The Bow River has good fishing for brown and brook trout, including right downtown between the old railway bridge and Rundle Drive. Follow Highway 1A east from town to access the best river fishing, as well as Gap Lake and Grotto Pond; the latter is stocked with rainbow trout. The Bow River is renowned for its rainbow trout fishing. This occurs downstream of Canmore toward Calgary and beyond Ghost Lake, which holds healthy populations of lake, rainbow, and brown trout.
For all your fishing needs, head to Wapiti Sports (1506 Railway Ave., 403/678-5550), which stocks bait and tackle and sells licenses.