Kootenay region fishing guide service

Amazing scenery on our Day trips in the Columbia Valley or West Kootenay Lakes...Columbia Valley trips focus on 3 trophy trout lakes, we fish for Rainbow, Bull, Cutthroat and Brook Trout. West Kootenay trips are on the big water of Kootenay or Arrow Lakes. Service includes transportation from pick up/meeting place to lake, we provide all tackle and gear, boat and guide. these trips start at 7AM and return for 6PM. We service all levels of experience and can offer fly fishing lessons during the charter. Due to govt regs we cannot provide food but there is a bbq on board for guests convenience. Multi day/multi lake trips are available and negotiable. Children must be at least 12 yrs old and be accompanied by parent or guardian. Waiver of liability is in effect for all guests whether acknowledged or not. All guests must have a current BC freshwater fishing license. Dress for the weather and bring along warm clothing as the weather in the rocky mountains can be unpredictable, rain gear is advised. Also bring along swim wear for summer trips as we can stop and swim and cool off during the heat of the day. Also a camera is a must for capturing the scenery and pics of your catch.


Check dates with the Operator
We recommend checking dates with the Captain before booking your trip.


Trip Includes
Pick-up service
Meeting place
Choice to ride with guide or follow in your own vehicle

Catch & release
You keep catch


Deposit non-refundable.
Cancellations prior to 7 days from departure 100% refundable, Cancellations up to 3 days prior to departure 50% refund, within 3 days of departure NO REFUNDS


Rainbow Trout

Types of Fishing
Backcountry fishing
Lake fishing
River fishing
By request ...location and pricing TBD

Fishing Techniques
Bottom fishing
Drift fishing
Fly fishing
Light tackle

Trolling motor
Tackle box
Rods & Reels
Rod holders
Fishing Pole
Fish finder

Boat Specs

Happy Hooker Fleet

We use a very comfortable 16 foot Qwest pontoon boat for the columbia Valley trips and we use a 28 foot Chaparral cruiser for the big water lakes like Kootenay and Arrow. Both vessels are fully equipped and very stable and safe. Cruiser is a sleep aboard and is an option for multiday bookings.



STEVE Gutsche

Operator since 2019
I have been a fisherman since the age of 3, started flyfishing at 10 and tying flies at 13...all my life people have told me I should be a guide and I have taught many how to fish and fly fish. Now I am living the dream so to speak, and doing what I love. I have spent a lifetime fishing the pristene waters of western canada and for the past 20 yrs I have focused on the kootenay region chasing monster trout. My personal best rainbow is from Kootenay Lake caught on Jan 10 2012 and weighed in at 23lb 12 oz and 34 inches long...my best Bull Trout is from a small stream and was 28 lbs and 39 3/4 inches long. People ask how it is I catch so many fish??? I tell them I go fishing! You cannot catch anything sitting on your couch...you have to put the time in and have a hook in the water, in other words you have to make the effort...and it is so much fun being outdoors and enjoying nature, whether or not I catch a fish, I just love being out there doing it... and catching something is a bonus in my view, but we always try our best to give our friends(clients) a good chance of hooking that fish of a lifetime!

STEVE Gutsche

Operator since 2019

How to get there

British Columbia, Canada
Our Pickup/Meeting place is across from the Tim Hortons at the crossroads into Invermere. Trips depart at 7AM and return at 6PM

Book with 50% deposit

Once the fishing guide confirms your trip, your credit card will be charged with a 50% deposit to guarantee the reservation.

Pay remaining balance to the captain

The remaining balance will be paid directly to the fishing guide up to 7 days before the trip. The following payment methods are available: