Fishing at sunset (Picture BC photo)
It's common for anglers to stay in Smithers for two weeks to a month solely for fishing. The big draw here is steelhead.
Smithers is a global destination for steelhead due to their size and easy access in the area. (Note: current fishing regulations allow only catch and release.) Steelhead fishing season in Smithers runs between September and October and is also the busiest time for accommodation in town.
Anglers also come to Smithers to battle four out of five species of the Pacific salmon – chinook, coho, sockeye and pink – as well as other trout such as rainbow and native cutthroat.
The Bulkley Valley offers fishing in rivers and lakes most months of the year – there's even ice fishing in the winter.