Dolly Varden

Small head compared to body size

White edge on front of lower fins

Oval, somewhat “snaky” body with white to pinkish spots

Often confused with both the Bull Trout and the Arctic Char, Dolly Varden can be found in both tidal and freshwater areas in B.C. and prefer to spend their time near gravel bottoms with plentiful cover.


25 to 50 cm (10 to 22 inches)


1 to 5 kg (2 to 12 lbs)


Ocean and tributaries of the Pacific, including North America and Asia. In B.C., found in the headwaters of the Fraser River.


Saltwater in early summer, freshwater for the rest of the year where fly fishing with light gear is popular.


Baking in foil is popular.


Vulnerable to over-fishing, catch-and-release with barbless hooks are recommended.


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