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I'm taking a high school fishing club up to the kamloops area on the weekend of May 12. Wondering what lakes might have turned over by then. Any word on Hefley, Knouff, Badger area?

Any word would be nice. Thanks.
 

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the question is

do you want to catch fish or make them work for them ??

Tunkwa and Leighton have turned by then and are usually fishing well

i will be up there on May long myself

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Hook-I guess somewhere in the middle. Love to have them into fish with the possibility of a lunker now and then. These are kids who vary in experience, so I wouldn't want to discourage the beginners with too much technical fishing, but the shouldn't be able to just drop in a fly and pull out a fish every cast. Leighton was one lake we discussed. I'm partial to the lakes north of Kamloops, but that may not be in the cards that weekend.
 

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pinaus lake will be open

Pinaus lake will be open...they can fish for trout, or sit back relax, and go for perch (they taste good) I am sure if you contacted Pinaus lake resort they would be more than happy to give you a deal on rooms and stuff. there are the four lakes in the area, Ladyking, pinaus, Square, and Little Pinaus. So take you pick, I will be up there almost every weekend this year, last year was excellent, caught my limit of perch (20 per person per day) and caught a few trout, every time I went up there. the trout get to 6 pounds, and the perch get to 2 pounds and will easily bite on a plain hook n worm.
 

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well Prof

i definately wouldnt say that Tunkwa "coughs up" the fish seeing as when my dad and i went in July last year noone had caught anything in over a week

however we found the right fly prety quick and mananged to pull out our limit :D and we were still the only guys catching fish that weekend


it was a pretty good trip

Tunkwa and Leighton can be really good or really tough like any other lake

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P.S. pm me and i will let you know the fly they cant resist there? seems to work any time of the year in there. might not get you into tons but you'll get some :)


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may 12 school trip

I was just at Pinaus lake this weekend, Everyone there seemed to be catching quite a few fish, I was right off the dock and caught 10 trout, most of which about 2 pounds, I also caught 3 almost 1.5 pound perch. all with just a plain ol' hook and worm, The fiance got a few hits on spin gear.

There is a 20/person per day limit on perch, but, I bet if you took 50/person......and fillet them all....no one would care....get them out of the lake. Some moron decided it would be good to introduce them into the lake, and since then....have managed to kill so many baby trout.

They have Fraser Valley trout, Pennask, blackwater, and another type...which I can't recall off the top of my head.

Ladyking is about a week into turn over right now, and the fishing is horrible, but in 2 weeks time.....they should be back to thumping that water again, its incredible to watch them, clearing 6 feet up, and 10 feet across the water...imagine getting that on a fly.....its a rush.

They have boats for rent, gas on pinaus, and row on ladyking, cabins, EXCELLENT people running the place (I know Audrey and Arvid are/have sold the place, and I hope the new owners don't commercialize the place)

On may long there is a private fishing derby up there, so it will be packed, but the fishing will still be good...like always, its 3300 feet up so Pinaus stays fairly consistent all year long , and the road can be crappy if it rains, I would make it on a dry day....and just get up and out...and have a ball.

Pinaus and Lady King Lakes are located south on Highway 97 Just south of Westwold.
 

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I was right off the dock and caught 10 trout
Are you saying you were fishing from the dock or "near" the dock.

What patterns or gear were you using for the trout?
 

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Flyfishing should be good at just about all locations 3700ft elevation and below. Anything above could be hit or miss as far as turn-over is concerned. Beware the full moon!!! ( May 13th )
 

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I was fishing off the dock, Its 12 feet off the end of the dock, and all I was using was a plain ol hook an worm. 7 of us went out just this past weekend, only about 5 trout we caught, but we had to let them all go....natural spawners. BUT!!!!! between all 7 of us, we managed to pull out about 200 perch, you need that many to get a good meal...lol, the limit is 20 per day per person, so we didn't get our limit but thats ok, after we fillet them up, we had a kings feast of Perch. Took a bunch of meat home to shake n bake and deep fry too. It was a good weekend. That was just a hook and a worm too. other than that, when lady king empties out (clear cutting up the mountain and the water is just flowing down it) I use a pink panther martin with the fly on the end, and it seems to work well too, but the water is so high and murky....I wouldn't want to eat anything out of it, probably tastes like mud. Just hope the beavers do their job and build up that damn to keep the perch out of Lady King.

Other than that, i have never been to square lake or little pinaus, but i have heard the fishing is excellent, but if you head down the road and meet someone head on...one of you is backing up.....

If you want, check out their website, it hasn't been updated in a while but it still gets the point across www.pinauslakeresort.com if that doesn't work....just search for it.

Has anyone else noticed that the fish seem to be spawning early this year?[/code]
 
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