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cagey

from your fishing reports it looks like you have been around ! you might try around aberdeen lk/specht lks area. with the hot weather trout fishing can be slow unless you hit a good hatch in the evenings. also salmon are open on the shuswap river. a canoe would get you to some decent spots near enderby. good luck
Cutbow killer

Try Island lake chain in Winfield...It is a chain of four different lakes. I have found that Dee lake is the best...I have never been skunked there. You can also try Beaver lake which is just before Island lake chain. Good Luck!
cagey

with the weather so hot i would think the fish would bite at dark. dry fly fishing will be the likley choice. if not dry flies try leeches after dark. until the cooler weather ok lk fighting the skiers is propably productive as anywhere!!!
Gecko

If you stop in at Kencraft out in Lavington they can point you to a few great lakes. http://www.kenkraft.ca/ All of the lakes south of Lavington are still producing. With the high elevation they are cooling off nicely at night. You may have to work to get a lunker but if you fish the shore lines you can get some good action.
Gecko

Well if you are sticking with trolling I would go with a wedding band and a worm just below the surface. I'd fish from 5pm onward. Lots of choices of lakes above Lavington. You won't hit any large ones but you will have lots of action. Night time temps are getting below 10 at that elavation. Just watch the thuderstorm warnings thou.
Cutbow killer

Try a silver with red eye hot shot...that works best up there...also try trolling a red or black wooly bugger fly.
cagey

since you aren't fly casting, just trill flies such as leeches, dragonfly nymphs etc.
for salmon fishing, the best method is using roe, either under a float (10-12 feet) or bottom bouncing. there are some good spots near mable lk at the enderby end.
about a mile before mable lk is kingfisher ball park. there are 2 big holes there (slide hole and corner pool). just before the lk is "the check" which is a huge hole but can be intimidating for the new fisherman! the fishing is best from 5 am to about 8 am then again just at dark. good luck.
cagey

you are right re: shuswap river. you can only keep salmon , and then only if you have a tag. i think you will be surprised how good shape most of the salmon are still.
brickwindows

Echo lake is a tough lake, i've fished there numerous times with no luck, its almost to the point where i wont even go there anymore. I know its pretty deep on the east end, maybe deeper is key?? If ya figure something out that works, i would be interested to hear..GL!
cagey

lots of springs in the shuswap river right now. only a few days left in the season. i got out for a couple of hours and got a big fish, over 20 lbs. sorry, forgot my camera!
there were 4 caught and 4 lost on friday am at the hole i was fishing.
cagey

i told you earlier. i fish the kingfisher ballpark . i prefer the slide hole . the ballpark is about a mile before
mable lk. there is a parking lot just off mable lk rd .
echo has lots of kokanee . try trolling a red fly, such as a blood worm or san juan worm. put a bit of weight on to get down deeper. there are also girard trout which get big. you need to get a lure down real deep.
the kokanee you caught in shuswap river was not a kok.
kokanee are a lake fish, landlocked salmon. you either caught a baby salmon or a "pike minnow" (squaw fish).
i am "out for the season" as i am having some surgery tuesday otherwise would be glad to show you how and where to catch springs. you might want to drive to savonna and try for sockeye . they are open until the 20th. turn left just before crossing the bridge. you will see all the fishermen just a bit downstream.
for trout, just keep trying. with the coller weather it should pick up. try aberdeen lk or any other lakes up there such as flyfish lks or spech lk or doreen lk .
brickwindows

isnt the chinook season closed already cagey?
cagey

noon on the 12th they close. open on the south thompson near chase until the 20th. check the regs! they are also open in select places below savonna, as well as soks, until the 20th.
cagey

yes they are only truly understood if you have a philadelphia law degree but for salmon you have to also refer to the salmon regs. best use the updated regs on the fishery website.
katfish

I trolled for rainbows around Kamloops for years. This is what worked for me:

Ford Fender or Willow leaf, followed with a wedding band and worm. If these don't work, try a flat fish as a last ditch effort. Experiment with the various different colors. Add weight if its hot and your getting nothing. Rainbows are finicky eaters...but really fun and satisfying when hooked.

You can troll a fly too, but I never had much success with it. I only did it as a third line if enough anglers were in the boat of course.
Good luck.
cagey

about time!1 try a pink maggot with the same setup instead of worm.
cagey

your report has the wrong lake. wood lk near westwold is near falkland/westwold. you ere at woods lk at oyama. there are no koks in the westwold lk, but some real nice trout.
Dave&Dave

Have you ever tried a Lyman?
I flatline troll (no down-rigger) the surrounding Lakes (Dee chain, Oyama, McCulluch, Idabel and Okanagan Lake) and find much success with Lyman's. Small #1-#2 for the smaller lakes and building up to a #4 on OK Lake. They are from Kelowna and I like to give locally if I can. Leave lots of line between the weight and plug.
My other staples in the old box are your average setup of willow leaf - wedding band - nightcrawler, some small flatfish and the occasional black woolly worm wet fly (pulled a 4 pound Brookie out of Fish Lake last weekend).
Dave&Dave

Really depends on the Lake as always, on the big Lakes like Kal and Okanagan I go with #3 in shallower water or along creek mouths and a #4 if creeping along a deeper shelf.
I snap my main line directly to the plug using a smaller brass snap swivel and use Gibbs slip weights to get down there. Anything from a 2ounce to a 5ounce depending on how warm its been... With size #4's I slip the weight on around 20' from the Lyman to get the best action as they really swing and dive. Colors? same rules as other lures - darker for overcast days and brighter when the suns out. My personal faves for big rainbows are numbers 25,69,76,80,98 and 102 for overcast days and numbers 46,62,78,84,96,30 and 125 for clear days. Each number is a lyman color you can find on their website - just google lyman lures.
Best of luck!
Dave&Dave

P.S I let out a lot of line (minimum 150 feet) and figure the 3 ounce weight gets me around 30' down. I troll slow around 1.8 - 2.3 miles an hour.
Bit faster (2.6ish) for the bigger Lymans as they dance better...
Lymans are getting v popular and are used by the best fishing guides on the Okanagan. Troutwaters fly shop in Kelowna are going to be the place to go as they are tripling their Lyman stock soon but at the moment I buy them from Canadian Tire as they have a decent choice and are a couple $'s cheaper...
Dave&Dave

Size 2 and 3 pink and white Lyman are true Kokanee slayers on Wood Lake by the way.....
Dave&Dave

For sure they seem heavy, I use a medium action 8' rod.
Bear in mind I only go with more than 2 ounces when I am on a big lake. Its all about where the fish are at - on Beaver I use a willow and wedding band and no weight, when I pull flies I only use 1 pea sized wieght and so on...
The reason I go heavy with the Lymans is due to the fact the water is v warm so there is little top water action yet. After the first cold Autumn rains I will halve my weight use. Lyman's are also made of ultra-light Canadian Cedar and float.... I guess it sometimes feels like I am dragging a shark but I have caught some big Bows with the simple getup of a #4 Lyman and one 3 ounce weight 25' up the line.
Best of luck!
Dave&Dave

Sorry - I use 8-10 pound Fluorocarbon or Mono line.
Dave&Dave

Great stuff!
The pink and white is one of my fave's and funnily enough rainbows go after it every time I use it as well,I have caught some lovely fish on OK lake with a size #3. Recently I have had good luck with a 4" Kwikfish, black and glitter.
Funny you mentioned you caught one when you were pulling in your gear, I did the same on OK lake last weekend, I had actually just taken off a 2ounce slipweight when a big rainbow struck only 20' behind the boat, on the surface! The fish must be sick of hanging around the bottom with all the warm weather and are starting to fatten up for winter. Okanagan lake is hot at the moment, buddy of mine caught a 13 pound bow off Summerland last week! If you want to know some hot spots around the area then email me direct at dtyler@hotmail.com I would be happy to point you in the right direction, just not on the internet...
Cheers
Dave&Dave

Sry for the delay, work + family etc...
Couldn't agree with you more re the canoeing on the big lake,I was out yesterday and the wind forced us in after an hour. Didn't stop me catching a small bow right in front of Bear creek,topwater again.
If you can carry your canoe 100 feet then you should really go up to Loon lake, past Dee on the right. Small lake but man does it fish well!! Not sure about the regs by the way, wrong guy to ask.
b_man360

dont talk about loon on the internet! it gets to busy as it is.
and if you go there, try and keep your limit at 1 fish. not to many fisherys like that left around here.
ChakaRaka


Well I was going to start a new thread but then I figured I would just drag this one back out and dust it off. We went fishing for the first time today since late fall. Did not make it out on the ice this year (maybe next). We did however just receive a small outboard motor for our canoe as a gift. Tried it out for the first time today and it is awesome, really extends the range.

We hit Wood Lake today and the g/f landed a smaller rainbow. Very nice fish although we usually catch Kokes there. Others around us were skunked so I was okay just getting anything the same day we renewed our licenses. She caught it on a 1-1/2" Lyman #46 (if I remember correctly), the white with hot pink one and a 1oz slip weight.

We were curious if anyone else is out in this area and having any luck this year. We did not move to this area until about June of last year and did not really get fishing until August, so we missed spring entirely. So because of that I am more used to when the water heats up. Any suggestions on lure selection or depth would be appreciated because we are just taking a stab in the dark, this being our first spring in the NORD.
pajeff

Good to revive rather than new. Let me know when the lake is ready and I'll give it a go. I am not too far away.
ChakaRaka

Well we went back out today and mixed it up a bit. Things were going good and then my motor died. It did not want to restart, so I removed the plug and cleaned it. It was fouled and it started again after that. A little while later I shut down the motor for a bit to drift. That was fine until we went to restart, it would not fire again. I tried everything I could with my limited tools on board and after 2+ hours of pulling until my arm wanted to die, and still no fire. We paddled and drifted back and still no bites. The only saving grace was that the wind cooperated to push us back in and nobody else was catching either...
ChakaRaka

Well the good thing about running a shop is that I got my motor all fixed and sorted out.

The bad thing is that I don't get nearly enough time to go fishing...
ChakaRaka

Well we went and tried out Kal Lake on Friday morning. We were the only boat I saw on the lake until we were coming back to the dock. No bites, but it was a nice day and we got some exploring and sightseeing in. The motor cooperated and I think I solved that issue. Although I never trust anything mechanical totally until we have more of a history together. Anyone else having any luck in this area? Saw a reasonable amount of boats on Swan Lake and Monte Lake yesterday too. I have not yet tried either of those lakes. It is too bad that all the ones that are easy to access by car seem to be right next to a roaring highway.
rasta-angler

anyone fished postill lake in kelowna...how was it
cagey

postil is much like all the other lakes in the area. they all have good trout fishing which often slows down in the summer (except for the better fly fishermen). assuming you have a boat you can troll flies or small lures like flatfish. if you fly cast, late evening can be fun with dry flies. hope this helps. as mr jeff said on another thread you posted, start a new post and you will get more responses.
ChakaRaka

Well I went to Swamp...err I mean Swan Lake today for the first time. I took my brother and my 3 year old niece. He and I got skunked but her first time out in a boat she catches the only fish. It was a small Rainbow Trout pretty much pan-fish sized, but we had to keep it both because it was her first fish and because the lil guy managed to hook himself so well on a lure that was surprisingly large in relation to the size of the fish. So we had a little pan-fried appy for our Easter Ham dinner and she was thrilled. I tried a few different set-ups and lures today, but she took that one on a #46, size 1 Lymann. She was sick of watching the rod in the holder and insisted I let her "catch a fish" so I told her to hold the rod and not drop it. So she proceeds to bang it around, swing it here and there and generally look like a spastic conductor or jig fisherman having a seizure. What do you know, 5 minutes later the rod was almost peeled from her hand. So her dad "assisted" and she had slimy fish hands just minutes after that. Good times even while being skunked.
cagey

why don't you quit spending $ on all the lures and troll a fly around. the kid would have caught something to remember if you put a good leech 100 ft back on straight mono, no weight or a very small one. you'd catch some fish and save enough money to buy a fly rod . then you'd have even more fun.
ChakaRaka

Actually I have not bought any lures this year, just licenses, fuel and a few weights. This is stuff I acquired last year and have had some decent results with. I almost did the fly thing today, but I only have a small handful to choose from, that were given to me. And I saw a lot of insects but no fish surfacing to eat them. I will definitely check it out soon, but I don't think any of my limited flies are leeches. I also was kinda being lazy and enjoying the sun, warmth and pure fun of watching a little kid discover this sport for the first time. Honestly, for a 3 year old, this was something to remember and she is still bragging about it...

For future curiosity though, do you just surface drag that or put a few split-shots ahead of the fly?
ChakaRaka

cagey, Bentley I appreciate the suggestions and offer. I know I will eventually go that way, I have just been trying not to open that flood-gate just yet. I just have too much tied up in starting a new business right now to have the resources to get into this at the moment. I have good eyes and I keep them peeled when I am fishing, so I see who is doing what and who is catching what. I know fly fishing is the ultimate, but I have some years left in me yet and I am saving that one for now. I just can't see buying 2 full (replace everything) set-ups yet seeing as the g/f fishes with me almost every time. It is really not so much the money as it is the time I can spare at the moment. When I can throw more time at it...then tings will change.
cagey

look you fool. old bentley offered you a box of flies. take him up on it, or run into me some time and i will give you some that will work. if you cannot afford fly rods now just drag the fly behind your regular rod. you do not need any weight but one or two slipshots could help. try none then add one weight after a while. if you let out 100 ft of line to get away from the boat those fish will bite. remeber, those lures cost $6 or $7 each, or more. surplus herbies has a great stock of flies for $1 or so each. much cheaper and much more fun!
yes, it is fun to have a little kid along. i recall my boys first fish, about the same age. he was so convinced it was going to pull him in. it was a 10 inch keefer lk fish. he still talks about it as though it was a 2 lb fish or more. he is 26 now! enjoy the kid while you can she won't want to be going before long. if she gets out enough you might make a fisherwoman out of her!!!
ChakaRaka

cagey, I would agree with you if Bentley had not said that that deal was dependent on me switching to fly gear. I am okay taking any freebies, especially fishing gear. Sounds like you are getting a little cranky there, you got cabin fever? Have you been out and about this year? If so where?

Oh and I dragged a fly that looked pretty close to some of the things I have seen around lately, for about 2 hours on Wood Lake yesterday and not even a nibble...yet they were jumping.
pajeff

Now that is real fishing. Change to fly and discover the art of fishing. Read the lake, feel the temperature, observe the insect life, know the seasons. Tie your flies accordingly, cast out your line and see a fish snatch if from the surface.

No more jiggling a worm and hoping for the best, that is kid's stuff.

Have a nice day.
ChakaRaka

I don't jiggle a worm. I agree about most of what you say about fly fishing. Except one thing, most of my fishing experience is trolling in the ocean for Salmon. Don't see a lot of fly fisherman reeling in 50 lb Springs in Port Alberni. More recently it was fishing rivers and lakes in northern Alberta. Yes we did see fly fisherman on the big water there, but they were more akin to an old lady doing Tae-Chi than a fisherman. What I mean by that was a lot of rhythmic flailing but nothing resulting in the bigger fish we were hauling out.

There are subtleties to many types of angling, that is why they all exist. I do what I have time for now and I do not have an ideal vehicle to carry gear, so jamming my $30 rod behind the seat of my small car is what fits my budget and free time right now. Down the road, if I have the time for arts and crafts, then I will get into fly fishing. I have lived in this area for less than a year, do not have any fishing buddies here yet and just do not have time to relearn everything with the limited time I already have to play. Until I live here long enough to know where to take that level of gear (and have the time to practice it) I am good dragging or casting while enjoying the sun and fresh air.

How many guys do you know in their early 30's that have time/interest for something that is more of a religion than method of fishing? That being said, I am in no way knocking it, just saying that I am saving that for later...
cagey

get the flies. first step to conversion! bentley will know what i mean.
me cranky? not a chance. i'm going out scouting......to see if the ice is off skmana lk yet......this afternoon. if so i will be floating there tommorrow. 2nd time out this year on a lake.
i will forget the world for a few hours. how can you be cranky with those thoughts in mind. and if there is still ice on little skmana, i'll just fish the lake down the road. newly stocked with catchables. they are fun to catch. better than working.
wood lake is not a great lake to fly fish until it warms up except a red fly for kokanee. once the weather picks up you can also catch some nice trout . i used to drag an idaho nymph type fly around with good success. i would target the koks if fishing there. i use a bright red fly, usually a blood worm.
what business do you have. next time i am in vernon i could drop by for a quick visit and drop off a few flies. bentley has been tieing a lot longer than me, but mine work well, especially my kok flies. find a way to steal a couple of fly rods. as bentley said, they don't have to be anything fancy. the cheap ones will work fine for dragging a fly around. more expensive rods help a bit with learning to cast but one step at a time. 10 inch trout feel like 2 pounders on a fly rod in comparison to most spin rods, even light ones. and once you start to figure out why they are biting a certain fly you will really be hooked. there are so many lakes in the vernon area that are great fly lakes. you have to find a way to enjoy them!
we will get bentley up for a weekend fishing so you can take him up on his offer! right bentley ? it would be nice to have a derby in a lake with 3 or 4 pound trout to show all the mainland guys what gods country can provide ! maybe the 1st weekend in june ...........enough yaking. got to go on my scouting trip!
ChakaRaka

Okay fair enough, you just sounded more riled up than normal.

I believe all you have to say about fly fishing. I have lived away from my family for almost 8 years and recently moved back near them almost a year ago. My dad got a fly rod/case and we all bought him some various accessories and tackle. So I have knowledge of the gear to some extent. He got his stuff last summer and I figured once he got into it, I would have access to hand-me-downs, tips and opportunities to fish together. That was who I did most of my fishing with as a kid and I figured if he ever slows down and unwraps the thing, my own entry into that sport would soon follow. We have both been so busy, that he never even got out last year. He did some reading and has fly fished a couple times but bought an unused license last year. I have fished with many types of rods in many locales but fly fishing is something I have only discussed so far. The canoe is a recent acquisition and to be honest, after fishing in real boats with electronics and downriggers, it is tough going backwards. I do not see owning any other boat in the near future, so chances are my technique will change before my boat does. Now having a canoe, I pay more attention to the guys I see fly fishing from boats and tubes. I think a canoe is well suited to getting you anywhere you need to be to fly fish that you cannot reach from shore. I know I am going in that direction but it will likely be next season. I have about 6 or so flies so far and I have done some reading myself, but I will admit the learning curve is very steep unless you have someone to show you and have plenty of time to work on it.

I would gladly accept any flies anyone is offering or even an occasional fishing buddy. As for my work, I am not sure I want to make that public on here, but if you are really interested I can email a website and FB site. The business is something my brother and I started. He is a journeyman mechanic now working in the printing industry. My background is also mechanical but with experience in small engine, motorcycles and heavy equipment. We do commercial signs, auto graphics etc and also automotive mechanical repairs. So basically we took the titles of Automotive Service Technician/Graphic Installer and Mechanic/Graphic Installer. That diversity seems to be working so far to get a good start in this small town market.

So cagey, how did the scouting go? Did a bit of that myself at Goose Lake today in Vernon. Interesting spot, but I am not sure it is worth a fishing effort. Oh and Bentley, thanks again and you have a good one too. You are cracking me up now that I have got what I had to vent (with the site issues) off my chest...
ChakaRaka

My g/f and I hit Swan Lake yesterday. Her first time and my second. Well as usual she "schooled" me, catching 3 to my 1. Nice little stocked rainbows and a perfect dinner for 4. Sadly that was my first fish of the year, although now that I have broken the curse, I think my success will finally return. Not a bad lake, especially when you are having motor issues and don't want to end up stuck paddling for 3 hours to get back to the car. We left late in the day or we might have gone somewhere more exotic and pursued something more sporting. But it was a nice warm day on the lake and that turned out to be just about right for the time we had.
ChakaRaka

I don't think the post disappeared, it just got shuffled off because so many other posts were happening after this one. I agree with you about wild trout, I prefer wild too. But most of the fish we caught were so deeply hooked that I was not so sure they would do okay C&R. So we thought they would fare better as food at that point. I would be interested in adding some flies to my arsenal and welcome the contact if you are around Vernon.
ChakaRaka


So after just about killing ourselves on Wednesday (full story here):

http://www.sharphooks.com/tripplanner.aspx?subpage=showreport&lake=okanagan+lake+-+vernon&lakeid=383&reportid=2594&accesscode=Mfc4OyVgSubQSaahNgp9pQ%3d%3d

We decided we would go out on Wood lake today. Not the prettiest or quietest, but the go-to lake for us so far based on accessibility and productivity. We finally limited out for the fist time since returning to BC. All nice Kokes ranging from about 1-2 lbs. This lake really seems to like our #46 Lyman plugs, especially the small Size 1's. I keep trying spoons and the typical "kitchen sink" lake troll with wedding band and worm to no real results. The plug is so much nicer because except for the weight there is basically nothing on your line but fish. So essentially the closest we get to that "just lure" downrigger feeling as possible without downriggers. So I know a lot of guys who drag gear do the "kitchen sink" thing because you can see the beacon-like flashing every time they have a rod out of the water. But I am fine doing something different and ending with the same kind of numbers I see guys getting who have downriggers and fish-finders...

Today's Reports for Wood Lake:

http://www.sharphooks.com/tripplanner.aspx?subpage=showreport&lake=wood+(westwold)+lake+-+north&lakeid=437&reportid=2599&accesscode=tukrCsWdYufWIVcmWucXbQ%3d%3d

http://www.sharphooks.com/tripplanner.aspx?subpage=showreport&lake=wood+(westwold)+lake+-+south&lakeid=438&reportid=2600&accesscode=h6hSUX46gZrZFndt7P%2fwsw%3d%3d
cagey

bet they taste great!!
ChakaRaka

They were awesome, we did them on a smoker style BBQ for a long time at about 150F, so they were like barbecued but almost tasted like smoked salmon, just more moist. 4 adults got 2 dinners out of them, so we hope to do it again soon. I think I will be dusting off the smoker if we can make this a consistent thing. After having a lesser sequel of the OK Lake calamity this weekend on Wood Lake, I am looking at some different fishing holes for the next little while though.
ChakaRaka


One year to the day (coincidentally) and I am knocking the dust off this thread. I just got my license renewed last weekend and dragged out the fishing gear. My son was up all weekend and he is oddly genetically prone to the same fishing illness I suffer from.

The lake we went to had been a very familiar haunt during my childhood, being just a few km's down the road from my grandparent's North Okanagan farm. I would have done a Fishing Report, but this lake is not listed. Those that know it will have a good idea of which one just by the fact that it has only been a good fishing lake for a couple years now. After finally ridding it of all the invasive species that had been eradicating any sporting fish.

What surprised me was that many things that had worked in the past, did not work on this lake...like not a single nibble. So I watched the old man that hung out down there with his grandson (also my son's age). I also got to BS with him a bit more after seeing him for a second time and sharing my observations and lack of results. He made suggestions on structure and technique, but not tackle. That I combined between what I had tried and what he was using. Basically I came up with a modified Carolina Rig. Now I tried worms, powerbait and other fake baits. The one thing they were doing that I initially scoffed at was marshmallows. No, not the fishing ones, the kind you get for baking (mini ones). Take 1/2 to a whole one then two tiny powerbait trout nibbles (chartreuse seemed best) and place on the hook in that order. The powerbait helps keep the marshmallow on. The old guy and his grandson were using the paste and forming their own powerbait blob, not having access to the "nibbles". It seems crazy yes, counter-intuitive sure, prone to causing these Rainbows diabetes maybe...but they hit it consistently and predominantly the bigger fish only.

If for no other reason, I think it is presentation. The marshmallow is so flotational, that your hook stays suspended well clear of the weeds where the big boys can find it. It is also a pain, especially in the rain, when you have to re-bait almost every cast...but it worked like a charm.

Unfortunately it took me until the day after my son left to get this dialed in. But on the upside, my g/f works with mentally challenged high school aged kids. I help her out a lot with after-hours care. So we took one of the boys we watch along to see what he thought of fishing. In the pics below, you will see that he was quite happy to have caught the biggest Rainbow to grace the net I bought last season.

See the Carolina Rig in the photo, I made mine with a bullet/worm slip weight (somewhere around 1/2 oz). Then a swivel (my beads are packed away still), then 4lb low-vis green leader about 30" long, then #6 Matzuo barbless bait holder hook.
ChakaRaka


My g/f's fish. 4lbs and 18-1/2" Rainbow Trout.
ChakaRaka


The fish I helped one of our respite care kids reel in. Both of us posing with his catch. 5+lbs and 22" Rainbow Trout.
ChakaRaka


One of my fish. 4lbs and 18" Rainbow Trout. As you can see, we had some rain, but it was all worth it in the end.
ChakaRaka


The day's catch between the 3 of us. Two nice little ones just a bit under a pound. Perfect pan-sized fish. This is just before they were all cleaned when we got home. The big guy went on the grill for last night's supper. Having limited ingredients in the house, I mixed up olive oil, lemon juice, lots of freshly ground pepper, lots of garlic, salt, oregano and basil. Brushed the fish inside and out and grilled on a piece of foil. Amazing...
cagey

great report chaka! nice fish. will have to grill you for the location ! (i think i know )
ChakaRaka

Thanks Cagey. I bet you do know, it's about 2/3 the way to your neck of the woods (from here). And if you guessed wrong, i'll tell ya when I finally come fish up your way.

Just noticed tonight that Surplus Herby's has a monthly "derby" going for $50 gift cards. The lead entry shown was 4lbs 1oz. DOH!
Fish'n BC

Nice post ChakaRaka!
ChakaRaka

Thanks Chris.
cagey

too far from you europuma, it is near enderby.
i am quite sure chaka that i had guessed right. too bad they did not put brookies in there. there were some gorgeous brookies before they treated the lake.
how is sunday looking?
ChakaRaka

Hey cagey, I think Sunday will work. How early do you usually go?
spooner

WOW fat buggers!! nice work
spooner

WOW fat buggers!! nice work
cagey

doesn't matter. i will send directions etc via email.
look forward to learning how to catch fish like you did last weekend. they are there, over 3 pounds , but catching them......?
ChakaRaka

Got it...sounds good. So you have been skunked so far this season?

Spooner, thanks man. It was nice to finally have some decent results after a couple years of adjusting to a new area...
cagey

nothing big like you got. i was out on monte lk the other day. i caught one nice trout about 2 pounds and 3 small ones but no koks. my buddy caught 2 koks that are in my freezer. i haven't had much luck close to home though but the fish are there !
see you sunday!
Squatch

I'ev had great luck so far this season at Pinaus lake
cagey

thanks for the tip ! have you tried woods or jimmy or any of the other lakes up there?
ChakaRaka

Well a friend and I had a great day fishing with cagey near his house yesterday. It was a beautiful afternoon (even though some of us got a little too much sun). The fishing was slow, but we had two hits, getting one small Rainbow right to the boat, before it got free just as I was swinging the net around. The fish ignored our lures, but were mildly interested in a leech on a fly rod that cagey had lent us to drag around. Thanks again cagey for your hospitality, it was fun and I look forward to doing it again.
cagey

you are very welcome. very nice to meet you. next time we will figure out what those big boys want to eat !
Squatch

Cagey, I've only tried Pinaus and Square lake this year.

I hit Mabel lake this Sunday, a beautiful Sunday indeed. 3 of us took 3 fish each, One of mine being the largest at 22.5 inches and 4lb or so, another at 3lb and the rest in the 1.5lb range. We caught another nice sized one, but it threw the hook right as it saw the boat. I'll put a couple pictures up once I can figure out a way to get pictures from my camera to my computer with no cord.

We are just now about to enjoy a tasty trout meal.

Edit to say that all the fish were caught on bright safety orange 1.5" apex lures in 80-100ft. 6oz weight about 100 big pulls out.
cagey

sounds like a fun day. my buddy caught some nice trout in the derby the week before but nothing big enough. they taste great from mable!
ChakaRaka

We hit Pinaus last Sunday towards the evening. Fished for about 4 hours or so. 3 of us caught 4 Yellow Perch and 1 small Rainbow. There is a fishing report with specifics.

Tomorrow we are going to try Echo Lake. I have been skunked every time I have been out there, but we are going to try shore fishing it tomorrow morning. I've tried fruitlessly from a boat several times already so why not? Just too bad that Kenkraft is closed on Sunday, I have not been out there in a while. I'll do up a report tomorrow, hopefully with some catches to include.
cagey

chaka, my neighbour caught a 5 lb'er yesterday down the road from my place. he also caught one around a pound and a 1/2 which they promtly ate. he said it was very good. i have only been out for an hour since you were here. too busy and too rainy ! next week i hope......
ChakaRaka

Well at least someone is catching them. I agree with the too rainy part, I braved some rain last weekend, but this week was too windy and soggy to entice me out. Just getting ready to go drop some lines and snooze in my chair...
ChakaRaka


We headed out to Echo Lake today and I finally broke the skunked streak. We caught at least 10 Rainbows today, all on worms. I caught a small Rainbow that I released, then 2 at around the 2 lb. mark or so that got off right at shore. The first because I am teaching rookies and we got in a genuine fuster-cluck, 3-ring circus style complete with snags and attempted hand-lining by one fishing partner. The second because I was trying to land without a net and lost him right on the bank. I actually grabbed at it and almost had it, but he broke off at my hook and vanished before I could flip him up on shore. That one was my own mistake.

Top honours today went to Zach (our roomate/adopted son) who landed and released the most fish, including landing a nice 2 lb Rainbow. That was the 3rd larger fish and I'd be damned if we were losing 3. I was in the water with the net ready when Zach guided him in.

I filed a report if you want more details. Note that I have never caught a fish out of a boat here (not for lack of trying), nor have I ever seen anyone in a boat catch a fish here. We were shore-fishing today both because we had too many bodies for my canoe and to try something different. Everyone caught fish, we brought the dogs and we all had a good time. What else can you ask for really?
cagey

finally echo paid off for you. good for you !
ChakaRaka

Yeah, apparently 6th time is the charm...
Squatch

Caught a nice Dolly in Sugar lake. We were going to camp at Greenbush and fish there, but I forgot all my bear stuff so we stayed at Sugar lake instead. Everyone I talked to said it was pretty slow. Shuswap river is very high... lake is quite low. (that was before all this rain though)
ChakaRaka

Sugar Lake does have some nice Dolly's. Saw/caught our first one last Summer there near the big island. A bunch of us are going camping there in July, should be a blast! I have camped there before, but this time fishing will be a major theme.
Squatch

If you are tenting or have a small camper/trailer I highly recommend the S____ C____ rec site. It's smaller, quieter and more scenic, and the camp sites are way better.
ChakaRaka

Squatch...shhhhh! I know buddy... BTW, congrats for being the 100th post in my uber-thread. Too bad there isn't a prize.
ChakaRaka

Well we hit the "mystery" lake again and a buddy and I spent 6 hours working it on a windy day. We caught 1 15oz Rainbow, which was dinner the next night.

Today we are headed up to Sugar Lake with our little family and pack of hounds. We will be up there until Monday afternoon or so. Hopefully I will have something to report when we return. I am dragging my new fly outfit out for the first time to give it a go. We are just fishing from a canoe (human powered) though and also from shore. With any luck we will snag into some nice Dolly's. Have a great weekend everyone.
pajeff

Thanks Chak, and I am sure the weekend will be good, I won't be fishing. My last three trips have been so slow that I am sure there is something unusual in the air. Fishing should be good but Darke, Osprey, and now Garnet say otherwise. We did catch but nothing in numbers or size. Cagey suggests it may be climatic and I can't see any reason to disagree.

Just been looking at barometric pressure effect on fish and also the Moons phases, not that I think there is any truth but you never know. A butterfly flaps it's wings etc. chaos theory. Or perhaps we have a bad moon, bad pressure, bad wind, bad mood all combining, a bit like a planetary alignment.

Just get your line in the water, relax, a bottle of good wine, some nice selection of cheeses and water crackers, sit back and think of England, well Canada for you, but it does not have the same ring to it.

Don't get put off your fly fishing, things will soon recover, with a bit of luck. Have yourself a great weekend and I promise not to spoil it.
ChakaRaka

Well we did not make a serious effort and were more focused on beating the heat. But we were not skunked either. I got one small Rainbow at about 1/2 a pound and another guy with us got a tiny one. I did get in on a black leech, trolling my fly line though. Tried casting, but need some formal assistance. I did okay for someone that has no idea what they are doing and still have both eyes, so I guess that is good. Beautiful weekend on Sugar Lake though...
ChakaRaka

My son is coming up for 10 days and so far has been skunked this season. Does anyone have any good North Okanagan suggestions to get a hook into a fish. I have just the canoe at the moment with just paddles, so either something small or shore fishable maybe? Thanks guys...
cagey

lots of kokanee in monte. it is ok to fish with a canoe. just fish along about 75 yards or so from the shore alongside the hwy and you should get lots of action. the 2 lb'ers are rare but lots around 3/4 lb. pink maggots on a wedding ring with a small troll (it hurts to say that word ) or better yet the w'ring behind a croc or some lure with lots of sparkle ! i just drag a red fly on a sinking line .
a totally diferent choice would be keefer lake. the fish are small but plentiful.
have fun.
ChakaRaka

Doh! I don't have sinking line. Never thought of setting up a croc like a flasher...interesting. Might give it a shot, but the tranny in my car just took a crap on my way back from picking up my son. Crappy timing.
pajeff

Why no sinking line. I use WalMart line for about $30, look out for the sink rate, most is #1 but look out for #3, they do have it but it is just a number on the packet, no description. It is an intermediate line and works well.

Wish you lived closer, you could borrow my boat for a while, but sound like you need more than just that.
ChakaRaka

Thanks Mr Jeff. I have only used the rod twice so far, so I have not yet looked into different lines. I think I have only used 2-3 different flies so far. Thanks so much for the offer too, that is very kind. We dragged the canoe up to Hidden Lake in Enderby with 3 guys averageing nearly 200 lbs each and two beagles. It was a tipsy interesting troll, but at least we had some entertainment as the fish sure were not cooperating for anyone. Hidden Lake is a nice spot, just not sure it is much of a fishing destination (at least not right now).
cagey

i have always heard hidden can be very fussy or very good.
it is certainly a nice looking lake /camping area. too bad you did not have better luck but then i guess good luck was not sinking !!
boomdraco

try shannon lake in kelowna its a bit of a drive but you can catch lots of large mouth bass somewhere in there is a 10-15 pounder.
ChakaRaka

Interesting, I was going to hit that lake the other day after trying to snag a tranny from Pick-N-Pull. Unfortunately by the time we gave up on that hunt, it was getting late and I was getting grumpy so we went home instead. I wondered if it was worth it being so urban and heavily frequented.
ChakaRaka

Cagey lent my son and I his aluminum boat and motor today when we met him at Monte Lake. Yes another local lake that is not listed so I cannot do a proper report, so I'll do it "Grey1 Style" but without the good photography.

We hit the lake at 5pm and Cagey floated in his high-tech belly boat. We took to the moderately windy lake in the 10' with electric motor. My son dragged the old tried and true, small lake troll with pink wedding band, tipped with 2 pink maggots. I ran two rods intermittently. The first was my spinning one with pink and white Lyman plug also tipped with a maggot. The second was my fly rod that Cagey lent me a reel filled with sinking line to try along with a black with some red leech fly. I tried this one tipped and not also with neon maggot. We trolled with 1oz slip weights about 20-30 pulls back, then weight on and dropped to a variety of depths from 20 pulls to 60 pulls. I got nothing but snags.

But at around 6:30-7pm my son dialed in with 20 pulls out and 50 pulls down and landed two small Kokanee about 5 minutes apart near the highway side of the lake. I took 2 photos with my phone when we got home, but my phone took a s#^t and decided to disappear them. I would say they were 1/4 lb and 1/3 lb. and my son measured them at 9" and 11". The were nice silver ones. He ate the larger one as soon as we were home and he could get them cleaned.

Thanks again to Cagey for helping me finally get the kid on some fish. We have been out a few times fishing, but I only seem to catch when he is not here. He was so excited to not only catch fish, but to be the only one catching. It was good to see after such a long dry-spell.
pajeff

Well that is a great report. Good when kids catch fish and good for cagey to come up with some help. We may have a few differences on this site but this is where we score. This is real fellowship, good for you guys.
bently

Nice report Chaka, timeless memories there my friend.

Kudo's go out to Cagey for the loaner.
cagey

the smile on your boys face when he held up his fish to show me was worth the trip!! and he sure loved beating dad !!!!!
see you in sepember for salmon chaka.
cagey

the smile on your boys face when he held up his fish to show me was worth the trip!! and he sure loved beating dad !!!!!
see you in sepember for salmon chaka.
ChakaRaka

Mr Jeff you are right. What are we without differences for contrast? At the end of the day we are all very different people that all love pursuing the same sport.

Thanks Bently, it was a great memory to cherish. I wish I brought my camera. DOH!

Cagey, I am so glad you got some of the same reward I got from that outing. We bought him his rod in the middle of May and it has taken quite a few outings to finally get him a fish. It has been a tough year for it this year and I have tried to explain that. Then also tried to explain a realistic expectation of fishing vs. catching. But it was his time, after many attempts. And now he can say he has caught 2 fish that his dad hasn't caught this year at all. Thanks again Cagey, I am glad to call you my friend.
cagey

no problem chaka. us old guys have to give something back ! i was lucky enough to be able to fish whenever i wanted, except in hunting season ! it was something my dad always found time to do, take me fishing !
can't get in much trouble when you are fishing .
ChakaRaka

So it has been a while since I have been able to get out fishing. But I just became aware of a neat little tidbit regarding those that are disabled and want to fish.

You may recall earlier in this thread, the photos of the autistic boy that I helped catch a 5lb Rainbow. Well I recently forwarded that photo to his dad and now that kid has his own fishing license. I am not sure of the specifics or if this is only for mentally handicapped people or those with physical afflictions also. But apparently if you approach the ministry and apply for a license, it is only $1 for those with disabilities such as his. It does have to be renewed each year, like any other license, but every year it is only $1. Just wanted to make you all aware in case you know somebody in a similar position or if you have considered taking somebody else who is similarly disabled out fishing.
BryanC

Can anyone recommend any good fly fishing locations, I am new to fishing. I am near Kal and Swan lake but are there any good river with trout? what would your setup be and what flies would you use for a small creek stream?

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