Upper Kananaskis Lake Fishing Reports & Feedback

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Average of 81 ratings as of Feb. 7, 2017

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by Tfish on Feb. 7, 2017

What lures are good to use in this lake? I've never tried ice fishing here since the bait ban many moons ago. I wouldn't mind to give it a good try.

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by DaveyJ on Jan. 22, 2017

Was out Jan 15/17. Lots of ice. 16-18" in all the holes. Caught 1 nice bull trout.

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by Cph on Dec. 25, 2016

Merry Christmas guys. Any ice reports for upper or lower? Please let us know. Would like to head out for some trout this week.

by James r on Dec. 2, 2016

Any ice out there yet when is it safe to walk on

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by Ldowbush on Sep. 17, 2016

Didn't get anything from shore / kayaking. A few people caught a rainbow or two today but overall slow

by curt26 on Aug. 7, 2016

A HotSpot Marker was added for Upper Kananaskis Lake
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by curt26 on Aug. 7, 2016

A HotSpot Marker was added for Upper Kananaskis Lake
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by Alex_2013 on Jul. 31, 2016

Fished on this lake on July 29th with my son. Between two of us we got 11 cutthroats, all around 16-17". Great weather and great day on a lake.

by curt26 on Jul. 29, 2016

A HotSpot Marker was added for Upper Kananaskis Lake
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by curt26 on Jul. 29, 2016

A HotSpot Marker was added for Upper Kananaskis Lake
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by curt26 on Jul. 29, 2016

Fished this lake for three days. Caught two cutthroat, 12" and 17".

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by curt26 on Jul. 20, 2016

Great thanks for the reply, sorry about your luck

by Spfmtyily on Jul. 20, 2016

Launched a boat today and no problem. Water level wasn't an issue at all. Fishing on the other hand wasn't so good. Have an 18.5 foot aluminum with a 150hp on the back and it was fine

by curt26 on Jul. 13, 2016

Has anyone launched a boat yet, if so how's the water level?

by bogar on Jul. 10, 2016

Looking at taking a trip here wondering what to use, where to go and if gas engines are allowed

by Highrockslayer on Jun. 29, 2016

Anyone fished out here lately? Looking to take my boat out over the weekend. How has the fishing been?

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by Gromdor on Jun. 21, 2016

Caught a 46cm Cutthroat from shore on a dry fly, was pretty cool.

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by Yaaaaooook on Feb. 22, 2016

Caught 2 Bull Trout at the point 23" and 24". Good ice. 18"

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by Kyle986555 on Feb. 20, 2016

Anyone know the thickness on Barrier? (it's not in the lake list here) Thanks!

by FishTurtle on Feb. 19, 2016

Caught two large Bull Trout in 50 feet of water, but seen lots at 32 feet, one strike and miss!
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by FishTurtle on Feb. 19, 2016

Ice Report: 20 in
Just out about a km from boat launch, on the point.

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by Lavarockpilot on Feb. 19, 2016

Went out Wednesday 30" of ice. At the shoreline we had to cross about 30' of ankle deep slush. We caught one 20" rainbow and missed 3. The guy next to us caught 2 about the same size.

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by jason bugye on Feb. 6, 2016

Can you drive out on the ice?

by DaveyJ on Dec. 30, 2015

A HotSpot Marker was added for Upper Kananaskis Lake
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by DaveyJ on Dec. 27, 2015

A HotSpot Marker was added for Upper Kananaskis Lake
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by DaveyJ on Dec. 27, 2015

Caught and released 2 Bull Trout. Measured the first at 22". Didn't the second but it was roughly the same size. Lots of ice. Great day. 9am til 1pm

by DaveyJ on Dec. 27, 2015

Ice Report: 12 in
12" at shore by parking lot. 12"-13" in all 4 holes I cut

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by Fishholic on Sep. 23, 2015

I was there on monday 21st September. Caught 20-22 inches Cutties and Bull trout plus 3 small cut ties. Excellent fishing for half day trip.

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by London on Sep. 1, 2015

Was out on sat aug29 in the evening Caught a 5-6lb'er Cutthroat was fumbling with my phone trying to get a picture while trying to keep him submerged and he took of on me! Doh! Gotta net now it won't happen again. Went back Sunday but did t catch anything still had fun with a great view!

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by neilsbohr on Aug. 2, 2015

Had a couple bites but only managed to get one little guy to shore. Caught about half way between the boat launch and the waterfall on a small rapala countdown. With it being the long weekend, the place was packed.

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by so77 on Jul. 13, 2015

Lots of young ones biting on almost anything close to shore. Son caught his first fish using a bob and some flies. All too small to keep but it was a fun catch and release day.

by Luis B on Jun. 26, 2015

How is the water level? Ty

by Foudy23 on Jun. 3, 2015

Ice Is all gone, water level is really low. Lots of fish pooling at the interlakes.

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by Ssminnow on May. 5, 2015

Any ice reports yet?

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by Blackhawks on May. 2, 2015

How's the water level? Is there still a lot of ice? Can you get a canoe out in the water? Thanks, B.

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by papa markeli on Apr. 30, 2015

any rainbows left in this lake or only at lower? any tips for using a spin rod?

by mitchyd on Apr. 16, 2015

Anyone know if the ice is off yet?? :)

by Chimbamex on Feb. 11, 2015

Ice Report: 18 in
Lots of water on the ice, easy to drill Bulltrout using silicon lure. caugh&release

by Chimbamex on Feb. 11, 2015

Bulltrout 4lbs caugh & release
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by babbot2 on Dec. 19, 2014

Fished 3 hrs on the 18th Dec by the dam near the boat launch...9" of ice (measured) and less than 1" of snow on the ice. Hooked and lost one rainbow trout on a black woolly bugger

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by Fish finder on Oct. 11, 2014

Out on oct 9th. Beautiful day only one on the lake. Caught two nice sized cutties. Awesome day on the water.

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by flyout on Aug. 21, 2014

started early. tried all the tricks with flys and had one hit got blown off about 2:00 pm

by iFish Guest on Jul. 30, 2014

Any boat restrictions here?

by mitchyd on Jul. 14, 2014

You can't use bait on Upper or Lower K

by Jayjayjay on Jun. 27, 2014

Hey. What is allowed for bait here?

by mitchyd on Jun. 24, 2014

We were in the boat too. Boat launch is ok

by mitchyd on Jun. 24, 2014

Went here on Sunday and landed 4 cuttys and 3 bulls. Cuttys weren't big enough to keep but it was still good fishing. Biggest bull was just over 4lbs. We missed a bunch too

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by Alex_2013 on Jun. 16, 2014

I was on Upper lake on Saturday, June 14th. Water is low, only 3-4 rows of concrete blocks on the end. Week ago someone broke a trailer axle. I didn't take a boat, was fishing from shore.

by crownroyalrage on Jun. 15, 2014

Any updates on water level here and where the boat ramp is at for water?

by iFish Guest on Jun. 7, 2014

Water level extremely low, you probably won't be able to launch any boat that you can't drag in.

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by iFish Guest on Dec. 30, 2013

Fished for 2-3 hrs yesterday. Felt a couple hits, but no hook ups. Quite a few other people on the lake, but it didn't look like they were catching any either.

by iFish Guest on Dec. 30, 2013

Ice Report: 12 in
Was a bit slushy by the edges do to changes in the water levels.

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by iFish Guest on Oct. 17, 2013

what can i Use for ice fishing since you cannot use bait here

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by iFish Guest on Oct. 14, 2013

Today hit up the lake for the last time and it was worth it. Caught estimated 5 pound bull trout 22 inches long. Was a good day, other then 2 people taking under sized cutthroats for themselves.

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by Mountainboy on Jul. 16, 2013

Fished here for 7.5 hours yesterday in my solo pontoon boat. caught 5 fish. 3 cutthroat between 1-3lbs, a bull trout- 1lb and a rainbow-1lb. Rainy day at first but turned into an overall beauty day fishing. caught 3 on the dry flies and 2 on small spoons. on my way back right now! Gonna be one of the nicest days this summer...See ya out there!

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by billkessel on Jul. 13, 2013

Fished this lake numerous times the past few years. Its best fly fished at docs, interlakes or waterfall. Was there yesterday post flood annd landed 5 in about an hour or two.

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by iFish Guest on Jun. 2, 2013

22 fish between two of us on 29/05/13 mostly cut-throat 5 rainbows all good size.all on dry flies with nymph on dropper.water very low and bear in area

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by Boots on Nov. 24, 2012

Barrier lake had some open spots in middle and near dam and spray is all open water so I expect the k lakes wouldn't be safe yet either but didn't go down that far on 40 to check them myself.

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by BigTomAce on Nov. 23, 2012

Anyone know if there is ice yet?

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by nu2me on Jul. 26, 2012

Fished on the 22nd caught 6 trout 5 bulls 1 cut largest one was 18 inches smallest was 14". Caught all while trolling with trout stylye cranks. Sure do wish they were rainbows as there was no fight to these fish at all. all 6 came in like tame puppies and barely fought at the boat. I use light line as i like the fight but barely any action at all. Going back next week with fly rod to see if these rainbows being reported exist.

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by bowhunter on Jul. 22, 2012

Fished the lakes now for 47 years used to be an old gravel road into the lakes you can still see parts of it now overgrown if you know where to look.We trolled nymphs and did some dryfly from anchored positions with great success many monster bows were caught 10 pds plus and some big bulls but very few cutties were ever caught.I think it's great to see the lakes go back to their original species.One can't help but wonder if there's not some naturally occurring rainbow spawning now.It brought back some old memories seeing my nephew catch and release a 12 pd bull buck below the dam using his flyrod in june 2012.Good luck to all the fly guys fishing the lakes.

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by M on Jul. 18, 2012

Amazing day on Saturday. The water was like glass. Landed 1 big cut and 4 rainbows on dry flies. Fantastic!

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by Beadhead on Jul. 7, 2012

Great day yesterday. Kudos to fish and wildlife to create the news regs. 24 curries to the net and many more missed. Can't wait until the ditties all hit the 50 cm mark and hopefully take one home. Until then I willc Gladly catch and release, buy my bass from safeway and enjoy quality fishing.

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by What on Jun. 29, 2012

So u have to teach a kid how to kill and eat fish in order for him/her to like fishing? That's lame. You should just take the kid to other ponds where u can catch 7incher all day long and kill them all.

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by Slick on Jun. 25, 2012

Agreed with Rainbow. I learned and got hooked on fishing on a Perch lake where they would bite anything at anytime - and we could keep 50! That said this forum isn't made for bickering so take it elsewhere.

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by Rainbow on Jun. 25, 2012

You really don't understand it's about the future teaching our kids to fish....that means stock and take lake . This why every year there are less people buying fishing licenses in Alta. because of people like you. Teach the younger generation how to fish.....not everything has to be about trophy or money

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by hkhugo on Jun. 25, 2012

I was there last weekend and i got 5 rainbows over 50cm and a couple little guys to.

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by What on Jun. 22, 2012

Lmao to the post below. Hows rainbow taste like from upper lake? lol good luck catch one. I bet he can't even tell the difference between rainbow and Cutties... Maybe even bullies. Anyway, Alberta will never have trophy lake with guys like below. It's good start for the new regulation.

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by Rainbow on Jun. 16, 2012

This is one of mistakes ever made by Fish & Wildlife.I taught my kids to fish on this lake..Rainbows. Now we're allowed 1 fish and 50cm What a joke. To bad nobody is accountable for such a absolute MESS of a great rainbow lake

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by J on Jun. 12, 2012

Thanks big mike, I have I few different ones. I will be fishing from a boat

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by BIG_MIKE on Jun. 8, 2012

Rapalas, you need to figure out which ones but the work very well even from the shore. you can catch 2-3 lb's if you use the right ones

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by J on Jun. 8, 2012

So is this lake worth fishing any more? What have people used to catch rainbows? ( not fly fishing)

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by Snazyevey on Jun. 7, 2012

Not totally true rbw. I fish that lake quite a bit and have seen rainbows about in the lake. And last year I did get one in June. It was of the bigger variety. Probably 5 6 pounds. It's true they haven't been stocked for years but there are a few stragglers left. But from what I have seen they are usually bigger then the average cutty

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by RMW1974 on Apr. 1, 2012

You won't get rainbows anymore. Haven't been stocked for years. Many cutts in this lake don't have a bright red chin and are often mistaken for rainbows. Anything under 50cm here is a cutt.

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by BTG on Mar. 18, 2012

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by Gman on Sep. 11, 2011

Was there for five hours I pulled in a rainbow about 12 in how ever the wife got seven all about 7-9 in I am never going to hear the last of that lol

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by MB on Aug. 25, 2011

Fishing well - lots of action on dry flies within 10m of shore.

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by Snazyevey on Aug. 12, 2011

Was out Thursday for the afternoon. Only managed one cuttie on a prince. Weather turned south o I went home. No one else seemed to do much better. Been tough all week.

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by Flyer on Jun. 18, 2011

Fishing is good right now. Rainbow and cutties are biting good.

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by Big dezal on May. 27, 2011

En d of lake open at end by Bolton creek at panorama power plant

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by Triple F on May. 22, 2011

Lake is still frozen as of may long weekend. :)

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