8 Places In The Shuswap To Begin The Fishing Season

Of all the natural lakes in the world, over 50% are located in Canada. It comes as no surprise that our great country is also one of the premier fishing destinations on the planet. The only problem is that most of those thousands of lakes full of freshwater fish are still frozen in March.

Not so much in the Shuswap! With a warmer climate and an elevation more than 600 metres below that of Calgary, our lakes and rivers are many of the first to thaw in Canada. That means the Shuswap has become a popular place for fishers to cast their lines for the first time each spring. Want to know the best spots for spring fishing in Canada and, in particular, the Shuswap? Here are 8 of our top choices:

Shuswap Lake

Always the first to thaw after the winter temperatures and full of rainbow trout, it’s hard to look at Shuswap Lake and not see a fishing boat out on its waters.

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121 Likes, 1 Comments - Norman (@naturesdarkroom) on Instagram: "When the snow flys I sink back into memories like these. . . . #naturephotography..."

 

Adams River and Adams Lake

At 63 km long, this large lake is also one of British Columbia’s deepest. The resulting cold waters are prime for varieties of trout, while the river is famous for its copious amount of spawning salmon.

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125 Likes, 3 Comments - Benny Aßmus (@bennyassmus) on Instagram: "Adam's Lake did not disappoint. Hitting Golf balls, Going Fishing, a Ropeswing, Going Kayaking, ......"

 

Mabel Lake

Long and full of launch points, this embedded lake feeds into the Shuswap River where Chinook tend to hold in the late summer months. Trout are plentiful here during the spring months.

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38 Likes, 1 Comments - Sean John (@boomer_spooner) on Instagram: "#sunset #sunnysideup #awake #thesimplethings #sunsets #sungazing #explorecanada #explorebc..."

 

Mara Lake

Scenic and still, this popular fishing spot connects with Shuswap Lake at Sicamous and delights early-season fishers with heavy trout.

be still 

46 Likes, 5 Comments - C O B I (@ughcobi) on Instagram: "be still "

 

White Lake

Best for fly fishing, this lake is home to hefty trout that weigh in over 4.5 kg. Need we say more?

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20 Likes, 4 Comments - Eric Terry (@ericterry1989) on Instagram: "#rainbowtrout #fishing #dialedin #selfsefficient #dinnertime #trolling"

 

Thompson River

This tributary of the Fraser River is home to millions of spawning salmon each year along with year-round rainbow trout. It’s also known for some of the best steelhead fishing in Canada!

Smoke finally cleared, fine time to toss a line

25 Likes, 1 Comments - Keenan Wiebe (@keenasaurus) on Instagram: "Smoke finally cleared, fine time to toss a line"

 

Shuswap River

Salmon, whitefish and trout are the common catches at this accessible river that caters to all fishers of all ages.

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42 Likes, 5 Comments - Kent B (@kentb) on Instagram: "#gofishbc #shuswapriver #mabellake #lumby #vernon #okanagan #bc #fishing #explorebc"

Want to learn more about fishing in the Shuswap? This section of our website has information about boat rentals, places to fish and more!

Don’t forget to also plan what to do after a long day of fishing. The Shuswap is full of places to unwind after a day of the water.  Our area is known for its relaxed nature and nowhere is that more apparent than at our breweries and pubs. Grab a pint and we’ll be ready to swap fishing stories with you.