Updated: May 7th, 2017
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
- 2017-2018 Alberta sports Fishing Licenses can now be purchased. ****NEW REGULATIONS**** will soon be in effect for the Bow River. Please check new regulations available online or in-store.
Upper Bow River
***As of April 1st 2017 Bow River will 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 between August and October. ****
Water levels on the Bow River are low but this is normal for this time of year. The river is a little muddy right now. 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. Fishing can be tough now due to low water temperatures. Wet flies, streamers or spin fishing are the way to go right now. Watch for hanging ice shelves over the river. Provincial fishing licenses expire March 31st.
Bait ban on all sections of the Bow River.
Fly Fisherman, try your luck with,
- Egg Patterns
- Wet flies such as Royal Coachman
Spin Fisherman, try using,
- Blue Fox Spinners
- Use small nymphs to bottom bounce
- Panther Martins
The road is pretty good right now, it has been graded really well since it has thawed. The Lake is still fairly frozen in parts and last reports were of 12-20″ ice depth. Sections of the lake ice have opened up just like always, so caution around the area near the Three Sisters Dam and just before the boat launch.
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 open to Kananaskis Upper and Lower Lakes.
Ice is beginning to show some signs of melting on Upper Lake . When fishing try colourful lures for the cutties ad bulls.
The lake fishes very well for cut throat and bull trout once frozen. Watch out for thin ice near the in/out flows on both Upper & Lower Lakes.
Try your luck with:
- Buzz bombs/spoons/kamloopers
- Caddis flies, black gnats, midges, Griffith gnats
- Trolling full sink line with small nymphs or streamers (Summer)
- REMEMBER THE BAIT BAN THIS INCLUDES POWER BAIT.
Lower Kananaskis Lake
Reports of thinning ice on various sections of the lake. Watch especially for thin ice near the outflow from Upper Lake
- Buzz bombs work great
- REMEMBER THE BAIT BAN
Bait Ban in effect on Gap Lake. It is catch and release for all trout except Brook Trout. Spinners/spoons work great.
Quarry Lake & Wedge Pond
This lake was super busy for the Summer season. This lake is now ice free. The Grayling will start spawning soon so keep some nymphs such as Hare’s Ear on hand. Bait Ban on Quarry and Wedge Ponds. Catch and release only.
Grotto has been stocked this year already. It may not be stocked again this Summer. Bait but no bait fish allowed (this means no minnows).
Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake
Season is set to open May 20th for fishing on Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. It may be an idea to wash your waders/boots when you move from one water body to the next.
**** 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 wooley buggers, clausers, black chironomids and montana nymphs.