Tunkwa has been fishing extremely well this year and continues to heat up, with line ups at the fish cleaning station at times!
Chironomid fishing has been excellent, with impressive catches being reported, trout to over 5 lbs are being landed. Key is fishing close to the bottom in deeper areas, not far off the deeper weed beds, and move with the schools of active trout when the action slows. Larger chironomids in Size 12 long, to almost ‘bomber’ size has been key, with ASB/red rib, dark green /red butt, or KD’s being the most productive patterns. Fishing up higher off the bottom is producing smaller trout.
Worms fished under a float have been producing as well, but a chironomid set up under a slip float on a spinning rod is much more effective.
Trollers are hooking up as well, not the numbers of fish like the chironomids, but still into trout. Gang trolls run ahead of wedding bands, dark coloured Kwikfish or hotshots have been best. Reddish brown Pumkinheads, or MiniMart wet fly patterns have been working as well.
Not too many reports coming in from area lakes, as most guests are staying put on Tunkwa and enjoying the incredible weather, and good fishing at their doorstep.
Trout food! Giant green ‘Bomber’ Chironomids, and there bloodworm larva stage, being found in our Tunkwa trout.
July 18, 13
Fishing continues to be excellent with limits reached in an hour for many anglers trolling leeches or chironomiding. With warm weather and sunny skies forecast over the next week the bite should continue.
Fish are in a feeding frenzy with many patterns working so one does not need to be “dialed” in!!
Great to see the lake fishing so well and just prior to the “Bomber” hatch making this time of year so much fun to fish at Tunkwa.
Fishing yesterday was excellent, chironomids did exceptionally well in the popular spots on the lake with one of our staff catching 50+ fish with multiple double headers. Trollers fishing with flat fish/kwick fish, gang trolls with wedding band dabbed with worm also caught fish. Rivers of chironomid chucks from an overnight heavy hatch as there were no adults sighted drifted across the North bay most of the morning. Hatching chironomids were in sizes 12 and Limey’s in 14’s were obvious. One just needs to match the hatch and find the depth and the right presentation to present. Weather was sunny with a small chop created by a 5 km breeze out of the East.
Guys are out today and one of our permanents is getting fish after fish in sight of the resort. A light shower is moving through and great weather is forecast tomorrow and into this weekend with sunny skies and temperatures to 29 and lows to 12 overnight which is always good sleeping temps.
This time last year fishing got really good with the larger Pennask strain of fish stocked in Tunkwa feeding heavily on chironomids, fish to 6 lbs were caught at this time which may be the anticipated start of our popular Bomber hatch (#10-#8 chironomids)
Guests who would like to learn to fish the chironomid is encouaged as it’s a very productive method of fishing, just bring a spinning rod if you dont have a fly rod and we’ll teach you how it’s done!!
If you have a fly rod, floating line is all you need to get started.
Chironomid fishing continued to be excellent for anglers moving and finding feeding trout. Feeding trout are set up off the deeper weedlines in 14′ to 16′ range, and feeding about a foot off bottom. Darker greens, ASB and chromie/red patterns in size 12 have been producing best.
Trolling Kwikfish, wedding-bands tipped with worms and various wet fly patterns have been producing trout as well. Reddish brown Pumpkinheads have been a good producer whether fished on a intermediate sink line, or rigged on a spinning rod, just weighted down a bit with some split shot. Worms fished close to the bottom under a slip float have been catching trout as well. Guests day tripping out to lakes in the immediate area have been reporting success, with various caddis nymph producing best for them.
Over this past weekend the fishing has been good. The fly fisherman have had the best success using size 12 and 10 chironomids. (static bag, red butts and bright green over black) The key to staying in the action was moving . They had to keep on top of the fish, the best chironomid bites were early afternoon and lasting till dinner time. Guests that were dragging attractor patterns and may fly nymphs patterns did well too,there best luck was fishing weed edges and looking for active fish. Pots and pans with a red or green wedding band did the trick for alot of guests and the key again was fishing the weed edges. There are dragons and damsels flies flying all over the lake. Brown and tan caddis are coming off in the evening with the odd traveler sedge being seen. The chironomid hatches are getting bigger and bigger…the fishing should get better and better.See ya on the water.
The record heat in the area the past while, has made time on the water much more bearable then being stuck on shore. Good thing it cools off nicely at nigttime up here! Fishing has been slower during the heat of the day, with best success in the cooler mornings or evenings. Trolling Kwikfish in brighter colours has been producing better than most other presentations. Worms fished about 5′ under a slip float has been productive as well. There have been some pretty good chironomid hatches and fishing action for guests on them in the late afternoon and early evening. Pumping the fishes throats is showing them full of lively chironies in size 14 and 12’s. Chironie patterns like chrome red butt, ASB red rib, or Wonderbugs, have been producing best. Rainbow trout to just over 3lb have been coming to net. This warm spell has brought about good hatches of damsel flies, and drifting or stripping damsel nymphs patterns in or around the weedbeds should be a hot tactic now.
Some unsettled weather with heavy rains engulfed the Interior of BC for parts of last week. Prior to the system arriving fishing was very good. Some good catches were reported by chironomid anglers, fishing a couple feet of bottom. Copper and brown chironomids in size 12 were hot, then light olive patterns were working. ASB with olive rib, was a good producer. We’ve had a lot of guests in preparing for the National Loch Style Fishing Tournament, going on here and over at the Trojan Pond. They can only fly fish while the boat is drifting, casting forward, so we had lots of boats out employing this technique. Some good success was reported using this technique, with mayfly nymphs, mini marts and various wet patterns. Congrats to all the anglers participating in this charity fund raising event.
Other guest fishing worms under floats, wedding bands, and trolling various plugs(Kwikfish HotShots, Apex etc.) were reporting success as well.
During the days of the storms, fishing was understandably sporatic. This weekend saw nicer weather and fishing reports were good. Today is a beautiful day, calm, sunny and warm, and the fish action on the surface is looking good.
We have some really unstable weather in the area the past week, with wind and heavy rains bubbling up out of nowheres. The weekend some nicer weather, sun with temps into the mid 20’s, light to know wind, and just the occasional short lived shower. Mixed reports coming in. Trolling was producing fish during the windy times with all the usual presentations(hardware, or wet flies) are getting fish here and there. Chironomid fisherman who were able to find and set up on feeding fish did pretty good, with fish up to 23″ landed. Lots of colour patterns working,ASB/red rib, Barnes Lake Special(olive green) Whisky Dicks, and black silver/red butts, but size 14 and 16 have been key. Fish are still in the shallows, and just off the weed lines. Lots of fish jumping all over, but try and ignore them, and find the fish feeding showing themselves. A bunch of anglers set up in front of the resort have been hooking up pretty steady all day using ASB/red rib chironies.
Some nice sunny weather with a bit of wind for he most part the past week, but some heavy rains hit the area hard last night. Fishing remained steady, with some good flurries of action when anglers found actively feeding fish. Heavy winds made set up and presentation challenging at times. Lots of smaller rainbow trout being caught, but moving away from them and finding the schools of bigger fish pay off. Trollers have been doing good, with wedding bands, gang trolls or KwikFish, hooking up. Drifting or trolling wet flies, Mini Marts, Pumkinheads, or olive damsel nymphs are working as well. Feeding trout are higher in the water, so need to go deep fro them. Bigger fish can be found in the sparser weed beds or lines. Chironomid fishing has been working as well, smaller chironomids in dull green, ASB red rib, or tan coloured have been producing, when fished amongst feeding fish.
No damsel hatching here yet, and just a few scattered mayflies.
Guests day tripping to other nearby lakes are reporting success as well.
Some unsettled weather in the area this past weekend, made the fishing a bit spotty, but seemed everyone was into some trout. Water temps have cooled off a bit as well. Chironomid hatches have been spotty, but still coming off heavy in smaller areas at times. Few mayflies coming off, but nothing to get excited about.
The actively feeding fish have moved higher in the water column, and most success is coming from fishing 4-6′ feet down, even on the chironomids. Trolling KwiFish, Gang Trolls and various wet flies have been producing fish. Buick 52’s, Spratleys, and reddish-brown PumpkinHeads have been good wet fly patterns to troll or drift with. Various chironomid patterns have been effective, with Black/Red/white head, ASB/red rib, black red-butts or copper-tops being good choices, in size 12 or even 10’s at times. The ticket most days was fishing them high up under the indicator even over deeper water. We some great success on red blood worms patterns, fished along the bottom just after any windy days, a pretty consistent pattern on Tunkwa.
Fishing in or around the wed beds, esp. in the evening is providing success for guests trying this.
Weather looks like it is finally improving with sun in the forecast, and we should see the fishing just get better.
Some unstable weather in the area has made the fishing a bit spottier, slowing the bug hatches and feeding frenzies Tunkwa has been experiencing. Fishing remained ‘on fire’ up until last Thurs, the start of the full moon. There have been some good flurries of action, but not as intensem, if your at the right place, at he right time, with the right presentation, fishing can be great. We are seeing less intense chironie hatches, and more mayfly hatches in the later afternoon. Fish are coming on a variety of sized chironomids, but no one size or colour had been outproducing another. Wet fly patterns, like Mini-Marts or sparkle leaches have been working. We had our first double digit sized rainbow landed by guests yesterday, an incredible fish in the 10lb range! Taken on a sparkle leach.
Weather today is a bit sunnier with the occasional shower passing through, and from the lodge I/m seeing lots of trout actively feeding, I think we are going to see some good reports from the guests fishing today!
May 26, 13
Fishing continues to be very good on Tunkwa this weekend with guests getting into lots of fish. Caddis and mayfly pupae patterns did well in the morning hours and after 11 a.m. chironomids were hatching and some fishers getting 20 or more fish in them. Worm and bobber fishing was extremely good at times yesterday afternoon with a cast a fish at times. Red wedding bands dabbed with a small piece of worm also did well along with gang trolls with wedding band, Kwik fish or Hot Shot tailing the gang troll. For the chironomid fishers size 12 to bomber sizes in greens, red/black and anti-static bags. Leeches trolled close to shore did well in the evening until dark for larger fish.
Despite some rainy weather the past couple of days, the fishing has remained very good to excellent to anglers with good rain gear, sticking it out on the water. Winds have been relatively light making the rain not so bad. Chironomid hatches have been intense, and the rainbows are continuing to gorge on them. The bigger rainbows are being caught out just a bit deeper than the shallower areas which are full of smaller trout. Larger chironomid sizes(up to bombers) have been working, in darker patterns. Smaller area lakes continue to fish exceptionally well, it is a great time to be fishing up here!
A busy weekend in the Tunkwa area, nice to see people getting away to enjoy the outdoors.
Weather was a bit up and own this weekend, some rain, some sun, little burst of wind. Pretty heavy rains here today.
fishing was hit and miss, with some good flurries of action, but it seemed everyone was into some fish. There were some heavy chironomid hatches coming off at times, and fish keyed in on them. Sizes and colour of chironomid patterns were all over the place, with not one fishing better then another. Trolling also put anglers into action, darker leach patterns and the ‘MiniMarts’ proved to be the best presentation. Wedding bands, tipped with worms also were working at times. Fishing off the shoreline with worms also provided action for gusts. Evenings the lake was just alive with trout rising and feeding on the emerging bugs.We heard some good fish tales this weekend of some huge rainbows being hooked only to skyrocket in the air and spit the hook or break the line.
Some incredible chironomid hatches on Tunkwa today, with the birds out feeding on them heavier then I’ve ever seen! More bigger sized chironies are coming off. Anglers searching for and working actively feeding trout(not just jumpers shaking lice) were reward with good numbers and better sized rainbows. I had a couple of successful anglers report really good success today fishing ‘bomber’ sized chironies today! Browns, dark greens and black patterns being best producers today. Fish on the cleaning table today were gorged with bigger dark chironies.
Fishing has been incredible this spring!
Tunkwa continued to fish pretty good, but winds made it a bit tougher to set up. Lots of smaller fish to sift through to get to the bigger ones. Sundays gusty winds kept most anglers off the lake and fishing some smaller more protected options nearby. Chironomid continue to produce best, brighter greens, “rootbeer’ and black silver were the better patterns. Size 14 and 12 are about right. Water temps on the surface are holding steady at 59-60F, and lake level has crested and is now receding slightly.
Trollers are hooking up as well, with all the usual presentations producing when put at the right depth over actively feeding fish.
Guests fishing Leighton reported it fished well, with size 14 chironomids in ASB, with brown rib, and a copper head being deadly.
Weather is back to more seasonable temps, but still sunny and dry.
We’re starting to see some bigger chironomids hatching, and showing up in stomach samples.
Chiromomid fishing continued to be excellent today.
Tunkwa surface water temps are a steady 59-60F, and water clarity is better then anyone can ever remember. Good hatches were coming off with more larger sized chironies in the mix. Todays hot pattern was “chironomid candy” in size 14. various Greens and ASB patterns produced fish as well but the “candy’ pattern far outfished them!!! 2′ off the bottom in 7 -9′ of water was hot. Action was steady, and fishing 2 rods was a challenge at times. Fish to 3.5lbs were brought to net, super bright and very acrobatic, jumping like crazy! Good time to be fishing Tunkwa.
Dick Bartletts ‘Chironomid Candy’ pattern, tied with either a Chartreuse or white bead, deadly pattern on Tunkwa the past couple days!
Chironomid fishing really turned on, with some steady action and bigger fish. Fish to just over 5lbs came to net. Setting up on smaller areas fish were funelling through was key.
Chironomids tied in ‘Kelly Green’ in a size 14 was the hot pattern.
Tunkwa has been basked with beautiful sunny, warm weather the last while, this is how spring should be! Lake level is still slowly rising, and surface water temps are approaching the 60F mark. Fish are very active, and are jumping all over the lake. Quite a few fish have been caught off the resort docks, with worm and bobber being best, but small spinner or lighter weight spoons working as well. On the weekend trollers were into a few fish but working for them, with many fish holding suspended around the 7′ mark. A couple boats this monring, trolling half and falf “sunflashes” with Frog coloured HotShots run about 24″ behindthem did excellent, landing well over a dozen fish apiece in a short time, some good sized rainbows as well. Trolling a Kwikfish, weighted slightly and slowed trolled have accounted for some nice trout for other guests as well.
Reports from chironomid fisherman are mixed, with some doing very well, and other not so well, again setting up on actively feeding fish is key! Whiskey Dicks, Red/Black, Black/silver rib and ASB(anti-static bag) red rib in size #14 have been the better patterns. We have seen the bigger trout being caught on green Spratley’s, Carey Specials, fished mid-depth on intermediate sink lines, with fish to just over 5lbs being caught.
Lots of flying ants have been hatching the past few days, something we haven’t seen here in a number of years, trout are plucking them off the surface.
Area lakes have been fishing well, with some god reports coming from Leighton the past couple days…anything green and sparkley, they’re saying!
Weather forecast for the next while continues to be unbelievably fantastic, making it a great time to come up and fish.
Some beautiful weather has arrived to the Tunkwa area. Conditions had been tough since the windstorms on the weekend, and cool windy days following. Yesterday was still a bit breazy, but at least it was out of the south and the sun was warm, and it felt great! Tunkwa lake level is still rising slowly, and creeks feeding the lake are now swollen. Observed surface water temps ranged from 44 – 47F yesterday. Fishing was slower yesterday compared to the days prior to the storm, but moving often, fine tuning set ups and staying on active fish was the key! Some good chironomid hatches could be found, by watching the birds feeding downwind of them. Finding where the chironomids were actually hatching upwind of the birds, then idling around finding the pods of fish on the Hummingbird graph was key. Setting up on these pods, then moving with them when need be, brought steady action, with some better trout in the mix. Fish are fighting great, super acrobatic with lots of jumps. The bigger fish have moved out of the very shallows, and we found them from 9′ to 14′, quite often only 5′ under the surface! Small chironomids(#14/16) in black/red or “Whisky Dicks” were producing best. Still lots of small trout actively feeding in the blow downs laying in the lake.
Reports from trollers, indicated they were into some fish, but nothing steady. Key is to turn and go back over the area you hook up, and stay on the active schools.
The weather now, and the incredible upcoming forecast should make for some great fishing. See you out there!
Th entire interior of BC was hammered with intense, almost hurricane force winds this weekend, making getting out on the water nearly a bust. A few fish were taken by anglers fishing of the shoreline, in areas slightly sheltered, but for the most part, fishing options were limited.
Fishing on Tunkwa the past couple days has been fantastic with some anglers into over 100 trout a day!! Lots of smaller fish to shift through to get to the better ones, but the big fish are letting there prescense be known. Same patterns, size 14 chrionomids(any colour!) fished shallow under an indicator is producing. Areas of warmer water is key. The winds have been relentless the past few days, making fishing areas out of it important for comfort sake, we can only imagine how good the fishing will be when it turns calm, and sunny, as predicted. This early jump start to the season on Tunkwa has been a nice bonus for those anglers able to take advantage of it!
Apr.22/13 Leighton Lake
An update, Leighton Lake had pretty well iced off late in the day, with only this small piece floating around, and we can’t see that piece lasting through the night…another option to fish!
View of Leighton from the bluff area looking north east.
A blustery weekend up at Tunkwa, with some snow on Saturday.
Water temps are 40-42F, with a few spots warming up to about 45F.
Anglers who could deal with the elements and tuck themselves out of the wind, still did well. Small chironomids, in 14 or 16, Black Sally’s or Anti Static Bag patterns were working. Tossing spinners, small spoons or floating rapalas to the shallows also accounted for hook ups on rainbows. Trollers did not report much success, but conditions were far from favorable for them. This weeks forecast for sunny warm weather should keep the bite going strong, and trigger more bug hatches.
We are constantly asked how neighbouring Leighton Lake is going on ice off. It typically ices off a little bit later than Tunkwa, but this year has been an odd one. Leighton is still approx. 70% ice covered, with only the north bay being ice free. Here is a picture of the lake taken this morning, from the bluff area looking across.
Leighton Lake looking north.
North end of Tunkwa Lake this morning, BEAUTIFUL!!!
April 18/13 Ice Off!
Tunkwa completely iced off today!
Fishing this afternoon, despite the cool windy weather was excellent! Many fish taken very shallow, small #16 or #14 chironomids (pattern didn’t make a difference) fished about 20 inches under an indicator, right up against the shorelines where active fish could be seen moving, was key. Some fish on darker leach patterns, but the small chironomids provided pretty well non stop action, a great way to start the open water season!
Steady ice-off action close to the banks!
The ice on Tunkwa is almost all off today,!!!!!!! With only a small piece jammed up in the north end of the lake…..it will be gone in no time!
Fishing this afternoon in the sunshine, just from the shore in “windblown” areas(KEY!!!!!), was pretty good! Huge amounts of small dark chironies hatching, but the best presentation to the active rainbow trout in the shallows, was the good old micro leach, fished on a full floating line, in black or maroon…..BTW there are some huge fish around this spring
Let the good times begin!
Some cooler weather the past days have slowed the ice off process on Tunkwa. There is now lots of open water, and one more good wind out of the south should see it go….Anyday now!!
Some nice rainbows have been caught fishing off the shoreline, and we have been seeing some good chironomid hatches(very tiny size) coming off, even with the cool weather. Guests fishing a couple lakes just down the road from us have been having success as well, the big difference in elevation makes all the difference at this time of the year for icing off.
Next report will be reporting “ice off”!
Ice off has been progressing nicely. Lots of open water along the shorelines, plus several of the back bays are wide open with trout moving about. Big winds have been really helping the warmer temperatures. We are figuring the ice will be gone in a week
Pictures from today show how it is progressing!
View looking north up the resort shoreline.
View of the bay our camping area fronts onto, totally ice free!
An incredible Easter Weekend up here, bright hot sun, and unbelievably warm!
Ice on Tunkwa is really taking a beating under these conditions, and is turning dark, with a few open spots appearing wherever run off is entering the lake, ice off is progressing nicely, and it’s still shaping up for an early one!!
A couple of the lakes just down the road from us have opened up and are ice free, they are very fishable. A couple of our annuals fished from shore there yesterday, and got into some trout, pumping the stomachs showed the rainbows are feeding on small green bloodworms. Still-water fishing is now an option for those who want to get jump start on the season.
Stay tuned for more reports as ice off progresses on Tunkwa/Leighton.
Daytime highs hitting into the low double digits on the plus side, and nightime just dipping to freezing, it shouldn’t take long for ice off!
Watch on this reports page for ice off progress. Most of us have our bets on an early one, hopefully middle of April!
Tunkwa still has safe ice, with about 15″ thickness. Spots where run off is hitting the lake make a couple spots soft, and best to avoid. Ice fishing pressure has been light, and reports have been spotty.
We are still predicting an earlier ice off this year, with thickness down, and lots of our snowmelt has happened. A good 6″ of snow fell this morning making it look like a winter wonderland again.
Guests did very well fishing Tunkwa and it’s neighboring lake Leighton this past weekend. Many fish in the 2.5lb range caught off shrimp, krill and worms and numerous smaller ones also caught. Very windy conditions on Friday settled down for a nice day on the lake Saturday. Ice is still in good conditions to ice fish.
Tunkwa fished well off the 2 main weed beds last weekend using krill and shrimp. Weather was unseasonably warm and the warm weather is continuing through this weekend ahead. Leighton has been slower than usual but there were a few fish caught there on shrimp and worms.
Ice thickness is around 15 to 17 inches thick. Upper elevations have lots of snow for snow mobiles to ride the countless kilometers of trails throughout the basin.
Ice fishing pressure has been relatively light the past while, but guests putting the time in have been rewarded with some nice catches of rainbows. Feeding fish seem to be shallow and not that far under the ice surface, but the mid depths, 10′ range continues to produce as well. Best advice, if your not hooking up, keep moving until you find actively feeding fish. Usual presentations are working, with some days the trout preferring orange or pink cured shrimp over the naturals, other day worms or krill tails. A spoon above your presentation still stacks things in your favour, calling the trouts attention from aways off. Balanced leach patterns in “PumpkinHead” or Black/Blue have been very effective at times as well. Sometimes placing a tiny split shot ahead of your favourite fly pattern, can turn it into and instant jig presentation, for under the ice…..deadly at times!
Weather continous to be unseasonably warm, with most days reaching above freezing, and nights now just dipping below it. Ice conditions are still good, with the occassional slushy section on both Tunkwa and Leighton.
This ‘brute’ Rainbow was caught by a Tunkwa staff fishing a local lake on a day trip. Was quiet the site being squeezed up the hole!!!
Nice weather conditions with the high pressure, has made fishing pretty good on Tunkwa Lake this weekend. Day time temperatures crept up to 4 Deg with overnight temperatures dipping to -12. Fish were caught on shrimp, krill and worms, fished in 10 feet of water at different depths, fish were very active in their feeding.
Ice thickness is around 15 inches with 5-6 inches of snow on the ice, surface conditions are frozen for easy walking on the lake to your fishing spot.
Ice fishing pressure has been light the past while. Some extremely cold temps last weekend, help solidify a lot of he slush making movement on the ice much easier, and drier!
Rainbows are still be taken in the usual spot, and all the usual presentations. Natural coloured shrimp have been working well, tipped on a pink jig head, as well as the good old earth worm. Weather up here is just incredible right now, sunny, calm and hitting plus 5 in the days. Last night was our first night that the temps stayed above freezing. This warmer spell has helped pack the snow down, giving a good base for snowmobiles.
Come on up and give winter at Tunkwa a try!!
Holiday season saw lots of folks out on the ice enjoying the winter conditions. The colder nights have help freeze up some of the slushy areas on the ice, making travelling the lakes a bit easier. Tunkwa ice continues to grow thicker, and there’s plenty of safe ice for quads and sleds now. Mixed reports coming in from guests ice fishing, with some doing very well, with some big fish being hooked, challenge is trying to land big trout through the holes. Best action continues to be really shallow, in as little as 2 feet of water! Shrimp in pink cures seem to be the best bait.
Day times have been sunny calm, and just beautiful up here at Tunkwa, a great time to give the ice fishing a try!
Wendy K. with here first ever, ice caught trout from Tunkwa!’ Nice start and showing the guys how to do it!