Another winter of fresh powder turns, giggles, nerve wracking ski touring adventures and a few nice days of fishing has been filed in the memory banks. The white mountain tops are being melted away by warmer days and spring rain. The valley is in full bloom; lush with life and it’s a spectacular transformation…
Most anglers come to this area during the summer months; in search of the popular river systems unknowing that just beyond the next mountain ridge, hidden away within the nooks of the Elk Valley are many opportunities to fish some very productive lakes. The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. has a fantastic stocking program and we are fortunate enough to have the Kootenay Trout Hatchery supplying our local lake systems with a variety of trout. There are over 50 productive lakes in the Kootenays and you don’t have to travel far to find them.
I am sure those who lake fish can relate with the sense of mystery and adventure about it all. The anticipation of ice off every year never seems to fade and this year was no exception. As many of the lakes are at different elevations; ice off happens at different times; making weather the deciding factor of which lake to fish and when. The internal questions circle of what to use, where to fish and past experiences lead you to use one technique over the other.
Other Indications of what to start with has been available to see at most boat launches; stirring up a little mud always gets something moving in the shallows….from mayfly nymphs, scuds to leeches, caddis….
LAKES TO FISH:
- Suzanne Lake
- Summit Lake
- Englishman Lake
- Echo Lakes
- Larchwood Lake
- Edwards Lake
- Red / Brown / Green chironomids
- BH FlashBack Pheasant Tail, Tom Thumb, Prince’s Nymph
- Green Scuds
- Maroon Dragonfly Nymph
- Sparkle Green Balanced Leech
TECHNIQUES / HINTS / SUGGESTIONS:
- Think about when you are arriving at the lake? Early Morning or late afternoon?
- Check the water temperature of the lake! Look for signs of fish moving…..
- Chironomid Hatches generally happen early – late afternoon followed by evening Sedge hatches.
- Bug to try first: Try a chironi! Find the depth of the lake you are fishing and start 5 inches above the bottom…fish it for 20 min and then work your way up through the water column. Slow / Figure of 8 Retrieve
- If you arrive late afternoon, in the middle of a chironi hatch and can’t get a bite…switch to a leech!
- Persistance and Patience always pays off!
You could always consider taking one of our Spring lake fishing classes offered at the College of the Rockies.
For more details – 250.423.1597