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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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?

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12.09 | 12:03

Should I expect Loging Trucks to come barreling down the road while driving up the to Stacey Lake?!

02.09 | 22:52

Any trout in this river? Went nymphing a few days ago - smolts only

01.09 | 21:25

How about Sumallo river? Heard of some big dollies in there.

01.09 | 09:04

Love the site James. I just spent about 5 hours kayaking and trolling Elbow Lake. Worm, wedding band and fly rod. Nothing, apparently stocked. Good reason

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