Alberta’s Peace Country has earned a much-deserved reputation for having some of the best fishing in the province. And if you’re an avid angler heading to the Valleyview area, you should try your luck at one of the nearby fishing holes.
You’ll find two fairly large lakes – Snipe Lake and Sturgeon Lake – just a short drive away from town. And they each offer ample opportunity to snag a big one, whether you’re going after white fish, walleye, trout or northern pike. Plus, there are also a handful of much smaller fishing holes nearby.
So make sure your tackle box is fully stocked and then try tossing a line into one of these nearby lakes.
Located about 25 kilometers east of Valleyview, this is one of the two bigger lakes that are relatively close to town. Snipe Lake spans an area of about 11,000 acres and is pretty shallow with a maximum depth of about 20 feet. Most of the lake is less than 15 feet deep.
If you’re lucky, you might snag a hefty northern pike – they can weigh up to 30 pounds. There’s also ample perch and some white fish. Ice fishing is especially productive at Snipe Lake, but be sure to check out the road conditions before you go. Getting to Snipe Lake can also be tough when it rains, as the gravel roads become soft.
Please note that from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, fishing at Snipe Lake is only allowed between sunrise and sunset of each day.
Sturgeon Lake is home to Young’s Point Provincial Park and Williamson Provincial Park. More than 150 different species of birds nest in this area.
The lake, located 18 kilometers west of Valleyview, has a natural population of walleye and pike. Plus, just like Snipe Lake, these waters offer a great spot for winter fishing. But in the warmer months, if you’re casting from shore, give the narrows at Sturgeon Lake a shot.
The lake is best in June and early July, when the water is cooler. However, that hasn’t kept fishermen from launching their boats in the fall at Young’s Point. Expect walleye here to reach up to five pounds, perch to be around two pounds while whitefish can weigh up to four pounds. Also, the pike has been known to tip the scales at a whopping 30 pounds as well.
Fishing at Sturgeon Lake is only allowed between sunrise and sunset of each day from Oct.1 to Jan. 15.
The area surrounding Valleyview is also dotted with a series of smaller lakes, which can sometimes yield decent fish. Or head further up the highway and stop at East Dollar Lake to try for some trout.
After you’ve put in a few hours of fishing, settle into one of our comfortable rooms at the Paradise Inn & Suites Valleyview. We offer an array of amenities that will make you feel right at home.