Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
Merritt offers lake fishing, river fishing, and ice fishing. Put a boat on Nicola Lake or stay at a private fishing resort. Merritt's fish species are just as varied as its waterways.
Nicola Lake, the biggest lake in the region, has approximately 26 species of fish. These include coho, chinook, and sockeye salmon, lingcod, Dolly Varden, rainbow trout, Kamloops trout, brook char, and whitefish. This 22km/13.5mi long lake has a maximum water depth of 55m/180ft, and during the hot summer months sees temperatures of 38°C/100°F.
Trolling lures, flatfish, wedding bands, and spinning gear are the most popular methods used on Nicola Lake. However, flies are also successful. Boat launching areas are spread out along both sides of the lake. Nicola is the most obvious place to start a fishing expedition, especially one with the family.