Wood Lake, Harrison West

Wood Lake, Harrison West

Wood Lake is a small, shallow lake easily accessed 19km up Harrison West Forest Service Road. Although being a stocked, nutrient rich lake it doe not receive as much pressure as other lakes in the Harrison Area due to being so far off the highway. But it is worth the drive, this lake offers great fly fishing in the spring and fall.

The lake holds Rainbow Trout that are typically in the 25-30cm range occasionally reaching 40cm. Due to the low elevation and depth of the lake it does suffer the summer doldrums, so it's best to fish in the spring and fall. There are two distinct pockets in the lake with the north eastern one offering a nice drop off of up to 12M.

For fly fisherman The drop offs are perfect for fishing small Chronomids sizes 14-20 starting as early as February. Popular colours are brown, black, and olive. Other popular patterns include Scuds, Woolly Bugger, Doc Spratleys, and Mosquitos.

Spin casters can try small 1/16th oz spoons or spinners. Bait fishing can also be productive either suspending power bait or a worm from a bobber or weighted down on the bottom.

There are two campground located on the lake, with a boat launch in the northern site. There is also a dock located at the southern site so bait fishing with a bobber can be a great way to enjoy the sunset.

Note: There is a powerboat restriction on this lake.


Wood Lake is one of several lakes found to the west of harrison lake off of the Harrison west forest service road. To get there; Take Lougheed Highway towards Harrison. At the Sasquatch Inn take a left on Morris Valley Road. Follow Morris Valley Road for approximately 11km, the pavement will end after a while. Follow this gravel road for approximately 19km, you will see a sign to your right and road marked Wood Lake.

May 17th - 19th 2014

Rachel and I spent our long weekend camping and fishing Wood Lake. The campground is in great condition and costs $13 a night. The fishing was great with fish being caught everyday from our float tubes. All the fish were in the 25-30cm range. Most of the fish were caught on an Olive Doc Spratley with a type III sinking tip stripping line slowly. The micro leech also worked well in Olive or black. 

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Sumiko | Reply 12.08.2020 08.30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

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22.09 | 10:54

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year these lakes usually freeze up?

12.08 | 08:30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

07.06 | 08:31

Is the nickel open?

06.06 | 13:34

give it a shot, caught a 1.5 pounder last summer. i used a frog and attacked thick cover

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