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Year-round fishing at Crystal Lake

If fishing is your passion then it's time for you to experience Crystal Lake and the magnificent lakes of British Columbia's Cariboo Chilcotin.

Fly fishing on Crystal Lake - a short hike or horseback ride from Crystal Waters Guest RanchCrystal Lake itself is just steps from your cabin and has been classified a 'highly sensitive wilderness lake' which is famous for its large insect hatches, 'Trophy' size Rainbow Trouts and thrilling fly fishing.
As the name suggests, it has crystal clear water making it a better alternative for those with a float tube or small boat. But fly flishing is not the only way to fish here. You will see trollers and spincasters as well, hooking on to the trout.


Trophy Fly Fishing at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch. Float tubes, boats, canoes and kayaks available.

Fishing Seasons:

The prime fishing season at Crystal Waters Guest Ranch starts at the beginning of May and continues right up to mid July and again from September to late October.
As soon as the lake is frozen solid, the ice fishing season starts. The height of the area and the dry, sunny weather guarantee perfect conditions for ice fishing from early December until late February.
Records show a 14 pounder hooked and landed but the average Rainbow is 2 - 4 pounds and is game for any angler.
Aluminum boats, canoes and kayaks are available to our guests and there are facilities for smoking and preserving your catch. You can even ask us to prepare your catch for dinner!

  • Guide services, licenses and fishing supplies are available from local fly fishing shops in Bridge Lake and Lone Butte, just a short drive away.

  • The Ranch is the ideal hub for accessing the many remote fishing lakes in the Interlakes area of BC's Southern Cariboo. Some are a short hike or horseback ride from the ranch while others are within an hour by 4x4 or float plane.

  • If you are interested in an excursion into the more remote fishing lakes in the region we can arrange a trip to take you there.

CR.  Patricia Parks of 100 Mile House hooked the largest fish at the BC Neurofibromatosis fishing derby Aug. 21-22. She pulled a hefty rainbow trout out of Crystal Lake that weighed in at slightly less than seven pounds.August 2010: BCNF fishing derby nets whopper

by Carole Rooney, Free Press 100 Mile House
An inaugural fishing derby held at Crystal Lake on Aug. 21-22 had schools of participants rising to the challenge. The derby raised approximately $400 in funds for the BC Neurofibromatosis Foundation (BCNF) and organizer Traci Parks says the event was a rousing success. "We had a great time and all the participants were fishing with gusto." Patricia Parks of 100 Mile House netted the first-place prize for the largest fish for her rainbow trout that weighed in at six pounds, 14 ounces. "It was no pint-sized fish." Shannon Silverton of 100 Mile caught and weighed in nine fish during the weekend to win the most-fish-caught title. Wayne Durk of Interlakes and Joy Harrison of Langley each won a hidden weight category, and many other fishing prizes were awarded throughout the weekend. Organizers thank everyone involved for the wonderful support, she says, adding their first derby was great fun for all those who participated. "Our thanks go to all the businesses that supported our first annual fishing derby."

Our Ranch Catches: