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623 Responses to flyguys.net Ice Off 2014 Fishing Reports

  1. admin says:

    Thanks again to everyone that participated in last years Fishing Reports thread! Let’s keep it going here for 2014!

    Went for a mid day hike/fish with Adam to T Campbell yesterday. Beautiful sunny & mild blue sky day. Forgot the auger but luckily had a hatchet in the pack … seniority dictated who would do the work! πŸ˜‰


    It was hard work but we persevered …….


    Here’s one of Adam’s (my what big fingers he has! πŸ˜‰ ) …….


    Managed a few more over a couple of hours. If the weather keeps up might try to get the kids out this weekend.

    Happy 2014 everyone! πŸ˜€

  2. ollie says:

    Edith Lk slow with the big ones Lots of Little ones,and yes jigged to the top and scooped out by hand , maybe the big ones I’ve done it to in the past At least im still seeing them.

  3. John Lloyd says:

    Can someone please explain the reasoning behind dumping kokanee into Paul Lake.

    • Adam says:

      Well Paul Lake has Red-Sided Shiners in it and I guess this is to test and see if the Kokanee can outcompete them (since their food sources will overlap) and benefit the Rainbow population as well. I think Kokanee will do really well in the lake and the fishery will benefit greatly!!

      • John Lloyd says:

        Thanks for the reply, Adam. I was happily surprised to catch a few ‘bows through the ice last winter and found them full of those pesky shiners. Anything to help dwindle the shiner population would be greatly appreciated…not to mention having another kokanee lake nearby to fish.

    • ollie says:

      Well lets say the Gerareds were good but seams since they feed on one level of the lake the kokanees would be better at all levels of the lake. Kokanee is ocean bearing so if they find the creek to get out maybe a new run would be a welcome. All I can say is Good Choice And I hope it works in two ways. A start of fisheries, and a end to a pesky nuisance . I I watched the unload and talked to them. So I told everyone I ran into with some fishing experience And Im glad its out , if I remember the amounts Im sure its around 75.000 and that was the first and the second was not confirmed but im sure it would have been another 75.000 . And yes like the rainbows can be taken with the fly rod and/or spinning rod. Ollie/Douglas Tjader

  4. Joe says:

    I have done some reading on the aeration system they installed at Red Lake, but I’ve never completely understood if it is an “automatic” system that activates itself based on oxygen levels in the lake, or if it is a manual system. I was told that it has oxygen sensors that activate the system once the oxygen reaches a certain “low level”, and I’ve also heard the fish & game club does manual readings of the oxygen levels, and they start the system up as required. Does anyone have more information on this? I’ve been curious because I watched for a sign it was running later in the winter season last year, but other than the hum of the power shack on shore it seems to be silent at all times. Thx.

  5. Avatar photo BCFlyguys says:

    Monte this morning …….


    … if you look closely you can see the fishermen πŸ™‚

  6. Jet says:

    I was at Monte yesterday a good solid 5 inches of ice where I was fishing below the truck stop. I fished for 5 hours and only had one good bite, had him about half way up before he got away.
    The water was very dirty, I have never seen that before at Monte. The fish were there, I had my fishfinder but were not biting.

  7. Clyde Hartzog says:

    What I’ve heard is that Kokanee are defiantly not ocean bearing. A Kokanee is a land locked sockeye. Just my 2 cents

  8. Derek says:

    Sorry about not reporting about Monte Lake earlier as promised; I have been having computer issues. On January 2nd when we came back from Vernon to Kamloops, the south end (Vernon end) must have been fairly good ice as there was at least one fisherperson out in the middle, and several others at varying distances from shore. However, the north end (Kamloops end) appeared to either still have a patch of open water, or at least a very large pool of water on the ice, and no fisherpersons on this end of the lake at all. This was relatively late in the day when we were coming back to Kamloops though (about 15:00).
    Once again, sorry about the non reporting at the end of last year, and Happy New Year to all.

  9. Fishinchicken says:

    Fished tunkwa, leighton and mamit this past weekend. The wind was blowing Saturday on tunkwa so we packed up and moved to leighton. Managed to get a couple fish and seen a few more caught by other groups out on the lake. Shrimp was the bait of choice that day. Sunday we headed to mamit. We did not enter the derby but managed to get a couple there aswell. We hooked up there on maggots and shimp.

  10. Jet says:

    Going to Campbell Lake tomorrow. Never been there. Is the best way to get there going all the way along Scuitto Lake Rd. Also any tips on where to fish would be greatly appreciated.

    Was at Monte on Monday. Water still dirty. It rained the entire time I was there. Came home soaked and fishless.

  11. Matt says:

    Anyone know how thick the ice is on red lake? I live in Kelowna and dont wanna make the drive if it isn’t fishable. Thanks in advance.


  12. Jet says:

    Went to Pinatan today instead of Campbell, wow I have never caught so many fish. I think probably about 50 or more. Finally ran out of bait so had to head home. Tons of fun.

  13. Steelie says:

    Just an FYI to everyone. The Kamloops Fish and Game Club is hosting its annual ice fishing day at Walloper Lake this Sunday January 19th 10-2. Free food, rods and bait for the first timers and kids. The fish aren’t huge but plenty of them and lots of help from the members. Great way to spend a Sunday with the family. All you need to bring is warm clothes, sunglasses and a lawn chair.

  14. Brent says:

    Hi fisherman. I’m currently conducting a study at TRU on Kokanee salmon an some of the interesting effects the triploiding process has on them. It has been observed that many of these fish live more than 4 years and have been caught during the winter and well into the spring still in there spawning phase. (They should have died after 4 years in the fall). These fish will appear red instead of the usual silver. If any of you have caught fish that sound like this and have pictures of them they would be very helpful. They can be sent to my email at westwold_brent@hotmail.com Thanks fellow anglers and tight lines!

  15. Evan says:

    Went out to Kamloops Lake last night for burbot, didn’t manage any ling’s like we had hoped but we managed to get into some bulls and a bunch of squawfish, still had a good time. Bells were ringing pretty steady all night which made for some excitement!


    • Avatar photo BCFlyguys says:

      Sounds like you had some fun! We went Thursday night and between 5 guys only landed 3 small burbs. We didn’t hit any bulls NPMs. Wonder if it’s a depth thing … any idea how deep you were fishing?

      • Evan says:

        …my best guess would be very vague as far as feet or meters go, We tried various depths and locations and what I do know is the bulls were in shallower water and the pikeminnows seemed to be anywhere we threw a line in, but even moreso in the deeper spots. Maybe or maybe not but I imagine it’s quite possible we probably did have a burbot biting at some point, but just failed to hook one? …there’s always next time! : )

    • Arek says:

      Were you guys by the first tunel? What bait? I was there week a go, got lots of bites but we only got one squa…

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