Fishing Report for the Long Weekend! (June 29)


Lakes

Ideas for a Long-Weekend of Lake Fishing

Chapman Lake.

  • Holds Cutthroat, Rainbow, Lake Trout, Burbot and Whitefish
  • Max depth of 106', average depth of 43'. 6km long, up to 1.2km wide
  • Cutthroat are feeding on smaller fish and insects
    • Try a silver or gold colored muddler minnow on a sinking line or floating line with sink tip
    • Nymph/Larvae patterns such as bead head prince, bead head pheasant, size 12 or 14
    • Doc Spratley casting at creek mouths, also stonefly pattern sz 6-10, if they are in the air
  • Rainbow
    • Troll a gang troll, ford fender or willow leaf attractor with your favorite small lure or worm
    • Cast a Panther Martin, Mepps Aglia, or small blue fox from shore around creek mouths or structure
    • Kids can have success casting the traditional worm and bobber
    • Leech and Nymph patterns for fly anglers, either trolling or casting
    • Dryfly patterns are successful at times when fish are feeding on surface
  • Lake Trout
    • Usually found near the bottom of the lake in 60-80 ft of water
    • Can be targeted with downriggers utilizing gang trolls, ruby-eyed wiggler, large spoons such as Ruby Eyed Wiggler, Blue Fox Matrix
    • Reports of large lake trout being caught near surface using your Grandfather's lures such as FST's, T-spoons and Ruby Eyed Wigglers

Access

  • From Smithers, travel east and turn left on Babine Lake Road. Follow road for 37km and turn left onto 3000 road (Upper Fulton FSR).  Follow for 3km to Rec Site turnoff.

Camping

  • Large, grassy Rec Site with 12 sites, picnic tables and a pit toilet.  Suitable for large groups, as well as for larger RV's and Trailers.  Boat launch for smaller boats and a dock to cast from.

Aspen Bay Cabins Resort

  • 5 Cabins for rent, with sauna
  • Boat available with cabin rental
  • Follow Babine Lk Rd to 40.5km and turn left at signs
  • (250) 643-1385 or aspenbaycabins.com

****From km marker 19 on the Babine Road, the road is graveled but in good condition with many pullouts.  Can be extremely dusty when dry and has active log hauling during the week. Drive defensively and give way to oncoming industrial traffic.***

Tanglechain Lake

  • Holds Cutthroat and Rainbows
    • Work chironomids around creek mouths with strike indicators
    • Cast dragonfly, damselfly and caddis patterns both wet and dry
    • Troll a wooly bugger and leech patterns to prospect around edges

Figure 1: Typical cutthroat strike indicator setup

  • Cast small kamlooper from shore , or try small spoons and spinner lures
  • Troll a wedding band and worm, apex trout killer

Access

From Smithers, travel east and turn left on Babine Lk Rd.  Follow the Babine FSR to approx. 48.5 km and turn right at Tanglechain Rec Site signpost.

Camping

Small FSR Rec Site with 4 camping units. Very quiet, secluded and peaceful.  Tree-lined access road, not suitable for large RV's and Trailers.  Small beach area where car topper boats can be launched.

 

Doris Lake

  • Holds Rainbow, Cutthroat and Lake Trout
    • Average depth of 20', max depth of 44'.
    • Very similar fishing to Tanglechain in that a person should troll leech and wooly buggers on the fly.Cast Panther Martin, Mepps Aglia, Blue Fox #0 spinners.
    • Trolling your favorite lure, ie: Five of Diamonds, Williams Wabbler behind a willow leaf can work well.
    • Don't be afraid to fish the traditional worm on a bobber, or troll a wedding band and worm.
    • Any lake trout Caught must be released
    • The small stream flowing between Doris Lake and Tanglechain Lake can be fished with a lightweight fly rod
    • **All fish must be released until July 1st.**

Access

  • From Smithers head East on HWY 16 and turn left onto Babine Lake Road.  Follow Babine road to 50km marker and the Rec Site is on the Left

Camping

  • Small Rec Site with 4 campsites, a toilet, and a small, rough boat launch. Poor access for large trailers and RVs

 

Fulton Lake

  • Holds Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, and Burbot
  • Medium sized lake, larger in size than Chapman
  • Similar fishing strategy to Chapman
    • Larger, traditional lures and spoons trolled deep for Lake Trout
    • FST, Ruby Eyed Wiggler, Five of Diamonds, T-Spoons
    • Cast a dry fly around in-flowing creeks for cutthroat and rainbows
    • Try a beadhead pattern, or damselfly or stonefly pattern
    • Trolling a leech or wooly bugger behind a boat on a sinking fly line, or intermediate sinking line
    • Head to the Fulton River on the eastern end of the lake for exciting fly fishing for trout

Access

  • From Smithers, head east on Hwy 16 and turn left on Babine Lk Rd. Follow Babine Road for 42 km and turn right onto Fulton FSR.  Follow Fulton FSR to the rec site and boat launch.
  • From Topley, Follow HWY 118 towards Granisle and turn left onto Fulton FSR.  Follow Fulton Rd to campsite and Boat launch.

 

Camping

  • Rustic Campsites and a boat launch can be accessed off the Fulton Rd.

 

Rainbow Alley

Still fishing ok. Use minnows or try dry flies such as stimulators later in the day. The Babine River is also fishing well for trout using dry flies such as stimulators or triwing sedges. Don't forget floatant.

Bulkely/Morice Rivers

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

Kispiox River

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

Skeena River

Closed until further notice. Thanks DFO.

Kitimat River

River is in great shape. A bit of runoff is hitting the river, but the extra water is a good thing in the hot weather. Chinook are running. No huge fish lately, but some nice 25lb fish are being caught. Chum are just starting to show up.

Saltwater

The fishing has been a bit of grind over the past week.  We have seen a lot of smaller chinook being caught with a few coho starting to show up. We have seen most of the coho up around the Dundas area but have seen a few fish being caught south of there all the way south of Banks Island.  This time of year is normally prime fishing time out of Prince Rupert but it has been a slow start. We have seen days where guys will limit out before lunch and other times where it will take 3 or 4 days to get their limit of fish.  We've also seen a lot of smaller fish (8-12lb) being caught where normally we see most fish in the high teens and lots in the 20lb range and above. Hopefully we see these larger fish rolling in soon. When in search of chinook, try Edye Pass or Squatarie to start and if the wind and your boat allow it, then Dundas is always a good bet this time of year. Fish around kelp beds if you can find them as the baitfish school up under the kelp which in turn attracts the bigger salmon. When fishing for salmon I always try to present a variety of options to the fish to see what they are keying on. I normally run a cut plug, an anchovy teaser, a flasher and hoochie, and some kind of a spoon. Oscars has all of this gear in stock and the staff there are happy to help you out when picking out gear for salmon.

Bottom fishing continues to be good. When the wind is down and fishermen are able to get out to open water, we are seeing very good catch rates of halibut, lingcod and snapper.  One of the problems you are likely to encounter when halibut fishing is the ever present mud shark. Most times, you will have to release a few mud shark in between halibut but if you are encountering lots of mud sharks(10+) with no halibut, then it's time to move spots. Try using a couple of rods with spreader bars on them and then one rod with a jig.  I find that the movement of a jig will attract more halibut. The P-Line Hali Drop jig or the Gibbs Delta Mudraker are good choices that will bring halibut to the boat.  

Head down to Oscars and talk to the staff before you head out on your next salt water trip. They will be happy to set you up with all the gear you need.  

We will be back on the water this weekend and all next week so until next time..........tight lines. 

Lee Mac