The many rivers, lakes, ponds and streams surrounding this mountain town make fishing an excellent pastime during any season. Sport or dry fly fishing for cutthroat, rainbow and bull trout is a favourite activity for both locals and tourists. Keep in mind that regulations and licenses apply. Kimberley Fishing Destinations: The numerous lakes, rivers and streams in and around the area make this mountain paradise a very popular sport fishing destination for people of all ages and abilities. Anglers consider it one of the finest dry fly-fisheries in North America. For more information check out the following links:
Fly Fishing in Kimberley: At Kimberley Fly Fishing we provide incredible dry fly fishing on glacial-fed freestone rivers. The St. Mary, Bull and Elk Rivers are full of Cutthroat, Rainbow and Bull Trout. Kimberley Fly Fishing provides everything needed for your fishing adventure including single & multi-day trips and full instruction for those wanting to learn or polish their skills.
St Mary River: A fishing Gem of the Purcells. The beautiful St. Mary Riverflows out of the Purcell Mountain range past Bootleg Mountain. This is one of the Kootenay River’s tributaries, and is abundant with Westslope Cutthroat Trout and spectacular views! This freestone river has crystal clear water with many pools along the way. Access is more difficult on the St. Mary, so it has less pressure from anglers therefore making it the perfect drift.
Bull River Fly Fishing: An intimate fishing experience with incredible mountain scenery. The Bull River is set back behind the Rocky Mountain “Steeples” range. The Bull River is an aqua blue-green, glacier fed, freestone river with two different sections – the “upper” and the “lower” sections. The lower section flows into the Kootenay River and offers excellent Cutthroat, Rainbow and Bull Trout action. The “upper” offers excellent Cutthroat fishing and can give anglers 50-60 dry fly strikes daily. The intimate Bull River fishes great from July through to the beginning of October.
Elk and Sookumchuck Rivers Fly Fishing: The famous Elk River offers up big Cutthroatand lots of them! the Elk River is one of the most famous Westslope Cutthroat Trout rivers in the area. A classic freestone river that stretches from deep in the Canadian Rockies for almost 200km before depositing into Lake Koocanusa. The Westslope Cutthroat Trout on this river are big and strong and are spaced with some very aggressive Bull Trout. From late July to Early October these native trout love to hit dry flies on the surface. “The Skook” is a smaller river that is only accessible by foot. You will normally need a guide to show you the way to a fly-fishing dream destination pool.
Fishing Licences and Regulations: All anglers must have a licence to go fishing. Many fishing locations do not have a licence vendor, making it best to acquire your licence online before you head out.