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Tunkwa Lake Resort
Tunkwa Lake

Tunkwa Lake BC Fishing Report

By Al Patton, Tunkwa Lake Resort | Last updated: December 8th, 2020

Tunkwa Lake rainbow trout

It was a pretty quiet weekend at the resort, with just a few guests staying with us. We are currently open to guests coming from the same health region (Northern/Interior) and we have lots of cabins available until May 25th due to cancellations by guests from the Lower Mainland. The next several weeks are typically prime weeks for our spring fishery so don't miss out! Just give our office a call at 250-523-9697 or email info@tunkwalakeresort.com if you would like to book. :)

Tunkwa lake is in great shape at the moment, with levels rising slowly and water temperatures varying (upper 40F's) depending on the nigh-time temperatures. Most afternoon, swallows can be seen actively working on the chironomids outside the shallow flats, where they have been hatching.

This past weekend we experienced some some very unstable weather throughout the region, with wind, rain, snow on the mountain tops, even hail coming down, definitely not ideal conditions to fish in, or get the bugs hatching heavily. Sunday afternoon saw the weather calming down, and the sun came out, and the chironomids started hatching. Fishing was good to excellent! Fishing in the 5'-8' depths, with small #16 chironomids, under the indicators, was very productive. The Zucchini, Blue-Gnu and Elvis were the top chironomid patterns producing. Earlier in the week, tiny micro leech patterns, seemed to be hooking the bigger fish. The 'B M W' size #16 tied in black, olive or maroon are our 'go to' leech patterns at this time of the year.

Fish were also being caught from shore, by casting small Blue Fox spinners. As is typical for early season on Tunkwa, the smaller rainbows (last year's stockers) are ravenous and providing lots of action, but sometimes a move away from these fish, will get you into the better sized rainbows. Go Fish BC were here early last week, doing their first stocking of the year for our lakes.

Have a great week! :)

Al Patton
Tunkwa Lake Resort
Email: info@tunkwalakeresort.com
Phone: 250.523.9697 or 1.877.623.9697