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235 Responses to flyguys.net Ice Off 2018 Fishing Reports

  1. herefishyfishy says:

    Does anyone know how Murray lake (near coldwater) is doing this year. is the road clear? ice off? fishing good?

  2. Chaluga says:

    Hey folks,
    Looking for some feedback from people. Over the last 5 years I have really struggled in May for really good fishing days. I generally troll with all kinds of gear. I don’t use a fly rod doing traditional fly-fishing . I fish all over , the cariboo chilcotin, Merritt, Kamloops, Princeton areas. Probably fished 40 days in May last 5 years and only maybe 5 days with lots of action. Lots of action for me is catching around 3 to 5 fish an hour.

    In june, July, August (high elevation), Sept, and Oct I generally do really well. I’ve tried dozens of different spots in May just after ice is off to just after turnover( I know fishing is slow during turnover)

    When I’m out I don’t see a lot of other people doing great as well in May. This is a limited sample because I don’t hit Edith,Roche or other lakes in May that are really busy.

    Places I have has success in May are Fawn, Greenlee, and Raven. I troll a variety of flies, lures, and bait depending upon the lake.

    What I am asking you is do you do well in May compared to the other open water months ?
    Maybe May demands a real specific hatch matching that I don’t do ?

    I live in lower mainland and there are places here to go where I am successful in May but catch size is under 2lbs usually.

    I’m not looking to change my whole approach since the other 5 months I do really well. But I need some tips for May. Might need to get a chironomid setup for my spinning rod and work on that during May.

    Even when fishing is slow I still have a good time with my son. Always learn something and will continue to try to improve.

    • deesee says:

      I think you are probably right with what you said about using chironomids. In a typical May, the water temp rises, and the sun is shining, and fish seem to really key in on various chironomid hatches. Kind of tough if you are trolling though. One thing that might make it easier is to set up your spin rod with a bobber with a chironomid suspended beneath (similar to a strike indicator set up). When I go fishing with my young daughter, she just fires out her spin rod (as she is too young to fly cast), and lets the chironomid dangle (just reeling in any slack in her line). Works pretty well. Mind you, we are anchored while doing this. Being a chironomid nut, I usually find May to be my most productive month (assuming that I can get out enough). Also, I find may to be a good time to troll darner dragonfly nymphs. Not sure if the flies that you periodically troll include these, but I recommend trying some if trolling is your game. Hope this helps (even though it is tough to feel sorry for someone who averages 8 fishing days in May). What I wouldn’t give…. πŸ˜‰

    • Chaluga says:

      Those are great feedback. I usually troll leeches, spratly, pumpkinseed. I will try the fly you suggested and will try Chiron a bit as well.

      Yes I’m lucky with my fishing . Get out 35 to 40 days a year.

    • Art Vandelay says:

      Deesee is bang on. At many lakes during the month of May, in particular, the trout get really focused on chironomid hatches to the point that they will ignore all else. This can also happen during mayfly, damsel and dragon emergences but they seem to get extremely fussy during the chironomid hatches.

    • Chaluga says:

      So I troll around and do one lap of the lake and see a few spots where the fish are rising. I’ve seen the how to’s on chironomid fishing. I have a fish finder showing me the depth the fish are at.
      Two questions
      1) how long do you spend at a spot before moving to next (my guess would be 10 minutes or so)
      2) which chironomid flies to use when i haven’t caught anything to pump and I’m a newbie to the insect cycle. Is there a couple go to ? See mention of chromie a lot.

      Thanks for your input. Going up to chilcotin next weekend and I usually do well early.june . Hope to catch a 7 to 10lb trout at a couple of my favorite spots.

      • deesee says:

        Some of the “Go to” chironomids that I use (pre-pump) are some of the more common patterns:

        1.) Chromie (silver body, with either red, black or brown rib, black nickel bead or white bead)
        2.) Black body, red rib, white bead
        3.) Thanks to FlyGuys – Zucchini (black holographic tinsel body – red wire rib, white bead)
        4.) Olive with red butt, and copper rib (white or black nickel bead)
        5.) Maroon with silver rib (white or black nickel bead)

        If there are shucks on the water, I may use those to determine the size I start with. If not, I go size 14 to start – maybe size 12 later into June.

        Once I catch a fish that is big enough to pump, I usually say, “Wow, I was way off! What ever made it decide to eat this thing?” – then I put the right one on.

        As far as how long I wait at a spot goes, I only just bought a sounder, so I often lingered longer than most would, and adjusted depth a bit. If I could see a bunch of fish in a small area at a particular depth (using a sounder), I would be hard pressed to leave them and go somewhere else. I would probably adjust my flies (size, colour, insect type, etc). I know for a fact there are far better, and more experienced chironomid fishermen out there, but I have learned enough to keep me going back. Then again, perhaps that isn’t the reason at all, I may just hate gardening that much…

        Good Luck!

  3. Chaluga says:

    Well my trip to the chilcotin area was successful. Hit Palmer lake first and only spent about 3 hours here. Missed a 3 to 4lb trout and had a couple other hits. Road in is really narly. 5km takes 30 minutes. Was a tonne of campers. Kind of lake you need to spend a few days to dial in
    Went to Raven in the afternoon. Always do well there. Son and me caught a dozen 1 to 3lb trout in 2 hours. Nice place to camp.
    Today in tatla lake and hit my favorite lake thats near here. Caught a 4,3.5 and 3lb. Buddy’s son caught 3lb. My friend had around 6lb break off hook 3 feet from the net. He forgot to put tip down and had rod straight over top of fish. I learned that lesson the hard way too.

    We were trolling with spinners but fly guys were using wide range. Chironomids were near end, some using leeches, and half backs.

    Although it’s a long drive chilcotin is worth it. If your looking for beautiful country, adventure (grizzly bear crossed road in front of us this evening) and big trout it’s here.

  4. Chaluga says:

    I have had a hard time finding a spot near Merritt/Kamloops that you can consistently catch 4 to 5lb trout. Have several to catch around 2lb. I know there out there I just have to find em. Have one I will try next week near Logan lake that I will try.
    Also don’t like trolling with a dozen boats around me so that makes it a bigger challenge.

    • BCFlyguys BCFlyguys says:

      Consistent true 4-5 lbers is a big ask man! Lots of Kamloops area lakes have them but they also typically have many more of the younger age classes that you have to cycle through. If you find Shangri-La though PM me πŸ˜‰

      • deesee says:

        HAHAHAHA!! I love the use of the word “true” above. I totally get what you mean. Chaluga – I know a few guys that could take you out, and catch 4-5 pound fish all day…..Only thing is, they are actually two and three pound fish max. These are the guys who love McDonalds because they order a quarter pounder with cheese, and get their sandwich, and are like: “Sweet, another 3/4 pounder…Must be my lucky day again!”

    • deesee says:

      As of May 19, 2018, Logan Lake contains 100 fish that are roughly 57.5 pounds. Well sort of. That would be their equivalent value in British Pounds. Since the lake winter killed this year, it was stocked with 3000 catchables. Of these, 100 were tagged. Anyone catching a tagged fish can take the tag to the Logan Lake Municipal Office, and receive $100. (You would have to convert this to pound sterling yourself πŸ˜‰ I had already booked camping at the campground before I knew the lake had killed, but you better believe that if my daughter catches one with a tag, we will be calling it a 57.5 pounder. She has long arms for her age, so we could make a believable picture. Here is the link that was on Radio NL:

    • deesee says:

      I have heard that Big OK is returning to its former glory. Since it was stocked with catchables the year after its bigger kill, those may all be pretty good size. Can’t keep them though. Anyone been up there this year? It has been a few years for me. Mostly wondering if the last bit of the road down to the lake is as rough as usual. Also wonder if the rest of the journey would be possible with an SUV? I could walk the tube down the last rough bit if needed. Just a long way to go to find I can’t get in.

  5. Chaluga says:

    I’m assuming that when people.talk of secret lakes that getting big trout is consistent. My secret lake I’ve been too 8 days and every day I have fished it we have either landed a 4lb plus or had one to the boat and seen it, or had the rod almost ripped out of my hands. A 2 to 3 lb trout doesn’t take out line screaming from my reel with my drag set where it is.
    Bcflyguys pm me and I’ll let u know where it is.

    I’m not expecting to find lots of lakes this good. I would like to find a handful more. Best lake in Kamloops area I’ve found for this is Bleeker. Been there 3 times.and Everytime I’m there another boat landed a 5lb. I lost one 3 to 4.

    Best in cariboo was Simon. These are all know lakes for bigger trout so I’m not letting the cat out of the bag.

    I know bigger lakes like.sheridan and bridge have big ones but my boat setup isn’t good for big lakes.

    • BCFlyguys BCFlyguys says:

      Ya sorry I didn’t meant to say there wasn’t many around with a the ability to land solid 4-5s in a day, just that landing 4-5s at a minimum (that’s what I was reading into the word “consistently”) is a pretty high bar. Even at Bleeker, Simon, Sheridan, etc, all with there ability to pump out biguns, you will be hooking into 1s, 2s, and 3s while waiting/hoping for a lunker to grab on. Looking forward to hear what you find up north! Oh, and I may just be emailing you re that local lake you mentioned πŸ˜‰

  6. Chaluga says:

    I’m taking road trip to a new level next month. Visiting my brother in Whitehorse and fishing on way up and back. Plan on hitting Charlie, Muncho, dezadeash, Braeburn, and Fox. Going after lake trout, Pike, rainbow.
    If anyone has fished these lakes let me know. I’ll give a report when I get back.

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