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Old 08-20-2019, 02:44 AM
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Default Hoping to catch a Cutthroat Trout

I would like to knock a species off my list. Are there any Lakes/ streams accessible by road that contain cutthroat trout? Also, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
(P.S I live in Calgary, so a location within 2 hours would be nice!)
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Old 08-20-2019, 04:57 AM
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Depending on how far you're willing to hike, Rawson Lake is the closest place to Calgary that I can think of that has really good cuttie fishing. It's roughly a 3 km hike from the parking lot of Upper Kananaskis Lake, and if you have a float tube, it really increases your odds. It's one of the prettier lakes you can fish, so it's win / win, even if it happens to be a slow day fishing. I doubt there's a place closer to Calgary that has good cuttie fishing.

You could literally drive to Upper Kananaskis Lake and fish from shore, but it's a big, deep lake, and having a boat would help. About 1.5 hours from Calgary.

Pickle Jar Lakes is another good spot that involves hiking, a bit harder hike than Rawson, plus it's about an hour farther down Hwy 40 to the trailhead.

If you wanted to try stream / river fishing, the Old Man system is tough to beat, or the Livingston.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:06 AM
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Castle or crowsnest river. Crowsnest above Lundbreck Falls has more cutties than beneath it.
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Old 08-20-2019, 11:14 AM
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Most of rivers/creeks along the slopes in ES1 contain cutties. The Crowsnest/ Castle/West Castle is outside of your two hour range by about 30 minutes or more, depending on where you live in Calgary.
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Old 08-20-2019, 03:11 PM
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Upper and Lower K both have cutties, however in my experience they are hard to fish this time of year.
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Old 08-20-2019, 07:29 PM
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3 hr drive & a BC licence required but the Palliser river system north of Radium can have some insane action. Logging roads get you close to the creeks. Good luck!
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Old 08-24-2019, 09:37 PM
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The elbow river upstreams of 22x bridge, again the elbow right in bragg creek you will find them with a little exploring.
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