Monday, July 05, 2010

Fishing at the Head

Wayne and I are amazed at the quantity and size of trout in Powell Lake this year. We've been fishing here ever since we arrived in 2001, but this year tops everything. We think it must be a multi-year cycle. That makes sense since trout take about five years to fully mature.

Recently, Wayne and I took our Campion on a day boating trip to the head of Powell Lake. We fished the mouths of the many snow-melt streams cascading into the lake. Trout love hanging out in the fast water where nutrients are stirred up. We were rewarded with many strikes and landed seven nice-sized rainbow trout between us. We usually catch and release, but this time kept two of our fish for a picnic lunch at the Head.

Even though it was a nice day, the lake was very quiet. We only passed two other boats on our 35 kilometre (22 mile) trip and never had to share a fishing hole. At the Head, we stopped at the logging dock and built a small fire to cook our fish. This used to be a busy logging spot. Today it is empty, a sign of the slow timber industry.

Fishing season on Powell Lake, BC, runs from April 1 to October 31. You will need a freshwater fishing license if you are 16 years of age or older. Annual, one-day, and eight-day licences come in resident and non-resident formats. For BC residents, the annual license for $36 is the best bet, but if you are a visitor, the one day for $20 or the eight-day for $50 might work better. Licenses are easy to obtain at most sporting goods stores or online. We like to get ours at Marine Traders near the Powell River Wharf.

Are you looking for a summer vacation idea? Make Powell River and Powell Lake your fishing and recreation destination. Want to learn more about the lake? Wayne's books Up the Lake and Farther Up the Lake tell the story of our Coastal BC home. For more information about print, Kindle and ebook versions visit www. -- Margy


  1. I'll swap you a bit of that Tres Leches Cake for a's a lot less fattening!

  2. my mouth is watering for fresh trout. Grew up on freshly caught trout back in Quebec. My father was an excellent fisherman. Thanks for a great read!

  3. Yes they were yummy. But I hate to have to kill them. We fish with barbless hooks (actually they are required on Powell Lake) so it's easier to catch and release. But with so many fish this year we figured two would be OK to eat. - Margy

  4. I love to fish but don't eat my catch so I always use barbless too! Looks like a fun day.

  5. Lorac - I even find barbless hooks difficult to remove at time, depending on how the fish bites. I'm getting better about removing them myself. - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy