Updated: September 21, 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. Please check 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 have come down but are still somewhat high for this time of year. Water is clear, and fishing for brown trout and bull trout is good. Fishing for Rocky Mountain Whitefish is also fun this time of year. Reports of good success at both bridges. Remember all fish are catch & and release only. Provincial Sports Fishing Licenses are required and available for purchase at our store. Dry fly action is still on, and droppers or spinner blade lures are the way to go this time of year.
Bait ban on all sections of the Bow River.
Fly Fisherman, try your luck with,
- Wet flies and nymphs; stonefly nymphs, and large mayfly nymphs
- Medium size mayfly dries, blue winged olives
Spin Fisherman, try using,
- Blue Fox Spinners
- Panther Martins
- Kamloopers/spoons/Len Thompson’s
The road is in fairly good condition, however please drive carefully. Reports of good success catching lakers from shore.
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 Kamlooper lures – size 8 to 00)
Upper Kananaskis Lake
Highway 40 South is now open from the Fortress junction gate to the Highwood Pass.
The Upper lake is fishing well. 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 INCLUDES POWER BAIT.
Lower Kananaskis Lake
The Lower lake is fishing well. Reports of big Bull Trout being caught from Eastern side of the lake. There is a lot of cutthroat trout activity. Watch for bear activity near the boat launch.
- Buzz bombs work great
- REMEMBER THE BAIT BAN
Bait Ban in effect on Gap Lake. It is catch and release. Fishing is slow, however fishing the west side of the lake can be productive. The lake can be windy at times.
Quarry Lake & Wedge Pond
Artic Grayling have been seen recently eating dry flies off the surface. Try early morning or late evening when there isn’t anyone swimming in there and the bugs are out. When it comes to grayling, smaller is better regarding nymphs, dry flies or spoons. Bait Ban on Quarry and Wedge Ponds. Catch and release only.
Grotto has been fishing well. Please respect the catch limits. (5) Bait is allowed.
Banff National Park
Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake
Summer Season is now open for both of these lakes. Lakes are fishing well.
Bow River in Banff remains open all year.
National Park Licenses required and available at our store.
**** 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.