Fishing for Rainbow Trout on Quesnel Lake, BC

Posted on: Thursday, April 27th, 2017

If you want to make the most of your BC fishing vacation, then Quesnel Lake should be your destination. Few lakes in North America have rainbow trout as large as the ones swimming in this massive fjord lake. Thanks to an older spawning age giving them plenty of growing time and an abundance of food sources, rainbow trout in Quesnel Lake can grow up to 20 pounds!

Quesnel Lake might be one of BC’s ‘best-kept fly-fishing secret.’ The rainbow trout are massive, but there are few fishing lodges on the lake and access to this remote fishing mecca is limited. Silvertip Lodge is the only BC fishing resort on the East Arm of Quesnel Lake and offers unique fishing opportunities for traveling anglers looking for action-packed fishing in a pristine wilderness setting.


Fly Fishing on Quesnel Lake

When you first glance at Quesnel Lake, you might compare it to a small sea or an ocean inlet, rather than a freshwater lake. When looking at a lake this large, you might think boat fishing is the best option for landing trophy rainbow trout, but that’s not the case here. Fly fishing can be done right from the shorelines where the rainbows are feeding on insects, along tributary streams where they are feeding or spawning or from a boat in deeper waters.

One of the primary food sources for rainbow trout in Quesnel Lake is kokanee and sockeye. They might found feeding on smaller kokanee smolts which are in turn feeding on zooplankton. Zooplankton is plankton consisting of small animals and the immature stages of larger animals. Zooplankton is usually weak swimmers and drifts along the surface of the water, making an easy prey for immature kokanee, which becomes an easy prey for hungry rainbow trout and an ideal fishing area for avid anglers.

It’s not just live sockeye or kokanee they are after. When a run of kokanee or sockeye salmon are spawning, they leave behind rotting flesh and eggs which is an attractive dinner for rainbow trout. You might also catch rainbow trout when they are migrating to their own natal streams to spawn.

The professional guides hired for your vacation at Silvertip Lodge will have a lot of local knowledge and will help you make the most of your BC fly fishing holiday. They will provide all of your gear including rods, reels, and flies, and will show you the specific lines patterns that will land this super-trout. They also know the lake and the waterways that are nearby and can take you to the nearby feeder streams of Quesnel Lake.

Rainbow Trout

Because of the size of Quesnel Lake, you will find a variety of other fish species including bull trout, Dolly Varden, Sockeye, and kokanee. Staying with an established BC fly fishing lodge like Silvertip Lodge will ensure you get the most out of your fishing holiday.

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