Updated: November 17th, 2018
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
- 2018-2019 Alberta sports Fishing Licenses are valid until March 31st 2019. 2018-2019 Alberta Sports Fishing Licenses can be purchased from March 18th onwards. ****NEW REGULATIONS**** will soon be in effect for the Bow River. 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 between August and October. ****
Water levels on the Bow River are getting lower every day. The river is crystal clear and getting colder so dry fly action is pretty much done. 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. As always watch for unstable, over hanging sections at the edge of the river from run -off. Wet flies, streamers or spin fishing are the way to go right now. Provincial fishing licenses in effect until 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 very rough right now due to the pot holes. The Lake is fully open and fishing reports from the past few days are really good. The lakers are biting again 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 crocodile lures)
Upper Kananaskis Lake
Highway 40 South is open all the way past Kananaskis Upper and Lower Lakes down the Highwood Pass.
Upper lake is fishing a little slower due to temperatures. When fishing try colourful 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
- 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 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 for all trout except Brook Trout. Fishing was above average this year. Lake can be kind of windy at times.
Quarry Lake & Wedge Pond
With spawning over 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 idea here. Bait Ban on Quarry and Wedge Ponds. Catch and release only.
Grotto has been stocked at least three times this year and stocking is now done for the year. Please respect the catch limits. Bait but no bait fish allowed (this means no minnows).
Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake
Summer Season is closed as of September 3rd 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 wooley buggers, clausers, black chironomids and montana nymphs.