Is there good fishing in Okanagan Lake?

Is there good fishing in Okanagan Lake?

The Okanagan has an incredible “untapped” Bass fishery for both Large and Smallmouth Bass. We do our Bass fishing on Skaha, Vaseux and Osoyoos lakes and these lakes consistently produce Bass to 4 pounds with catches as big as 7 pounds not uncommon! Our Season begins in April and runs through to the end of October.

What kind of fish are in lake Okanagan?

Sockeye salmonRainbow trout
Okanagan Lake/Fish

Can you fish from the shore on Okanagan Lake?

The lake also offers great fishing from shore for smaller rainbows, whitefish and pike minnows that provides terrific family fishing opportunities. Fishing with bait and float or bottom set up with bait work well from the shoreline.

Can you eat fish from Okanagan Lake?

Although commercially bought foods now form a large part of their diet, many Okanagan Nation members would like to eat fish harvested from local lakes and rivers (H. Wright, pers. comm.). Fish is a low-fat food and is an excellent source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids.

Can you catch salmon in Okanagan Lake?

Since May 2004, the Okanagan National Alliance (ONA) has been releasing salmon back into Okanagan rivers and lakes to replenish the salmon population. ONA’s first release was in the range of 350,000 sockeye salmon and more recently, it’s been as high as 4.2 million sockeye salmon.

How many species of fish are in Okanagan Lake?

Thirty-eight different types
Thirty-eight different types of fish currently live in the okanagan’s lakes and streams (Table 1). This number includes sockeye and kokanee salmon as different types, even though they are the same species, and the same for steelhead and rainbow trout. Fourteen of these 38 fish types are not native to the valley.

What is the biggest fish in Okanagan Lake?

The white sturgeon can reach a length of 6 metres, weigh up to 635 kilograms and live for 100 years. Okanagan Lake might be famous for one large mythical beast, but this story is about another.

What kind of fish are in the Penticton Channel?

According to Syilx/Okanagan Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), “the river channel (in Penticton), used to be rich in fish; Steelhead, Coho, Sockeye and King (Chinook) Salmon” (Ernst, 2000).

Where is sockeye salmon found?

Almost all the sockeye salmon harvested in the United States comes from Alaska fisheries. Sockeye salmon are also harvested off the West Coast, mainly Washington, with a small amount harvested in Oregon. Sockeye salmon remain the preferred species for canning due to the rich orange-red color of their flesh.

Is the Penticton channel deep?

“It is very deep because Okanagan Lake is unloading all that freshet water that’s come in just recently that had been melted and the rain systems that we’ve seen,” Watkinson added.

Where can I fish in Penticton?

If you’re looking for a Trophy Rainbow Trout, Skaha Lake in Penticton BC is the lake! Skaha lake also holds good numbers of Smallmouth Bass. Sorry, no Largemouth! We target Smallies from June through to September.

Which is better sockeye or pink salmon?

A Matter of Taste Whereas pink salmon is light and mild, sockeye salmon is a flavourful and rich. It has a relatively high fat content, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. The sockeye from Copper River in Alaska is considered amongst the best tasting salmon in the world.

What fish can you catch in Okanagan Lake?

Okanagan Lake provides a wide variety of fishing opportunities for Kokanee, Lake Whitefish, Burbot and Rainbow Trout that can reach well over 20 pounds! With the lake being over 135kms long there is a lot of water to cover to find the fish. However, when you do track them down you may be in for a battle with a fish of a lifetime!

When are fishing reports updated for Okanagan Lake?

Fishing reports for okanagan lake are updated each week, usually by Thursday morning. The reports are compiled by an outside contractor who receives the information from bait shops, marinas and fishing guides.

What size lure for Okanagan Lake fishing?

It is always good to have a variety of lure sizes in your arsenal. 95% of the time a 3 to 4 inch lure produces the best. However lures as small as 1 inch and as large as 6 inch can make those slower days really turn on. Most locals including myself fish Okanagan Lake with Lyman Lure Plugs; a locally owned Kelowna company.

Can you fish Okanagan Lake with a barbless hook?

Okanagan Lake has a barbless hook restriction; which allows anglers the option of fishing barbless treble hooks. One of the benefits of fishing a barbless treble hook over a large single hook is when a smaller fish hooks your lure. The larger single hooks tend to hook the smaller fish through the head and into the brain cavity, killing it.