Premier Lake is both a name and a title for this specific body of water in Canada’s province of British Columbia. While there is practically no limit to the number of fishing locations in British Columbia, Premier Lake is one of the best. This prime spot boasts a diversity of fish species that no other can beat. The ubiquitous Rainbow trout is present, of course, along with it’s fell Brook, Bull, and Steelhead trout. In addition to that family of fish, there’s Kokanee, Westlope, White Sucker, Longnose Sucker, Tench, and the itty bitty little Redside Shiner. Angling is a very popular style used at Premier Lake.
Premier Lake is bordered by four smaller lakes. These lakes, named Quartz Lake, Catseye Lake, Canuck Lake, and Yankee Lake, combine with Premier to cater up quite a Noah’s ark of fish species. Nearby is the Staples Creek fish collection station, where eggs are gathered to send to the Kootenay fish hatchery. Staples Creek also is home to a fish ladder, a device that allows diadromous migration (fish that move back and forth from seawater to freshwater).
Getting to Premier Lake is very easy to get to, and is absolutely gorgeous, not only because of the breathtaking lakes, but the surrounding scenery. Premier Lake is cozied up with the Rocky Mountains, and visitors to the area will most likely set eyes on whitetail deer, osprey, mule deer, elk, eagles, and all sorts of other wildlife.
Environmental protection is taken seriously at Premier Lake, and the park has become the center to an Ecosystem Restoration Project. One of the steps taken to ensure that Premier Lake Provincial Park stays in good environmental shape was to fire a controlled burn near the Yankee-Canuck access road into the park.
Premier Lake really is a premier fishing spot, and should not be passed up.