Osoyoos Fishing

Our fertile valley is fed by the many bodies of water that dot the landscape. From large, awe-inspiring lakes to peaceful mountain streams, there are plenty of places for anglers to enjoy their favourite sport. Find your honey hole here in the South Okanagan!

The region’s waters are home to a variety of fish. Cast your line for salmon, trout, bass, perch and whitefish. Whether you prefer to catch-and-release, or to reel in your dinner, the fish are as plentiful as the memories you will make (everyone needs a good “fish tale”, right?).

Never picked up a rod? Don’t worry! Local fishing charters cater to all levels, and their professional guides know all the sweet spots. Or channel your inner Tom Sawyer, and head out to the beach at Watermark to give it a try. Spending a relaxing day on the water with a rod in your hand is an unforgettable experience. When you get back to Watermark, throw the day’s catch on the beachside barbeque, and celebrate your delicious success!

Osoyoos is a four-season playground, and many lakes are open to fishing all year long. Take advantage of all of the activities this region has to offer! Lake trolling, fly fishing, ice fishing, or sitting on the dock —any fisherman will tell you that there’s no better way to unwind.

Our Guest Service Reservation Team would love to help arrange for a fishing trip with one of our partners, or to help you get started exploring the region with your own tackle box in hand.

Call Us Today: 1.888.755.3480

Okanagan Fishing Charters

Explore the Plentiful Waters of the South Okanagan

We are pleased to recommend the following fishing charter operators. Fishing is a popular sport around the world, and here in the Osoyoos area, we have some excellent opportunities to enjoy it.

Rodney’s Reel Outdoors

1.250.718.7744

Rodney’s Reels offers guided fishing charters throughout the Okanagan. Choose from lake trolling, fly fishing, ice fishing, and more. Your experienced, licensed guide, Rod Henning, can show you where to find the best Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Sockeye, and Bass in the region. All equipment, great memories, and an incredible adventure are included with each package!

Okanagan Nation Guided Fishing Adventures

1.877.796.3345

With a long tradition in fishing the waters of the Okanagan and a commitment to conservation, the ONA offers excellent sportfishing tours throughout the year. Knowledgeable, professional guides will provide you with unique experiences!

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BC Fishing Licenses

1.877.855.3222

All anglers in BC over the age of 16 are required to have a fishing license. These can be obtained online, or in person at the Osoyoos Shell Station. Make sure you have your license with you; help us to maintain and conserve our fish and wildlife species in BC.

Popular Fishing Waters in the South Okanagan

Waters Worth Exploring

We are fortunate to be surrounded by well-stocked waters —right here in our backyard, and further afield. Grab your rod and reel, and discover your favourite spot in one of the many fishing holes in our region.

Osoyoos Lake

Right on Watermark’s own shores! Beautiful Osoyoos Lake has deep pockets and shallow shorelines frequented by Large Mouth and Small Mouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee and Sockeye Salmon, Carp and Yellow Perch.

Trout are plentiful in the spring and fall, and the bass are best in the height of summer. Osoyoos Lake is open to fishing all year long.

Vaseux Lake

Just north of Oliver, peaceful Vaseux Lake is a great place to cast your line for fly fishing. Sizeable bass and trout can be readily found in the waters, here. The lake is part of a conservation area, and no motorized vehicles are allowed. The shallower lagoons are good spots for ice fishing in winter.

Sawmill/Burnell Lake

Remote and lovely, Sawmill Lake is very popular with fly fishers, and is well-stocked with Rainbow Trout. This is a catch-and-release only spot, so take photos of your trophies and bring your stories back to watermark to share around the table!

First Nations and the Waters of the Okanagan

 

The salmon holds a significant place in the rich culture of the region’s Syilx First Nations people, both spiritually and economically. To ensure the future of the ntytyix (chief salmon) salmon as a food source in the Columbia watershed basin, the Okanagan Nation Alliance (ONA) has established an extremely successful hatchery program. Working with the governments of both Canada and the US, the ONA now helps to monitor and maintain the levels of salmon, trout and sturgeon in the region’s waters.