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Dust off those chironomids and get the coil out of your line. According to Powderkeg Sports, a few smaller lakes around Princeton are open. Courntney and Marquart, the ice is piling up at the north ends and are only a good wind away from being ice free. Pike Mountain may have some lakes that are close to ice off, but the roads are not accessable due to snow. Logging crews have not started their road maintenance as of yet. Roche lake ice is gone and is open for fishing starting May 1st, however, last year it opened early( April 1st ) as the ice came off somewhere between the very end of March or the first few days of April. The weather forcast for the next few days show decent daytime temp. for Princeton, Merritt, and Kamloops. Obviously the temp. will be cooler in the hills but overnite temperatures even if slightly below freezing will not result in much additional ice. Check out the Weather Network website and click onto the ( 14 day trend ) box. Look toward the end of April on the graph. It's sure to give any flyfisherman a " Woody ". I'll try to get some info on possible early opening on Roche...........Later
 

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Chalupa,

Thanks for the report and welcome to BC Fishing Reports. I'm gettting pumped as the ice is thawing. I'm plannng on heading up country on the first weeekend of May to fish somewhere. Any word on Coquahala (sp?) lakes? Ice off expectations?

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B-Daddy
 

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First weekend of May/06 ( B-Daddy)

So much for the 14 day trend. It seems that old man winter is back to his "Normal" routine instead of the "Month early" scenario. I have the first week of May booked off from work but am having second thoughts. You see, there are a number of fishing opportunities to take advantage of, but depending on elevation, temperature, barometric pressure, and a few other considerations, this might not be the week to go to our planned destinations as they are in the 3500-4100ft range and although may indeed be ice-free, could very well be in the process of turning over. On an encouraging note, disolved O2 readings on tested lakes this spring show good levels, meaning a shorter turnover period and possibly on some lakes not too noticeable. The longer the ice remains, the less this becomes a factor. There are a number of lakes in the Thompson/Nicola region in the 3000ft range that are well on their way to ice-off. Others below that by months end will be turned over and fishing well,..... maybe. Certain lakes that may just be coming off that magical weekend in May could provide some memorable if not the best fishing of the season until the surface temperature hits 39-41 degrees F, as this signals the beginning of the turnover period. If temperatures remain cool overnite at the lake el. and wind action is minimal, then fishing after the initial ice-off can remain steady for days. Do the math, don't put yourself in a possition to be dissapointed if you are on a tight schedule, and go where and when you know. It is great just to get out and see the earth wake up from its deep winter sleep. Keep your options open. Don't get too carried away setting up camp for a week unless you determine the lake is not turning. It's easy enough to re-locate to a more productive elevation!!!! Check the forums daily.......Good Fishin!!
 

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Chalupa,

You know your stuff, but where and when to fish is still the question. Don't answer that cuz I'm not really asking where you'll be. You've given us all alot to think about for the upcoming trip planning and execution schedule. Oh, I can't wait till it happening. But the anticipation is good.
Thanks for all you thoughts.

B-Daddy
 

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" B- daddy " I have a reliable report that Harmon in the Kane lakes area is iced off. Most of the lakes in close proximity to Harmon are at roughly the same elevation and should be, if not now, but almost certainly ice free by April 24/06. I have a buddy heading up today to scout out the area. I believe that most of these lakes don't open till May 1st, but check your regs. I haven't found any info on early openings as of yet. I would guess my buddy will probably fish Courtney as it started to ice off almost a week ago and I would guess is good to go. I'll post any fresh reports I recieve. Chalupa
 
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