Visitors of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort and the rest of Golden who are looking for great fishing spots are in luck. Golden has plenty of river and lake fishing, suitable for all types of anglers. Head to any one of these spots for a great day of fishing!
There's no shortage of fantastic finishing spots throughout British Columbia, found deep in the heart of the Rockies as well as along the West Coast's famous lakes. Golden, BC is no different. The small town – located only 20 minutes away from Alberta's Yoho National Park, is home to a number of great fishing spots. Bordered by the Columbia River, Golden offers a handful of serene alpine lakes ideal for catching cutthroat and rainbow trout. In the Columbia River itself, anglers can battle for char and giant ling. For anyone keen on casting a line in Golden's lakes and rivers, it's important to note that fishing licenses are required, and can be conveniently picked up at the Golden Municipal Campground.
For guests staying at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort just a 15 minute drive from town, Golden's many lakes and rivers provide stellar views and ample fishing opportunities.
To inspire you to set out on your next fishing adventure, we've assembled the following lakes that caught our attention:
After a morning of mountain biking or hiking, Cedar Lake is a popular spot for guests to visit with fishing rods in tow for a relaxing afternoon.
There are actually four lakes that make up the Cedar Lake group, and Cedar Lake #1 is usually the hot spot for local and visiting anglers. Cedar Lake #1 is a small, remote lake surrounded by dense forest with a small sandy beach, a floating dock, a roof-top boat launch and pit toilets (outhouses). The forestry roads and trails near and around the lake are excellent for mountain biking and hiking so you could easily spend a whole day in the area. From late November to early May, Cedar Lake is frozen, making it a popular ice fishing spot during the winter months.
From Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Cedar Lake is located just 6 km away by following Kicking Horse Trail and Dogtooth Service Road.
If fly fishing is more your style, Mitten Lake is a good bet. A popular spot on summer weekends, the recreation site located along the lake provides a bustling boat launch, wharf and beach for enthusiastic swimmers, water skiers and anglers.
Despite its humble size, Mitten Lake is stocked with enormous Gerrard rainbow trout that can be found in deep waters. Although this remote lake is a little further from the Golden town site, its easily accessible grounds and convenient amenities make it a worthwhile 40 minute drive, and is an attractive spot for serious casters.
An hour's drive from the resort, Mitten Lake can be reached by heading southeast on Kicking Horse Trail. Turn onto BC-95 S, taking a right on Parson River Crossing, and continuing onto Crestbrook Road before turning left onto Bittern Lake Forest Service Road.
At Comfort Lake, fly fishing is recommended to catch plenty of beautiful rainbow and cutthroat trout. From May to September, anglers can enjoy the surrounding BC views before retreating back to the recreation site. A car top boat launch is also provided to those who need it. This medium sized lake is great for anyone who wants to avoid the crowds for a soothing time on the lake.
From the resort, head southeast on Kicking Horse Trail toward Palliser Trail. Make your way onto the Trans-Canada Highway from BC-95 N from town, and continue for 25 km. Turn right onto Donald Road/Log Dump Road and the lake will be on your left.
Rocky Point Lake is a small lakeside campsite ideal for catching rainbow trout. Because shore fishing is limited, there is a boat launch with high clearing access and a wharf. Here, fly fishing is the popular choice, although baitcasting and spinning can also get you some good bites.
A great destination in late spring when some other lakes aren't yet available, Rocky Point Lake is perfect for families who love to camp, and anglers looking for a relaxing weekend.
Located an hour and a half drive south of the resort, take Kicking Horse Trail to town before heading south on BC-95. After 36 km, follow Crestbrook Road and Spillimacheen Forest Service Road to Bobbie Burns Forest Service Road.
We have a selection of vacation rentals in Kicking Horse and Golden to suit a variety of needs. Call our highly knowledgeable Destination Experts at 1.877.902.1616, and they can answer any questions you may have about fishing in Golden, or our selection of accommodations.