Winter > Ice Fishing
wintertime fishing in the great outdoors
Good to know before you go
- Check avalanche reports before you head up any mountain.
- Marshall Lake Nordic Trails and the warming Dacha are both dog-friendly
- Fresh-water fishing is regulated in BC and fishing licenses are required (even in winter)
- Many of the most beautiful trails run through sensitive ecosystems. Please stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the environment and pack out what you pack in
- This area is prone to rapid changes in the weather, pack and dress accordingly
- Learn the ice thickness in areas you plan to visit. Anything less than 2” is unsafe, while you need 4” for ice fishing and 5” for snowmobiles
Don’t let the snow and ice fool you; the fish are biting all year long in Boundary Country! Take a deep breath of crisp mountain air, then get to work. Clear a skiff of snow from the lake’s frozen surface and drill a slushy hole. Then erect your shack or tent and drop in your line. Just beneath the glassy ice surface are rainbow trout, brook trout, burbot, and mountain whitefish. Ice fishing is a perfect midday winter activity.
Where to Fish
There are several places where you can settle in for a day of ice fishing. Some of the locals’ favourites include: Jewel, Williams, Wilgress and Xenia Lakes.
In the coldest years, when conditions permit, Christina Lake is the hot spot for winter fishing. This is where you’ll catch brag-worthy freshwater trout and small-mouth bass. For those of you that have never tried ice fishing, come to Boundary Country in February. The annual Wilgress Lake Ice Fishing Derby, held the Family Day weekend, is a great place to learn.
Note that you must have a fishing licence to fish in any season in the province of British Columbia. You can purchase your licence online at the Government of BC website.