Tunkwa weather ended up being better than predicted, with the thunderstorms and heavy rains passing us by. Water levels have dropped, and are close to where they should be, with water temps. still in the upper 50’s.
Fishing wasn’t bad either! Trollers seemed to be into the trout best, with most of the usual presentations working. Reports indicated the best rig was a larger gang troll, with just a worm on hook trailing behind it. Wet or attractor pattern flies trolled, or wind drifted, on sink tip or intermediate sink lines, accounted for hook ups as well. K-Marts, Pumpkinheads, and Maroon micro-leaches were good bets. These same flies, cast into the sparse weeds and worked slowly back, accounted for some good hook ups as well, with many a tale of big rainbows, hooked but being lost when they ran back into the weeds. Lots of fish on the cleaning table, and the majority of them were gorged on scuds. Monday afternoon, the chironomid bite really picked up, with anglers set up in the right spots, just off the weed flats, into plenty of action, with fish in excess of five pounds being hooked! Again, stories of the big fish running back into the weeds when hooked accounted for quite a few break offs. From all accounts, there are some really big trout in the lake this year! Leighton Lake fished a bit slow, based on some feedback from guests fishing there over the weekend.
Weather forecast for the rest of this week is looking to be incredible, and we expect to see the fishing really get going strong when it arrives!
Karl and Phoenix with a good sized rainbow they were able to extract from the weed beds, fishing a PumpkinHead fly.
Karl said you should have seen the size of the one that wrapped up in his anchor ropes!
Deanna Grant landed this beauty Tunkwa Rainbow this weekend, on a perch coloured Kwikfish.
A weekend of unsettled weather with lots of rain! What a wet season so far!
The majority of our guest were out fishing a “Loche” style tournament over at HVC. Other Guests who took advantage of the breaks in the weather at Tunkwa got into fish. Again, trolling seemed to be the best presentation, with hardware doing the trick. Gang Trolls ahead of wedding bands, Perch coloured HotShots or Kwikfsih, or Watermelon coloured Apex’s, all accounted for fish. Wet fly patterns, like Caddis Emergers, K-Marts, and Pumpkinheads, provided hook ups as well. Some guests hit fish on chironomids, but they had to find actively feeding fish, copper or yellowish brown(carrot) colours seemed to be the best bet.
Mixed reports from guests day tripping to area lakes….Leighton has been kinda hit and miss the past few days. Logan Lake has had a couple flurries of action, but shutting down as quick as it started. Mayfly hatches at a couple of the lakes, just down the road, has petered off a bit.
When some stable weather hits the region, we should see fishing get more consistent all over, and Tunkwa will be producing more of the giant rainbows that are in there waiting.
Tunkwa area has had a few straight days of more seasonal weather, with lots of sun and warm temps. This was very welcomed to see!
Lake levels are still up, but holding steady, water temp is still in the 50’s. We’ve started to see a few mayflies hatches start up, but still no damsels. Chironomid hatches have been light and infrequent. Flying ants have been hatching/migrating this past week.
Fishing reports from guests, are mixed, but overall good, biggest trout to just over 5 lbs. Trollers are doing the best, and a few nice trout are being taken by guests fishing off the shore at the resort. Chironomid fishing has been very slow. Various wet, or attractor patterns in greens or dark browns have been the ticket. Mayfly Nymphs (size 16 or 14), MiniMarts, Pumpkinheads, Micro leaches and Caddis Puppea have all been working, when trolled about 3′ under the surface. Worms fished under a slip float, set about 2′ off the bottom, has been producing some good action as well. Trolling kwikfish in perch pattern have resulted in hook ups as well.
Guests day tripping to a couple of the area lakes (at lower elevations) have seen some incredible mayfly hatches, and have gotten into some great surface action. Darker Tom Thumbs and CDC’s fished just under the surface film have been good presentations. Chironomid fishing on these lakes, and a few others in the area, has been slow as well.
Fishing has been good this week for guests trolling wet fly patterns. K Mart Specials, PumpkinHeads, Doc Spratleys, or 52 Buicks, trolled a few feet under the surface have been producing fish into the mid 4 lb range. Trolling hardware hasn’t been producing like the flies. Some chironomid action has been reported, with the trick being to set up on actively feeding trout, and right on top of the hatching chironies. Size 12 in dark green or black have been working.
Leighton Lake has been fishing OK as well, mainly chironomid fishing, trolling has been slow there.
Guest day tripping to nearby lakes are commenting on some incredible mayfly hatches, with action on emerging nymph patterns, and then on dries (Tom Thumbs) when the trout switch over to the surface.
Couple of the better ones that Janet caught fishing an “original JohnKent PumkinHead” fly.
Justin nailed this one on a small hotshot, it was one of several he landed that morning,
A week of unsettled stormy weather, sure makes us appreciate seeing the sun come this morning! Fishing has been tough on Tunkwa due to the weather, with most guests opting to fish smaller lakes in the Tunkwa area. Even they were effected by the weather, with fish seemingly shut down, and only biting for short periods.
Guests out on Tunkwa today are reporting seeing lots of trout moving over the tops of the weedbeds. One of our guests just came in with this beauty of a trout, at just over 25 inches, that fell for a size 16 chromie/brass chironomid.
Fishing action definitely picked up this weekend, with lots of trout on the cleaning table. Stomach samples showed the trout were actively feeding on bloodworms (green or red) and smaller bright green chironomids (choaborous). The huge winds the area received on Friday, really got the lake stirred up, but seemed to stimulate the trout into putting on the feedbag. On windy days, guests have been day tripping out to smaller lakes in the nearby area, and having good success, as well. Trollers on Tunkwa were into fish, with green toned Kwikfish or Hotshots being the better produces. Some better fish have been caught on bright red or orange Kwikfish as well. We have been seeing off the resort dock, one extremely large rainbow trout, easily in the 7 lb class, and he is dragging a big gang troll behind him…..we can only imagine the the story about the big one getting way from the angler that hooked into him.
9yr. old Corbin Timothy with a nice Tunkwa rainbow tricked fishing a chironomid, while fishing with Dad and Grandad.
Jocelyn and Julia each pose with their first fish ever! Fishing with Dad and Grandad, trolling Kwikfish produced some great catches.
We had our nicest weather of the spring this weekend, with lots of sunshine, and sun burnt guests! Overall fishing was slow, as the trout really went off for the trollers. Guests that did get into fish, spent the time looking for actively feeding tout, and got them to go on chironomids. A couple reports of some action coming on dry flies, cast to swirling, surface feeding fish. Chironomids in darker patterns were best, although Static Bag, and WhiskeyDick patterns, in bigger sizes, up to size 12 long, worked best. Guests boated rainbows to the mid 4lb range.
Water levels on Tunkwa have been dropping fast, as one of our main feeders creek channels, blew out it’s bank, and water is being diverted during repairs. We should see water levels go back up once the repair is complete.
Leighton has been fishing a bit slower as well, but has had it’s moments, with lots of smaller trout being caught. Guests day tripping out to a couple of smaller lakes nearby, have reported some incredible action, with a few commenting on having their best day of fishing, ever! Stable weather should see the fishing pick up.
Weather has stabilized somewhat, and when the wind died down, fishing picked up. Guests hooked into some better sized rainbows, primarily on bigger(size 10) chironomids in various Static Bag patterns, as well as KD’s. Fishing dark coloured microleach patterns, on a slime line, into wind blown points, provided some hooks up with bigger rainbows. Guests have commented on the incredible size of some of the rainbows they are seeing jumping or moving around in the Lake.
Our feeders creeks are now, absolutely chock full of spawning rainbows, making it an incredible walk to watch them doing their thing. Good things the creeks are all closed to angling, so the trout will not be bothered.
Neighbouriong Leighton Lake has been fishing pretty good as well, with good numbers, but mainly smaller fish coming to boat. Again, bigger chironomid patterns have been key. Trolling has been slow, as the trout really seemed to be keyed in to the chironomids during the big hatches.
One of many into the boat on Wednesday, that fell for a big chironomid fished under an indicator, fish really wanted it moving slowly.
Size 10 ‘KD’ chironomid strikes again!
One of our guests, George, day tripped to a lake close by, and landed this incredibly fat fish! It weighed 5.5lbs, but was only 19″ long! A piggy gorged on scuds!
Some big variations in weather greeted Tunkwa guests this weekend. From snow showers, to summer-like sun with warm temps, we saw it all. Real mixed fishing reports coming in, with many guests struggling to hook up, while other got dialed into the chironomid hatches and did pretty good. The past few days has seen some incredible chironomid hatches coming off, with some bugs being a really good size. Larger chironomids in darker patterns seemed to be key to hooking up. The trolling bite has been slow the past couple of days, but prior to then, all the usual lures were providing hook ups.
This nice Tunkwa rainbow fell for Christa’s chironomid, it was one of many that her and Keith tied into.
We received some incredible news from fisheries this week, outlining there stocking program for Tunkwa next spring. Tunkwa Lake will be receiving 35,000 AFN3 Triploid plus 5,000 AFN2 Diploid PENNASK strain rainbows, no more Blackwater strain rainbows. This should see some incredible fishing in Tunkwa in the years to come.
Pict of a typical 2 year old Pennask AFN3
With the rising water temps, fishing on Tunkwa has picked up as predicted. We are seeing some good hatches of larger sized(12’s) chironomids coming off in the mid morning.Finding active fish keying on these hatches, is putting anglers into action. Some better sized fish are being landed with more reports of 3 and 4lb fish coming to hand. Chironomids in various patterns, fished under an indicator, are working for the fly anglers. Trolling action has picked up the past couple of days as well, with HotShot plugs fished behind gang trolls, or KwikFish weighted down with a split shot, providing hook ups for guests. Even our staff have been out enjoying the fishing on Tunkwa, before the rush of the Long Weekend.
Richard and his dad, kept a couple of the bright rainbows they caught yesterday for a fresh lunch. They were fishing chironomids in only 4′ of water, and had success among some good chironie hatches.
The weather up here at Tunkwa has just been incredible the past few days. Sunny calm days, with nights staying above or just barely dipping below freezing. Lake ;level has been slowly rising. Surface water temps are into the low 50’s during the heat of the day, and we are noticing more bug hatches coming off. Mainly smaller chironomids, but we are seeing some bigger ones(size12) in the mix. Stomach samples from trout on the cleaning table, show they are switching from a diet of scuds over to smaller green chironomids. We noticed a few small mayflies hatching this afternoon as well. Still lots of scuds along the shoreline, and a few in the open water. Fishing has been relatively slow, with the action picking up later in the day, a few 18″ fish have been landed but no giants landed since later last week. We are seeing more trout activity on the surface, especially in the morning.
May 10, 12
After cooler and unstable weather the past few day which cooled the lake a few degrees todays warmer weather and sunshine has warmed the water back up to 49 Deg this afternoon with warmer water closer to the shoreline triggering chironomid hatches. Anglers returning to our store for grey chironomids in sizes up to 14. Fished in 5 feet of water 4 feet deep, 3 and 4 pound fish are being caught with one 6 lb fish hooked! Radio chatter from a group out are finding the usual hot spots are having chironomid hatches now. With the very warm and sunny weather arriving tomorrow and for the weekend and into next week the lake will have excellent fishing for what were expecting to be large Rainbows this year after last years large fish caught and seen porposing showing their wide backs. We have some cabins available for this weekend and cabins available mid week. We also have a luxury log cabin available this weekend.
A nice Tunkwa hawg caught by Austin Gilfillan, that fell for a small grey chironomid.
Last nights warm temps couples with the couple of sunny days, has the water warming has helped improve the fishing as predicted. One of our regular guests landed an absolutely beautiful giant rainbow, with everyone fishing around him estimating it to be an easy 8+ lber, maybe even knocking on the 10lb mark! This fish and several other nice ones, fell for a larger sized black sparkle leach, fished on a intermediate sinking(slime) line, cast right into the shoreline, and slowly twitched backed in.
Another guest trolling just in front of the resort, landed 4 nice bright rainbows in a short span, that all fell for a red willowleaf, tipped with a worm.
Other guests are into fish as well, but today’s strong winds are keeping everyone off the lake. Water temps are still just below 50F, but the warm, sunny weather in the upcoming weekends forecast, should see it get to where it should be in a hurry!
Yesterday saw Tunkwa bathed in sunshine and warm temperatures. The trout sure seemed to like it, as the water warmed slightly (to almost 50F) in the later afternoon, triggering a good bite for the anglers in the right spots. Fishing in 3 feet of water, stripping wet ’emerger’ patterns in a dull green colour, provided lots of action, with one guest into over 20 fish over a short time span.
With the weather forecast calling for more, warmer weather, we should see the lake continue to heat up, and action keep getting better!
The rising water has really slowed down, the past day. Water temps on the surface right off our docks is 46F.
Good hatches of tiny black chironomids can be seen starting to come off in good numbers, plus good numbers of mating shrimp can be seen along the shoreline.
Trolling a red/silver worm harness behind a half & half gang troll, put these guest into fish, landing a couple and loosing a couple others, this morning.
We are seeing lots of rainbows moving around in the shallows of Tunkwa, really making their presence known. Some very big fish have been spotted clearing the air, letting us know they made through the winter just fine! Some good hatches of tiny(size 18) black chironomids have been coming off, and we suspect the trout are keying in on these right now. Guests trolling the lake yesterday had some success with fish falling for silver spinners.
Water temp is holding around the 40°F mark, and levels are slowly rising as the creeks feeding Tunkwa are swollen with run off. We have not seen any trout in the creeks spawning yet, but will see them as soon as the water temps rise. Guests day tripping to a couple lakes at lower elevations have had some good success, but have commented the bight has been short and intense, then suddenly stopping all together for everyone. Small chironomids in size 16, have been the ticket when the bight is on.
The flies in our shop are tied by John Kent, and as well as our resident Tunkwa ‘hot stick’, Dick Bartlett. We will be posting some pictures on the Fishing Photo Gallery of some of these fly patterns, to give you an idea of there looks, when we mention them in our future fishing reports.
John Kent’s – Original Pumkinhead
We had lots of inquiries about Leigthon Lake. As of this morning there still was a large chunk of ice going about 300′ out from the south shore of the lake, but there is lots of fishable water available and access from the launch is clear.
Logan lake is still about 50% ice covered, a good wind will pile it up, but right now it is stuck in the east end of the lake, blocking the launch.
Ice is OFF!!!!
Wed. April 25th, the last of the Tunkwa ice cover, has piled up along the north shore, Tunkwa is now ice free, and the ‘stillwater’ season has begun!
See you on the water!
Incredible how much the ice-off progress has changed overnight, we can see the last of the ice moving and piling up along the north shore, won’t be much longer now!!!!
We have had a few days of incredibly nice warm weather, and some good gusts of wind! Today hitting 26C in Logan lake!! It’s all working on getting the ice off of Tunkwa. There are large spots of open water in front of the resort, and the ice is shifting a fair bit, and crumbling. We figure we should see Tunkwa, ice off this week.
Watch here, or on our web cam, for updates!
‘Ice-off’ at Tunkwa is progressing nicely, with the ice rotting consistently across the lake. We figure we should see it go sometime next week, and Leighton following that by a couple days.
Some of the larger openings in the Tunkwa ice, are just full of small chironomids hatching. At times we can see trout swirling below the surface, taking advantage of the hatch. Some opportunistic anglers are getting there first chance since ice fishing season.
Guests traveling to local lakes at lower elevation, are reporting some success, with better action on the nice weather days.
Not much new to report on the ice off for Tunkwa and Leighton Lakes.
Warm weather in the next weeks forecast should help hurry things along.
A couple of lakes, just down the road from Tunkwa and at much lower elevation, have recently iced offed, and are providing the areas first chance at an open stillwater fishery.
Ice fishing pressure has been very light the past while, and from all reports coming in, fishing has been very slow. There is still plenty of safe ice, it’s just a bit sloppy on the surface as warmer day time temps start some surface pooling.
Watch here for reports as the ice starts to come off.
Here’s hoping for an early ice off, and jump start to the “still water” season!
Tunkwa and Leighton lakes still have plenty of ice for ice fishing, the last few days have been sunny and beautiful up here and today temps are 6 Deg and feels spring like. Fishing has been light and slow, with the snow melting on the lake ice more light will penetrate the ice, this appears to make the fish more active and feed more. There is no water on the ice so conditions are great and with the upcomming weekend of sunny and warmer weather would make for a nice ice fishing expierience for those who never tried it before.
A few fish were caught on Tunkwa this weekend, and Leighton did produce fish for a few of our guests as well. Temperatures Saturday were up to 6 Deg. and today, it’s a balmy 8 Deg. at this time (1 p.m.) already!!
Ice is 20 inches thick so there’s lots of ice for ice fishing.
Fish were biting on cured shrimp with a small flasher jigged above it.
Tunkwa and Leighton Lakes are producing fish this past week, cooked shrimp have been the best bait. Fish up to 16 inches are being caught on Leighton Lake and Tunkwa produced fish to 3 1/2 pounds, one guest reported he got spooled on another fish of unkown size, fishing just under the ice in 6 feet of water. Temperature are seasonal with sunny breaks.
Ice is 20 inches thick so there are many more days to fish before ice off sometime in April. Fishing pressure continues to be light.
We still have plenty of safe ice, it’s on average over 20″ thick on Tunkwa and Leighton lakes. We’ve had some beautiful sunny days with temps just above freezing during the daytime. It’s just so nice to be on the ice enjoying the sun! Ice fishing has been slow, for most anglers, but some are getting into rainbows, and the serious ‘ice-fishers’ are doing well. The key seams to be too keep moving around on the lakes to find actively feeding trout. This time of the year, the trout are typically in the top layers of the water, usually in 7′ or less. A slow jigging motion(snap-flutter), allowing your flasher/attractor to slowly fall, then just letting it, and your bait, sit there motionless for about 10 seconds, before your next snap-flutter, seems to be the best presentation. Anglers just still fishing with a float and bait are not having much luck, as the bites are light and usually missed. Cooked and cured shrimp pieces seem to be the best bait to tip your jig or lure with.
An absolutely beautiful weekend up at Tunkwa, clear and calm, with lots of sunshine. Daytime temps rose to just above freezing each day, with cold, calm nights.
Many guests out there ice fishing, taking advantage of the beautiful weather. Fishing was slow on both Tunkwa & Leighton, with most guests getting into a fish or two, and several lost at the ice-hole, but no reports of any real hot bites.
Reports from guests, this past weekend, indicates fishing was fair to very good, depending on where you were…… Had to be on the fish when they got active! One group of guests did very well fishing Tunkwa, landing rainbows to over 5 lbs, using krill as bait. Leighton continued to produce trout in spots, but not as big as some of the ones showing up in Tunkwa.
I got on Leighton for a couple hours yesterday and experienced a really hot bite in the morning, fishing in about 14′ of water, about 5′ off the bottom. Trout reacted to an aggressive jigged spoon, and seemed to prefer a small chunk of worm, over the shrimp, just tipping my small jig. The bite shut down quick, even though we could see the fish on our graphs coming up to look, but just could not be enticed to bite. Drilled a few quick holes in Tunkwa on the way back up, and quickly fished a large Williams Whitefish spoon briefly, and watched rainbows on the graph streak up to look but not hit the giant spoon. Lots of ice up here, and the big snowfalls missed us, weather conditions are back milder again, making it a great time to get out there and try some ice fishing!
Winter has finally made it’s way to the Tunkwa area. A bit of snow down around the resort, but lots more once you head a bit higher in elevation(good sledding finally!). Temps are cold right now, but it has been calm and sunny, actually very nice to be out, when your dreesed properly. Mixed fishing reports from guests this past weekend, with some doing OK and other having a bit of a harder time. From the sounds of it, you had to be on top of the fish, as they weren’t moving around too much. Best baits were cooked shrimp, and the use of a “glow in the dark” jig head, seemed to be key for action. Rainbow trout to 19″ were landed, and a few tales of bigger ones lost coming up the holes were heard.
Ice fishing pressure has been light since the new year. There is plenty of good safe ice, at almost 15″ thick! There is no snow cover on top, and it is very slick moving about, the melt/freeze cycles are keeping it this way. Fishing seems to be hit or miss, with the rainbows turning on as quick as they shut down or move along. Shallow water seems to be best, and the usual baits are producing, moving around often, is key if your not on active fish. We did have a few guests hook into big rainbows while ice fishing Tunkwa, and they could not get them up through the ice, sounds like some of the fish we were seeing hooked this summer. It’s been very sunny, and temps have been on the warmer side, making it nice to be outside and on the ice. Bring your skates and cover lots of the lake on them, it’s like one giant skating rink right now!
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