Hunting and Fishing | Cypress Hills
Location: Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan
Hunting and fishing are popular activities in the Cypress Hills. Hunters and anglers should check the Hunting and Fishing Guide for seasons and licenses before coming to the park.
Hunting is not permitted in the Centre Block of the park. All firearms must be encased while in the Centre Block.
Hunting in the West Block begins September long weekend as per the game guide seasons. Hunters should check ahead on road and fire hazard conditions by calling 1 (306) 662-5489. Recreational ATV/UTV use within Cypress Hills is strictly prohibited. All motorized vehicles must stay on designated hunting trails in the West Block. Snowmobiling is only allowed in the designated area in the Centre Block. Other recreation users such as equestrians, hikers and campers should be aware that hunting is taking place during this season; however, with some safety precautions all users can share the space.
Fishing (note: All lakes listed also offer ice fishing)
Cypress Hills – Saskatchewan Popular Fishing Areas
The Cypress Hills offer some of the best trout fishing in Saskatchewan. Battle Creek, in the West Block wilderness area, is home to Rainbow, Brown, and the occasional Brook Trout. This is a perfect creek for fly fishers and ultra-light spin fishers.
Loch Leven in the Centre Block is stocked each year and offers anglers Brook and Cutthroat Trout. The most effective method for fishing Loch Leven is fly fishing.
There is a wide variety of trout creeks within the Cypress Hills area, but outside park boundaries. Stop at the park visitor centre for information on where to fish. Anglers are required to have a Saskatchewan Angling License which can be obtained on line or at the park administration office or visitor centre. Angling licenses are not available at the West Block.
Cypress Lake (located about 42 km south of the Centre Block) is another locale that has great fishing. A large lake suitable for boating, the Cypress Lake Recreation Area features a fish cleaning station, dock, boat launch, free rustic camping, and rustic toilet facilities. Species caught here are walleye (predominant), brown trout and the occasional jack.
Cypress Hills – Alberta Popular Fishing Areas
On the Alberta side of the Park, fishing is also very popular. Here is a list of area lakes and the types of fish that can be found:
Elkwater Lake – Northern Pike / Yellow Perch
Spruce Coulee – Brook Trout / Walleye / Arctic Grayling
Reesor Lake – Rainbow Trout
Michelle Reservoir – Rainbow Trout
Bullshead Reservoir – Rainbow Trout
Bullshead Creek – Rainbow Trout
Battle Creek & Tributaries – Brown Trout
Graburn Creek & Tributaries – Brown Trout
In order to get you out on the lake or into the field quicker, purchasing and printing your licence at home or from another vendor is strongly encouraged. Angling and Hunting licences are available online:
- Saskatchewan Licenses: http://www.environment.gov.sk.ca/licences
- Alberta Licenses: https://www.albertarelm.com/licensing.page
Check out our blog on Fly Fishing in the Area complete with video: http://www.visitcypresshills.ca/back-country-fly-fishing-in-cypress-hills/