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clownfish

Going camping for a week at Chilliwack Lake, about a week from now. Does anyone have any info to offer? Taking a 12foot aluminum with 5Hp and electric troller, spinning gear and 6wt fly rod (I'm still a novice with fly fishing) with floating line. Have some attractor, leech and minnow flys recommended by Gone Fishing in Maple Ridge, and small willow leaf, wedding rings, various flatfish, spinners and spoons, for trolling and chucking. Also have a small lake downrigger.

Thanks in advance for any info.
clownfish

So no one that posts here has ever fished Chilliwack Lake? Or are you unwilling to provide any info?
fishinforlife

type in chiliwak lake on google and click the first one and it should tell you all about the lake
bass master 99

I have heard of big dollies in that lake so if you deep troll with small spoons and rapala lures you will most likely catch one, but i have only caught rainbows off of spinners tipped with worms close to shore and in the river mouths
Louis Vuitton

Before you go you should get a TypeII intermediate fly line. They don't go for too much, and will make a huge difference on a lake like that. Get some baitfish patterns, rabbit-strip leaches and some typical trout flies ('52 Buicks, prince nymphs, half/full-backs, spratleys, etc). Cast as far out as you can, then strip off about another 30 feet of fly line and just putz around the lake.
clownfish

Thanks for the replies, unfortunately I wasn't able to check back and read it before heading out.

Got out almost every day over the week there. No luck on trolling deep on the downrigger. Caught (and released) about a dozen small cutties and kept two 12" on willow leaf/wedding ring/worm combo, didn't try the fly rod. A freind and his family joined my wife and I for a few days and he told me that he had read that Chilliwack Lake is not an easy place to catch fish, after spending a week there I'm inclined to agree. Saw some red sockeye swimming about in the waterlogged timber under the bridge at the outlet of the lake with lots of small trout nosing about, probably feeding on roe. Nice looking area, might try it again sometime if I can get someone thats more familiar with fishing there to join me.

***NOTE: the outhouses in the campground are not well maintained, they smell far worse than they should considering that this is a Provicial park and the 100's of flies that emerge from the pit when you lift the lid really make it tough to use them, maybe take a bag of quick-lime or something similar. Also, unless you have kids, and enjoy people walking thru your camp, I recommend NOT picking a site near the playground(s) on Paleface Loop.

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