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Fishing Reports

Updated: March 16, 2020

Upper Bow River | Spray Lake | Upper Kananaskis Lake | Lower Kananaskis Lake | Gap Lake | Grotto Pond | Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake

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
  • 2020 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 are low. Water is clear, and fishing for brown trout is starting to produce results, using nymphs and swinging streamers. Be careful on rivers edge as there is still ice in some spots. Fishing for Rocky Mountain Whitefish is also fun this time of year. Remember all fish are catch & and release only. Provincial Sports Fishing Licenses are required and available for purchase at our store.

Bait ban on all sections of the Bow River.

Fly Fisherman, try your luck with,

  • Streamers
  • Wet flies and nymphs; stonefly nymphs, and large mayfly nymphs and San Juan worms

Spin Fisherman, try using,

  • Blue Fox Spinners
  • Mepps
  • Panther Martins
  • Kamloopers/spoons/Len Thompson’s

Spray Lake

The road is in fairly good condition, however please drive carefully. Reports of good success ice fishing for lake trout and ice is still 30 inches in most areas.

Try your luck with:

  • Smelts (Absolutely NO MINNOWS allowed, they will get you a ticket…)
  • Tube Jigs (working awesome now)

Upper Kananaskis Lake

The Upper lake is fishing well. Try bigger jigs for the cutties and bulls. Absolutely no bait.

Try your luck with:

  • Tube jigs

Lower Kananaskis Lake

The Lower lake is fishing well. Try bigger jigs for the cutties and bulls. Absolutely no bait.

Try your luck with:

  • Tube jigs

Gap Lake

Quarry Lake & Wedge Pond

Check back when warmer temps arrive!

Grotto Pond

Grotto has been fishing well. Please respect the catch limits. (5) Bait is allowed.

Banff National Park

Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake

Closed for winter season.

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.

GOT A FISH STORY? LET US KNOW HOW YOU DO!



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