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Archive for June, 2011

New floating dock at Diver Lake in Nanaimo

Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2011



A couple of weeks ago, while we were on Vancouver Island doing some filming projects for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, we attended the launch of a new floating dock at Diver lake in Nanaimo. Diver Lake is part of FFSBC’s “Fishing in the City” program and the new dock provides better shore access for anglers who are looking for urban fishing opportunities.

Amazing trout fishing at Ruddocks Ranch

Published on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011



Last week, we had the opportunity to fish and stay at Ruddocks Ranch. The ranch is located just north of Lytton, at the edge of the Fraser River. On the ranch property, Onion Lake holds rainbow trout up to 10lb. During our trip, we did not encounter fish that big, but we had countless number of fish between 18 and 24 inches long. The chironomid fishing was best between 10:00am and 2:00pm, while occasional damsel hatches brought on feeding frenzies late in the afternoon.

Check out the video blog above as we documented throughout our trip. If you’d like to find out more about Ruddocks Ranch, please check out this video feature.

Float fishing with a fly

Published on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011



Earlier this week we spent a day fishing in Whistler for rainbow trout and cutthroat trout. When it comes to catching trout in lakes, fly fishing is probably the most effective method as the angler uses flies to imitate the exact food items that trout feed on. For gear anglers who don’t want to fly fish but still want to try something different than lure fishing, then float fishing with a fly is a fun alternative. In this video blog, I tried some of my usual fly patterns under a tiny float and the result was not too disappointing.

Tagging Cultus Lake pikeminnow

Published on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011



Yesterday we followed several members of the Fraser Valley Salmon Society to tag some northern pikeminnow at Cultus lake. This is part of the preparation of the upcoming Greg Clark Memorial Family Fishing Derby on June 18th.

The goal of the derby is to remove some pikeminnow from Cultus Lake. Derby participants who are lucky enough to catch a tagged fish will win some prize money.

Due to overfishing and other human-related causes, Cultus Lake sockeye salmon population has declined over the years and is currently listed as endangered. Northern pikeminnow, a native predatory species, eats sockeye salmon fry like cutthroat trout and bull trout. The hope is that, by removing a percentage of northern pikeminnow from Cultus Lake, it will improve the juvenile sockeye salmon survival rate.

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