A particularly harsh winter back in 1989-90 is in some ways responsible for a thriving flyfishing movement in the Parkland. That year, many of the area's lakes experienced winter kill, making the stocking of the affected lakes necessary. Local fish and game groups introduced salmonoid species to these lakes, most notably rainbow and brown trout. To the surprise of many, and to the delight of anglers everywhere, the experiment was a resounding success.
The fishing experience you can have in the Parkland region is one of the best ever. The beautiful scenery, sizable trout and peaceful, relaxing and isolated lakes all provide you with the sense that you are fishing in paradise.
To get you started on your flyfishing adventure, here are a few of the stocked lakes you can try:
Though small, Goose Lake has an excellent reputation among fly-fishers throughout North America. The lake is artificially aerated to keep trout healthy through the winter months. Rainbows up to 76 cm (30 inches) have been documented here.
The exclusive domain of fly-fishers, who fish here for rainbow trout. Electric motors only.
This lake has earned a reputation as one of the best in Canada for fly-fishing. Expect to land brown trout, and some big rainbows.
Located near Boggy Creek, the lakes are a destination for anglers looking for the new and exotic tiger trout hybrid (a brown trout and brook trout cross).
A 2-km (1.25-mile) hike east of North Steeprock Lake in the Porcupine Forest may reward the patient fly-fisher with a nice catch of spar and rainbow trout. Nearby Gass Lake may yield a catch of spar and brook trout.