Fishing in the Canadian Rockies

The waters of "The Upper Bow River" and the environs of Kananaskis Country offer the discerning Fly-Fisher myriad opportunities for superb fly fishing with no shortage of Dry fly activity, coupled with spectacular scenery.

These waters will provide some truly Challenging fishing. Three native gamefish species can be found through most of the flowing waters and lakes of the area ; Cutthroat trout, Bull Trout and the Rocky Mountain Whitefish.

Among the non-natives the Brown trout predominates the waters of the Upper Bow River, and is likely the most actively pursued of all the mountain trout. Rainbows and hybrid Cut-Lows (Rainbow Cutthroat cross) are showing up in greater numbers annually in Headwater rivers and streams.

The Bow Valley and Greater Kananaskis country offers a tremendous diversity of aquatic environments, many of which are little known. To present you with the broadest view of our waters, I will use game fish specie as the primary search criteria within this database. In so doing I hope you will find it convenient to first select your favourite specie, and then discover the varied locations, and pertinent information to pursuing your choice successfully.

There are a lot of regulations surrounding fishing in the Parks and if you do plan to fish you must get a separate Parks fishing license which replaces any other provincial fishing license that you possess. The cost is only $13.00 CAD and a summary of the regulations will be handed to you when you get your license. Generally, the cost for a basic sport fishing licence in the Province of Alberta is $18.00 CAD/year for Alberta residents, and $36.00 CAD/year for non-residents.

Important note : Since 1996, the use of lead sinkers and jigs is strictly forbidden. This new regulation helps to ensure the preservation of our Parks wilderness. Safer fishing tackle can be obtained in the form of tin, bismuth, steel, or special putty, that are not poisonous to birds.

The Problem Every year in Canada, loons and other water birds die needlessly of lead poisoning. They get lead poisoning by eating lead fishing sinkers or jigs.

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