Fishing Alta Lake in Whistler BC
Fishing Alta Lake in Whistler, BC
To be honest with you, I am a bit new to fishing Alta Lake in Whistler BC. Typically, I chase Giant Trout in Pemberton, BC on the larger lakes with my boats but, I had a couple larger corporate groups that wanted to stay in Whistler and fish from a boat. This being said, there are only a couple options for boat launches in Whistler. You have two options; either Green Lake or Alta Lake. While doing my homework I found the Trolling on Green lake to be a bit slow “Not up to Fish Finder standards”. So we loaded up the boat and went over to Alta Lake. I am so glad we did! We made a few laps around Alta lake to find the structure and areas to key in on. Then we started experimenting with different color patterns and trolling speeds. After a couple days of this, we got Alta Lake dialed in. We were averaging 5 fish a lap, pretty good for any lake in British Columbia.
I was pleasantly surprised at the size of the Cutthroat Trout in Alta Lake. Alta Lake has some of the best fishing for Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout and Bull Trout in Whistler, BC. Cutthroat are easily caught in Alta Lake by means of trolling either flies or small spoons. The use of barbless hooks are mandatory and bait is not allowed either. Alta Lake is relatively shallow and at the deepest point it is 62 feet deep. Most of the lake averages between 20′ – 30′ in depth and it has a well defined ledge at 30′. Look for this ledge, troll between 2 – 2.5 MPH, use a small spoon with a 1 OZ weight and you will produce Trophy Cutthroat Trout. A picture of the spoons that worked the best for us are below. The reason these spoons work so well is because Alta lake is absolutely full of Stickleback. The Stickleback is a small invasive species that looks very similar to that of a perch (Farthest lure on the right in the picture below). In order to control the abundance of this invasive species, they introduced cutthroat trout into the lake which began feeding heavily on these little guys. All of these spoons are available at Spud Valley Sporting Goods Ltd in Pemberton, BC at 1380 Birch Street. Pemberton is a short, scenic 25 minute drive North of Whistler.
Alta Lake Fishing Guides
If you have little fishing experience and would like to get on the fast track to success, the Pemberton Fish Finder is the answer. The Pemberton Fish Finder offers both half and full day fishing charters on Alta Lake in Whistler. Visit our website for Rates and other fishing options in the Whistler area. Below are a few pictures of Cutthroat Trout caught from Alta Lake with the help of the Pemberton Fish Finder on September 26, 2015. The weather was not great but this did not stop the Cutthroat from biting. We look forward to fishing with you,
Fishing Alta Lake in Whistler BC.