Kawkawa Lake

Kawkawa Lake, Hope

Kawkawa Lake is home to one of the best kokanee fisheries in the area ranging in sizes of 25-40cm and put up a great fight. The lake also holds some cutthroats in the 25-40cam range and even small mouth bass that can reach sizes up to 6.5lbs. The fishing is usually excellent from the lakes opening on March 1st and continues to stay good through to August. The lake can get busy with speed boats and skiiers so its recommended to go in the early morning or evening to beat the boating pressure on the lake.

Note: The lake is closed to fishing from December 1st to Febuary 28th.

How to get there

Kawkawa Lake is found in the hope. To get there from Highway 1 take exit 170 and make a left at the intersection. Then turn right at old Hope Princeton Highway and then make a left at 6th. About a KM along 6th make a right turn onto Kawkawa Lake Road and follow the signs to the park

June 1st, 2013

Rachel and I headed up to Kawkawa Lake and started fishing around 8:00am. There was a lot of action on the surface so we used a lake troll, wedding band and a sinking fly line with a red doc spratley. We fished for an hour with only one bite so we switched to a black spratley and a sinking tip fly line with a green bug on it. We got a couple bites and ended up landing a beautiful 33cm cutthroat trout around 10:30am. We headed in around 12:00pm. It was a beautiful day on the lake today but it was fairly busy.

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Barry Stewart | Reply 02.11.2018 07.27

Mike, I know the bass-catcher's mom and spoke to him in person. He had the pic of the bass, which ran in the paper. He could have hoaxed it — but I doubt it.

Greg | Reply 28.07.2016 23.01

My neighbor just told me someone was putting out a net in the north west side of kawkawa lake today. Is that allowed

Mike Willcox | Reply 16.09.2015 10.55

Hi James, you say Kawkawa contains small mouth bass up to 6.5 lbs. I've never heard of it having bass. Can you verify this with photos or other info?

Mike Willcox 01.11.2018 18.07

Barry, I read somewhere that the old report of the bass was a "hoax". I don't know any details. As far as I'm aware, none have been caught since.

Barry Stewart 01.11.2018 11.48

Mike, I'm the sports writer for the Hope Standard and I wrote of a local, named _ Peterson, who caught a bass in the lake. It was about 2005. None since?

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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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