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Fishing in Banff, AB

Fishing near Banff, AB

For many people, fishing is an excellent way to escape the stress of daily life and enjoy the peacefulness of nature. In Banff, the extensive and diverse waters provide the perfect opportunity to slow down the pace of a hectic life and relax in the cool mountain climate.

Fishing on the upper Bow River, which runs directly through Banff National Park, offers visitors a chance to soak in some of the best scenery in Alberta while reeling in varieties of brown trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish, and the occasional brook, cutthroat, and bull trout. For the best experience, local guides and be enlisted for day float trips or extended fishing excursions. Their expertise and intimate knowledge of the land will help you catch the largest fish these waters hold.

Take note that fishing in the rivers and lakes of Banff requires a National Park Fishing Permit (see link below). All equipment, flies, tackle, and outdoor apparel can be obtained from the many fishing outfitters in the area. Once you’ve experienced the adventure of fishing in Banff, you’ll understand why anglers return here year after year.

Useful Links:


www.banff.ca/activities-events/summer/fishing.htm
www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/ab/banff/activ/activ5.aspx

Local guides and outfitters:


Tightline Adventures

(403) 762-4548

Tightline Adventures can design a fishing trip to accommodate the needs of beginners or experts alike. Let the guides’ expertise and intimate knowledge of local streams, rivers, and lakes help you have the perfect outing in this Rocky Mountain haven.

Hawgwild Flyfishing Guides

(403) 678-7980

This year-round guide service takes guests to the best locations on the middle and upper Bow River. They fish for cutthroat, rainbow, brown, and brook trout from the end of the Bow River to the edge of Banff National Park, through more than 100 miles of great water.

Banff Adventures Unlimited

(403) 762-4554

Learn the ins and outs of hooking, landing, and releasing from these guides who have more than 20 years of experience. Tours include all the necessary equipment and a packed lunch and can be tailored to suit all needs and ability levels.

Alpine Anglers

(403) 760-1133

Alpine Anglers can help you make the most of a trip for large brown and rainbow trout down the lower Bow River, or assist you on a quiet walk and wade trip through the smaller mountain streams. Trips range from a full day float to a six day Rocky Mountain excursion.