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Smithers - in the heart of the Bulkley Valley - provides fabulous access for fishers.

From lake trout to salmon and steelhead, Smithers welcomes anglers from around the world. Babine Lake to the north, including the famous Rainbow Alley delivers trout fishing at its best. Clear cold waters harbour rainbows from a couple of pounds, to much, much bigger! (And that's no fish tale!)

The Bulkley River flows by Smithers and is home to spring salmon (also known as King or Chinook) along with coho (silvers), sockeye and pink salmon and the highly prized steelhead. We have world-class guides to make your trip memorable, and we have knowledgeable staff in our fishing shops to help answer your questions and ensure you have the proper gear. Whatever your fishing pleasure - you will be satisfied here. Hundreds of lakes and hundreds of miles of river await your cast.

If you are fishing on your own - make sure to have a current fishing license and a current copy of the Sport Fishing Regulations Synopsis.  More info can be found at Steelhead Paradise.

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  • Alpine Lakes Air

    Alpine Lakes Air, your first choice for float plane charters. Plan your Northwestern BC Adventure or flightseeing tour with us. 

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  • Aspen Bay Cabins

    Five rustic squared log cabins with wood heat and propane appliances. Fire pits, picnic tables & BBQ's available. Only 40 km from Smithers.

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  • Babine Lake

    The largest natural freshwater lake in BC, home to several Provincial Park Campgrounds. Access from Smithers is approximately 65 km via an all-weather gravel and paved road.

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  • Boomerang, Pinetree and Tanglechain Lake

    These three, with Doris Lake, create a chain of lakes excellent for exploration and recreation.

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  • Bulkley River

    The Bulkley River - World class steelhead river has its origins near Houston BC. Flowing westward forming the Bulkley Valley, it passes in and around the regional center of Smithers BC. Eventually, the Bulkley joins the Skeena River near Hazelton BC.

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  • Bulkley River Adventures Valley Ecotourism (BRAVE)

    3 Bedroom Home On Bulkley River with mountain view. Only moments away from peace and quiet, where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. Steelhead fishing right out the front door!

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  • Bulkley River Recreation Site

    10 kms of maintained trails suitable for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. These trails are not maintained. There is a warming cabin at the parking lot.

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  • Bulkley Valley Rod & Gun Club

    Representing anglers and hunters for 78 years. The oldest conservation club in the valley.

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  • Call Lake

    A small parcel of forested and non-forested wetlands.

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  • Chapman Lake

    Medium size lake, 37.5 km from Smithers. Boat launch and camping. Rainbow, cutthroat & Char (lake trout) available.

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  • Dennis Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest District

    A small, forested site with an excellent view of Hudson Bay and Hazelton ranges. Parking accomodates only smaller vehichles. Tenting pads but no RV sites.

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  • Driftwood Guiding

    Driftwood Guiding offer guided flyfishing trips for steelhead on the Bulkley and Upper Copper rivers. Day trips available.

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  • Frontier Farwest Lodge

    Frontier Farwest offers steelhead fishing on the Bulkley & Morice Rivers - the heart of Steelhead Paradise. 

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  • Guess (Paradise) Lake

    A hidden gettaway with beautiful scenery!

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  • Kispiox River

    Kispiox River - This beautiful river is a major tributary that joins the Skeena River north of Hazelton. Famous for its Steelhead, Chinook and Coho salmon.

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  • Kitseguecla Lake

    Kitseguecla Lake, This high elevation lake has excellent scenery, fishing and camping within a short distance

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  • Lake Kathlyn

    Lake Kathlyn public beach offers year round access.  Summer time swimming. Winter time skating or cross country skiing.

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  • LDR Lodge

    Experience the wilderness of Northern British Columbia in our brand new luxury accommodations 30 minutes from Smithers. We're footsteps from the Bulkley River, across from the famous Trout Creek and Tobbogan Creek.

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  • Maxwell Steelhead Guides

    Guided steelhead fishing trips in September & October. Some day trips available.

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  • McBike & Sport

    McBike & Sport specializes in equipment for cycling, running, cross-country skiing and fishing. 

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  • Morice River

    Morice River is situated South of Houston and is an excellent river for summer recreation. It is a world class Steelhead river.

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  • Moricetown Canyon

    First Nations people gaff and net salmon using traditonal methods at this fierce canyon on the Bulkley River (40 km west of Smithers).

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  • Nanika Kidprice

    Part of the expansive Babine Lake water system, Nilkitwa supports Rainbow Trout up to 14 pounds, Cutthroat Trout up to 2 pounds and Lake Char up to 25 pounds.

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  • Nilkitwa Lake

    Part of the expansive Babine Lake water system, Nilkitwa supports Rainbow Trout up to 14 pounds, Cutthroat Trout up to 2 pounds and Lake Char up to 25 pounds.

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  • Oscar’s Source for Adventure

    Your source for fishing, hiking, camping and exploring. At Oscar's Source for Adventure, you will find the best gear and the best advice for the outdoor enthusiast. 

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  • Ross (Six Mile) Lake

    Ross (Six Mile) Lake - Located just outside of New Hazelton, Ross Lake offers excellent rainbow trout fishing and year round recreation.

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  • Round Lake

    20 km east of Smithers, popular with canoeists and fishermen.

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  • Seymour Lake

    Small lake, 5 minutes drive

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  • Skeena River

    Skeena River - British Columbia's second largest river and world renowned for Chinoonk (King) and Coho Salmon and Steelhead fishing.

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  • Spatsizi Wilderness Vacations

    Horseback, fly fish, hike, canoe, hunt and photograph wildlife in a natural pristine landscape. Winter ski trips and aurora borealis viewing. Bushplane access only.

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  • Starvation Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Recreation Site

    A small, remote, user maintained site. Minimal facilities. Used primarily by hunters. Lake provides opportunities for boating and fishing. Rough access road.

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  • Suskeena Lodge

    Suskeena Lodge is a perfect place for guests who would like to fly in and stay at a remote lodge on a river for relaxation, hiking, jet boat tours, wildlife watching, mountain biking, wilderness education, fishing and lots more.

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  • Tahltan Outfitters

    Offering guided hunting for Stone's Sheep, Moose and Mountain Caribou in the Skeena Region. 

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  • Taltzen Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest Recreation Site

    A small, grassy site in a very attractive setting. Beaver lodges and waterfowl can be seen on the lake.

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  • Telkwa River - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest Recreation Site

    A small site used primarily as a day use area. Access point for kayakers and canoeists wishing to use lower Telkwa river; close to village of Telkwa.

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  • The River Front Condo

    Modern River front condo with a beautiful view of the Bulkley River.

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  • Torkelson Lake - Bulkley/Cassiar Forest Recreation Site

    Medium size, open site with heavy herbaceous vegitation. Canoeing, small boats, fishing and wildlife viewing. Access road too soft for motor home use.

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  • Tukii Lodge on Babine Lake

    Fully modern cabins, charter boat trips, housekeeping units, winter sports, snowmobile rentals, licensed dining room, cross country skiing, ice fishing, guides for fishing, fish smoking facilities, remote lakes for fishing, and horseshoe.

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  • Tyhee Lake Provincial Park

    Tyhee Lake Provincial Park offers camping and day-use facilities on Tyhee Lake.

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