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Fishing Update - April 24, 2014

Posted by Jason Bellows on

The time of year for all of us who love to fish White Lake has finally come!

The lake has turned over and the fishing is heating up. The fishing is productive along the shoals using chironomids under indicators along with dragon fly nymph patterns and the new Les Robinson Balanced Leech. The Balanced Leech has been working very well when fished up on the shoals with your dry line, either under an indicator or without. Boats have been having 50 fish days using Les's Leech patterns. We stock them in the store in several different colours but they sell out fast and poor Les is tying his fingers off. We just received 5 dozen Leeches and I don't expect them to last though the weekend so come on in and grab them while they are here.

Phillips Lake is also producing some fantastic Rainbow in the 4-5 lb range. This lake can be moody but when you hit it on a hot day, you can really get into some good fishing! Try using Chironomids like the KFC about 12' - 15' under the indicator. The Balanced Leech is also working well and one fish that was taken turned out to be stuffed full of green dragon fly nymphs. I have had some success out there using a Black Leech with a red bead head on it. This lake also has a great May Fly hatch which will happen on those sunny afternoons so watch for them and take advantage of the fish that go into a feeding frenzy.

I managed to get out on Easter Sunday and spend a couple of hours on Shuswap Lake. I had some luck using Bills Little Brown Trout. I found the water temperature to be 3deg F different from Harolds Park to the Sunnybrae bluffs. The bluffs were warmer and the fish seemed to be more active. I ended up switching to my version of the Tequila Sunrise and hit a fish within a minute of having it out. I lost the first fish, then lost the second fish before finally landing the third fish that took the Bucktail. Sheena came out with me for a little while and also had some good luck on a Tequila Sunrise but she was unable to land any of the takers. I boated 4 fish on Sunday with the largest being about 3 lbs, we lost about a dozen others in the 4 hours that we were out on the water and enjoyed some calm waters and sunny periods which really added to the day.

Come on by the shop and we will gladly help you get geared up and give you advice to make your next fishing adventure a success.

Enjoy Your Outdoors.

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