Walleye are native to the Peace region, but have since appeared in the south Kootenay via the Columbia River from stocks originally introduced in Washington. Fish of up to 6.3 kg (13.8 lb) have been reported from below Keenleyside Dam. These fish prefer deep, dark pools and are best tempted with fresh baits or deep-diving lures.
Carp attract aficionados from as far away as England and New Zealand. Most use bait to tempt them, but there is a growing fly fishery interest for carp. Northern BC offers Arctic Grayling fishing that is unmatched anywhere for the abundance and size of fish, especially in remote locations that receive light fishing pressure. When large schools are encountered, they provide non-stop action for anglers casting ultralight spinning lures or flies.
Many northern BC lakes yield trophy pike to 15 kg (33 lb) or more. Most anglers prefer casting or trolling with large spoons, but these toothy creatures also take long, slinky fly patterns. Large fish are noted for their hard, wrist-jolting strikes, and when hooked they put up a savage, determined fight.
Burbot, Perch and Black Crappie
Other popular species include burbot, a type of freshwater cod; mountain and lake whitefish, which are indigenous only to mainland BC; yellow perch in the Okanagan, Kootenay and Peace regions, and goldeye, which are found only in the Peace region. In addition, black crappie are present in some south Okanagan lakes, and several small lakes and sloughs in the Fraser Valley yield these popular panfish in trophy sizes. All are part of the abundance and variety that makes BC the finest freshwater fishing destination in the world.