Winter is often regarded as the end of fishing season in our area. While our small lakes freeze up and air temperatures drop below zero, it does not mean that our fishing season in British Columbia is over. It may not be as exhilarating as chasing Tarpon on the fly, but there are plenty of opportunities to be had during the winter months.
Lakes such as Kamloops and Shuswap will typically stay ice-free through the wintertime. Some great fishing is to be had on these waters, from shore or from a boat. If you hit a warm spell in late February or early March, there is always a chance at an early alevin emergence. Near creek mouths, you can typically encounter good fishing with eggs, flesh and leeches during the wintertime.
With our water systems containing many adfluvial trout, you can also run into some excellent moving water fishing during the wintertime. Typically fish will be feeding on leftover Sockeye and Chinook flesh, and tend to be quite bitey. Pick your battles, as standing knee-deep in frigid water can become uncomfortable quickly.
Lastly, there are plenty of great ice fishing opportunities in Kamloops. Choosing a lake with high volume of stocking make great ice fishing opportunities for kids, as there is less chance at a very long ‘lull’ period. Ice fishing is mostly done with bait, but don’t be afraid to hang a shrimp or bloodworm pattern and see what happens!