Fishing in Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park's crystal blue waters and towering panoramas provide an amazing backdrop for anglers of all ages. The fishing's not bad, either!

Early risers may be treated to a rocky mountain sunrise, spot an elk taking a morning drink, or be joined by an osprey or a bald eagle in search of one of a variety of trout that inhabit Yoho's lakes and rivers.

Yoho's Fishing Hot Spots

Trout Fishing on Emerald Lake
Trout Fishing on Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake is the most popular fishing destination in the park. Boat rentals are available at the Emerald Sports boathouse. Brook Char and Rainbow Trout are a frequent catch.

Cutthroat trout are highly sought after at Lake O'Hara, where visitor access is quite limited. Boat rentals are available at the Lake O'Hara Lodge.

Wapta Lake is easily accessible from the Trans Canada Highway on the east end of the park and offers good lake trout fishing. Sherbrooke Lake, a moderate 3km (2 mile) uphill hike whose trailhead starts opposite Wapta Lake, is also a great place to find lake trout.

Fly fishing is popular on the Kicking Horse River west of the Field townsite. Fishing is permitted from the confluence of the Kicking Horse and Yoho rivers downstream to the park boundary. Cutthroat and Rainbow Trout, Brook Char, Dolly Varden, and Whitefish are all common catches in the Kicking Horse River.

National Park Fishing Regulations

Trout Fishing on Emerald Lake
Peaceful and enigmatic are the quiet mornings spent lakeside in Yoho National Park.
Courtesy Emerald Sports

A National Park fishing permit is required to fish in Yoho National Park. Anglers under 16 years of age may fish without a permit if they are accompanied by an adult who has purchased a permit. Seasonal restrictions are in effect, and strict regulations govern catch limits, legal bait, and environmental practices within the park.

Fishing Permits

Click here to see Fishing Permit Fees for Yoho National Park

To obtain more information or purchase a national park fishing permit, visit the Field Information Centre, Emerald Lake boathouse, Lake O'Hara Lodge, or check out the Parks Canada website.