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276 Responses to flyguys.net Ice Off 2018 Fishing Reports

  1. Armadillo says:

    caught a few small ones at Mabel Lake yesterday

  2. Darryl says:

    So, average temp in March for Kamloops came in at 3.8 degrees, giving the average Feb plus Mar temperature at – 0.95 degrees. So using the formula I posted earlier, gives us an ice off for 6 mile at around April 10 or 11. From the pics posted the other day and the forecast for strong winds maybe a bit earlier…hopefully.

  3. troutboi says:

    No posts for three days now. Hmmm….. Morgan and Stump have to be close.

    • troutboi says:

      Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    • Art Vandelay says:

      Stump isn’t all that close from what I have been told. The weather has generally been warm, calm and sunny during the day and cool at night which isn’t the greatest combination for melting the ice. Looks like some warmer/wetter weather coming over the weekend which should move some ice on Stump.

      • deesee says:

        Hilarious! Fancy that – Stump is totally calm when we need the wind to melt the ice, but you better believe that once the ice is off it will be back to near South Carolina style hurricane gusts.

    • troutboi says:

      Thanks for the update lads.

  4. BCFlyguys says:

    Just in time for the weekend me thinks! πŸ˜€

  5. BCFlyguys says:

    I think it’s safe to record official 2018 full ice off for Six Mile as April 7. Thanks for the pic Glen! You were very close Daryl. πŸ˜€

    • Darryl says:

      I don’t mind being wrong if it is a little early. Four days off (it predicted April 10 or 11). That model is plus or minus 8 days, so technically it did do it’s job, but plus or minus 8 days is a really large window. Hopefully with more data that window will shrink and we can get better predictions in the future.

    • Art Vandelay says:

      I record my ice-offs as the first time there is fishable water, not full ice-off. I totally get the purpose of tracking the full ice-off as it an absolute and not subjective. In reality, the only thing that matters to me is if there is enough open water along the shoreline to throw some casts.

  6. paul says:

    Just got back from tsotin lake it’s dead as can be.. Id post pics but I can’t figure out how to

  7. Chris Depper says:

    Woods was off as of the 24th pretty sure skaha and vaseaux never iced over. Anyone know how gardom is doing?

  8. fog says:

    Hi Art! What’s your prediction for ice off for bleeker? Thank you kindly sir

    • Art Vandelay says:

      I’m glad you think highly of my predictions. They are based on nothing more than past experience, weather forecasts and the severity of the past winter. We have been having some very “melty” weather these last few days. Still, I can’t see Bleeker opening within the next 2 weeks. My guess is April 27th. Of course that date could change if we get a cold snap or some really warm weather.

  9. Chris Depper says:

    Talked to Roche resort today, they figure minimum 2 weeks.

  10. Chris Depper says:

    Odd how Morgan at 600m is iced off before lakes lower like white and gardom. Stupid weather patterns…?

    • Art Vandelay says:

      Morgan ices off almost every year (I can think of a couple of exceptions) before White/Gardom. The reason is pretty simple. Morgan is a grassland lake that is way more exposed to sun/wind than White/Gardom. Also, the Shuswap area tends to receive twice as much snow as the Kamloops area and is slower to warm up in the spring.

  11. cam says:

    Has anyone there been out to see how stump lake is coming along?

  12. minnie-me says:

    Drove up Roche Lake way today, couldn’t get into Horseshoe, way to muddy under the snow, Rose had a decent opening around the aerator, a few dark grey patches, also mushy slush around the edges. Tulip, same thing as Rose, just not quiet the amount of Grey areas on the lake itself. Roche looked locked up pretty good. Didn’t even consider looking at Bleeker after seeing how muddy the road to Horseshoe was.

  13. Chris Depper says:

    Add sawmill (burnell) not sure which day but is is being fished and fully iced off.

  14. BCFlyguys says:

    Monte today ……. πŸ™‚

  15. NymphOManiac says:

    We are planning a trip to Red Lake soon. It will likely happen within a week after ice-off and our concern is turnover.
    Anybody here with info about turnover there?
    Like if it has a huge (full lake) effect on Red being the size it is; Have you experienced it, and how long it might last.

    • paul says:

      Red usually turns a few weeks after ice off.. But wind and temperature can shorten or lengthen that time. Turnover can last 10 days or so .

    • BCFlyguys says:

      My experience is that it mostly effects the whole lake but have still been able to pull off some decent days on brookies tight to shore.

    • Art Vandelay says:

      Fishing is poor to mediocre at Red during turnover. The water can get quite ugly! As Rob said, focus on brookies in shallow water when this happens. Oh, and use bright colours, beads, etc.

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