~Since 1977~
Visitor Guide

Fishing in Banff

Fishing along the Bow River in Banff National Park.

There is a tour operator or guide to suit every kind of fisherman. All persons fishing in the Banff National Park, who are 16 years or older, must obtain a fishing permit. Ask a tour operator for information on purchasing fishing permits.

Fly Fishers Paradise

Most of the area’s tour operators offer fly fishing on gorgeous mountain rivers and streams. A variety of tours and guided trips are available, everything from full-day float tours to walk-and-wade trips of only a couple of hours. There cannot be a more enjoyable experience than floating down Alberta’s world-famous Bow River on a lazy morning surrounded by majestic mountain peaks, unless the wily brown trout, bull trout and mountain whitefish happen to be biting that day.

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Trout Anyone?

In other areas, the waters of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies offer the fly fisher fabulous opportunities to pursue brown, bull, brook, cutthroat, rainbow and, in a few remote locations, golden trout. Most guides offer a selection of rods, reels, lines, flies, waders and other fishing gear, as well as picnic lunches. Many fly fishing guides will take the time to teach beginners the basics of fly fishing and can help more experienced fishermen with expert tips to improve their chances of hooking, landing and releasing more fish. The season runs from May into October, but dry fly fishing is best in July and August.

Boat Enthusiasts

Perhaps your idea of fishing is kicking back on a 22-foot, fully-equipped cabin cruiser with electronic sonar, a two-way radio and more hours of relaxation. There are charter-fishing services to help you on Lake Minnewanka, just a 15-minute drive from Banff. There is free parking at the lake and various departure times throughout the day.

Ice Fishing

If you can’t wait for summer, a few of the fishing guides offer year-round service and will show you how to ice fish. At least one guide offers luxurious accommodations (for ice fishing) in a comfortable shack located on Spray Lake Reservoir, with propane heat, a propane stove and two long cozy sofas, surrounded by gorgeous mountains.

Come and enjoy Alberta’s mountain waters. The scenery is gorgeous and the fishing is unbeatable.