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Fishing Reports

Updated: June 6, 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 high. Spring runoff is underway.  When conditions improve, try  fishing for brown trout using nymphs and swinging streamers.  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 or online at Albertarelm.com.

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.

Try your luck with:

  • Smelts (Absolutely NO MINNOWS allowed, they will get you a ticket…)
  • Tube Jigs
  • Kamlooper Spoons
  • Buzz Bombs

Upper Kananaskis Lake

Try bigger jigs for the cutties and bulls. Absolutely no bait.

Try your luck with:

  • Tube jigs
  • Kamlooper Spoons
  • Buzz Bombs
  • Len Thompson Spoons

Lower Kananaskis Lake

Try bigger jigs for the cutties and bulls. Absolutely no bait.

Try your luck with:

  • Tube jigs
  • Kamlooper Spoons
  • Buzz Bombs
  • Len Thompson Spoons

Gap Lake

Quarry Lake & Wedge Pond

Try small spinners and lures to try your luck at catching Artic Grayling….
For fly fishing, small flies such as midges and mosquitos have been working well. For nymph fishing use small hare’s ears and prince nymphs.

Grotto Pond

Grotto Pond will be stocked the week of May 11th.  Please respect the catch limits. (5) Bait is allowed.

Banff National Park

Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake

Open for Summer 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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