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Year-Round Guide to Fishing In Whistler

Whistler is a destination for all sorts of activities, not just skiing and mountain biking. Our summers are filled with long days of golf and hiking and in winter we skate, sled and snowshoe when we’re not on the slopes. But did you know that Whistler is also a fantastic place to base yourself for a fishing trip?

There are beautiful lakes to fish on right here in town and some truly unique fishing experiences only a short drive away.

Types of Fish Found In Whistler

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Thankfully you can come fishing in Whistler year-round. No matter what time of year you’re here you can be sure to find Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, and Dolly Varden swimming in the waters of the area. We’re very lucky to have these fish here as they’re fun to fish regardless of your ability level.

Steelhead can be found in Whistler during spring and summer and when the seasons change to fall and winter you can find Pink Salmon and Chum Salmon. If you’re coming to Whistler to fish, you won’t be disappointed.

Fishing On Whistler’s Lakes

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Fishing in Whistler stands out for so many people because of the beautiful scenery in which you get to do it!

Lost Lake

Whistler’s quintessential lake, Lost Lake has been at the very heart of everything that’s happened in Whistler since it became a ski town. Wander around the lakeside trails and find the perfect spot, or take to the water in a small boat and start to fish. Imagine reeling in the biggest catch of your life with Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in the background!

Alta Lake

As you drive into Whistler it’s hard to miss Alta Lake. This lake is loved by locals and visitors alike for its beautiful scenery, lakeside parks and water activities. This is one of the best places in Whistler to fish for large Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout, this is thanks in part to Alta Lake being one of the biggest lakes in Whistler.

Fishing at Alta Lake is also very accessible as there are a number of parking lots on both sides of the lake.

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Green Lake

If you want to try your hand at fly fishing then the locals will tell you to go to Green Lake on the northern edge of town. This glacial-fed lake is much colder than any other in the valley and gets its unique colouring from the sediment in the lake. With lots of potential fishing spots, you may find it tricky to stay in one place for too long!

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Salmon Run In Squamish

If you happen to be in town when the salmon are running then you simply have to stop in Squamish and check out this natural phenomenon. Even if you don’t have your gear with you it’s still worth checking out.

The banks of the Cheakamus River are easily accessed from the highway and after a few minutes of hiking, you arrive at the river.Chinook Salmon run here from mid-June to the end of October.

Ice Fishing In Pemberton

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Want to try a true Candian past time? Take a short drive north to Pemberton and try your hand at ice fishing! Call into Spud Valley Sporting Goods for any extra equipment that you may need and take a walk out to One Mile Lake. Set up your camp, carefully drill a hole in the ice and start fishing! The best time of year to come here is late November to mid-March.

Sturgeon Fishing Up North

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For a once in a lifetime fishing opportunity you’ll want to book a tour to go sturgeon fishing in the waters north of Pemberton. Sturgeon are the largest freshwater fish and are a worthy battle for even the most experienced fishers. Check in with any of the local fishing guides to organize a trip.

Fishing Laws

Fishing laws are taken very seriously here in Whistler and BC, so make sure you have a licence and are up to date on the latest laws.

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