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I took the family out today to pick black berries (Wife makes a mean black berry pie) just down from where we stopped to pick there was a park called Hougen Park with a alrge stretch of water in there, i was wondering if its fishable or if anyone go there to fish, would there be any cutties in there ? what else ?

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If that's the one at the north end of No 3 Road then yes, there are some fish in there. I was talking to the guys at RFT and they said you can catch just about anything in there (including Sturgeon apparently). I fished there a few months ago with a spinning set up and some dew worms but only hooked tiddlers. I'm not sure of the depth but putting bait at the bottom might lead to something interesting... Good luck.
 

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I tried for carp early summer on a few occasions, using dough balls or sweet corn, at Hougen and Madonald parks, but nothing...did not even see anything surface either?

I hear its good for carp however. Maybe I was there at the wrong time of day, plus it was quite cold.
 

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FF this isnt down by the pump house on the Sumas is it? might have to take a rod for a sturgeon out there :cheers:
A couple of good places there is under the freeway bridges they seem to like it there and just north of there in the corner. Down at the pump house I seen one of the largest strugeon I have ever seen rise right at the out flow for the pump house.
 

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I'm just curious where there are sturgeon in there? That's just a urban legend in the area, just like as a kid there used to be a huge deep hole around the train bridge tressel that got mud sharks in it when the salmon were running. 35 years living in Yarrow third generation , and I've never seen a sturgeon come out of there. I grew up fishing down from there at the barrow town pumps, and Mc Donald park.(the end of 3 rd) There used to be all kinds of fishing there from suckers, tons of squaw's, r bows and cutts in season. (If Bass ever show up out there, there will be a 911 to JBJ to help blow the dam to prevent the buggers from taking over the vedder.) Come fall there was the odd jack and spawning ho to be had. That section of water is'nt really that deep, from the dam to the canal is only between 3 and 5 ft at best and the out flow area is in around the 12 to 15 ft mark.
Above there between the pumps and Mcdonald area is in 4 to 6 ft. mark this time of year and is loaded with coarse fish. Hoagen Park, which is up by the rest area, does see a far bit of weekend warrior traffic. If you want a little better fishing try above the train tracks on Vye Rd. There is mostly farm fields and a bit better flow to the water. As far as eating anything out of there, how goods your health insurance. :-X
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I havent fished there in 15 years or so but at one time i used to fish it quite regularly there used to be quite a few coho and lots of jacks in there on the fly and a few springs on roe or spoons, fishings not the same there anymore. Never seen any sturgeon.
 

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How do sea run fish get into that body of water? When i look at it on Google Earth i see the dam at Barrow Town blocking it. Is the odd migrant that gets in through the ditches at extreme highwater or is there another tributary i don't know about?
 

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Sorry for the major bump, seeing as how this is a pretty old thread. Thought I would search for an existing thread instead of starting a new one, I would like to know more about the Sumas, is the part running next to hougan park some kind of canal or is that the actual river? I went fishing there today and caught 5 rainbows, four of which were 10" or under, and a nice 15"er which I kept. One of my friends caught what appeared to be a small black crappie early in the morning. My other buddies caught a few small 10" rainbows, and between the five of us we caught about 25 squawfish ranging from 5" to 16". It seems to be a pretty hot spot to fish with bobbers and worms! I'm trying to find out what specific regulations related to this place, I've downloaded the BC fishing regulations and given it a good look over but can't find anything specific for this place in particular, could someone please clarify this? Also, I see that some of you have mentioned that you wouldn't eat anything out of there, is it polluted and should I throw away my catch?

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Well the other thing to consider is if that area is a moving body of water - stream or creek - then you are only supposed to retain hatchery trout, and let all the wild ones go. As far as eating something from a body of water that you are fishing, that is also something that should be decided before you bonk the fish.
 

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Have you seen what they saturate the adjacent cropfields with out there in Abbotsford. Much of that ends up in that watercourse. Yum. Things to consider b4 killing your catch.;)
:wallbash: I'd rather not know...ha ha, I'll defiantly keep that in mind for next time.

Do any of you guys know if there's both hatchery and wild trout in there? And what other kinds of fish inhabit those waters next to hougan park? We caught squafish, what appeared to be a crappie or sunfish (not sure) and of course rainbows. Been searching Google but I can't find much of anything in regards to the types of fish in there. From reading the other posts I've collected trout,carp,sturgeon,chum,coho, squawfish, crappie/(sunfish?). I'm assuming there isn't going to be surgeon or salmon in that strip of water running along the park? Someone please clarify this for me!

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I hate to break it to all of you but you are confused MacDonald Park is the one you are talking about on the North end od Number #3 Road and If you are really curious about Hougan Park on the Sumas River. You can caught Coho and Steelhead in that River and small Trout.Good Luck and Good Fishing
 
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