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I had to go to Vernon this weekend and was able to get a look at a few lakes on the way there and back, The only open still water I saw was Nicola Lake and Shuswap Salmon Arm. All the other lakes I passed (Monte, Stump, Shumway, Swan, Trapp, etc.) all lookedlike they were about 2 weeks from break up. The ice looked pretty rotten on most with some water right at shore on many. Strangely enough I saw two peoble ice fishing on Stump even tho' the ice looked kind of sketchy to me. The north end of Nicola was also very iffy looking ice as I drove by, but there were about 8 folks out on it fishing. One kid was even getting Dad to take a picture of him holding a nice trout (looked about 20 inches long from my vantage point.) About a mile further down the road the lake was completely ice free. Guess it was the last day of spring break, sunny and everyone figured they would give ice fishing one last shot. Anyhow I expect the lower level lakes will be opening up soon. I was told (I didn't see it myself) that White Lake is ice free and guys are fishing it.
 

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hey guys, I'm headed up to Vernon next week with my boy for a hockey tournament. any thoughts about where we could stop and fish from shore along the way???
 

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Swan Lake is a mile or two north of Vernon. I wouldn't be surprised if it is clear now as it was looking pretty rotten 2 weeks ago. Call Al Long at Kamloops Fly Shop and inquire about the lakes along Hwy 5a (the old merrit hwy). They are an easy detour from vernon and might be showing open water.
 

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tocoa said:
Barnes Lake above Ashcroft is well on its way to ice-off as well.
My first overnighter is going to be to BARNES LAKE !! Any one know when the ice is off and how long to wait after it is off to plan a trip??? i want to hit the swarm of CHRON feasting and gorging. I have never fished chronamid but here this lake will make you a hero in your own mind! Please help me have a great holiday away from work and responsability. I sit at home tying and dreaming of boiling waters and tight lines. Thanks for any help you can give me!!
I'm comming from chilliwack so your help will be greatly appreciated!! :p
 
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