We fish Williston Lake in north-eastern British Columbia.
Williston Lake is the largest lake in British Columbia, a reservoir formed by the building of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam on the Peace River in the 1960s. We fish the lake from the dam completely through the Rocky Mountains, so the scenery is spectacular. This part of the lake is called the Peace Arm and is approximately 110 km. long.
The Bennett Dam affects the levels of the Williston Lake reservoir. The water levels go down in the winter, and come up in May and June. In early May when the ice melts, the water level will be low and there will be bare ground along the shore. In June the water level rises, and in July and August it is high and stable.
Reservoirs are similar to the sea coast in one way. Where streams come into the lake, there are inlets. These narrow passages are often beautiful, and some have waterfalls at the end.