Updated: May 20th, 2019
Wherever your fishing adventures should take you, enjoy yourself, and remember, “Time spent fishing cannot be deducted from ones lifespan. Catch & Release applies”.
- Remember all Bull Trout are catch and release in Alberta
- 2019 Alberta sports Fishing Licenses are available now. Please check new regulations available online or in-store.
Upper Bow River
***Bow River is be open all year from Banff National Parks East Boundary downstream to Bassano Dam including Bassano Reservoir. All of this section of the Bow River is also now completely CATCH & RELEASE and there is a BAIT BAN in effect. This Catch & Release/Bait Ban also includes Rocky Mountain White Fish. There will no longer be any maggots (White Fish Bait) allowed on the Bow River.
Water levels on the Bow River are low, with glacial runoff expected soon. Brown Trout and Bull Trout can be caught this time of year but remember all fish are catch & and release only. Provincial Sports Fishing Licenses are in effect. Wet flies, streamers or spin fishing are the way to go right now.
Bait ban on all sections of the Bow River.
Fly Fisherman, try your luck with,
- Egg Patterns
- Wet flies and nymphs
Spin Fisherman, try using,
- Blue Fox Spinners
- Panther Martins
- Kamloopers/spoons/Len Thompson’s
The road is in fairly good condition, as it has been grated. Please drive carefully. The Lake is frozen over except for the north end near the boat launch. Once the lake is clear from ice (approximately 2 weeks):
Try your luck with:
- Smelts (Absolutely NO MINNOWS allowed, they will get you a ticket…)
- Tube Jigs (working awesome now)
- Buzz Bombs
- Spoons (len Thompson and crocodile lures)
Upper Kananaskis Lake
Highway 40 South is closed from the Fortress junction gate to the Highwood Pass. That section of the highway opens June 15th.
Upper lake is still ice covered. Once open, try colorful lures for the cutties and bulls. Watch for bear activity near outflow from upper to lower lake.
Try your luck with:
- Buzz bombs/spoons/kamloopers
- Trolling full sink line with small nymphs or streamers (Summer)
- REMEMBER THE BAIT BAN THIS INCLUDES POWER BAIT.
Lower Kananaskis Lake
The Lower lake is now clear of ice. Reports of big Bull Trout being caught from Eastern side of the lake. Watch for bear activity near the outflow from Upper Lake, there are always quite a few running around there.
- Buzz bombs work great
- REMEMBER THE BAIT BAN
Bait Ban in effect on Gap Lake. It is catch and release. Fishing was above average this year. Lake can be kind of windy at times.
Quarry Lake & Wedge Pond
With spawning starting for the Artic Grayling it makes fishing a little tougher. Try early morning or late evening when there isn’t anyone swimming in there. Nymphs or small spoons are ideal here. Bait Ban on Quarry and Wedge Ponds. Catch and release only.
Grotto has been recently stocked and fishing well. Please respect the catch limits. (5) Bait is allowed.
Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake
Summer Season is now open for both of these lakes.
Bow River in Banff remains open all year.
**** NEW REGULATIONS FOR NATIONAL PARKS ****
FELT-SOLED WADING BOOTS PROHIBITED IN ALL MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARKS EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.
MANDATORY CATCH AND RELEASE OF ALL FISH IN BANFF, YOHO AND KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARKS, EXCEPT LAKE MINNEWANKA LAKE TROUT. LAKE TROUT POSESSION 2 PER ANGLER.
Boats are allowed on Two Jack Lake but no motors.
Please check National Park regulations for other opening times for other lakes/water bodies.
Remember, no lead under 50grams and no bait allowed. Try some of the following during the open season:
- Bismuth jig heads with tube skirts
- Non-lead spinners/spoons
- For fly fishing, an assortment of wooly buggers, clousers, black chironomids and nymphs.