Autumn is fishin' magic in Northern BC

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Northern British Columbia offers fine freshwater fishing in some of the most pristine and beautifully natural areas of North America.

And fall is a great time to visit. The fish are biting and the weather is crisp and refreshing in the mornings with warm afternoons. Changing leaves transform trees into forests of brilliant colours.

October is good for steelhead trout in the Morice, Bulkley, Babine, Sustut and Kispiox Rivers.

The Skeena River is another popular destination for steelhead. It's located between Kispiox and Prince Rupert, off Highway 16. Terrace is one of the main gateways to this rugged terrain territory. All five species of salmon, Dolly Varden and cutthroat trout are found in the Skeena River system.

The Spatsizi Plateau Wildnerness Park north of Smithers has some of the best trophy lakes
(a term for remote lakes with the biggest fish) in northern BC. The only access to this smorgasbord of rivers, lakes and parkland is by air. It's home to rainbow trout, Arctic grayling, bull trout, char lake trout, and whitefish.

The Atlin area features freshwater fish, along with lake trout and northern pike up to 30 pounds. There is also an abundance of Arctic grayling. Short flights from Atlin take fisher folks to lakes with fish in double-digit weights, and rivers teeming with sea-run steelhead, bull trout, chinook and coho salmon.

In the Lakes District, Babine Lake joins Nilkitkwa Lake and narrows into the Babine River to form Rainbow Alley. This legendary stretch of water offers some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the world.

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