Some consistent warm, sunny weather, saw fishing really pick up the past week on Tunkwa. Long time Tunkwa anglers have commented, it’s fishing better then they’ve seen in a decade, and they cannot believe the size of the trout they are tieing into! Good numbers of strong, big rainbow trout are being hooked, lots of double headers, with fish in excess of 5lbs, being fairly common place! Early morning trollers, fishing larger gang-trolls tipped with wedding band/worm are hooking up, but with smaller average fish. Mid day, and even into the evenings, we saw a good chironomid bite, as the start of the ,bomber, hatch has begun. Anglers fishing over the deepest parts of the lake, key to success being figuring out the depth the suspended fish are feeding at, were doing well, some guys fishing as high as 3′ over 19′ of water. Chironomid fly patterns in size 10- long, tied in KD, static/red, green/red butt or black electras are all doing well. Worms fished under a slip float in the same areas are producing as well. We saw some heavy winds come through on the long weekend, and made it hard to fish, and a challenge to detect the hits, but guys who could set up, continued to hook up, just not in the same numbers. Some dry fly action has taken place in the evenings on cinn. caddis.
We are back into some steady weather again, and should see the fishing pick back up with the stability in the weather, some of the best fishing of the year should be happening the next couple weeks up here, as the bomber hatch gets going stronger.
Beautiful summer weather around Tunkwa Lake, finally!
Lake level is still up nicely and water temps are staying down. Chironomids have been hatching pretty strongly as of late, with some incredible late evening hatches. Big bombers sized chironies are coming off steadily now. We have seen some nice rainbow trout in the 4 to 5 pound class come in he past few days, with many comments from guests on there surprise on how hard the fish are fighting. Chironomid anglers are hooking up most consistently, with some remarking the best set up being a foot of the bottom out in 19 feet of water, with others doing well in 19 feet, but at only 12 feet down. Light green chronies with red rib, brown or green bombers and anti-static bag patterns are producing best, with size 10 being the best, right now. Trollers seem to be doing best earlier in the morning, trolling an assortment of gang trolls, tipped with red/silver wedding bands or trolling slow wobbling plugs like the Kwikfish, but action is slower throughout the day. Worms fished under a slip float, in he same areas, as the good chironomid fishing is occuring, are hooking up as well. Best bit of advise seems to be, get out and away from weeds, and find the active fish over the deeper parts of Tunkwa. Similar reports are coming from neighbouring Leighton Lake as well.
Nevada with his first rainbow!
We are still seeing some good chironomid fishing, and the guest that are really dialed in are doing well. We are hearing reports of good numbers of fish, and many better than average size, with another 7lb class fish coming to net. Many strong fish in the 3.5 lb class are being caught. Fish are over the deeper parts of the lake, and anglers are hooking them close to the bottom early, then up about 3′ off the bottom a bit later. The best bite has been in the morning, with a slow down late morning. Chironomids tied in 12 long or size 10’s are best, with variations of the ‘static bag’ patterns working best. Worms fished under a slip float continue to produce as well. Not much feed back from anyone trolling right now, as most boats out there are anchored up. We have started to see more caddis coming off, as well as quite a few travelling-sedge pupa casings on the water.
Jordan with a plump 4 lber!
Chironomid fishing continues to be good on Tunkwa, with rainbows to 6 lbs coming boat side. Larger sized chironies in green, Static, KD’s or burgundy silver patterns have been working. Trolling anything bright and flashy is catching as well, trick is to get your presentation deep, close to the bottom.
We are seeing the odd traveling Sedge come off, as well as some smaller caddis as well.
It is a great time to be up here fishing Tunkwa, give us a call about availability and help planning your trip.
Fishing continues to be very good, with many rainbows being caught on a variety of presentations. Chironomid fishing is still the best presentation for consistent hook ups. Larger chironies have been hatching with many ‘root beer’ or dark greens, being seen. Trick is to stay on the active fish, and keeping your fly about a foot off the bottom. Trollers are hooking up on Kwikfish, in the usual colours, with ‘orange/black dot’, being a popular choice. Trolling attractor fly patterns like DocSpratley, K Marts or Pumkinheads, will provide hook ups as well. Good time to be out there fishing!
Chironomid fishing has really picked up the past few days, with many rainbows of 3lb’s and better being caught, with a some up to 5 lbs coming to net, the stories of the big-one that got away is being heard more frequently now. Fishing has been very good for the chironomid anglers. A variety of chironie patterns and sizes are working, with variations of the ‘static bag’ being g top producer, the rainbows seem to want the fly moving. Keeping on top off, and setting up on, active fish is the key, to keep hooking up steadily. Things are happening!
Fishing picked up dramatically as the barometer stabalized since Monday in sunny skies and warm temperatures. Water temps made it back to 62 Deg. Monday after hitting 62 Deg.early June then the cool weather dropped the lake temperateres along with a bouncing barometer during June threw off insect hatches. Fish to 4 1/2 lbs. were caught the past two days during great chioronomid hatches of various sizes and colors. KD’s, anti-static bag, rootbeer #8’s were working well along with an assortment of #14 to #10’s of varous colors. Some anglers were into 20+ fish on a absolutely beautiful water conditions of a slight breeze down to dead calm. Anglers have been waiting for these conditions after a tough spring. Trollers using flat fish, kwik fish were doing well. Worm and bobber fishing at the bottom has also has produced fish.
The arrival of sunny, warm summer like weather to the Tunkwa area, was welcomed by all, including the trout! Fishing success has picked up considerably and we are seeing lots of trout being caught. Kids are regularly hooking up off our docks, and having a blast. The windy weather on the weekend made it a bit tougher, but the anglers who used the wind to there advantage did well. Drifting in the wind, with attractor fly patterns, getting them down to about 6′ off the weed beds, were into the trout. The Pumkinhead, olive Leach and olive K-Mart Specials patterns, all were working. Darker coloured plugs like the Kwikfish were working as well. Key was to keep the wind on your back, and not troll into the wind. The wind died down early this week, and we noticed much more fish activity, and catch rates went way up, lots of fish. We’ve noticed good hatches of lime green caberus start up, getting quite heavy at times. Guests out day tripping to area lakes at lower elevations, noted some great mayfly hatches occurring, and stellar fishing if you matched the hatch. Fishing conditions are looking great!
Fishing has picked up late yesterday early evening after a number of tough days of unstable cool weather throughout most regions of BC. People trolling gold, silver and orange Kwikfish and hot shots are picking up fish to 3 lbs. The Pumkinhead fly cast to the weedy shoreline edges on intermediate sink lines have been picking up some fish. Chironomids in #16’s came off heavily but fish are not on them in good numbers, throat pumped fish samples show larger chironomids in size10-14 and evenings had hatches of the larger ones. Reports from this morning had heavy hatches of #16’s covering their bodies. Weather is improving with an occasional peak of sunshine.
Looks and feels like summer has arrived to the Tunkwa area. Sunny warm conditions should help get conditions to more seasonable and trigger more aquatic insect activity. We have noticed more chironomid hatches start, bird activity has really increased, and more adult damsel and mayflies are being observed. Cased caddis larva appear to have stopped moving and are getting set to hatch. We saw more fish come across the cleaning table, but they are still full of the plentiful scuds. A small annual derby held by guests, saw a 3lb-13oz take top prize. Guests trolling or wind drifting attractor fly patterns, like the PumkinHead, Blue Maroons, K-marts or the like, are hooking up, but best success is coming from more flashier presentations, the gang trolls, wedding bands or Hot Shot plugs seem to be a bit more consistent. Fishing ‘power-bait’ or floating a worm off the bottom, while fishing off the shore, is resulting in action as well. Most of our guests fly fishing, have been fishing neighbouring Leighton Lake pretty hard, and are having good success there, fishing chironies under indicators in size 14 and 12, with static bag/brown rib, or black/red, Barns Lake specials, being consistent productive fly patterns. The warming trend in the weather should see fishing improve and get back to normal.
Alek with a couple of the nice rainbows he tied into this afternoon fishing off the shore in front of there cabin.
Water levels at Tunkwa are slowly dropping, and water temps are warming slowly, with upper temps hitting around 58F. A bit of an algae blown has started. We are seeing more adult damsels and mayflies around each day. using the bug nets and taking scoops off the dock, collecting specimens for our tank, we are seeing lots of cased caddis, damsel nymphs as well as daphia, water mites and of course the ever plentiful scuds. Chironomid hatches are still sporadic, but today they seemd to be coming of steady, and in bigger sizes. We are fianlly seeing good numbers of fish moving, and today we saw the return of the nighthawks, feeding on this hatch. Fish on the cleaning table are absolutely loaded with scuds still, and this seems to be the rainbows preferred food in Tunkwa, but that might be changing as I type, based on the fish activity seen. The trout keying in on scuds is making fly fishing tough, but plays well into the hands of trollers, who are having success covering water finding active trout. Gang trolls followed by wedding band/worms or Kwikfish plugs, are hooking up, with some nice trout. Guests who have found concentrations of trout are hooking up on worms fished under a slip float. Many of our guests who are fly fishers, are day tripping out to one of the many close by lakes, and are having good success, where on some, massive mayfly hatches are being reported.
Sunny warm weather finally arrived in the Tunkwa area. Seems like we went from winter right into summer this year, but it sure feels good after the cold wet spring this past while.
Tunkwa water levels are stable but still very high, we have noticed a slight algae bloom start. Fishing finally picked up for anglers trolling hardware, as the rainbows really seem to be suspended over the deeper areas of the lake. From stomach samples of fish being cleaned on our cleaning table, they appear to be feeding almost exclusively on the scuds that are suspended out there. Best success is coming by slow trolling gang trolls, with silver/red or the old reliable half & half’s best. Behind the these rigs, a wedding band tipped with a worm, or a #70 Hot Shot plug, is the best bet. Working back and forth over the area you hit fish, or are missing strikes, is the ticket to stay on the trout. Fly anglers are really struggling, with some reports of success fishing darker leach patterns or PumpkinHeads flies on full sink lines over the suspended trout. Many guests are day-tripping out to nearby lakes, and having much better success using there fly gear, with small green chironomid patterns starting to come into play. We have noticed the first May fly hatches, and have been seeing damsels nymphs starting to migrate into the shallows.The flooded shallows are absolutely loaded with scuds, they sure seem to be loving all this high water.
Storms rolling through the area, coupled with cold, high water has made fishing on Tunkwa tough, but guests have been day tripping to nearby lakes, and reporting some steady action between storms. Fishing can be fantastic as the storms approach, then turn off instantly, just like someone has flicked a switch. Smaller chironomids continue to be the ticket, but we are noticing the first mayflies starting to come off, and damsels can be seen migrating towards the shorelines.
Fishing the last few days on Tunkwa lake have been fair to slow for most anglers as the low pressure system moved across the BC Interior. Fish to 3 lbs were caught trolling lures like black/silver wedding bands, Kwikfish and Hot Shots, key trigger factor seemed, they had to be black in color. Small chironomids have been hatching very heavily on the north side of Tunkwa Lake. Fly fishers were having a tougher time getting the fish to go, seeing sporadic rises from time to time in the usual hot spots. Size #16, or a thinly tied #14 chironomid in black/silver or black/red/snow-cones did work for some anglers. Water temps were 54°F yesterday. Guests day tripping to some nearby lakes are reporting some steadier fishing action, with talk of some bigger than average rainbows being hooked.
Tunkwa Lake is experiencing some incredible chironomid hatches the past couple of days. Anglers who are able to key on this, are experience some steady fishing for rainbow trout, with some above average size fish being caught. The trout appear to be keying in on the chironies as they are staging, getting ready to hatch, this means fishing within 2′ off the bottom over water 7′ – 12′ in depth, and moving to find and stay on the actively feeding trout. Chironomids in size #16 are working best, but a slightly larger size #14 will work, just not as well. Anglers are reporting, black/red snow cone, static bag/red rib or black/silver are key colours, stomach contents on the cleaning table are confirming this as well. Rainbows to over 7lb’s have been reported by more then one angler! Trollers are not fairing so well right now, as the trout are keying in on this hatch and are being very selective, getting down to them and matching the hatch is harder to achieve using hardware, but this will change as the hatch get’s less intensive.
Double header for Don and Brad!
Weather was still off a bit today, but improved as the day went on, and the evening was terrific, looks like the nice weather as promised has arrived!
Chironie hatches really intensified today, and fishing turned really hot for a bit today, again a matter of being in the right spot at the right time. Fishing copper or root-beer chironies in size 14 was deadly, and tricked many a trout. Today, we had one of our guests, fishing a countdown Rapala, in a bright Fire-tiger colour, do extremely well, the trout tore the casted lure up!
We expect the fishing to continue to improve with each day of nicer weather.
See you on the water!
Water temps on Tunkwa are remaining lower than normal. Water level is rising steadily. Warmer daytime temperatures and sunshine are helping it warm, but the cooler nights, and run-off from the mountains, seem to be cooling it back down. Surface temps have been creeping up to the magical 50°F mark later in the day, and is triggering haches. We have seen some good chironomid hatches already, but the majority of them are very,very small. Lucky anglers who happen to be in the right spot, when bigger chironomids start to hatch, are getting into the rainbows. Last week the fishing could best be described as tough and sporatic, but we are seeing improvemnets every day, and expect it to really pick up and turn on with a few days of stable weather, thankfully the upcoming forecast for the Interior/Tunkwa area is calling for some great weather. Mixed reports are coming in from anglers, they are seeing incredible numbers of trout moving, and some giants, with many working hard for there fish, but some have reported some good success. The biggest fish landed by our guests this week was a beautiful bright rainbow, of just over 6 lbs landed on the 15th, mid afternoon. Fly anglers are hooking up on small chironmids in size 16 or 14, with black/silver rib, static bag/red rib or dark green best. Leaches in black/red or olive green are working as well. The old reliable Pumkinhead Fly has been responsible for hooks up as well. Guests trolling Kwikfish plugs in darker natural tones are working for some, as are wedding-bands tipped with worms. Worms fished near the bottom, under floats, have been working pretty good as well, but not many guest have been utilizing this effective presentation. Reports from nearby lakes are coming in the same, with spotty results, but some flurries in the action, when your in the right place at the right time. We predict fishing in the Interior lakes to be great with the return of stable weather.
Fishing pressure has been realtively light since ice off. The frost came out of the ground last night, and instantly the creeks swollen pumping lots of water into Tunkwa. We’ve heard from guests water temps at the surface are as high as 46F, and the sun/warm temps. in the forecast should only help that increase. Scuds are all over the shoreline shallows, and lots of chironmids have started to hatch, mostly really small ones in dark green or black. There were some bigger sized one starting to come off today, about size #14’s. The cooler water temps have made the fishing slower, but seems everyone is catching some rainbows. One of our guests, on Friday, nailed a nice rainbow, just over 5 lbs on a ‘static’ bag chironie. Reports from today, sounds like better action and more fish being caught. We are seeing lots of fish moving out off the resort, mostly in fairly shallow water. The “GoFishBC’ truck was in today as well, dropping the first load of stockers in.
We expect the fishing to keep on picking up, as the awesome weather warms things up.
1:45pm – ice almost gone…..just a touch more to go?
Water temperature off the end of the dock is 40.5F and lots of small black chironies hatching!
5:20pm – ice off! She’s done. The ice is now all piled up on the NE corner of the lake, and the open water season can begin.
In our time up here, and according to the previous owners as well, this date ties for the ‘latest-ever’ ice off, icing off on the same date two years ago. Tunkwa typically ices off mid April, so we are way behind this spring.
The ice cover is going quick, what’s left is now soft, and easily cut by a boat passing though…just one good wind from being gone!
We saw a couple boats out fishing the open patches on Tunkwa today, but no reports on how they did.
Some very warm weather and intense sun the past couple days, have been working hard on breaking down the ice on Tunkwa. Areas of open water along the shoreline have grown considerably, and we are noticing the ice moving and piling up on the shorelines,when a bit of wind picks up. Some large cracks have really opened up to almost 20′ wide, indicating some good movement. We need a good windy day to move the ice mass an pile it up to open the lake up. The loons showed up as well, right on que! Rainbow trout could be seen jumping in the open water today.
We are guessing ice-off shouldn’t be long, and will happen very quick with a good wind. Stay tuned…….
Ice off is progressing quite quickly now, with night-time temps staying above freezing. Much more open water has formed along the edges, and the ice has started to honeycomb(rot), and has lost all of it’s strength. This weekends weather forecast, with it’s very warm temps and bright sun, should help considerably and we should see ice off quickly. We noted quite a few small chironomids(size 16) hatching in the open water along the edges yesterday, mother-nature is ready to start!
Keep an eye on our web cam to watch the ice-off progression.
A cooler than normal spring has slowed the ice off process on both Tunkwa and Leighton lakes. The open water along the edges of the lakes has been freezing over, with thin skim ice due to cold night time temps, but the open areas on the lakes are staying open wherever fresh water is coming in. Yesterday we noticed the first large ice crack open up on Tunkwa, going from our dock area, all the way across our bay to the far point, this is an encouraging sign, and a good indicator that the ice is moving and starting to ‘erode’. There is a lot of heat in the sun now, working away on the ice surface as well. The short term weather forecast is calling for much warmer temps, and we should see the ice-off progressing quickly.
A couple of the lakes, just down the Tunkwa Lake Road, at a lower elevation, iced off a couple weeks ago, and they have been a fishing option for guests.
Not much happening in the way of ice-off yet, nights are still dipping below freezing, and day times temps are remaining unseasonably low, slowing the melt. There is open water on Tunkwa and Leighton Lakes wherever melt water is flowing in, and off of all the feeder creeks as well.
A couple of nearby popular lakes, at lower elevation, are now iced off, and the still water season has started there.
Stay for more reports, as ice off continues. Also be sure to check in often on our web cam, to see our conditions. Please note, if the camera image does not come up right away, just hit refresh to see the current image.
Remarkably, Tunkwa ice conditions remain good with lots of safe ice. Only areas where water is entering the lake, will have open water and unsafe ice. Ice fishing pressure is very light, and reports of rainbows still being caught, are coming in, but mostly from Leighton though. This will be the last ice fishing report, and watch as we report on the ice coming off and the start of our open water ‘stillwater’ season.
Ice conditions remain good, with no sign of it weakening, and fishing pressure is light. Rainbow trout are still coming up through the ice. Bring your sun tan lotion, for ice fishing this time of the year!
Tunkwa still has lots of ice cover, and we foresee safe ice for the rest of the month, still some great ice fishing opportunities to be had. Fishing pressure was light this past weekend, but we did see rainbows caught in both Tunkwa and Leighton. Our fisheries biologist was out yesterday(yes, a Sunday on his own time!) doing O2 reading on the waters under the ice, and we were pleased to hear O2 levels are good in both lakes and doing well this winter, and bodes well for a great spring fishery.
Angling pressure this past weekend was fairly light. Mixed reports from guests, some doing pretty good and some having little luck. Surprisingly, we had one guest doing very well using egg skeins fished below a spoon. Lots of ice still, and looks like it will be a good long ice fishing season still to come.
We had warmer weather at Tunkwa this past weekend, but the winds on Saturday were incredibly strong. Only the hardiest of anglers could stay on the ice and deal with the wind. Fishing was slower on Tunkwa, with some fish being caught, but lots of short bites. Guests commented that they can see the fish but they aren’t biting, perhaps due to all the scuds just under the surface of the ice. Driving down to Leighton is a bit of gamble with more than one truck getting stuck, best to quad or sled the short distance if you want to fish there. Trout were a bit more co-operative on Leighton, with small pieces of worms being the best presentation.
Despite a busy weekend up at the resort, we had no ice fishing reports come in, with most guests content to just be out in the sunshine enjoying winter, skating, sledding etc. Snowmobile conditions are just unreal right now, the best I have seen in the past 4 winters!
We have had some good snowfalls, blanketing everything with powder. Fishing should be the same as previous reports, and still good during times of stable weather.
Ice fishing remained steady this past weekend, with the best bite being first light. Winter weather has returned to the area, and any surface slush has hardened providing lots of safe ice. Cooked shrimp remain the best bait.
The resort was closed to the public this past weekend, as a private function booked the entire place to have an ice fishing derby. Lots of rainbows were caught with a fat, 19.25″ trout being the longest and the ultimate winner.
Night time temps have been dropping well below freezing, but sunny clear days have warmed up to just above freezing, weather has been just incredible. Road into Leighton has improved slightly and is accessible by 4×4 truck. Our road into the resort is in excellent condition, and 2wd vehicles have no problems gettign in or out. Many sections of Leighton Lake have lots of slush under a thin crust of ice, but there is solid ice under that, but this makes quading and sledding there hard, and stressful dropping through the crust into the water or slush. Also there is open water where Tunkwa feeds into Leighton. Leighton is coughing out lots of numbers of rainbows most 12-15″, but the anglers have to move around, and don’t be afraid to fish as shallow as 3′. Cooked shrimp or small pieces of dew worms tipping a small jig is best, rigging a flasher spoon above helps call the trout in. Bites are very light, in fact barely detectable, using a braided ice line helps, but using a quality fish finder/graph is indespensible. Tunkwa lake is really on and off, day to day, and one has to really move around to find active fish, best action is found by fishing along the weed lines, and best bite is at first light and the next half hour after that. No slush on Tunkwa and about 14″ of ice. One can easily access through the resort, but no trucks allowed on the ice.
Some unreal weather up here the past while! We have been experiencing a real temperature inversion, with daytime temps reaching +8 or +9 degrees, and nightime temps hovering just above freezing. As can be imagined, our snow base has really settled, and slush on top of the lake ice has been an issue. Ice is still plenty safe, with over 12″, just the wet, heavy slush makes it uncomfortable to be out there, and moving around becomes harder. A bit cooler weather with some snow is in the short term forecast, so we should return back to winter. Mixed reports coming in from guests ice fishing the past while. Tunkwa has been spotty, with relatively light fishing pressure, but it has been producing some nice rainbows, with fish up to 4.5lbs being landed the past week. Leighton has been taking most of the angling pressure, and most days produces good catches, just smaller sized rainbows. Road access into Leighton has been questionable, and more then one vehicle has been stuck trying to get in, keeping the local tow truck driver busy. This will put anglers back on Tunkwa and spending the time, dialing in, where and when the rainbows are moving. Best bait has still been cooked shrimp, but lures tipped with dew worms have been catching trout at times as well. Small jigs tipped with 3 or 4 pink maggots have been tricking hits out the rainbows when they are being a bit fussy.
We saw lots of guests out ice fishing over the holidays, and it seemed like everyone was catching some fish. Some days were tougher then others, with a couple, seeming like the trout had totally shut down, but we had a few reports of some incredible action at times. Seemed like the trout had moved up higher in the water column, and where feeding often just under the ice surface. Anglers who caught onto this were rewarded with some steady action, often visible right in there ice hole. Ice thickness is about 14″, and only about a 10″ layer of snow on the lake. We saw fish up to just over 5 lbs brought in, with shrimp being the best bait going. Roads are in great condition up here, making it a great time to plan your ice fishing get-a-way, and enjoy some of our famous winter Interior sunshine!