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Fish'n BC

Checked out stave lake yesterday to try out my new trolling motor. Currently the gates are open from 9-7, the docks aren't in the water yet but still pretty easy to launch. There was three other boats and a couple kayaks out.

The water level has come up fast and is dangerously full of debris for boating. The water temp in the channel is up to 47 F and the chironomids have just started hatching, while the main lake is still too cold at 42 F and nothing seems to be happening there yet (other than lots of fish suspended around 100' down).

Caught a couple rainbows flatlining near the pontoon floats across from the boat launch, the larger bow being 16". They were eating a large assortment of insects from ants and beatles to chironomids...the former probably coming from the debris.
Although the water level is still coming up and fairly cloudy I think most of the debris will clear in a week or so and the channel fishing should be fairly decent for rainbows and dolly varden. IMO the main lake probably needs another month before the kokanee and cutthroat start showing.
Hi Speed

did you go up as far as the power station
Fish'n BC

Yes, tried the power station for an hour and didn't get any bites. I beleive the water temp has to come up closer to 50 F before that area gets busy. I was going to try the downriggers down deep as I could see lots of big fish action that I think were dolly varden below the schools of suspended fish, but the weather turned so I headed back in.
I'll bring some salmon plugs and big flatfish next time, (never thought to use worms with them) thanks for the tip. Would like to hook into one of those huge dolly's down there.
Hi Speed

thanks for the info i have heard that a copcar lure works will try it with worm down deep.

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