Incredible weather up here now, lots of sun, very light breezes, and the fish are starting to co-operate. Chironomid fishermen are still catching, again small chironies are the fly of choice, static bag, chromies, dark olive are working. I’ve had some reports of success on scud patterns producing today as well. Anglers drifting Pumkinhead and Flashbacks, on ‘full sink’ line were doing well today. Chironie hatches have returned to more normal levels, and today we saw the first of the Mayflies coming off, only in small numbers. Water temps are still in the mid 50’s, and water level is holding, still up. Leighton has slowed down the past couple days, with the bite quickly dieing off mid morning, water temps there were 54F yesterday.
Sorry for the delay in updates. The Resorts satellite has been down, leaving us without internet access, and our web cam. We are trying our best at getting things back up and running.
Fishing has picked up a bit last couple days, but is still slow. The winds have finally diminished, the rain has stopped, the temps are increasing and the sun has come out. The chironie hatches have diminished to a more normal level, the hatches coming off on the weekend were unbelievable! We are seeing more and more bigger chironies coming off now as well. The surface of the lake is littered with the shucks from these massive hatches. Lake level is still quite high, and surface water temps seem to be holding at 54F. Anglers are still working hard to hook up, but are still seeing lots and lot of fish activity, including many big fish showing themselves, just not on the end of the line. Many fish are still in the spawning channels, providing some great viewing opp’s. Talking with some of our seasoned anglers, who are still reporting good catches, both in size and numbers, they are telling me takes are very light, with many missed fish, and the ones landed are just lightly hooked. I’m told the fish are being very, very selective on chironomid colour and size, with size 16 static-bag, still being the best producer. They are also reporting marking huge numbers of fish, holding at mid depths, totally inactive and not being catchable right now. Guests are having good success from neighboring Leighton lake, as it is fishing pretty good right now, with dark olive chironomids in a slightly larger size being a good bet, but rootbeers, green-red butts, chromies are catching as well. Fish are still being caught by guest plying Tunkwa waters with the old reliable ‘garden hackle’ and trolling Hotshots or Kwikfish.
Not much has changed, fishing is still tough. High winds and unstable weather have made it challenging. Again, the hatches have been intense, in fact, long time guests are commenting, they haven’t seen hatches this thick for many years, msot of them are size 16 or 18, but some bigger flies are mixed in. From reports coming in, it sounds like the fish being caught are on attactor patterns, fished aggressively up shallow. Purple egg sucking leaches, sparkle leaches, pumpkinheads or brightly coloured spratley, have been producing. Small chironomids in green, static bag or rootbeer have been getting some fish as well. Surface water temps are 54F, and water levels are receeding.
Fishing has still been tough. Uncooperative weather patterns with strong winds have made fishing a challenge. This afternoon we have calmer conditions and slightly more stable weather. Anglers are still on the water and not coming in, which usually means they are catching.
Chironomid hatches have been massive, absolutely filling the air, and the shorelines on the down wind side. I am hearing reports that the fish are being very selective, keying in on very small, narrow tied chironomids, in size 16 with green, or static bag(brown rib) being the best producers. Guest trolling HotShots, and Kwikfish on long flatlines, even in the off weather, have been doing well with some good catches. Everyone is commenting on all the fish activity and fish jumping all over the lake.
A very busy long weekend on Tunkwa. Weather was very warm, but windy. For the most part fishing was very tough. Anglers reported continous fish jumping all around them, but tougher trying to figure out what they wanted. Some anglers did figure them out and did OK, small chironomids in static bags(#16) or lime green in size 16 worked. Anglers fishing attractor patterns(leeches, pumpkin heads, spratleys) on a sink tip over emerging weed beds reported some good action.
Also anglers trolling hot shots, and Kwikfish in the mid lake did very well, with some nice fish on the cleaning table. I’ve heard of a huge trout taken in the fish traps the other day, I was told it weighed 4.9kilo’s(almost 11 lbs)!! Water levels are rising again with the warm weather quickly melting the snow in the mountains around us.
Warm weather has finally arrived! Seems like we went from winter right into summer overnight.
Temps approached 30C up here today, with light breezes. Anglers are catching fish, smaller chironomids still are working well, dark colours, static-bag and light greens seem best, but we’re noticing more and more fish on the cleaning table are gorged with dark(marron) coloured leaches. Trollers fishing the 10′ depths are catching as well, with worm tipped wedding bands, the best presentation. Kwikfish and HotShots are working. Surface water temps were 48F.
It’s shaping up to be a stellar weekend.
Weather was less then favorable this past weekend, making fishing very slow for all, and really, just not fun to be out on the water.
Monday saw an improvement in weather, with calmer conditions, sun and warmer temps. Mixed reports coming in, with some anglers doing very well, others working hard for there fish. Fish still seem to be very concentrated in particular areas, and are giving there location away with much surface activity. The standard fair in smaller chironies were producing, as where dark micro leaches suspended under a strike indicator, but fished very, very slowly. We’ve had some reports of damsel hatches, and have had customers waiting for the store to open to purchase tan coloured damsel nymphs. Lake surface temp on average is 46F, with some warmer spots up in the shallows. Lake level is receding now as well.
We had the fisheries truck pull in and stock approx. 13,000 small rainbows in front of the resort yesterday, providing a great site for young and old alike. Fisheries personal were commenting on some beautiful bright triploid fish in the 7lb class showing up in there collection stations.
Today it is raining, with light winds, but weather forecast is promising above normal temps with much sunshine, starting tomorrow, with an incredible weekend shaping up.
An overcast day on the lake, with cooler temps and moderate winds. Fishing reports indicate the bite was slower today. Anglers fishing very small chironmids, size 16, in rootbeet, olive-redbutt, lime green, and black, were having success. Fishing against the bank, up shallow, was best. Worms under a float were producing again. Creeks feeding into Tunkwa are still high, and lake levels are way up. Also, lots of fish showing up in the traps, for egg collection.
Fishing reports coming in are all good! Everyone is cathing lots of fish. Fishing in the 3′ shallows seems to be best. Size 12-14 chironomids in black/red, dark green, static-bag and root-beers, fished 20″ or so under the surface, are producing well. Anglers slow stripping, dark Micro Leaches patterns, are having very good success in the shallows, as well. Worms under a float are working as well. Bird activity on the lake is incredible as well.
The lake level is still rising, surface water temps are 45F. Nights have been cool, but staying above freezing, and daytime weather keeps changing by the hour, everything from sleet to sunshine, winds have been light to moderate.
A real mix of weather today, short bursts of rain, even some ‘snow pellets’, mixed in with warm sunshine to, winds were light again, with the odd gust, then aaying down to nothing.
Guests are still reporting some great fishing. rainbows are still in the shallower depths, and seem to be in concentrated spots. Small(#14) chironies are the ticket, with dark green, black/silver, static bags, and even ‘Tunkwanomids’producing very well. Creeks feeding into Tunkwa are very high and the lake is rising quickly. Water temps were reported today as 44F on surface, and 36F at the bottom in 16+feet of water. Some beautiful fish in the 24-25″ range are being caught, some long time regulars, are commenting that they are seeing more bigger fish being caught so far, then they can remember. Fishing off the shore along our camping area is producing some steady action and acrobatic, bright fish.
We had a spectacular sunset last evening, reflecting off what was left of the ice. Today was absolutely beautiful, warm sunny with light winds…enough to shrink our ice cover to, maybe 10% covered, tops, not likely to be any left in the a.m. !! It’s about time!
Anglers did well this afternoon, both in numbers and size….from reports, chironimids in size 14 were producing best, dark green, red/black and static-bag all produced. Sounded like the 6′ depths were the place to be concentrating in. Some fish reported by anglers drifting/trolling with wedding bands/worms as well. Surface water temps to 45F were reported today.
Sunny breaks today, LIGHT north east breeze. The ice mass continued to shrink today, and started to pile up along the day use area. Ice coverage would be about 60%? Early this eve, the water started to cover and sink part of the ice. Anglers reported fishing slow, but some being caught in the areas that could be accessed. Surface temp readings vraied greatly depending on area of lake and influence from feeder creeks. Today, for the first time this season, the creeks were noticeably higher, starting pumping more water into the lake.
The ice sheet is receding slowly. Anglers are fishing the open water and having some success, but fishing is slow. Again winds have been light. Water temp is 41C.
Last night stayed above feezing, today temps were quite warm, with only moderate winds. Open areas have increased slightly, but most of the lake still remains ice covered. Lots of insect and bird activity today over the open water portions, and a handlful of anglers plying the open edges.
Unfortunately the winds did not stay last night, but temps remained above freezing. Today, winds were lighter and temps lower then hoped for. A hail storm moved in, covering the ice in white again, as I was taking picts this aft. The open water areas have continued to grow, but still have a ways to go.
Strong south winds, warm temps and intense sunshine are working there magic today. Ice is retreating quickly with lots of open water patches. Ice can be seen piling up along the north shore as well, signaling that the ice is moving and being smashed by the wind. If the huge winds continue tonight, the ice won’t be around much longer.
Open water is showing up now, last night dipped to only +4C, and already this morning, the temp is climbing fast, coupled with strong southerly winds, ice off progression is happening nicely.
Saturday was another beautiful day up at Tunkwa, very warm and sunny. Temps were well into the double digits and stayed up to +7C last night. The ice was very loud, from lots of moaning and cracking. Water is really pooling on the ice as well, all helping towards ice off.
Beautiful day at the Lake today, sunny with temps up to double digits ABOVE freezing The heat in the sun is making the ice soft, the difference a day makes! Picture doesn’t show it, but it really is getting soft, and on it’s way out soon.
On a trip to Kelowna today, I noticed ice on Courtney Lake was almost off, Corbett still frozen, with just a small portion open on the west edge, and Mamette Lake, mostly open with one large ice chunk in the centre.
Not much of a change. The last couple of nights have been very cold. Today, temps climbed above freezing, and snow is melting quickly, but no noticeable difference to the ice as of yet.
A Winter Wonderland!
The last couple days have been something else, not just here but throughout the Pacific Northwest. Night temps have been dipping as low as -10C! and daytime temps just below freezing. We have had some snow accumulation as well. The open water along the edge of the lake has frozen again, but just in a skim layer. The snow on the aake is hopefully insulating it from the cold. Already today, the sun has started turning the snow into wet ‘packing snow’, and the melting has started. Weather forecast is looking favorable, and hopefully we will have much better news on the next report.
Ice Off ?
We woke to a blanket of white this morning, with approx.5″ of snow falling. Calm and serene, a picture pefect winter day..but in mid April! Not at all what we want to see!
Yesterday temps got up to +10C, with bright sunshine, last night down to -4C. This cold system is supposed to pass quickly and temps are forecasted to be above normal early next week. We figure 2 days of warm weather and some strong winds, the ice will be gone. We will keep you posted.
A couple of cooler days earlier in the week with some scattered snow showers didn’t help ice off, but fortunately night time temps stayed just a touch below zero. The lake was blanketed white, in snow again, but yesterdaya intense sun, and +14C temps, made short work of it. Last night temps stayed just above freezing, and the lake is looking very ‘black’ today. I will post some picts later today.
Also to note, anglers fishing a local open lake, reported water temps there in the 47F range, and fishing was just OK.
Not much in the way of changes, the last couple nights have seen lows of -3 and -2C. We have had some snow showers pass through the area, but intense sun is burning it off quickly.
Last night temps stayed up to +7C, and today temps were +20C with very strong winds. ice along the edges is deteriorating fast! Also surface ice is continuing to gett very slushy…again all good and conditons are moving along quickly.
Difference a day makes! Daytime temps today reaching over +20 C, bright sunshine, and moderate southerly winds, are working at eroding the ice edges along the lake shore, the top layers of the ice have turned slushy as well, all good!
Yesterdays warmer temps, and intense sunshine has helped the progression towards ice off. Late in the day, very small areas of open water could be seen in areas along the shoreline edge, and stepping on the ice edge had to be done carefully, as edge ice is getting noticeably soft. I am not sure if we will be able to get on the alke to drill fro ice depths much longer.
Last night our temps went down to only-2C, and the sun/warm winds today should really help. Weekend forecast is calling for temps to be +20C.
Ice off report
The ice cover on Tunkwa was lighter then normal this winter. When our regional fisheries biologist was in taking oxyegon readings around mid Feb. ice was noted as being only 16″ thick, much lighter then our typical 22-24″. The lake wintered well and O2 and PH reading were excellent. The long warm spell during Feb. melted our snow base down to next to nothing, the run off started the ice melting, even with some opening around the edges…it was shaping up to be a really early ice off…but many cold nights since then has stopped this, and ice is remaining solid. We drilled a hole and measured ice thickness today, in front of the resort, and we still have 15″ of ice. Night time temps were -11C and we woke to about 2″ of fresh snow, and day time temps of +6 C. The short terrm forecast is calling for increasingly warmer temps, with weekends temps up to +20 C…fingers are crossed, we are anxious to see the ice go.
Staff fished a local lake the other day, located at lower elevations. Ice had just come off, and water temps were up to 41-42F , fish were extremely lethargic, and takes were light. Some nice fish were caught, with the “pumkinhead” fly, fished dead slow under a strike indicator, being the best producer.
Ice off Reports
Coming very soon, we will be providing ice off reports and picts as it progresses, with post daily updates. I will try and get a ice measurement tomorrow and post and up to date overview.
Some area lakes opened up Apr.1 and staff managed to fish them yesterday, I’ve heard that they were rewarded with some good catches… I will get all the details from them tomorrow when I’m back in and update here.
We are all getting anxious for the May 1 opener on Tunkwa!!!!