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623 Responses to flyguys.net Ice Off 2014 Fishing Reports

  1. Darryl says:

    Red Lake Update: The lake has been fishing well the last week. Rainbows still seemed to be dialed into leech patterns (olive, black, and purple all seem to be working) ranging from micro leeches, pumpkin heads, and size 6 woolly buggers. Chronies are hatching and many boats seem to be picking up brookies on these patterns. The water level is very high at Red right now – higher than I have ever seen it and this seems to have had an impact on the Rainbows. They are not in the usual spots for this time of year and it can take a while to find them, but once you do, they seem to be schooled up together. Brookies, however, seem to be in their normal spots. I hope this helps anyone going to that lake. Things may change soon (i.e., the bows may start dialing in on the chronies, etc.). I will try to keep everyone posted. On Thursday the water temperature was between 57 and 58 F, so it is warming up pretty fast.

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Thanks Darryl. What you’re experiencing seems quite typical for Red for this time of year. The Brookies always seem to be in the usual spots but the bows seem to move around. The brookies usually go on the chronies first, and a lot of fun can be had with that, but the bows tend to hold out for the bombers to come off before turning their attention totally (mainly) to them. You will know when the time is right because you will stop picking them up as often with leeches, etc. I’m thinking this is not that far away … any bombers coming off?

      • Darryl says:

        Thank you!! And no, I did not see any bombers as of yet. I am heading up to Red two or three times next week so I will keep everyone posted on the patterns I am seeing and if the bows start going off the leeches. Last year they seemed to be off leeches and on chronies by the tail end of the last week in May.

  2. BCFlyguys says:

    Roche Lake Update:

    Well for anyone that was still worried about Roche you can relax. The fishing started to pick up on Monday and got steadily better by weeks end. Locating the fish is the biggest challenge but if/when you find them they are actively feeding. πŸ™‚

    • fisherrr says:

      Thanks for the update. I am headed to Roche tomorrow for 5 days. Was a little worried about the Kill. This is my first time fishing this lake and can’t wait!

  3. BCFlyguys says:

    From the facebook page … (thanks Aggie! πŸ™‚ )

    Hello so we fished Roche on Friday Morning. between 10-1pm we landed 8 bow and lost 3 more. by 2pm we had a storm rollin in and temperatures dropped quickly . Wen out again 6-8pm but was no fish moving or biting. Sat morning got out again 7:30-11:30 am wind picked up by 9am and got colder by the hour. We left Roche by 5pm. Once the weather went cold and the shallow areas cooled down fish stopped eating πŸ™ we pumped 3 fish all filled up with chronys. we used size 14,12,10 and got more fish than any other angler using size 16,18,20.Best color was black with silver rib or silveres with res rib. ill will post some pictures tomorrow. Aggie

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  4. wayne says:

    Fished red lake long and hard today, really slow. Not hardly a fish moving. Hooked mostly small brookies. Going to stick with Edith it’s been on fire all week I should have gone their!!

    • Darryl says:

      Yup, Red was slow. I hooked one fish all day. It was a nice fish though, however, very slow for Red this time of year. Some fish being caught, but by everyone’s standards today was slow.

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Fished it yesterday. Lots of small brookies but only one bow (5.5# FV). Didn’t see any bombers hatching either. Hoping something starts happening by the weekend πŸ˜•

  5. airbc says:

    Fished Tunkwa Saturday – heavy hacth that went on all day.. Birds filled the sky above the lake. all sizes coming off even some Bombers now! Pumped fish showed the same from 18-8 black perdominate color with some green and amber. Fising was good but not great and only one lage fish but way better fishing than two weeks ago!

    Who fishes this lake alot.. we fished on the shoal near the SW Island in 9 feet of water… should we have moved out into the middle for larger fish?

  6. The Force says:

    I would also appreciate any info on Tunkwa if someone is willing to share. Have a cabin booked for 2 nights this weekend for our first trip out with our two month old. I have never fished it before…and not sure how much I’ll get in but will sure try. I think JK has some articles around here somewhere that I’ll look up though any other info is more than welcome (have too many chronies from this winter that haven’t seen water yet!).

    • flyfishaholic says:

      Hey Force

      Ricer and I have started to fish Tunkwa more and more. We’re still learning the lake, but have found that there is good fishing up by the island on the north end of the lake. We usually fish between the island and the western shore (about 30 feet off the western shore). The fish seem to migrate up and down that shore alot so be ready to lift anchor if you’re not catching anything. If you read the JK article on bomber chironimids on flyguys, you’ll see a pic of a fish I caught at tunkwa last july. If you look in the background of the pic, you’ll see a red bloom of weeds. That is around the western side of the lake. We anchored just off of that weedbed and did OK. Its about 12′ deep there. I don’t know if the weedbed will be as red this time of year but you should still be able to see it.

      Hope this helps a bit

      Good luck and tight lines

    • BCFlyguys says:

      Here’s the article flyfishaholic is referring to πŸ˜‰

      Fly Fishing Bomber Chironomids

      • The Force says:

        Thanks flyfishaholic, unfortunately I didn’t see your message before I left. Beauty weekend up there, fishing was ok. Saw a couple guys dialed in but was slow for most including us though we did catch fish each time out 18″, enough to keep entertained. No hoards of chironomids coming off, though fish were stuffed with bloodworms. Hopefully the warmer weather has gotten them going!

  7. LT says:

    Did I miss the bombers at red??

  8. gunner says:

    Has any one fished roche? Was thinking of going there next week but last I herd it was in pretty bad shape from winter kill. Any reports ? Thanks

    • BCFlyguys says:

      A week ago the deep water chronie fishing was OK. On Saturday the BCFROA fly fishing derby proved that many fish were tight to the weeds … but the biggest caught there was only 46cm. I would avoid the south end and stick to deep water areas with hatches.

    • Darryl says:

      Roche today (May 27th) was sloooooow!! One fish for the whole day. Did not see many people catching anything. Lots of nice fish in the south end…but they are dead. Did see a huge fish rise – I was able to see the entire profile and she must have been 6 + lbs or so. So some of the large ones did survive, but judging by the body count of large fish I saw today I am not sure how many.

      • Steve41 says:

        Same report as above. Small fish 12″ in shallows but not many and saw LOTS of big dead fish at south end. Must have circled the lake 4 times talking to everyone and same response no fish or a small one. Talked to a guide that had a group up there (he has fished the lake for over 20 years) and has never seen it this bad. He also mentioned that a biologist was up and took oxygen readings in the lake and said the results are to be concerned about. Due to the pine beetle devastation around the lake there has been substantial run off to the lake causing high water levels and a lot of nutrients washing into the lake. This causes a bloom and when the bloom starts to decompose it eats up the oxygen in the lake. Any one else hear of this?

  9. agro says:

    any info on peter hope lately, going tomorow.

  10. deesee says:

    Does anyone know anything about Little Blue Lake near Glimpse and Blue (i.e. are there generally any large fish from year to year in this lake, has anyone fished it this year with any success, etc.). Any help would be most appreciated.

    Cheers,

    DC

  11. airbc says:

    Help on Google Earth / BC lakes add on… Company replaced my old lap top and I can’t seem to find the BC Lake version of Google anywhere to reload.. Searched this site and foud the old links but they don’t seem to work? I am lost with out it and need help please!

    Thanks Gary

    • Darryl says:

      Hi airbc. I am almost 100% certain that option no longer exists for Google Earth; however, the same format and map types are available on Fish BC under recent fish releases:
      http://www.gofishbc.com/fish-stocking-reports/recent-fish-releases.aspx

      Once on the site select your region and lake and on the following windoe click on the name of the lake and a map of that lake pops up. There is an option of “Show All Lakes” which will give you the same map as the old Google Earth option.

      Cheers,

      Darryl

      • airbc says:

        Thanks Darryl,

        I was afraid that it was nolonger!! It was so nice to have the program on the lap top in the field but oh well.. I think it’s already ingrained in my brain for the most part.. Yes I was already falling back to the gofish site.. Some times I hate up grades as I feel like I am going backwards on this one!!

        Gary!

  12. agro says:

    deep chronies at lac le jeune, 4 lb 22 inch!!

  13. deesee says:

    Anyone have any updates on the status (ice-off, turnover) of Big OK (Island) Lake? Thinking about heading up there June 6-8. A bit far to go and check for me, but will if no one knows.

    Cheers,

    DC

    • airbc says:

      Talked to another angler that had been in and confirmed winter kill at Island… zero activity was reported zero..

      • deesee says:

        Wow. Brutal. Thanks for the info just the same.

        • Darryl says:

          Wow,

          This has to be one of the worst winter kill years ever on lakes that are known for big fish. Some lakes escaped, yes, but classics like Pass and now Big OK did not. This changes my plans…again.

    • Art Vandelay says:

      Be forewarned that there have been a few reports of a massive winterkill up there this season…I wouldn’t drive that distance to arrive at a fishless lake.

  14. BCFlyguys says:

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    • Evan says:

      Kewl!
      …Off to work on some reports! ; )

    • BCFlyguys says:

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      Thanks to everyone that participated and of course to Surplus Herby’s & the Roche Lake Resort for their generosity!

  15. Evan says:

    Fished Logan Lake friday from afternoon until evening. Always one of my favorite little lakes to take the kid for the day before the milfoil takes over. Surface temp was holding at 15c, fishing was still fairly consistent on chironomids. The lake was stocked again just this past week so we were picking up alot of the catchables, our biggest fish was maybe 2.5-3#’s and somewhere around 20-22″. Pumped one fish which revealed just a few size 14 metallic chronies. Good day overall.

    Today, not so much decided to head to Horseshoe and got skunked!! πŸ™ On arrival things looked great, beautiful day, bugs were hatching in full force everywhere, fish were showing up on the finder everywhere as well. Took some samples from the water of many differn’t color chronies. Surface temp was also 15c. Couldn’t get a single bite, move around the lake trying all sorts and nothing. Fished for four hours and called her quits. Spoke with one guy at the launch who had just come from Roche and reported basically the same thing. On another note! Seen a tornado throw a guys boat right over and dump all of his gear into the lake! 😯 Never seen anything like it before. Clear day sun shining and a whirlwind about 20 feet in diameter making it’s way across the lake! Crazy!

    Anyways as I usually do, when the unlucky horsehoe doesn’t meet my expectations I head to Edith as a last resort as it’s kind of on the way back and usually treats me pretty good. Arrived around 4:30 and hooked a chubby little brookie right away on a chromie. A few more bites and soon as the chop on the lake disappeared so did the bite. Stayed a couple hours and didn’t get anything after that. Fishing wasn’t great as the lake is now covered in algae and the fish that were rising were under a blanket of green slop. Temp was quite warm holding at 17c. Thinking it might be time to start heading to higher elevation lakes. Might try Monte tomorrow for some koke’s, before they go too deep if they haven’t already but I wont be fly fishing for those. Heard there is a derby going on there as well from 5:30 until 3.

    Got so many pictures, didn’t know what to post, so I just threw a couple ones on at random
    Cheers, Tightlines!
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