Green lake is a jewel for
Lake: Travel north of 100 Mile House on Highway 97 to the Forest
Grove/Canim Lake Road. Travelling east, you continue on this road to Canim
Lake. Greenlee Lake is located on the north west side of Canim Lake. Exceptional
rainbow trout are found at this popular get-away spot.
Lake: Drive to the southern edge of 100 Mile House, then east
onto the Horse Lake Road. Hathaway Lake is located north of Sheridan Lake.
The game fish at Hathaway Lake are Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout and Char.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, follow Highway 97 north past Lac La Hache.
At the north end of the lake take the Wright Station Road west; continue
to take the road to your left. Continue past Phillilloo Lake. Rainbows
on average are around 2 lbs with 10 pounders occasionally being taken
at Helena Lake.
Lake: At Williams Lake, turn west onto Hwy 20 and follow it to the
small community of Tatla Lake. Turn south onto the Tatlayoko Lake Road,
and then turn west (right) onto the West Branch Road. Rainbow and
Bull Trout are the game fish in Horn Lake.
Lake: From 100 Mile House travel east for 8 km (5 mi.) on the paved
Horse Lake Road. This 18 km (11mi.) long lake is a popular holiday spot
as well as being a desirable residential area. May to October can produce
2 lb rainbow, 3 lb lake trout and kokanee up to 1 1/2 lbs.
Lake: From Horsefly cross the Horsefly River bridge. Travel
east for 1.3 km (0.8 mi) then turn left onto the Quesnel Lake Rd. Lake
Char, Dolly Varden, Rainbow Trout, and Kokanee are the game fish in Horsefly
Lake: From Williams Lake, follow Highway 20 to Anahim Lake. Just west
of Little Anahim Lake branch south onto a rough road to the lake. Hotnarko
Lake is capable of producing large wild stock rainbow.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, travel north on Highway 97. At the
top of the hill, turn right onto the ForestGrove/Canim Lake Rd. Turn right
onto the Canim Lake Road. Just before arriving at Canim Lake, turn south
(right) and follow the road on the south side of Canim for about 8 km
(5 mi.). Turn south (right) again and follow this steep access to Howard.
This "trophy" lake can yield rainbow up to 5 lbs and more.
Lake: At 93 Mile, turn east off Hwy 97 onto Hwy 24. Travel to the
town of Lone Butte. Continue east on Hwy 24 for another 3.2 km (2 miles). This
is a popular fly fishing lake because of the abundance of invertebrates
throughout the lake and good rainbow fishing.
Lake: At 150 Mile House, turn east onto the Horsefly Rd. A couple
of miles later, turn left onto the Likely Rd. Turn right on Jacobie Lake
Forestry Rd. Jacobie Lake is a great family lake, especially for the young
fisherman. The rainbows may not be large, but there are lots of them.
Lake: From Williams Lake take Highway 20 to Anahim Lake. Kappan
Lake is located about 15 km (9.3 mi) south of Anahim Lake on a good gravel
road. This 4 mile long lake contains only wild stock rainbow trout.
Lake: At 150 Mile House turn east off Hwy 97 onto the Horsefly Road.
Travel past the village of Horsefly and continue along the Horsefly-Quesnel
Lake road. This spring-fed lake can produce rainbows averaging 2
lbs and more.
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Hwy 20, to Hanceville (aka
Lee's Corner). Turn south off Hwy 20 and travel south past Fletcher Lake.
Then turn southwest from Big Creek past Willan Lake. Wild rainbows
up to 8 lbs and sometimes even larger taken at Kloacut Lake.
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west on Hwy 20, to Hanceville (a.k.a.
Lee's Corner). Turn south off Hwy 20, crossing the bridge over the Chilcotin
River. Take the Taseko Lake Road and follow it to the Big Lake/Konni Lake
Road and follow it to Konni Lake. Wild Rainbows average 1 1/2 lbs with
some up to 5 lbs or better can be caught in Konni Lake.
Des Roches: At 93 Mile, turn east off Hwy 97 on to Hwy 24. Travel
east on Hwy 24 for 50km to reach the west end of the lake. Lac Des Roches
traversing hwy 24 for 9 miles with access roads for various resorts (along
with all the other lakes in this region) is also accessible by taking
the Yellowhead Hwy north from Kamloops and then turning left (west) onto
Hwy 24 at Little Fort. It is also accessible from Hwy 5. The game fish
at Lac Des Roches are Kamloops Rainbow and Gerrard Trout.
La Hache Lake: North of 100 Mile House, this 20 km (12 mi.) long
lake runs along the west side of the highway with the townsite of Lac
La Hache on the south east corner. Lac La Hache is known for it's kokanee
fishing, although rainbow and lake trout are often sought after.
Lake: From Anahim Lake, go north towards the Dean River. An
excellent lake for wild stock rainbows. Sizes range from 2 to 4 lbs, although
they can be much larger.
Big Bar Lake: From Clinton take the Meadow Lake road then turn
left at the 4way intersection. Travel south on this unnamed road for 9.l
kms (5.6 miles) and turn right. Travel west passing the Big Bar Lake provincial
campsite turn right and travel north to the Little Big Bar Lake. Subject
to winterkill none the less Little Big Bar offers a fine fishery for rainbow
to 2 lbs.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, proceed north on Highway 97, turn east
on the Forest Grove/Canim Lake Road. Follow the Mahood Lake Road on the
south side of Canim Lake and then branch south on the Bowers Lake forest
access road. After 10 km (6.2 mi) take a right fork. Popular fly fishing
lake has good rainbow fishing because of the abundance of invertebrates
throughout the lake.
Lake: At 93 Mile, turn east off Hwy 97 on to Hwy 24. Follow Hwy
24 past the turn off to the Bridge Lake Store. Continue east for another
4.5 km. (2.8 miles) and turn right (south). Rainbows in the 2 lb range
are caught in Machete Lake.
Lake: To access the lake from 100 Mile House, follow the Horse
Lake Road east to the junction of the Mahood Lake road and the Canim Lake
S. road. Large wild rainbows up to l0 lbs, and lake char that reach 20
lbs or better at Mahood Lake.
Lake: Marmot Lake is located west of Quesnel on the Nazko Road.
As the fish often tend to be muddy, many find catch-and-release the best
type of fishing for this Marmot Lake. With the rainbow averaging around
2 lbs and often reaching up to 8 lbs.
Lake: Take Hwy 97 to Quesnel. Cross the bridge over the Fraser
River to West Quesnel. Turn right on Bouchie Lake Road. Milburn Lake is
a good producer of Rainbows in the 1 - 2 lb range. Eastern Brook Trout
are in the 2 lb range.
Lake: At 93 Mile, turn east off Hwy 97 onto Hwy 24. Follow Hwy 24
to Sheridan Lake. Needa is located north of Sheridan. Needa contains wild
stock rainbows and lots of them, most average the 1 1/2 lb.
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Hwy 20. Nimpo is located
approximately 290 km (180 mi.) from Williams Lake on Hwy 20. An excellent
lake producing 3 pound rainbows on the fly or by spinning and trolling
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Highway 20. Turn north
off Hwy 20 onto the Palmer Lake Forest Access Road. Palmer Lake is a very
consistant producer of 3 lb rainbows throughout the season. Much larger
trout are not uncommon.
Lake: At 70 Mile House turn east off Hwy 97 onto the Green Lake road.
Take the south (right) road at the Y just before Green Lake. Pressy Lake
is a good producer of rainbows up to 2 lbs.
Lake: From Quesnel, cross over the Fraser River and head west on the
Nazko Road for 35 km (21 mi). The wild stock rainbow trout in Puntchesakut
Lake can reach about a pound, although they are known for being quite
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Hwy 20. Follow Hwy 20 until
you are 64 km (39.7 mi) west of Alexis Creek. Turn north off Hwy 20. Much
effort has gone into Puntzi's Kokanee and Rainbow enhancement program.
As a result, Puntzi is a consistant producer of 1 1/2 lb (and better)
Kokanee and Rainbow.
Lake: Turn east off Hwy 97 at 150 Mile House onto the Horsefly
Rd. Continue to the major intersection of paved roads, then turn left
(northeast) onto the Likely Road. From here you can access the northern
portion of the lake. Rainbows, Dolly Varden, Lake Char, and Kokanee
are found in Quesnel Lake.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, travel north on Highway 97 to Lac La Hache.
Turn east on the Timothy Lake Road, after about 6 1/2 km (4 mi.) branch
to the left for about 13 km (8 mi.) on a good all weather gravel road. This
rehabilitated lake reports rainbows to 3 lbs and is fairly consistent
throughout the season.
Lake: Rainbow is 322 km (199 mi) west of Williams Lake on Hwy
97. Rainbow Lake contains wild stock rainbows in the 2 to 4 lb range.
Lake: About 21 km (13 mi) west of Riske Creek turn off Hwy 20 onto
Palmer Lake Forest Access Rd. Raven is located on the Palmer Lake Rd. Eastern
Brook Trout averaging around 2 lbs Rainbows up to 5 lbs, and sometimes
larger at Raven Lake.
Lake: See Wolverine Lake
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Hwy 20 Hanceville (a.k.a.
Lee's Corner) then turn off the highway and travel south crossing a bridge
over the Chilcotin River. Turn right on the Taseko Lake Road. Wild rainbows
averaging 1 1/2 lbs are caught at Scum Lake from May to July and September
Lake: Follow Hwy 24 to the Bridge Lake Store, turn right (south)
onto a gravel road and stay on the left branch of the fork. Follow this
road until you reach Eagan Lake at which time you take the right branch
of the fork. Sharpe is found on your south (left) side. Sharpe is a small
lake that regularly treats the flyfishers with rainbows up to 5 lbs.
Lake: From 100 Mile House, travel south on Highway 97 until you
meet the junction of Highway 24. Take this scenic paved road east for
to reach this 3 km (2 mi.) long lake. Sheridan Lake has the reputation
as a producer of large rainbows.
Lake: 134 km (83 mi) northeast of Williams Lake. Spanish produces
good quantities of wild rainbows and Dolly Varden. Spanish is also a great
lake to take the family, children will always catch fish.
Lake: At the southern edge of 100 Mile House, turn east off Highway
97 onto the Horse Lake Road. Watch for the signs, then proceed northeast
on a good gravel road to Sulphurous Lake. This 6 1/2 km (4 mi.) long
lake reports rainbow up to 5 lbs with an average of 3 lbs.
Lake: At Williams Lake, turn west onto Hwy 20 and travel to the
community of Tatla Lake. Tatla Lake is a popular Kokanee fishery with
sizes averaging 14-16 inches.
Mile Lake: From Quesnel, travel north on Highway 97 for approximately
11 km (7 mi.). The lake is located to the west of the highway. The
rainbow in Ten Mile Lake will often go to 5 lbs. Although fishing slows
down in the summer, September and October often prove very productive.
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Highway 20. Cross the Fraser
River and travel up the Sheep Creek Hill. At the top of the hill turn
off Hwy 20 onto the Meldrum Creek Road. Till is a rainbow stocked
lake with reports of 6 lb fish being caught.
Lake: Turn east off Highway 97 at Lac La Hache and travel 13
km (8 mi.) along a good gravel road to reach this 8 km (5 mi.) long lake.
Rainbow trout up to 3 lbs can be caught in Timothy Lake.
Lake: From Quesnel turn west off Highway 97 onto the Nazko road.
The wild stock rainbow in this lake can reach up to 5 lbs at Tiltzarone
Lake: This 5.5 km (3.5 mi) long lake produces wild stock rainbow
that will average around 2 lbs. Tisdall Lake is approximately 160 km (99
mi) from Williams Lake
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west onto Hwy 20. Turn south at
Tatlayoko Lake Road. Continue past the turn off to Cochin Lake and then
turn east on to the Chilko Lake Access Road. Drive past Choelquoit Lake
and continue south for a short distance as if going to Chilko Lake. Turn
east at Henry's crossing and follow this road right to Tsuniah Lake. Fast
paced action for wild rainbows in the 1 to 2 lb range at Tsuniah Lake.
Lake: A rough 4 by 4 road turns off Highway 20 in Tweedsmuir
Park and follows the Atnarko river south. Turner Lake is primarily a cutthroat
fishery. Anglers report excellent results with cutthroats ranging between
1 and 2 lbs at Turner Lake.
Lake: From Quesnel, cross the Fraser River and head south on
the West Fraser Road, eventually crossing west over Narcosli Creek. Flies,
spinning tackle or trolls are preferred to catch these wild stock rainbow
that can reach from 10 - 15 inches.
Lake: At the north end of 100 Mile House, turn west off Highway
97 onto the Exeter Road. This alkaline lake produces rainbow up to 8 lbs
although the norm is around 4 lbs.
Lake: At Williams Lake turn west on Hwy 20, to Hanceville (a.k.a.
Lee's Corner). Turn south off Hwy 20, crossing the bridge over the Chilcotin
River. Take the Taseko Lake Road. Wild Rainbows averaging in the 2 lb
range with some going to 5 lbs. The main attraction at Vedan Lake are
the Bull Trout which go up to 15 lbs.
Lake: From the north, access is east off Highway 97, on Highway
24. At Lone Butte, take the turnoff south to Watch Lake. From the south,
at 70 Mile House, turn east off Highway 97 onto the Green Lake Road. While
most catches are about 1 lb at Watch Lake, rainbows up to 7 lbs have been
Lake: From the Quesnel River Bridge at Likely, travel NE for
1 mile and turn left. Keep on the main road (Keithly Creek Rd.) for another
7.9 miles and then turn left onto the Jacobsen Bros. logging road. For
this for 2.2 miles and then turn right. It is 0.1 miles to the lake. The
game fish are Trout and Lake Char at Wolverine Lake.