Fishing and Activities

FISHING

At Skitchine Lodge, world-class fishing for wild rainbow trout is just the beginning. The exceptional Skitchine experience is having your very own lake to do it in.

World-class trout fishing

Enjoy 15 privately managed lakes, all naturally populated by wild “Kamloops” rainbow trout.

The variety makes Skitchine special. As a guest at Skitchine Lodge, you can choose between trophy lakes, fly fishing only lakes, and lakes that are teaming with hungry trout.

And better yet, you can have the peace and tranquility of that lake all to yourself. Of course, if you’d rather share the day with fellow guests, that’s always an option.

Fifteen Lakes

Skitchine Lodge provides access to 15 lakes. Most of the lakes are reached by a short walk from Dagger Lake.

Yet, despite their close proximity, each lake has its own distinct personality. This unique variety is brought about through a combination of natural conditions and careful lake management programs initiated by Skitchine.

Unparalleled experiences

Most of the anglers at Skitchine are fly fishers, as the lakes provide an abundant variety of fish habitat that is well suited to the “quiet sport”.

When the hatch is on, the dry fly fishing can be spectacular, but wet fly and trolling methods can also be extremely effective. Light spinning tackle is popular as well. Skitchine encourages catch and release using single barbless hooks.

Everything at your fingertips

Dagger Lake is the home lake of Skitchine Lodge. The boat dock at the Lodge is lined with well maintained boats; each come fully equipped with a small gas powered motor.

The Skitchine staff makes sure that the boats are ready for action each day and are always on hand if guests need a little push to get started. Need anything else to make your day on the lake go smoother? Just ask. The staff is sure to be able to accommodate you.

The outlying lakes are connected to Dagger Lake by a well marked network of trails. The trails either leave directly from the Lodge, or are accessed by boat from the Lodge. Once on foot, typical walking times to the other lakes are less than 10 minutes and rarely over a half hour. The terrain is gradual and the trails are kept clear, but sturdy footwear is recommended.

Each of the outer lakes is equipped with a minimum of two well maintained boats. As the outer lakes tend to be small, the use of motors is prohibited. The pristine wilderness and your very own lake are yours to enjoy.

Activities

At Skitchine, endless wilderness is yours to explore.

Craft your experience

At Skitchine Lodge the fishing is just the beginning. Our wilderness location provides for a wide variety of outdoor activities. Guests enjoy hiking, orienteering, canoeing, photography, swimming and star gazing, to name just a few. Meanwhile, our luxurious accommodations and great service may tempt you to just sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquility that surrounds you.

Venture out and explore

Hiking is a favorite activity amongst our guests. Bonaparte Provincial Park is home to abundant animal and plant life that is ready to be explored and discovered. The area is covered by extensive sub-alpine meadows and forests. Expect to see any or all of our local bird species, including loons, grouse, osprey, Sandhill Cranes, Great Horned Owls and eagles. Common animal sightings include squirrels, martens, fishers (weasels), beavers, mule deer, moose and even the occasional black bear.

Exploring any of the well marked trails leaving from the lodge brings you into direct contact with this beautiful wilderness. Our network of trails provides guests with the opportunity for a casual stroll or a more adventurous hike. And, since the park prohibits the use of motor vehicles, you can be sure that wherever you go, the natural wilderness is yours to enjoy in peace and quiet. The Lodge can provide you with everything you need to make your back country adventure safe and enjoyable.

Reach new heights

The most dramatic feature of the Skitchine Lodge location is Skoatl Point, an extinct volcanic core rising majestically above Dagger Lake. No trip to Skitchine is complete without a hike to the top; a mildly strenuous ascent that results in breathtaking panoramic views that stretch as far as the Coast Mountains to the west and the Canadian Rockies to the east.

Skoatl Point is also the most photographed feature in the region. The constantly changing light conditions lure photographers of all skill levels to forget about catching fish, and capture its beauty instead.

Skitchine Lodge – so much more than just fishing.

View from Skoatl Point. Photo credit: Logan Evans 2021 (@loganevansphoto)