Located just 35 minutes east of Kamloops with easy access off Highway 97, this lake is a popular lake for kokanee fishing, as well as rockhounding. Keep a look out for geodes, jade and fossils!
Monte Lake is a beautiful lake that offers a quality kokanee fishery. With kokanee caught up to the 2lb range, it is easy to want to go back for more!
Monte Lake can become very busy when the ice gets thick enough and for good reason! The lake has easy access in winter and has plenty of area to set up your ice fishing shack and an abundance of kokanee.
-15000 female triploid kokanee fry each year
-5000 female triploid rainbow trout yearlings each year
My first time on Monte was on the ice. I set up my under water camera and was pleasantly surprised to see several large kokanee on the screen at 30 ft.
When the ice comes off, the lake can also produce well when trolling with down riggers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Nearby Monte Creek was the site of the last train robbery by Bill Miner
The recreational community of Monte Lake is located on the lake's northern edge. A few services are available, including a small grocery store for snacks. Keep driving for another five minutes into Westwold, and you can find retro diners and other restaurants.
Monte Lake Provincial Park skirts the eastern edge of the lake, although there are no camping or day use facilities in the park.
Easy access directly off the highway and off-shore fishing means this lake may be a good option for those who do not want to hike into lakes or take back roads, although only certain parts of the lake may be accessed in this way.
Although the gravel shoreline does provide opportunities for off-shore fishing, depending on where you set up, you might be fishing with the highway at your back.
Directions to Monte Lake. Click to enlarge.
Monte Lake is a quick 35 minute drive from Kamloops. It is located right beside Hwy 97.
Monte Lake is a good size lake at 435 acres and goes to 120 ft in depth.
During the warmer months, keep to the deeper pools at both ends of the lake to find the cold-loving kokanee.
The lake is surrounded by protected grasslands and Ponderosa Pines.
Monte Lake depth chart. Click image to enlarge or download the PDF.