Hi,  my name is Randy and I'm Truus truus

and you have just entered the Balfour Gill and Gift website.

We are located at the ferry landing in Balfour, British Columbia, in the middle of some of the best fishing in the world. Home of the Giant Gerrard Rainbow Trout, Big Bull Trout and the famous landlocked Kokanee, to to mention Whitefish, protected Sturgeon, and some Big Mouth Bass in the south end of the lake. Kids fish in the Gill and Gift fall derby for coarse fish as well. 

Our 1st goal is to be the best tackle/souvenir shop on Kootenay Lake, hence the name Gill & Gift.

Catching the giant Gerard Rainbow Trout in Kootenay Lake can be very frustrating. Colors, technique and location are critical. Your first stop should be at the Gill and Gift. We have the latest information and tackle you need to make your Kootenay Lake fishing trip a success. See our fishing page for  information to help you out.

If you are coming in from out of town, do call in and introduce yourself... we love to meet new fishers.  Our informed staff will be sure to help you with tackle choices and help you with the latest information on what is happening on the lake today.

Looking for a charter? give us a call and we can help hook you up. 

If you prefer to  shop on line...

We do mail products out from the store if you wish to go that way. Check out our selections of billies and flies on our e-catalogue page, or call and request ... and don't forget the fishing pictures in our photo galleries. If you call the store we will try to arrange to sell you anything we have on hand.  We have not listed the vast variety of supplies we have but you are welcome to ask about them when you call.


Be sure to stop in at the Gill and Gift when you are at the ferry terminal for local and tourist information and all your fishing needs.


   A smart fisherman fills up before he hits the water.



     WE ARE CURRENTLY SELLING 2017/18 FISHING/HUNTING LICENSES and TAGS and CLASSIFIED WATERS LICENSING AS WELL.   Note>The fishing regs book is good for 2 years so check your dates; guides are currently for the years of 2015/17.....new fishing licences are issued every April 1st. Fishing guides are also online.

Hunting Licencing is changing see our note





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Ferry Info

    Balfour  Weather


Kootenay Lake Water Temp

Av.Water temp 42F





Easter Dolly

Derby 2018

Friday Apr 19-21-EASTER Sunday noon




call 250-229-2113

Main Lake only for the derby



Woodbury ThanksGiving

Rainbow Derby


Sat am until noon Monday



Main Lake Only


Nelson City

 Police Charity Derby

(Bow & Dolly)venue: Woodbury

OCT 18-20


Dinner only $30.00

available at Gill and Gift

fundraising for the Redfish

School Program


Come out and support this one for the kids sake

Tickets here call:

 250-229-2113 to purchase on credit card

2nd 2017

EVERY YEAR  is the Gill and Gift Family Pike Minnow Derby

see special events page for more information

Saturday of the Labour Day weekend


  4-450 Ferry Landing Road Balfour BC  V0G1C0

  LAT:49.625113 LONG:-116.959205                  PH: 250-229-2113  

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  Incorporated April 6 2004

Regular hours 8-6 daily, Derby days dawn to dusk, Summer 8 to 8 daily