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he Thompson Nicola Region is famous for its rainbow trout. There are thousands of small and medium size trout lakes to explore, as well as a few big ones like Shuswap, Kamloops and Adams Lakes. Along with the abundance of rainbow trout, other species found in this region include kokanee, bull trout, lake trout and burbot. And don’t forget the salmon runs! Without question though, the rainbow fishery in the Thompson region is one of the best in the province. A total of 22 lakes are profiled in this guide, with most of them concentrated around Kamloops. Some of the lower elevation lakes lose their ice

cover quite early in the spring, giving winter-weary anglers some early season relief. From Family Fishing Waters such as Walloper to huge bodies of water such as Adams and Shuswap, the Thompson Region appeals to anglers from beginners to experts.

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Adams Lake A

dams Lake is huge, deep, cold and fishes beautifully. Adams Lake is known for its connection to the Adams River, famous for its sockeye run, however the lake supports a great fishery in its own right. Adams Lake has excellent underwater structure, and its many shoals and extremely deep dropoffs provide habitat for the trout here. Resident lake trout and bull trout, along with rainbows, do well here. Some of the best fishing is in early summer, when the trout have had a chance to fatten up after the winter, but while they’re still actively feeding, or in the fall, when they are preparing for winter. If you’re gear fishing, try silver colour combinations. Apex lures are popular, as are plugs and spinners. You want to make sure that your offering will be visible in the depths, and it’s critical here to ensure that you’re trolling at the right speed for your gear. Adams Lake is subject to several restrictions, as is the Adams River. Please be sure you are familiar with the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations before heading out. The Adams River is also popular for rainbow trout fishing, bull trout and lake trout. One of the most popular spots is at the mouth of the Adams River south. Another popular spot is the canyon.

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The Adams River north offers good fishing as well. Several restrictions are in place for both sections of the river, including a bait ban and a ban on power boats. Please note that the Adams River is closed to salmon fishing year round, and in the spring is also closed to rainbow trout fishing. While definitely the largest, Adams Lake is by no means the only great fishing lake in the area. Other lakes worth investigating are South and East Barriere Lakes to the west, Johnson Lake also to the west, and of course, Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake to the south and east. Also, Angler’s Atlas members report that Gannett Lake, to the north, has good fishing. Are you familiar with fishing Adams Lake? We want to hear about it! Share your tips and stories with Angler’s Atlas members.

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Adams Lake LAKE ACCESS

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everal parks and rec sites provide access to Adams Lake and Adams River. The Spillman Beaches marine site is a boat-access only beach area. This is one of the better beaches on Adams Lake. There aren’t any facilities at this site,

so please practise “leave no trace” camping etiquette. The Spillman Beaches protects an alluvial fan and the lower reaches of Spillman Creek. Spillman Beaches site is located on the east side of Adams Lake, and boat access only. Adams Lake Provincial Park (Bush Creek Site) is lightly forested with a decent beach. There are few facilities provided, and campers are reminded that they should be prepared to be completely self-sufficient. The park is located on the southwestern shores of Adams Lake, 15 km of paved and gravel road from Hwy #1 at Squilax, east of Kamloops, 30 km north of Chase. Take the Holding/Adams Lake West Road off the Squilax-Anglemont Road.

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Poplar Point is another boataccess only beach area with forested upland. As with the Spillman Beaches site, there are no facilities here. This is a beautiful site with an opportunity for wilderness, lakeshore camping.

Poplar Point protects a portion of Adams Lake beach and an upland forest of Douglas-fir, western redcedar and cottonwoods. Poplar Point site is located on the east side of Adams Lake, where Bugcamp Creek enters the lake. Please be aware that the Momich Lakes Provincial Park area, located on the northeast end of Adams Lake, is closed. The Momich River Campsite on Adams Lake remains open for use, however all other areas of the park are closed until further notice, and the road access in has been gated. Accommodations are also available in the nearby towns of Kamloops, Chase, Salmon Arm, Sorrento and Scotch Creek. There are also a number of local private campgrounds. Nearby Johnson Lake Resort is a full-service family resort, offering cabins, camping, friendly service and excellent advice. See them at www. johnsonlakeresort.com, or call them at (250) 672-1008. Check out the Adams Lake page on the Angler’s Atlas website to share your map markers, photos and more: www.anglersatlas. com/lakes/14.

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Birch Lake B

irch Lake offers everything an angler could want, with its myriad bays to explore, its proximity to other excellent fishing lakes, and its amazing scenery. Oh, and the fish are big, too! Birch Lake is stocked with 10,000 trout each year. The lake’s higher elevation protects it from the summer doldrums. While lower elevation lakes can suffer in the deep heat of the summer, the cool, deep waters of Birch Lake remain inviting, keeping the trout invigorated all season long. Some of the trout in Birch Lake have been known to reach sizes of 5 pounds or more. Curt Roy, from Birch Lake Fish Camp, says that in 2011, a 9lb trout came out of the lake.

good choices. If you’re using straight monofilament, Roy suggests a Les Davis Sunflash, Cowbell or larger Ford Fender. Roy offers good advice for fly fish- ers as well. Try a very fast sink line with a 20 foot flourocarbon leader. A Big Bead Head leech in any colour will work all season. Attractor patterns © The Angler’s Atlas such as D o c

Trolling is the most effective way to fish Birch Lake, says Roy, and “colour coded lead core line with a 100 foot monofilament leader works great!” He adds that Flatfish in any colour, Wedding Bands, Hildebrandts, Dick Nites and some larger spoons are

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irch and Phinetta Lakes are located just off Highway 24, east of Bridge Lake. From 100 Mile House follow Highway 97 south to Highway 24 turnoff. Continue along this road past Lac Des Roches to the Eakin Creek turnoff (south) which wraps around the northern shore of Phinetta Lake. Just after turning onto Eakin Road, a side road to Birch Lake will be on the right (south), ending at Birch Lake. Keep in mind that there is no public access to Birch Lake; anglers need to check in at the resort before launching boats.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 240 Hectares (593 Acres) Maximum Depth • 37.8 metres (124 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,126 metres (3,694 feet) Survey Date • July 1979 Contour Units • Metres

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ourtney Lake is a popular fishing lake between Merritt and Kelowna, and early in the season the shoals are great places to catch fish. Courtney Lake is stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout each year. Rod Hennig, operator of Rodney’s REEL Outdoors, has fished this lake many times and suggests anglers troll along the shelf in the transition zone from shallow to deep water. Early in the season just after the lake has turned over the fish feed close to the surface, says Hennig. While trolling he suggests keeping the lure about 5’ below the surface using a small split shot placed 12 to 16 inches from the lure. Flatfish, small Lyman Lures (size 1 and 2), and a Gibbs Kroc (size 1) are three lures he recommends, adding these lures can imitate the baitfish common in Courtney Lake—redside shiners. To imitate the baitfish, the lures

should d a r t back and forth fairly evenly. If the line is too heavy or the lure is improperly tied, the action can be impeded making it harder to catch fish. Hennig has a few tips to ensure proper lure action. Use a twoto-three foot leader and a light swivel tied to the line. Also, the line should be as light as possible to minimize drag on the lure. If it is still not showing the right action, adjust the eyelet of the lure, tuning it for the desired action. Later in the season as the water warms up, Hennig suggests fishing the deeper sections of the lake and dropping the lure down to about 20 feet of water. This targets the fish that have migrated to the deeper, cooler water.

Vi s i t Rod Hennig at kelownafishing.com for a fabulous guided fishing adventure. Make sure to consult the Freshwater Fishing Regulations before dropping your line in this lake. Also check out the Angler’s Atlas page for Courtney Lake to add your tips. See www.anglersatlas. com/lakes/374. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Kelowna head west along Highway 97c for about 90 km, to where it merges with Highway 5a. Continue along Hwy 5a towards Merritt for another seven kilometres to Courtney Lake— located on the right (east) side of the highway. There is a parking area off the highway (see map).

Quick Facts Surface Area • 74 Hectares (183 Acres) Maximum Depth • 11.8 metres (39 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,030 metres (3,379 feet) Survey Date • September 1990 Contour Units • Metres

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Face Lake F

ace Lake is the place to be on a hot summer day. Way up high at 4,700 feet, it escapes the summer doldrums common to many lower elevation lakes. The trout are active here, and there are plenty of them. There is natural spawning hab-

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itat, and the trout are prolific. They do not tend to be overly large, but make up for it by their sheer numbers. Face Lake is regularly stocked, and in 2012 there were 6,000 rainbow trout released into the lake. All kinds of anglers will be happy here, from beginners to experienced. Joyce Van Tongeren from Mile High Resort, says that while many lures and flies will work well here, resort guests seem to have some favourite producers.

choice lures. Fishing is good for most of the year. May to October is prime open water season, and excellent ice fishing from December to April. Van Tongeren hints that there are some especially productive hotspots on Face Lake. Guests can stop by the office for maps. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Kamloops, head west down the Trans-Canada Highway to the Coquihalla Highway and Exit 336, the road to Logan Lake. Go 8 km west along the highway to Logan Lake before turning north onto Paska Lake If you’re fly fishing, take Road, which is well signed. As note: Face Lake is known you continue down this road for as a testing ground for fly 10.2 km, you will pass Paska patterns. If they work here, they Lake before reaching the south may produce well elsewhere, too. end of Face Lake. The road to the Some of the best are Pumpkins, Face Lake recreation site, which Tom Thumbs and a 52 Buick. is rough and may require fourOther favourites are halfbacks, wheel-drive, is another 2.3 km. fullbacks and olive scuds. One of the best, however, is the Mile High Mile High Adventure Resort is Special. Guests of the resort can located at the south end of Face find out more about this great fly. Lake. This full service resort has cabins, camping and boat rentals, Gear fishers are also able to hook along with great fishing informainto some fabulous fishing. Van tion. Visit www.milehighresort. Tongeren says that some of the com, or email info@milehighclassics are also some of the best resort.com. producers here. Work with a wedding band and worm, trolling Map based on source material proalong the dropoffs. Van Tongeren vided by the Freshwater Fisheries also says that the resort office Society of BC. carries a large selection of other

Quick Facts Surface Area • 61.6 Hectares (152.2 Acres) Maximum Depth • 9.3 metres (30.5 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,463 metres (4,800 feet) Survey Date • Unknown Contour Units • Metres

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Hatheume Lake H

atheume Lake can reward patient anglers, and the trout in this higher elevation lake have been known to reach five pounds or more. Hatheume Lake was stocked with 2,000 rainbow trout in 2012. Glen Peck, from the Hatheume Lake Resort, says that Hatheume’s higher elevation keeps it fishing well into August. He adds that Hatheume Lake’s “abundant food sources provide prolific insect hatches from late May to September.” He adds that the resident swallow population is a good indicator for the location of good chironomid hatches. Many fly patterns work on Hatheume Lake. Peck suggests that anglers will want to choose chironomids in a wide range of sizes. Small #18s all the way up to large #10 Bombers are good to have on hand. “Early in the season, black with red wrap and Chromies are successful. Mid to late season, I use an olive green with copper wrap,” says Peck. Peck notes that black, brown and maroon are good all-season leech colours. Also, Hatheume Lake has a great freshwater shrimp population, and olive and grey are good

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colours for early or later in the year. The best spots to try are the weedy areas around the southwest corner of the lake. The northwest corner is also a good starting point. Peck says that one of his favourite spots for a trophy is in the middle of the lake, but that he has personally caught large fish right off the dock at the resort. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Kelowna follow Highway 97c west to the Sunset Exit. Continue along Sunset Road/Bear Forest Service Road north for 18 km to the Pinnacle/Hatheume turnoff on the left (north). Hatheume Lake Resort is located on the north-east

Quick Facts shore of the lake and has several cabin rentals, boat rentals and a tackle and convenience store. For more information, call 250-469-9600, or visit them online at www.hatheumelakeresort.com. As well, check out the Hatheume Lake page on the Angler’s Atlas website for several great access and hot spot markers: www.anglersatlas.com/ lakes/776.

Surface Area • 108 Hectares (267 Acres) Maximum Depth • 12 metres (39 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,395 metres (4,577 feet) Survey Date • June 1980 Contour Units • Metres

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Heffley Lake is best fished in the spring and fall. While still great fishing, later in the summer can be a little trickier. Hotshots, flatfish, and even worms are good choices for August, before the fall fishing action gets going. Use a full sinking line for reaching cooler waters. In the 1950’s intensive management activities were undertaken

t o boost t h e sport fishery population. According to the BC Government’s Fisheries Information Summary System database Heffley Lake was treated in 1957 with toxaphene. A downstream barrier was installed to prevent coarse fish migration back into the lake. Finally the lake was restocked with rainbow trout, and stocking has taken place every year since 1960. Heffley lake was stocked with 5,000 rainbow trout in 2012. Heffley Lake has a few accommodation options for anglers. There are two resorts on the lake—the Hitch’n’Rail Resort and Heffley Lake Resort— and there is also a Forest Recreation Site, which has a boat launch. The Heffley Lake page can be found at www.anglersatlas.com/ lakes/795. Here, members can contribute their stories, photos and

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ollow Highway 5 north to Heffley Creek, about 25 km north of Kamloops. At Heffley Creek, turn right (east) onto Sun Peaks Road and continue for about 15 km, where you will pass along the northern shore of Heffley Lake. The Recreation Site is located along the north shore. The recreation site has space for thirty vehicles and a cartop boat launch. The site is 2WD access off of Sun Peaks Road.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 222 Hectares (549 Acres) Maximum Depth • 24 metres (79 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 943 metres (3,095 feet) Survey Date • June 1950 Contour Units • Feet

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Hyas Lake S

et among the rugged mountains of the Thompson region, Hyas Lake offers excellent fishing, with a deep water hole and extensive shoal areas. These are prime trout waters, and Hyas Lake c a n

reward trout fishers with beauties up to five pounds. Bloodworms, chironomids and shrimp are all abundant in Hyas Lake, as well as leeches and damselflies. As well, there is said to be a good waterboatman hatch later in the summer. The varied insect population makes it easy to experiment with your fly patterns and techniques. Try different sizes and colours, but as always, try to match your insect’s movement patterns. Nearby Hadlow Lake offers good fishing as well. Although shallow, there is abundant insect life and good habitat to sustain a decent fishery. To the south of Hyas Lake lies Pemberton lake, which is also

worth the trip. While it, too, can be shallow near the shore, good size trout inhabit these waters. Both Hadlow and Pemberton Lakes have been

Fishing Tip #1 For lake and river fishing, go where the water turns from shallow to deep. Fish like to congregate and look for food in this area.

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Surface Area • 64 Hectares (158 Acres)

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Maximum Depth • 21.9 metres (72 feet)

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Elevation (ASL) • 1,219 metres (3,999 feet) Survey Date • June 1950

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im and Barb Lewko, owners of Johnson Lake Resort, describe the lake water as “the colour of the Caribbean.” Sometimes visibility is over 50 feet deep which means it is easy to spot the trout. The lake regularly produces rainbow trout in the one to two pound range, with some lunkers up to five pounds. The owners say trolling a fly pattern is the most popular fishing method. Barb’s preferred fly patterns for late spring are bright orange careys in #6 or 8 hooks and black leeches. She also recommends a few other patterns: black and silver split tails, as mayflies will be hatching soon; olive green Woolly Buggers size #10; Sparkle Careys size #8-12; ant patterns; and halfbacks, tied with peacock herl—which she calls “a staple for this lake.” Lure fishers should bring out their flatfish, number 5’s. She recommends flatfish in orange and green, red and yellow, pink and brown, as well as the frog

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flatfish. Of course, the traditional Wedding Band with Willow Leaf or gang troll is often a good producer. Try it in light green. The lake is stocked with 5,000 fall fry rainbow trout each autumn, using Pennask Premier stock. These are great fighting fish, and will give anglers a definite challenge when they’re hooked. The Angler’s Atlas lake page for Johnson Lake is a great place to post your tips, stories and videos. Members can also post map markers to point out hazards and hotspots. See www.anglersatlas.com/lakes/918. LAKE ACCESS

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ohnson Lake is about 100 kilometres north-east of Kamloops. Follow Highway 5 north of the city for 60 kilometres to Agate Bay Road on the right (east). Continue along this paved road for another 22 kilometres. Turn onto the gravel road (Minova Road) located on the left (north) and follow for anoth-

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er 16 kilometres to the resort. The resort has several cabins, a campground, a convenience store with tackle, and boat rentals. Firewood is free. To learn more about the resort you can visit www.JohnsonLakeResort. com

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There is also a small recreation site at the east end of the lake, which has six vehicle units and a cartop boat launch. The rec site has been updated in the past two years. Also please note that we’ve had reports that the water is quite shallow near the boat launch.

Maximum Depth • 59 metres (195 feet)

Surface Area • 59 Hectares (195 Acres)

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Kamloops Lake K

amloops Lake is a large, deep, river-fed lake that supports a healthy population of large trout. The sagebrush, prickly pear cactus and desert terrain are a beautifully rugged backdrop to the fresh, cool water of Kamloops Lake. Generally, anglers prefer lure fishing on this big lake. The trout here are piscivorous, meaning they feed o n

other fish. A lure that resembles a salmon or trout fry should work well. Anglers may succeed using the Coyote spoons, but other good choices are a silver flatfish #4 to 7 and black flatfish with silver specks. To m

where there’s water flowing into the lake. Use a sinking line and get it down to no more than 20 feet. And finally, go slow. The North Thompson and South Thompson Rivers flow in and out of Kamloops Lake. The fishing in the Thompson River can be spectacular, for both trout and char. As well, steelhead inhabit the Thompson River. Please keep in mind that the Thompson River is Classified Waters,

Mack and Apex lures also work well using medium size hooks.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 5,584 Hectares (13,798 Acres) Maximum Depth • >150 metres (>500 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 342 metres (1,122 feet) Survey Date • 1962 Contour Units • Feet

When fishing for the larger trout, your best bet is to troll between six and ten kilometres per hour, and get the lure down deep with a downrigger. As with many larger lakes, finding the hot spots can be challenging. A fish finder can help make the most of your time in these big lakes. Fly fishing large lakes can be challenging, but there are great opportunities for fly fishers on Kamloops Lake. Streamers and leeches are popoular patterns in Kamloops Lake. Stay fairly close to the shoreline. Look for some structure, such as trees and shallower areas of the lake. Also try to find areas

are two turnoffs into town, on the right (north) side of the highway. Follow either road into town to the Savona Public Beach, beside the Savona Hotel. There is public boat launch at Savona. Accommodations are available at the hotel or you can pull into Steelhead Provincial Park located two minutes from town. The park has 42 campsites and a cartop boat launch. Campsites available on a first come, first serve basis.

and at certain times of the year, different regulations apply. As well, regulations change depending on the area. Please consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information about fishing the Thompson River. To learn more about fly fishing larger lakes, drop by one of the local tackle shops and talk with the knowledgeable staff. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Kamloops, follow the Trans Canada Highway west about 40 km to Savona. There

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Knouff (Sullivan) Lake K

nouff Lake is a popular fishing destination for many anglers, and has been made famous by the “Knouff Lake Special” fly pattern. Formally known as Sullivan Lake, it is well known for its Mayfly and chironomid hatches. Watch for leeches in the spring. Gloria Lamberton from Knouff Lake Resort says that in mid-June there is a mayfly hatch, and that usually lasts for about 3 weeks. Mayflies, leeches and Prince Nymphs are your best bet for fly patterns, she says. Try fishing around the many islands and shoals in Knouff Lake, as well as any marl patches that are showing. If you’re not a fly fisher, try out a Frog Flatfish or Willow Leaf. Fishing during the months of May and June yield best results. The lake also has great fishing in the fall season, with excellent water boatman flights. Shrimp and leech patterns also work well in the fall. There is a two-fish per day limit on Knouff Lake, as well as a single hook restriction. Make sure to check the fishing regulations before heading to new lakes.

north-east of Kamloops. From 100 Mile House take Highway 24 east to Highway 5, and travel south to Heffley Creek. Turn left (east) on the road to Sun Peaks Resort. Roughly five km along the road you will meet a forestry road on the left (north) leading to Knouff Lake—there is good signage for Knouff Lake Resort. Follow this road for about 15 km, at which point the road wraps around the west side of the lake. There is a resort and forestry recreation site located beside the lake. The recreation site is found about halfway up the lake along the west shore. The site provides fifteen vehicle units and is equipped with a boat launch. Knouff Lake Resort is found further up the road at the north end of the lake, and there are several signs leading to the camp. This year-round resort offers cabins and a campground, and the main lodge has a store where you can purchase flies and basic food stuffs. For more information about Knouff Lake Resort, contact Gloria Lamberton at 1-888-5620555, or visit their web site at www.KnouffLake.com.

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Fishing Tip #2 Shiny fishing lures can attract certain fish, but the reflection of the sun can blind them and cause confusion. Use a matted metal fishing lure instead if possible, to avoid too much reflection.

Quick Facts Gazetted Name • Sullivan Lake Surface Area • 102 Hectares (252 Acres) Maximum Depth • 24.1 metres (79 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,148 metres (3,768 feet) Survey Date • July 1950 Contour Units • Feet

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Lac Des Roches L

ac Des Roches is located along Highway 24, often referred to as the “Fishing Highway”. It is known for having an excellent trout fishery, and is heavily stocked each year with Pennask, Blackwater and Tunkwa strains of rainbow trout. In 2012, nearly 86,000 rainbow trout were released. The lake is renowned for its Mayfly hatch, usually occuring during May and June, which provides some of the best fly fishing in the region. Fly fishers from around the world come to the lake specifically for this hatch. Good flies to keep on hand for summer fishing are Tom Thumbs, and green or grey sedge patterns are good bets. Shrimp can work well all season, while the trout seem to favour nymph patterns in the fall. A wellplaced Woolly Worm can produce good results, too.

and trolling is an effective way to make the most of your time on the lake. Needlefish and flatfish work well here, aiming for gold or yellow colour combinations. Spin casting is also effective, using similar colours. Check out the lake page for Lac Des Roches at www.anglersatlas.com/lakes/1019. Share your stories, tips and more! LAKE ACCESS

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ighway 24 runs east-west and joins two major highways in BC: Highway 97 and Highway 5. From Highway 97 the turnoff is located about 10 km south of 100 Mile House. Follow the highway (east) for about 50 km to the lake.

Highway 24 for approximately 30 km to the lake. There are two resorts along the lake, Lac Des Roches Resort, and Eagle Island Resort. Both are full service facilities with boat launches and cabins available. Lac Des Roches Resort restaurant offers an excellent authentic Italian dining experience, courtesy of owners / chefs Laura and Luca Lanzoni, not to be missed if you are in the area.

Travelling along Highway 5 the turnoff is located in the town of Little Fort, about 95 km north of Kamloops. Head west along

Fishing Tip #3 Cast close to the shoreline for more bites.

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Surface Area • 657 Hectares (1,623 Acres) Maximum Depth • 47.2 metres (155 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,134 metres (3,720 feet)

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ac Le Jeune is a popular family fishing lake, and an easy drive from Kamloops. There is a provincial park beside the lake, with concrete boat launch, vehicle campsites, picnic area, cold water taps, and a playground for children. Being a higher elevation © The Angler’s Atlas

assortment of chironomids are all useful to have on hand. lake, it often escapes the summer doldroms offering good fishing most of the season. Fly fishing is a great choice for Lac Le Jeune, as there are many different kinds of hatches throughout the season. Try a sedge pattern early on. Closer to fall, anglers will want to try a water boatman. Save these patterns for September, or when the evenings cool off.

Lure fishing is very productive here. Trolling a smaller flatfish is a good choice. Apex lures are also useful and adaptable to all kinds of angling situations. Visit the Angler’s Atlas and sign up to follow your favourite lakes! Members can now be notified whenever new information is posted on their favourites. See www.anglersatlas. com for details.

The east and west ends of the lake are shallow and reedy, and are ideal locations for dragon and damsel fly hatches.

Members can post tips, videos, map markers and more. See the page for Lac Le Jeune at www. anglersatlas.com/lakes/1022.

Some standards will work quite nicely in Lac Le Jeune. A half back nymph, Doc Spratley, small leech patterns and an

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Highway for approximately 35 km, until you reach the Lac Le Jeune Exit. Then follow the signs to the lake. The provincial park offers several amenities. Camping there is provided on a first come, first served basis, and reservations are accepted. Visit www. bcparks.ca for more information. There is also a full service resort on the lake. Lac Le Jeune resort has cabins and boat rentals available, as well as several other amenities. Visit their website at www.lljr.ca for more information.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 198 Hectares (489 Acres) Maximum Depth • 27.7 metres (91 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,273 metres (4,177 feet) Survey Date • June 1949 Contour Units • Feet

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ogan Lake is a real success story, with its plentiful and good sized trout. Logan Lake lies at the heart of a series of world class trout fishing lakes. It’s situated right in town, and produces some of the largest trout in the region. Fly fishing works best in Logan Lake. Wes Kellough, local angler, says that black is a good colour choice for flies. Chironomids and Pumpkinheads produce good results. Black and red or black and white chironomids are great choices, and anglers can also try black leeches and micro leeches. If you’re gear fishing, Kellough recommends a smaller flatfish or spinner. Anglers can catch trout in the five pound range, some as big as ten pounds. The food choices for the trout are plentiful, and while they might be a little more finicky, the big trout are there for the taking. This lake is great for fishing in a float tube or pontoon boat. There is a quota of 2 trout for Logan Lake, and only electric motors are permitted. While you’re out on the lake, keep an eye out for ducks and other migratory birds. When you’re finished fishing for the day, take a hike along the

trails that wind around the lake.

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ess than a generation ago, Logan Lake was described as “litt l e

The lake currently has a small campsite, a 60 foot wharf, two aeration systems, an artificial spawning channel and a population of both Kamloops and Blackwater River trout, the latter stocked due to the recent introduction of shiners. The Blackwater trout are aggressive and hopefully will reduce the shiner population. Logan Lake is stocked with both catchablesized trout, and yearlings.

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m o r e than a s l o u g h .” But in 1979, members of the Highland Valley Outdoor Association came up with a plan to rehabilitate the lake. Since then, assistance has been given by Highland Valley Copper, Highland Valley Enhancement Fund, the former Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Ducks Unlimited and the District of Logan Lake.

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o access Logan Lake from Kamloops, follow Highway 5 south to Meadow Creek Road, about 35 km from Kamloops. Then follow Meadow Creek Road west, into the town of Logan Lake (approximately 20 km). Logan Lake Lodge is located on the shore of Logan Lake and is a full service facility with a restaurant, pub, and liquor store. On the rare days when the fish aren’t biting, the lodge also has a golf course. To learn more, visit them at www.LoganLake.com As well, visit Mile High Resort, a full service resort facility on nearby Face Lake. Their website is at www.milehighresort.com. Contribute your stories about fishing Logan Lake on the Angler’s Atlas Logan Lake page. See www.anglersatlas. com/lakes/1115.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 12 Hectares (29 Acres) Maximum Depth • 7.9 metres (26 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,036 metres (3,400 feet) Survey Date • May 1970 Contour Units • Feet

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Loon Lake L

oon Lake is one of many interior lakes that are large, deep, and offer excellent fishing opportunities to challenge both novice and expert alike. Loon Lake is more than 13 kilometres long and 65 metres deep, nestled deep in a valley in the rolling hills of the Bonaparte Plateau, the Arrowstone Hills and the Thompson Plateau.

depth here, and depth finders are helpful. Use weights or a downrigger to get your line down deep and target the trout.

bers of wild © The Angler’s stock rainAtlas bow trout round out the experience. There are several spawning creeks that flow into Loon Lake’s clear, shoal-lined waters. There is plenty of vegetation along the shores, prime insect habitat, providing plenty of food for hungry trout.

Fly-fishing here is not impossible. It is worth the effort for those willing to target the shoals or dropoffs. Good hatches of mayflies, chironomids and dragonflies, as well as freshwater shrimp and leeches, are available year-round. While you can find trout throughout the length of the lake, most anglers concentrate on the ends.

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Loon Lake is a popular lake for all sorts of recreational pursuits, and the large num-

The best way to cover the expanse of Loon Lake is by boat, and though shore fishing is possible, it can be difficult to wade through the brush in places.

Sunrise is an excellent time to fish, try to go out early in the morning.

Loon Lake. Flatfish, spoons, small spinners and plugs are your best bet. Ford Fenders with worms are basic and productive. You want e n s u r e proper

Note that a fishing closure is in effect all year off the mouth of Thunder Creek and within 500 m of the outlet stream at the southwest end of the lake from December 1 to April 30. Signs mark the boundaries of the closed areas.

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rom 100 Mile House head out on Highway 97 to 20 Mile House. Take Loon Lake Road northeast for 17 km to reach the southwest end of the lake. There are no fewer than eight private resorts along Loon Lake. Reports are that the campsite at Loon Lake Provincial Park has been closed. New for 2013, now follow your favourite lakes on the Angler’s Atlas website! Go to your favourite lake pages and click on the “follow” button to be notified of new posts and information on the website. Have something to say about your local lakes? Post on our website and let our members know! Visit www.anglersatlas. com. Map and article based on source material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 693.6 Hectares (1,714 Acres) Maximum Depth • 64.9 metres (213 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 825 metres (2,707 feet) Survey Date • May 1951 Contour Units • Feet

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Mamit Lake M

amit Lake is a shallow, medium size lake, located between Merritt and Logan lake in the Mamit Valley. The lake is part of the Guichon Creek watershed, flowing into the Nicola River, near Merritt, and on into the Thompson River. The lake is a popular trolling lake. Wedding Bands and Flatfish are favourite lures for anglers trolling Mamit Lake. Trout are generally in the one

or two pound range but have been reported up to five pounds. Because the lake is relatively shallow, it may be a good choice for early spring or later in the fall. Particularly right after iceoff (the time when ice has just left the lake), trout will feed actively.

Pay close attention to the movement of your line. Learn how to understand the difference between a curious fish and one that is biting so you can hook and reel it in.

Other good all-season choices are trolling leeches, Woolly Buggers and Doc Spratleys. The lake is good for chironomids early in the year, and is also known for its good Mayfly hatch. The north and south ends of Mamit Lake have good shoal LAKE ACCESS

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areas. Keep in mind that trout will be more active in the evening, as will their food sources. At these times, bright flourescent colours can sometimes produce good results.

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Mamit lake has a good burbot fishery. However, the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations specify that it is a catch and release fishery only. The wind can get very high down the valley and that can make the lake dangerous at times. Be sure to watch the weather closely and don’t get caught unprepared.

If you are heading out to fly fish, bloodworms, leeches and shrimp are good early season choices.

rom Kamloops head south along Highway 5 to Meadow Creek Road (exit 336), and continue to the town of Logan Lake. At the end of this road, you will meet Highway 97c. Turn left (south) here on to the Highway, also known as Mamit Lake Road, and follow for about 12 km. The road wraps around the eastern shore of the lake and is easy to spot. New for 2013, now follow your favourite lakes on the Angler’s Atlas website! Go to your favourite lake pages and click on the “follow” button to be notified of new posts and information on the website. Have something to say about your local lakes? Post on our website and let our members know! Visit www.anglersatlas. com. The page for Mamit Lake can be found at www.anglersatlas.com/lakes/1175.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 165 Hectares (408 Acres) Maximum Depth • 14.0 metres (46 feet) Elevation (ASL) • ~970 metres (~3200 feet) Survey Date • June 1978 Contour Units • Metres

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Nicola Lake A

good choice for these feisty fish, and red and silver or orange and silver combinations can be useful to have on hand. Garland says that for kokanee, even a simple gang troll or a hook and worm can be effective. Ford fenders are The trout and kokanee in Nicola popular. Lake are large as well, and the cool, deep water helps to keep the Remember to pay attention to fishing consistent even through your speed when you’re trolling. Different pieces of equipment the heat of the summer. are most effective at particular Nicola Lake is home to rainbow speeds. trout and kokanee, as well as burbot. Burbot make for great ice The same goes for trollfishing, as they are most ing flies. In big water active in the depths such as Nicola Lake of winter. it may be tempting to cover mid the rolling hills of the Thompson Nicola Valley lies the spectacular Nicola Lake. Renowned for its depth and its fabulous fishing, Nicola Lake is a highly popular recreation lake.

Johnny Garland, from Surplus Herby’s in Kamloops, notes that burbot is a popular winter sport fishery. Buzz Bombs are great for jigging, partly because of their flashing action. Keep in mind that burbot is catch and release in Nicola Lake. Rainbows may go after Panther Martins, Mepps and Blue Foxes, Garland says. While lure fishing is an effective way to make the most of big waters, fly fishing on Nicola Lake can be rewarding, too. Later in the season, Garland suggests half-backs and shrimp patterns, especially for later season fishing. Kokanee have been known to prefer flashy colours. Red is a

as much water as possible, however it will do you more good to slow down and let your fly work to its best potential. The Nicola River flows in and out of Nicola Lake. This great river flows into the Thompson River, which is also renowned for its steelhead and salmon. Please note that both the Thompson and Nicola Rivers have strict regulations in place regarding steelhead and salmon. Please consult both the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations and the Federal Fishing Regulations for information.

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here are several access points to Nicola Lake. From Merritt, head northeast along Highway 5 about 7 kilometres to Monck Provincial Park. This large campground boasts 120 camp sites, boat launches, hiking trails and pictographs. Several other points along Highway 5 provide access as well as boat launches and day use areas. The recreational opportunities on Nicola Lake are well worth a trip, even for non-anglers. Windsurfing, sailing and boating are very popular, and the numerous hiking trails around the lake provide great dry land activities.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 2,516 Hectares (6,217 Acres) Maximum Depth • 55 metres (180 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 623 metres (2,045 feet) Survey Date • July 1958 Contour Units • Feet

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ass Lake is about 45 minutes north-west of Kamloops and is managed as a trophy flyfishing lake.

and mayflies and chironomids areas located on the south lake are great choices for early sea- shore (FISS Reference: K0828, son fishing. 1982). In 2012, Pass Lake was These same patterns are good stocked with both catchableAlthough the lake is small, it for fall, too, and anglers will sized trout, and yearlings. produces trophy trout. There are want to add shrimp and water There is a bait ban on the lake; some huge fish in Pass Lake, boatman patterns to their arse- artificial flies only with single some in the ten pound range. nals. barbless hook. Other restrictions Spring and fall are the best times The lake has been stocked with apply, so check the Freshwater to fish Pass Lake. Damselflies rainbow trout nearly every year Fishing Fishing Regulations a r e good, since 1953. One of the fisheries before you head out to this constraints noted by provincial lake. biologists has been a lack of LAKE ACCESS natural creek systems for ccess from Kamloops is mature fish to spawn. along the Lac Du Bois One past attempt Road for roughly 30 km. Pass to enhance fish- Lake is located along this road, eries production and has a Forest Recreation site. in Pass Lake, The site is accessible with twothe Kamloops wheel drive, has space for 20 F l y f i s h e r ’ s vehicle units, and has a boat A s s o c i a t i o n launch. have placed gravel over Now follow your favourite lakes n a t u r a l on the Angler’s Atlas website! spring Go to your favourite lake pages and click on the “follow” button to be notified of new posts and information on the website.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 28 Hectares (69 Acres) Maximum Depth • 12.8 metres (42 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 948 metres (3,110 feet) Survey Date • June 1949 Contour Units • Feet

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Pillar Lake P

illar Lake is one of those great local lakes that pleases everyone from families to expert anglers. A short drive from the small interior town of Falkland, Pillar Lake is a favourite with local anglers. This popular family fishing lake may not be very big, but it has an excellent sport fishery and is not too heavily fished. In many places the forest descends right to the shoreline, though it is possible to find some decent shore fishing locations. Small boats will have no problem here. There are some great, steep dropoffs and holes that make trolling Pillar Lake especially productive.

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Pillar Lake is stocked with feisty, fighting Pennask rainbow trout, and in 2012, 11,000 yearlings were released. Fly-fishers may find that chironomids produce in the early season with damselfly and dragonfly imitations performing best toward the summer months. Most fly-anglers target the shoals at the north end of the lake. Gear fishers can work with spinners and spoons, flatfish and plugs.

Troll out and try a zig zag, back and forth from shallow to deep. Go slow. The Angler’s Atlas web page for Pillar Lake is at www.anglersatlas.com/lakes1489. Here, members can post tips, hazards and hotspots and more. While you’re there, sign up to follow your favourite lakes and be notified whenever new information is posted. LAKE ACCESS

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rom Kamloops, go east down the Trans-Canada Highway to the Highway 97 turnoff at Monte Creek. Head south and drive for about 45 km to Falkland. At Chase-Falkland Road, which will also take you to nearby Joyce Lake, turn north and drive for 12 km to Pillar Lake. The gravel road remains in good condition year-round. A public day-use cartop boat launch is located near the south end of the lake. There is also a private resort located on the lake, offering cabin rentals and rv sites, a boat launch and rentals. Visit their website at www. pillarlake.com, or email them at info@pillarlake.com. Map and article based on source material provided by the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC.

Quick Facts Surface Area • 43 Hectares (102 Acres) Maximum Depth • 16 metres (52 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 853 metres (2,798 feet) Survey Date • May 1950 Contour Units • Metres

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inantan Lake, one the Thompson Region’s Family Fishing Waters, appeals to families, beginners and experts alike. This highly productive aquatic environment helps the trout to thrive and reach large sizes. Pinantan Lake is an all around good family lake any time of year. Ice fishing extends the season, making this a go-to lake any time. The areas around Pinantan Lake’s shores are somewhat marshy, and it’s easy to get tangled up in these sections. Still, this is prime insect habitat. Some of the best locations are along the steep drop offs a n d many shoal

areas. Try cruising in between the islands and out to the deeper sections in the middle.

Gear fishers will do well here, too, especially with a red flatfish or a silver Deadly Dick.

Fly fishers will especially appreciate Pinantan Lake, with its abundant Mayfly hatch in early summer and its proliferation of other insects and aquatic invertebrates. Pinantan Lake’s productive habitat supports trout in the 1.5 lb range, some even up to three pounds or more. Also, in 2012, 4,000 rainbow trout yearlings were released in the lake.

Watson notes that there really isn’t any decent shore fishing, as there is no real access. Bring a boat or float tube, or rent from the resort.

Brad Watson, who runs Pinantan Lake Family Resort, offers some suggestions for getting at these big trout. “For flies, try a red bead-headed leech. Troll slowly on a fast-sinking line,” he says. Another great fly pattern for Pinantan Lake is a green modified 52 Buick.

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rom Kamloops, head north down the Yellowhead Highway (Highway 5). Turn right at Paul Lake Road (look for the Husky station on the right) and drive for 30 minutes down this paved road to the small residential community. You will pass Paul Lake Provincial Park along the way. Pinantan Lake Family Resort offers cabins, camping, a boat launch and boat rentals. Visit their website at www.pinantanlake.bc.ca or call them at 1-866882-8826.

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Quick Facts Surface Area • 68 Hectares (168 Acres) Maximum Depth • 18.5 metres (61 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 878 metres (2,881 feet) Survey Date • September, 1990 Contour Units • Metres

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et in the Thompson Plateau, Roche Lake lies entirely within Roche Lake Provincial Park. This lake is a great weekend getaway. Anglers will find a lot to explore and new favourite spots each time out.

lightweight rod. Popular lures include Flatfish, Hot Shot and Kwikfish in orange and black, silver and black, frog and silver, plus Rooster Tail, Mepps Aglia and Panther Martin weighted spinners.

The fish are big and plentiful, some over five pounds. In 2012, 24,000 yearling rainbow trout were released into Roche Lake. In 2011, a rainbow over 7 pounds was pulled from the lake. Lower quotas have meant that the average fish size has been getting bigger every year.

When exploring new water and looking for a good place to fish, look for fish feeding on the surface, and look at birds circling over sections of the lake. Both techniques can be very effective in locating fish.

Black leeches and green shrimp are the natural feed for the trout in Roche Lake. Anglers should explore the areas around Carl Flats, where it is relatively shallow. Anglers with spinning outfits go with a

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km, until you reach Roche Lake Road at the north end of Trapp Lake. Turn left here (east), and then follow the signs to the lake. Anglers have two options for accommodations — the Roche Lake Resort and Provincial Park Campsites. The resort is found along the eastern shore, whereas the park has two

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Quick Facts campgrounds, situated at the northern tip of the lake and along the western shore. Camping at the provincial park is provided on a first come, first served basis. Campgrounds are also available on Horseshoe Lake, another lake within the park. Roche Lake Resort is a full service lodge with a restaurant, store, boat rentals and tackle available. Call (250) 828-2007 or visit their website at: www.RocheLake.com

Surface Area • 134 Hectares (331 Acres) Maximum Depth • 21.3 metres (70 feet) Elevation (ASL) • 1,134 metres (3,721 feet) Survey Date • June 1949 Contour Units • Feet

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huswap Lake is one of BC’s favorite destination lakes. The lake is made up of several distinct ‘arms’ with the town of Salmon Arm taking the name of the southern-most arm. Along with the amazing recreational opportunities on Shuswap Lake, the fishing is spectacular. Sheldon Sherman, from Reel Fishing Adventures, says that heavy gear is an absolute must for Shuswap. The fish are big, the water is deep, and while you may have luck with lighter equipment, you will have better luck with heavy-duty stuff. As well, downriggers and fish finders are other essential pieces of equipment. For water as big as Shuswap Lake, anglers will want to make the most of their time,

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Vary your speed, and pay attention to the structure in the lake, as that is more likely where the fish are located.

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Check out Sherman’s website for more great tips, and information about where to fish on Shuswap Lake, at www.reelfishingadventures.net. The lake offers excellent fishing for numerous fish species including rainbow trout, burbot, kokanee, lake trout, whitefish. Please be sure to consult the BC Freshwater Fishing Regulations before heading out. Shuswap Lake is subject to various restrictions in different areas. A s

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here are several access points to Shuswap Lake, as the Trans Canada Highway borders many sections of the lake and the communities of Sorrento, Salmon Arm and Sicamous are located on its shore. There are a number of provincial parks located around the lake and BC Parks website has detailed map showing all their parks around the lake and access roads to those parks with road access.To learn more about the these and other parks, visit www. BCParks.ca.

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ithout question, the future of fishing is with the children. But, at times, it can seem like a daunting task to get young ones hooked on an activity with the (undeserved) reputation for being boring. The key is fast action. Keep young hands and eyes busy with wriggling worms, fast reels and feisty trout. The lake is stuffed with rainbow trout that are not big — no more than 0.5 kilograms (one pound) — but eager and easy to catch. A 20-metre (60-foot) fishing wharf at the lake, which was built by members of the Kamloops and District Fish and Game Club, makes it easy for youngsters to drop a line without a boat. The water off the end of the dock is roughly 2 m (7 ft) deep. When the fish are nearby, which is pretty much all the time except when noisy people on the wharf drive them out, all it takes is a worm suspended from a bobber

from 1 m to 2 m (3 ft to 6 ft) to get some action. Don’t use big pieces of bait as your supply will quickly run out. Walloper Lake is also a great place to introduce children to flyfishing. These fish will quickly key in on chironomids, nymphs and leeches. Boaters will find good action along the gently sloping shoals and at the dropoffs near the lake’s points. The deadfall along the shorelines can also hold fish, although fishing in the snags requires skillful casting. Ice fishing is also popular on Walloper Lake. An aerator is on the lake to oxygenate the water and stave off winterkills, but caution is required as the ice near the aerator can be thin and unstable, even well back from the open water. Safety fencing is installed around

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Maximum Depth • 7.8 metres (25.6 feet)

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Surface Area • 42.6 Hectares (105.3 Acres)

Elevation (ASL) • 1,311 metres (4,301 feet) Survey Date • July 1950 Contour Units • Feet

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2012 Thompson Nicola Stocking Report Waterbody Name

Species

Released

Waterbody Name

Species

Released

Waterbody Name

Species

Released

ABBOTT

RB

2,000

DOT

RB

6,700

JACKO

RB

10,000

ALKALI - 4 MILE

RB

1,000

DUFFY

RB

3,500

JACKSON

RB

2,000

ALKALI - 6 MILE

EB

1,000

DUTCH

KO

4,000

JIMMY

RB

1,500

ALKALI - 6 MILE

RB

1,000

DUTCH

RB

1,500

JOHN FRANK

RB

3,000

ALLEN MEADOWS

RB

4,000

EDITH

EB

4,500

JOHNSON

RB

5,000

AMPHITHEATRE

RB

6,000

EDITH

RB

5,500

JOYCE

RB

4,500

ANDY

RB

1,500

EDNA

EB

8,000

KANE #1 LEFT

RB

2,035

ARMOUR

RB

1,000

EILEEN

RB

2,000

KANE #2 RIGHT

RB

2,035

BARE

RB

1,470

ELBOW

RB

5,000

KERSEY

EB

500

BARNES

RB

15,000

ENGLISHMEN

RB

3,000

KERSEY

RB

500

BEATON

RB

2,000

ERNEST

RB

3,000

KWOTLENEMO

RB

6,001

BEAUTIFUL

RB

500

FACE

RB

6,000

LAC DES ROCHES

RB

112,533

BEAVERDAM

EB

30,000

FATOX

RB

2,000

LAC LE JEUNE

RB

15,000

BIG O.K.

RB

2,000

FISHBLUE

RB

1,000

LAJOIE

RB

5,000

BILLY

RB

3,000

FLEMING LAKE

RB

700

LEIGHTON

RB

2,000

BIRCH

RB

10,000

FLOAT

RB

1,000

LILY

RB

3,000

BLACK

EB

3,000

FOOT

RB

1,000

RB

2,500

BLACK

RB

8,500

FOREST

RB

2,500

LITTLE ANGUS HORNE

BLACKWATER

RB

2,000

FRED

RB

3,500

RB

6,000

BLACKWELL

RB

500

FRISKEN

RB

8,000

LITTLE LAC DES ROCHES

BLEEKER

RB

4,500

FROGMOORE

RB

2,000

LODGEPOLE

RB

3,000

BLUE

RB

1,500

GAMMARUS

RB

1,000

LOGAN

RB

3,962

BOB

RB

4,000

GILLIS

RB

5,000

LOLO

RB

3,000

BOG

RB

2,404

GLIMPSE

RB

12,000

LUNDBOM

RB

8,000

BOG

EB

1,500

GORMAN

RB

4,000

LYNN

RB

2,500

BOOT

RB

5,000

GRIZZLY

RB

2,000

MACHETE

KO

50,000

BOSE

RB

5,000

GUMP

RB

1,500

MACHETE

RB

13,506

BULMAN

RB

3,000

GUN

RB

20,000

MARQUART

EB

4,000

BURN

RB

2,000

GWEN

RB

5,000

MARQUART

RB

4,500

BUTTERBALL

RB

1,000

GYPSUM

RB

1,000

MARSHALL

RB

2,000

CALLING

RB

6,000

HAMMER

RB

10,000

MCCONNELL

RB

5,000

CAMERON

EB

1,000

HARMON

RB

6,000

MCCORMICK

RB

1,500

CAROL

RB

750

HARPER

RB

4,000

MCGLASHAN

EB

3,000

CHICKEN RANCH

EB

5,000

HATHEUME

RB

2,000

MCGUIRE

RB

400

CLUB

RB

1,000

HEATHER

RB

1,000

MILLER

RB

2,500

COURTNEY

RB

5,000

HEFFLEY

RB

5,000

MONTE

KO

25,000

CROWN

RB

4,000

HERMAN

RB

2,000

MONTE

RB

10,000

CRYSTAL

RB

35,000

HIHIUM

RB

20,000

MORGAN

RB

1,000

DAGGER

RB

993

HORSESHOE

EB

2,500

MOWSON POND

RB

1,500

DAIRY

RB

2,000

HORSESHOE

RB

2,500

MURRAY

RB

5,000

DARDANELLES

RB

2,000

HOSLI

RB

2,500

NOBLE

RB

1,500

DEEP

EB

2,000

HUDSON

RB

2,500

NORMAN

RB

1,000

DENNIS

RB

1,516

ISLAND

RB

2,000

NUGGET

RB

2,000

DOMINIC

RB

2,000

ISLAND

RB

2,000

OK

RB

2,000

DONUT

RB

500

ISOBEL

RB

2,500

PASS

RB

3,500

PAT

RB

5,000


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Waterbody Name

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Species

PAUL

RB

45,000

SALMON

Species RB

Released 7,000

TWIN LAKES 1

RB

Released 1,500

PAVILION

RB

40,000

SECOND LOWER

EB

3,500

TWO MILE

RB

1,000

PEARSON POND

EB

2,500

SECOND UPPER

EB

3,500

TYAUGHTON

RB

6,000

PEMENT

RB

1,000

SHARPE

RB

5,000

TYNER

RB

2,800

PETER HOPE

RB

30,000

SHEA

RB

4,550

WALKER

RB

2,000

PHILLIPS

EB

2,500

SILENT

RB

2,000

WARE

RB

2,000

PHILLIPS

RB

6,000

SKIMIKIN

RB

1,500

WARREN

RB

3,000

PHINETTA

RB

5,500

SKMANA

RB

3,500

WASLEY

RB

3,000

PILLAR

RB

11,000

SMITH

RB

1,500

WEST

RB

500

PINANTAN

RB

4,000

SPANISH

RB

3,500

WEST BADGER

RB

1,500

PINNACL

RB

1,000

SPECTACLE

RB

5,000

WHITE

RB

25,000

PLACID

RB

750

STAKE

RB

16,000

WINDY

RB

2,000

PLATEAU

RB

7,000

STUMP

KO

80,000

WINEHOLT

RB

1,000

PLATEAU PONDS

EB

1,000

STUMP

RB

84,486

WOODS

RB

3,000

POWERLINE

EB

2,000

SUMMIT

RB

500

WYSE

RB

2,000

PRATT

RB

2,000

SURREY

RB

6,000

RED

EB

38,383

TOM CAMPBELL

RB

1,800

Stock Species Codes:

RED

RB

9,000

TSOTIN

EB

3,000

REXFORD

RB

1,000

TSOTIN

RB

1,500

RICHARD

RB

1,500

TULIP

EB

1,500

EB KO RB

ROCHE

RB

24,000

TULIP

RB

1,000

ROSE

EB

1,000

TUNKWA

RB

72,374

ROSE

RB

1,500

TUPPER

RB

5,000

ROSS MOORE

RB

1,500

TURQUOISE

RB

4,000

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