Ice off is going to be a little bit at this point. Best guess would be end of April at this point. Having said that ice conditions are still very good with most lakes having in excess of 24'' of good clear ice. Places to watch out for are creeks or areas with run off from the current melt. In the store we are currently switching the product from ice fishing to spring summer with new current product arriving everyday. Be sure to stop in before the open water season kicks off to get you reels serviced and new line spooled on to your reels. New product soon to arrive Gibbs, Yakima, Silver Horde, Garmin, Scientific Angler, Redington, Rio, Orvis, Echo, Amundsen, Macks Lures, Lucky Bug, Fishinator Lures, Daiwa, Rapala, Normark, and many other products. Looking for something specific? Make sure to drop us a line and let us know we will do our best to bring it in.
Canim Lake - April 9, 2019
Simon Lake - Apr 13, 2019
108 Mile Lake - Apr 15, 2019
Irish Lake - Apr 18th (by end of Day)
Higgins Lake - Apr 19, 2019
Watch Lake - Apr 19, 2019
Horse Lake - Apr 19, 2019 (ice still on the east and west end)
Howard Lake - Apr 19, 2019
Lac La Hache - Apr 20, 2019
Small Deka - Apr 22, 2019
Little Lac Des Roche - Apr 23
Hathaway Lake - Apr 23
Fawn Lake - apr 23
Ruth Lake - apr 23
Sulphurous Lake - Apr 24
Deka Lake - Apr 24
Sheridan Lake - Apr 24
If you know of any lakes that are ice free in the Highway 24 corridor be sure to let us know.
QIce fishing in the Cariboo is about to start with last weeks temperatures dipping down to minus 27. With that comes the first ice on the lakes. Some anglers have less fear of thin ice then others. Most of the guides say 4" of ice is safe to walk on (personally you wont catch me out there with less). On the first trip out on to the ice make sure to have safety spikes and drill a few test holes as you work your way out to deeper water. Some of our Cariboo lakes will have thinner ice in some areas that you want to avoid.
The first question we usually get is "Where do we start". I suggest to start where you finished off your fall fishing targeting which ever species it is that you are going after. Rainbow trout, Lake trout, and Brook Trout will usually be fairly shallow where there is still lots of food. As the season goes on they generally move out and into deeper water. Kokanee on the other hand could be almost anywhere at this point and I find the best place to start is to look for areas with steep drop offs or a sport where there may be current. Kokanee will follow their food source (plankton) around and will be at varying depths during the winter. Burbot early on will be in the deeper parts of the lake. The best time to fish these guys is February and March when they work their way up on to the shelves for spawning.
Remember to be safe and check the Ice thickness.
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