Jasper National Park Fishing

Fishing in Jasper National Park’s many alpine lakes—for rainbow, brook, Dolly Varden, cutthroat, and lake trout, as well as pike and whitefish—is excellent. Many outfitters offer guided fishing trips. Whether you fish with a guide or by yourself, you’ll need a national park fishing license ($10 per day, $35 per year), available from the park information center or On-line Sport & Tackle (600 Patricia St., 780/852-3630). Maligne Lake is the most popular fishing hole; in 1980, a 10-kilogram (22-pound) rainbow trout was caught in its deep waters.

At Maligne Lake, guided fishing trips are offered from the Boat House by Maligne Tours (780/852-3370, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily June to Aug.). The half-day trip is $199 per person for two people and the full-day trip is $299 per person for two people.

Currie’s Guiding (780/852-5650, www.curriesguiding.com) offers trips to Maligne Lake (full day $285 per person) and to Talbot Lake, a shallow body of water east of town renowned for its pike fishing. Rates include equipment and instruction. Source for Sports (406 Patricia St., 780/852-3654) and On-line Sport & Tackle (600 Patricia St., 780/852-3630) sell and rent fishing tackle and also have canoe and boat rentals.

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