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I work in Burnaby and it would be so easy to put a rod behind my seat and stop either on the way to or on the way home for a few casts.
I haven't fished there since I was a kid and the only thing we ever caught were catfish.
Now I know that it has been stocked with trout over the years so I am wondering if anyone has fished there with any sucess either this spring or in previous years.
I don't have any kind of water craft right now so also wondering if it is fishable along the shoreline anywhere except the beach area, I am not fond of angling in that much goose goo!
 

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Deer Lake is dead man. I live near there and on days with nothing to do I jump in my 12' and electric and fish the lake. I troll, cast, flyfish, worms, spinners, spoons, everything and theres pretty much nothing biting in there. There are big carp in there, guys off the dock just use powerbait and sit it on the bottom. But as for the trout, Ive caught a small one about 2 years back during the summer near the north end but thats it. I usually just go there now to smoke a cigerette on the boat and putt putt around and maybe take a nap along the north weed bed. Go there to enjoy the veiw as it is very nice but dont go there thinking you'll actually get a fish. This is a dirty cloudy city lake that I find only gets partly fishable during the spring/summer.
 

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in the early spring we used to fish this lake right in the middle of the swimming area! using worms or corn on the bottom using a small bar rig years back there were tonnes of trout in there ! we used to sit on the dock using hand lines tied right to the dock and throw a few pieces of corn on a hook and just slay the lil trout! i remember catching 20-30 fish a day! and then the carp came! :evil:

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Yea sorry to hear but it would seem as if it is just one more of many local waters being taken over by species such as carp what a shame.
 

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dont let anyone put you off i caught lots of catchable trout in there last summer
i was in a tube and flyfishing
Lots of people fish from shore its just a bit of a treck into the spots
Whonnock lake is fun as it has lots of Black Crappie in it as well as trout and well i think it must have carp in it as i was fishing with a nyph and something big hit it and broke my leader :shock:
 

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Hey Brit

I doubt you had a Carp. More likely a large Cutty or Bow there are some real lunkers in that lake. That lake is a mystery every now and then someone will land one from 5 to 10 lb, always by accident and there has never been any consistency to it. I have fished that lake for the last 20 years and had many 30 to 50 fish days when targeting Crappies and also caught my fair share of 1 to 2 lb Cutts and Bows. The trout were always a surprise, I have yet to meet anyone who has figured out the key to the Whonnock Lake lunkers but they are in there along with a good population of Cutties and Bows.
 

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Gentlemen what is happening to this site?

I can not get a strait forward reply for the life of me anymore.
Crappies,? Cutts,? Whonnock Lake lunkers?
One person replies saying one thing about a lake or stream and another something totaly the opposite,, and then there are those that obviously never even bother to read the origional post, and spout off not even knowing what they are discussing.
Once again I am faced with I guess I will just have to check it out for myself. But hey thanks anyway! :roll:
 

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Diffrent people have different experiences on the same lake. I highly dought that newsman ever caught that many fish. That lake is sloooooooow, 30 - 50 fish??? Theres no way.
 

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Whonnock Lake is a mystery to all that fish it. I had days in that lake 30 years ago when there was only a trail into the lake from Dewdney Tk. Rd. and it was nothing more than a gravel logging road!...Had lots of days there where we caught trout...not too many, and not very big but they were there......It has since been stocked on numerous occasions and even today, you can fish there and have a really good day and come back the next with the same gear and catch absolutely nothing!!...Ten pounds from Whonnock Lake would also leave me a resident of Missouri............Ortho
 

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DEER LAKE

BCfisher, re: "Diffrent people have different experiences on the same lake." I guess I am a lil slow or something but I have never had those kind of experiences where I was asked about my experience on a certain lake and orated a tale of being on a totaly different body of water (wow thats Different allright)

I need new meds they seem to be working for some
 

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what is up :?
you asked about Deer Lake and i gave you a report and where to try from shore
what else do you need :?:
 

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Diffrent people have different experiences on the same lake. I highly dought that newsman ever caught that many fish. That lake is sloooooooow, 30 - 50 fish??? Theres no way.
If you find Whonnock slow then you need to change your tactics, summer is better. Also those large numbers were Crappies.
 

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Ahh, I see, then ya, maybe.
berean_man7 I have no idea what your talking about in your last reply. Can you explain because your going all over the place with that one.
 
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crappies

This question is more pointed towards Britguy and Newsman: I was in Whonnock fishing for crappies for the first time in late fall last year (miserable weather) and was skunked. Could either of you be so kind as to tell me what area of the lake to try? I was fly-fishing minnow patterns along the edge of the lily beds towards the inflow. I've heard crappies lurk in the vegetation waiting for minnows and smaller fish to swim by and then dart out and snag them. Maybe I had an off day, maybe it was too damn cold and the wrong time of year.
 

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The best time to target crappies is in mid spring when they nesting, most other times of the year they are scattered and difficult to locate with out ALOT of searching. If you want to catch HUGE crappie fish Hatzic on the NW side right up against the shore use small jigs with sparkle blue tubes (reaction bait ones are excellent) Cheers.
 

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Re: crappies

nostrildamus said:
This question is more pointed towards Britguy and Newsman: I was in Whonnock fishing for crappies for the first time in late fall last year (miserable weather) and was skunked. Could either of you be so kind as to tell me what area of the lake to try? I was fly-fishing minnow patterns along the edge of the lily beds towards the inflow. I've heard crappies lurk in the vegetation waiting for minnows and smaller fish to swim by and then dart out and snag them. Maybe I had an off day, maybe it was too damn cold and the wrong time of year.
Too cold is right. When I have found them (note the when) in fall, they have been in deeper water hitting on Baggy Shrimp.
 

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when i said i cought 30 to 50 fish in a day is no joke!!! back in the days when okalla prison whas just closing down! my largest from this lake was 19 inches huge for this lake but someone who worked for the burnaby now took pictures of a few of the many fish i cought that day and oh yes by the way all catch and release! deer lake is where i learned how to catch trout in lakes and 20 years later i think i've kept maybe 10 trout for the frying pan! those days are long gone now!!!sad to see! but there are fish in there try using corn fished on the bottom and see what happens
 
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