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brickwindows

anyone been out for salmon on shuswap river yet? hows the water level? any luck?
cagey

when they opened i was told there were no fish at the lumby end . the water had dropped a lot. i'd think it might be worth a try by now just below the falls. i won't be able to get out for another 2 weeks as i am going hunting. when i get back, the enderby end should be good. maybe we can get together then and slay a couple! in the meantime i will email my buddy to see if he has been out again. if so will let you know. good luck!
b_man360

today I was fishing for trout in the river and I hooked into what I think was a salmon. I had a 5wt flyrod with 5 pound tippit and the fish had me waaay into my backing before I was able to snap it off at my tippit. I Thought I was going to lose my whole flyline.
martys

Water is slowly dropping, I was out last weekend at Cook Creek but never saw anything being caught or any salmon in the river yet.
cagey

lots of fish in the river now. water is perfect, higher than normal. i caught a 20 lb doe this am and lost 2 that were ready to be netted. it has been real good according to friends however the natives are now fishing at cook's creek with nets so it might slow down.
b_man360

are you allowed to fish for chinook at the kingfisher info center beside cooke creek? i know that you can trout fish there but not sure about salmon. i just got a new 8 wt fly rod and want to try for some chinooks.
brickwindows

I dont see why not. 8wt fly rod might be a little under powered?? I was out at kingfisher last night, tons of huge guys turning, had some hits couldnt land one though..
cagey

no problem at cook's creek. a spring on an 8 wt. sounds like fun.
only one more spot on my august licence. 2 days, 3 fish. it looks as though the fish in the river right now are headed to lumby as they did not show before it closed. if so, the main run is still to come in the next 2 weeks. hope they are all nice silver fish like we have been getting.
b_man360

hmmm. maybe i will borrow a heavyer rod. i dont want to tire the fish out to much since i plan on catching and releasing.
are there any hatchery fish with a clipped fin? i might consider keeping a fish if its a hatchery fish.
cagey

there are some clipped. most are wild though. they like to keep the ratio down to avoid disease infecting the wild fish. the wild fish represent quite a healthy run. i think it would be ok to keep either wild or hatchery if you catch one (as long as you have a tag). either way, have fun!
fordf150351

what set up do you guys use for salmon?? I tried a bar rig with a spin n glow today with no hits. is roe the only thing that works? i admit i have no clue what i am doing but i would love to hook into a spring before the season is up, any help would be great.
cagey

most use roe. look back on page 2 or 3 of the old posts. abe did some posts on how to hook up for salmon.
on the shuswap, either float fish or bottom bounce for them (it is not flossing , they bite the roe. especially before it gets lite out, some use fst's with success.
good luck! sure feels nice to hook into one of those big springs!
fordf150351

where about do you get roe in vernon? do the tackle shops have it?
cagey

surplus herbies will have some.
ChakaRaka

Water has definitely come down and slowed a bit. We have tubed a good 8-9km stretch a few times over the last month. The first two times where high and fast and no fishing being done. This last time we saw way more people fishing, the water is lower (because we were bumping some rocks in the shallows). The last float, there was some pretty heavy fishing presence including a couple boats anchored mid-river.

Had an encounter with the "typical river snaggers" about halfway down our float. I guess I will have to remember next time to cut lines and ask questions later. These guys were pissed that we floated by them and got very ignorant about it in front of women and children. In a way I am glad we took the high-road, but I cannot guarantee that will happen next time. It is funny when guys that probably don't even have a license or a copy of the regs start acting like they own the river.

But back to the fishing, we saw tons of little fish boiling up in some prime fishing holes and even saw a few good jumps from catchables. I was having too much fun to scan the water the whole time for inhabitants, but that was what I noticed without really scrutinizing. I saw a nice spot I would like to try from the shore, I just need to match up where it was on Google Earth. Anyone else dropped a line on the Shuswap lately?
cagey

been out almost every morning. it has slowed down considerably from last week or the week before (of course i was away when it was HOT !
if you are interested in an early morning on the weekend, email me. fishing starts at 5:15 but to get a good spot i like to be there by 4:15am
ChakaRaka

Cagey,

I would like to go soon, but this weekend is pretty booked up for me. Lets keep in touch and try again soon though. I have had so many other things going on that I can't remember the last chance I had to go fishing.
brickwindows

i might try and get out tuesday or wed night if your into it..
martys

I'll be heading out there early Sat. morning. Look for the red Jeep if anyone want some company
martys

No fish again!!! I was on the water at 5:30 am until noon. Not a fight, not a bite, not a sight! I was using roe and red wool with about 5-10 feet of line depth from a weight. The conservation officer checked my gear and he suggested a spin-n-glo rig instead. I read on here that roe is best for the Shuswap river. I'll go again on Monday if anyone has any advice on how to hook my first chinook I fished Kingfisher interpretive center and a small hole right off the road across from a very stinky barn (just before the ball diamond).
cagey

try the ball park. it might not be too busy monday. i did not fish this am. there were 10 cars in the lot by 4:30am. i did not feel up to fighting the hordes so came home. a long drivefor nothing.
put a slip float with 12 feet to your swivel. you only need a 2 ft leader at most. use roe (and a touch of wool if you choose).
brickwindows, tuesday night sounds like a possibility. hope to see you there.
chaka, why not come out tuesday too. say 6 pm to dark.
martys

Thanks cagey I'll try using 12 ft with a slip float instead the length I was using before. Yeah, I heard the ball park was a gong show from other fishermen today too. Cook creek was flowing very slow with lower water levels, would you recommend fishing it still?
cagey

cook creek is a good spot but is often more of a gong show than any where else.
my buddy went to the ball park yesterday at 3 pm. there were 15 vehicles there then. he left early as it was a total gong show with everyone snagging . where was the game warden then. they only come out in the morning. the morning fishermen are not snagging and would not condone it. why don't they make night time appearances? i'll stick to weekday mornings. the morons are in bed then.
martys

I'll let you know how fishing goes when I get back Monday afternoon. Hopefully I will finally get my first spring salmon. Hopefully I can have my line in the water around 5 am.
martys

Nothing again today...I think I'm gonna give up fishing the Shuswap river. There is better salmon fishing closer to the ocean but its a to far to make a weekend out of it. Hopefully a fishing vacation in October next year to the Bella Coola river for some nice coho action
cagey

you give up too easily. if you had gone to the ball park yesterday you would have seen lots of fish caught. two of my buddies told me this morning they were the only two who did not catch a fish (unusual for them not to catch one!). today i had to head home at 7:30 am. i caught a 20 + pound buck. perfect shape. that's 4 for the season, with 7 lost that were on for over a minute (not a very good batting average!). there are lots of fish in the river with lots more on their way by sept 12th.
i was hoping to get out tonight but can't (sorry brickwindows, if you make it make sure you catch a couple!). maybe friday i will get a crack at them again, otherwise it is about time to start fishing on the south thompson. it is open until sept 22nd. it can be worth the trip from vernon. there are several spots to fish from shore ,especially around banana island (between monte creek and chase).
cagey

not as silver as they are in the ocean but still in good shape considering how far they have made it. a lot better shape than a lot of the fish caught in the vedder!
the dammed photo will not download!
b_man360

so whats up with all the eggs, egg sacks, line and hooks lining the river? its gross. i filled a grocery bag full of line and garbage today.
fordf150351

any chance the season could get extended since the salmon came later this year?
cagey

not likely. they did one year on the south thompson but never since then.
fordf150351

anouther question. you can still catch and release salmon when the season is over, am i correct?
thanks.
martys

I may giver one more try on Sunday morning...it will be a last minute decision. 3am wake up doesn't appeal to me so much anymore Is roe a must or can I still use red wool by itself?
cagey

red wool alone is fine. (good roe works better though).
watch when you start fishing. you can't start until 1 hour before sunrise. i belive that means about 5:30 or there abouts.
as for c+r for salmon after they close, YOU CANNOT FISH FOR SALMON ONCE CLOSED. look at the regs. it says so very clearly.
for anyone interested, there are getting to be a few fish in the south thompson. the dammed things will not hang onto my hooks!! i lost 2 yesterday and another this am. should be good right through to sept 22nd closure.
martys

I wake up at 3am because I live in Winfield and by the time I have my line in the water it is around 5:15-5:30am. To dark to walk the trails safely anyway
Thanks for the tips, cagey
cagey

i know the feeling of getting up at 3 am......i live as far away as you from the shuswap, but i am real close to the thompson.
the thompson is a nice place to spend a day. pack a lunch and chair. bring along your bar rig with spin-n-glo. it works.
float fishing roe (12 ft under the sliding float)or just drifting/bottom bouncing. it is a lot easier to fish than the shuswap (and the fish do not seem to start biting until daylight so you do not have to get up as early). there are several good spots around banana island. there will be a big group of boats just upstream from banana isl.
good luck tommorrow.
fordf150351

thanks for the reply cagey. talked to a fisheries dude today and he said that you sure can catch and release once closed.
cagey

then he cannot read. the salmon regs state "no fishing for salmon". that , to me, means you cannot target salmon. if you accidentally hook one using trout gear then you are ok but my understanding has always been you must not use gear which targets salmon.
Brook Trout

nailed a couple springs this morning by boat on the south thompson
scarlier


Hey there! i am new to the Sicamous area and really want to get out ton the river and do some fishing! I am running a harbercraft jet boat and would like to get some tips and find a few good spots to fish on the local rivers. I am interested in learning to fish the South Thompson and Shuswap river. Anyone who might have some tips and maybe want to come out for a good day on the river boat, would be greatly appreciated. Thx in advance
SC
cagey

sounds like fun. there are some great pools you would have access to on the shuswap river for late august/early september for salmon. the thompson river also has some good trout fishing as well as salmon in august/september. keep in touch. would be glad to point you in the right direction !
scarlier

SOUNDS GOOD! i am headed out on the shuswap lake later this month, just to get out. usually manage to catch a rainbow or laker even over the winter months
mzmann

There is some good fishing in winter to be had in Shuswap lake near the mouth of the Eagle river in Sicamous.....only need to fish about 15-25ft (unless going for lakers of course) down and should get into at least 2-3 most days if out for a 4+hr trip. Blue and white Lyman plug or blue and white apex. 4 or 5 inch.

Another good option is Kal lake in Vernon if you like lake trout and Kokanee fishing.

Cheers,

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