Moto-fishin' in Central British Columbia

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by GISdood, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. garry_kramer

    garry_kramer Been here awhile

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    I would love to try some fishing there. I have never fly fished, but I have a light travel rod & reel that I can take with me on the bike.

    Garry
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  2. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    If you're ever out this way, drop me a PM - I'd be more than happy to accompany you or at least point you in the right direction. I just renewed my fishing license last weekend, I'm itching to get out again. Now if the weather would just smarten up and cooperate a bit....
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  3. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Well, its July and summer seems to have FINALLY showed up here in northern BC. The weather last month really sucked - record rainfall reported all over the province, flash floods, rivers spilling over their banks, the whole 9 yards. On top of that, we've been busy renovating our basement and hosting ADV'ers traveling to/from Alaska. A quick count from memory puts it at a total of 17 riders taking advantage of my Tent Space Thread posting so far this year. Honestly, I look forward to the riding season bringing ppl through the area, meeting all sorts of folks from all over the world as they journey north (or return south).

    A few photos of spring renovations and early-season travelers:

    Basement gutted and ready for new subfloor (DriCore tiles stacked in the foreground)
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    Reverse angle, and the father-in-law who was up for a couple weeks doing the bulk of the work while I was holding down my desk at work. Thanks Greg!!
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    Your truly, starting to lay down the DriCore tiles
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    And a few hours later... almost all done except for cutting the corner pieces and cleaning up the mess
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    Its all framed, wired and plumbed now (laundry sink, washer/dryer, etc), but I don't have the most recent pictures downloaded off the camera yet. Just gotta run ethernet down there for the TV and then get the sprayfoam guys in to make it warm and cozy :)

    Then the ADV traffic begun... meet Joevano. Joe was on his way from MN to AK and stopped in for a couple nights. Originally, he was planning on a single night stopover, but decided to stay an extra day to wait out the weather and get some extra rest. I was expecting another group of 4 riders (Brauhausbier and 3 friends) and I think Joe was hoping to ride with some company for a change.

    Joe and his DR
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    Sorry, I dropped the ball and didn't get any pictures of Brauhausbier & company... got any handy from your travels with them, Joe?

    The following weekend we had another large group come through on their way north. 8 riders in total! Good thing I've got over an acre of lawn for all the tents!
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    Most everyone from this group was from California. They'd met in Seattle and journeyed north as a group, planning on hitting lots of off-pavement routes as they looped up into Alaska and back. Their return loop was what finally got me to get off my butt, renew my fishing license for the season, put a new tire on the DR and go hit some gravel.

    I did all my trip prep, tire change, and packing the morning before I left, so no pictures of any of that... but here's the first one after I hit the road just 5 min from my house, en route to meeting Kevin (pictured above) and the remnants of his group (they suffered the demise of a KLR and a finicky F800 which didn't complete the trip) at Punchaw Lake - a mere 40 miles from my house - for the night.

    5 min from my house... some twisty pavement as I headed for the Blackwater FSR
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    Not long after that... it was onto some gravel for about 30 minutes. No turnoffs, no route changes, just a straight shot right to the lake.
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    And a quick self-portrait - I'm loving this new Scorpion lid, btw...
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    In short order, I was at the lake. There were a couple other campers and RVs already set up at this point, as it was after 3pm on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon, but this spot by the lake was wide open, so I claimed it by spreading my stuff out in anticipation of Kevin and his entourage showing up later in the afternoon.
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    Time to unpack, set up my tent and get geared up to get on the water! It looked pretty shallow and weedy right off the shore and the water was quite dark, but at least it was calm out
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    I talked to another angler that was out in his aluminum boat with a kicker. He hadn't had much luck other than a lot of coarse fish (squawfish/suckers/spiny sculpin/etc). Oh well.. its still fishing and better than yard work!

    So as I was using my flippers to commute across the lake, I took a couple photos
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    I never did hook into any rainbows... so no fish pics. The only coarse fish I got to my apron on the float tube (as I forgot my damn net at home!) I simply skewered with my pocket knife and tossed back into the lake for fish food. Maybe a rainbow will have a dinner on THEM for a change!

    After a couple hours of enjoying the peace and quiet on the water, I heard the distinctive sound of a herd of adventure bikes - a Super Tenere, Versys, F800, two 990's and a 690. That was my cue to paddle my butt back to shore.

    Some people were already set up and relaxing by the time I got back to shore. They're well-practiced in set-up and take-down by now, and this was to be their last night of camping along their journey.
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    I guess after a few days of camping without showers, several of the group couldn't stand their own 'funk' any longer and braved the cool waters for a bit of a bath
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    You can see the hesitation being displayed by the guys upon getting beyond 'scrotum depth' in the water. It really wasn't all that warm.

    What's that? Yes, there are so guys in that picture. :rofl

    So the first order of business after getting out of the water? Building up the fire! A half-liter of lighter fluid, comin right up!
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    It didn't take long before the coals were throwing some nice even heat
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    A few drinks were had, stories exchanged, laughs were shared... then it was off to bed. They all wanted to get an early start to make it to their next planned stop in Hope early enough to enjoy a long hot shower before a nice celebratory trip wrap-up dinner. Packing up in the a.m.
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    I decided to travel south with the group to Quesnel and then loop back to Prince George via Hwy97. It was a nice day, the wife was working out of town, why not? The roads were awesome, too. Nice hardpack, very little loose gravel. 100-120km/h was the average cruising speed on stretches like these...
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    But all too soon, the gravel ended and we were back on pavement, heading into West Quesnel
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    We all stopped at Tim Horton's for a bite before we parted ways. Shockingly, this was the FIRST Timmy's stop the group had made on their entire trip! :eek1

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    So that was it - not much in the way of fishing, but it was good to get out, and it was great to catch up a bit with Kevin & company. Trust me, guys... if (when?) we ever get to Cali, we will most DEFINITELY be taking you up on the reciprocal offer of hospitality!

    Looking forward to seeing some pics and hopefully a ride report soon!
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  4. Mercenary

    Mercenary Mindless Savage

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    Nice. Have you ever been out towards Pelican Lake and Titetown Lake at all? Haven't been there in a few years but the fishing was decent IIRC. Kokanee can be found in Titetown.....
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  5. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Not a bike, but I've been through the Titetown crossing via 4x4 in the past... The water was up to the top of the wheel wells on my Tacoma with a 3" lift on it when we crossed - which doesn't really inspire a lot of confidence in crossing that on a DR with a gaping hole in the top of the airbox! :rofl
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  6. Mercenary

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    I haven't been through either the upper or lower crossing in quite a while but we always waited until late August or September before we would attempt either.

    That road to Kluskoil is a heck of a trip:freaky
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  7. Crooked Creek

    Crooked Creek Been here awhile

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    Had no idea this thread was still alive. Better subscribe :D.
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  8. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    It comes back from the dead occasionally, typically whenever I find time to actually get out and hit some dirt en route to the next fishing hole :)

    Hopefully another installment coming up next weekend!
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  9. PPCLI-Jim

    PPCLI-Jim Been here awhile

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    I will revive it with a statement of "thats great to see." As a BC guy myself i like seeing places I have ridden and fished.Retirement is upon me so I hope to duplicate some of what you have done in other places. Kamloops was my bailiwick so that is probably where I will start with a long term road RR like yours. Keep on keeping on! :norton
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  10. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Hey Jim!

    Kamloops, eh? Definitely some amazing rainbows to be had in all of the lakes down there - and I've wet my lines in several of them (grew up in Clearwater, 120km north).

    Unfortunately, I didn't get out 'moto-fishing' too many times this past summer, but I did drive out with a friend to wade the Stellako River in the fall for a day of catch-and-release action.

    Here's few pics from that day, just cause it makes me feel a bit warmer than the minus 20-something outside this morning.... damn winters are too long up here!

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    Crystal clear water and spawning sockeye meant there should be plenty of rainbows lurking in the pools...
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    Fish on!
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    A beauty... not too big but very colourful.
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    We each landed about a half-dozen rainbows that day. Perfect weather and we were the only ones on the stream... except for all these characters, of course:
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    Now if winter would just hurry up and be over already, I can get back to adding more fishing trips to this report!
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  11. Mercenary

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    I hear that. Headed back to FSJ today....-30 up there. Brrrrrr :huh
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    WTF are those ??


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  13. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Sockeye salmon. They're silver while they reside in the ocean, but once they head back to fresh water and upstream to spawn, they turn red.

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    Not really fit for consumption at this point (unless you're a bear getting ready for hibernation, of course). The upside to them being in the water and spawning is that the rainbow trout follow them around in hopes of a fresh salmon egg snack.
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    Had no idea they turned psychedelic in colour like that. Cool. Thanks.
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  15. corney

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    GSIdood

    This is a great thread I found though the camping Canada thread!

    I lived in PG for ten years and have fished and camped the Blackwater, Stellako, Crooked River.

    I recognized the 100 road on the Crooked pool. Been my experience to keep the belly boat off the bike and fish the Blackwater River at the Canyon bridge, the tail outs at the second bridge( you have to walk the river each way to find them) and the rocks up river from the third bridge( a bit of a hike as well). Black stone fly nymphs and orange bellied stimulators at the right time! Great FS camp sites as well.

    I had a legendary day on the Stellako once where the fishing Gods were shining on me and I caught 30 ish beautiful bows on an egg pattern. Most times I was skunked.

    Crooked River mostly caught a course fish that was named locally a name that is politically incorrect! Whitefish and small bows as well.

    You Sir live in fishing and dual sport heaven!

    I also fish a four piece St.Croix with a BFR reel bought at Northern Troutfitters when Scott worked there.

    Tight lines

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  16. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tips and fish tales, corney!

    Its that time of year again, ice is off most of the lower lakes, so I hope to get out to do some stillwater fishing here in the next couple of weeks. Wicheeda is high on my list, but I'll have to wait a bit before the access to that lake is snow/ice free, I think. Fingers crossed!
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  17. corney

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    Is wicheda sorta East of Bear Lake? I heard many good things about it but never took the Long walk in.

    Maybe you could ride your bike all the way in?

    A friend of mine Brian Smith wrote called Fly Fishing BC's Interior. He lives in PG and the book is a great reference for fishing spots, bugs and information.

    Polar Coachman Flyfishing Club was also a great source to learn about the area. I was new to flyfishing and learnt a bunch from those people.

    I didn't own my KLR back then but I borrowed my buddies Honda and rode around the Blackwater country.

    Next year I may have to load my camping gear, fly rod on my bike and head that way. Last time I was out there the bug kill had changed that environment in a big way!
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  18. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Yup, that's the one!

    There's apparently two ways in, but I've only ever taken the one to the south of the lake. It gets you closest to the lake by logging road (deactivated) and then cutblock/skidtrail to the treeline. Last time I was in there, it looked like someone had brushed out the path a bit, so hopefully it hasn't been getting too much fishing pressure - esp from the sledders/icefishing crowd.

    Dug up this old pic from a take there a few years ago:
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    Everything out of that lake is chrome silver like this one with very little coloration. Wicheeda is a higher altitude lake and the water stays cooler throughout the summer, so even in mid-July, the hits are aggressive and the fish are energetic all the way to the net.

    Dammit... now I'm itching to get out there... like NOW!
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  19. GISdood

    GISdood Been here awhile

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    Sunday was the only 'nice' day in the long weekend forecast so I figured I'd get out for a ride and a bit of fishing, even if it was just a small lake right off of the highway.

    Hart Lake, just north of Prince George.

    I was loaded up and ready to leave around 9ish...
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    After grabbing some snacks and fueling up the bike, I hit the road north. 45 min later, here we are...
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    No gas-powered boats allowed, only electric trolling motors, only single baitless barbless hooks, and being a 'trophy' lake, you can't keep anything OVER 40cm (I was here strictly for catch & release anyway, tho).

    After gearing up and tucking all my riding gear away in my baggage, it was onto the water. I rigged up my line as I flipped my way out past the weeds, idly looking around as a drifted out into deeper water. Spotted this guy checking out the waters from a much better vantage point than I had...
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    I've fished here before quite a bit, although it had been a while since the last time. I went with what I recalled having the most luck. A medium-sized leech pattern with a bit of flash in it on a sinking line. 20 min later, success from the shallow weed bed...
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    I tried to get another shot of this beauty, but to no avail. I took him out of the net and laid him on the apron of my float tube (which has 18" of measuring lines painted on it), and held him still to get an idea of size. He was at least 2" longer than the extent of lines available. So I dunked my left hand to rinse the fish slime off and then reached for my camera. He took my one-handed grip as opportunity to abandon ship. Oh well... at least I know he had plenty of energy left and would be completely fine.

    Another local angler...
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    There were a pair of these loons popping up and disappearing throughout the afternoon, making their crazy-sounding calls intermittently.

    After the breeze had blown me clear across the lake I started making my way around the the lake. Never got anything else to the net, but I did have several more entertaining battles - none that felt as big as the first one, but fun nonetheless.

    Looking back towards the dock...
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    Finally back on land after paddling into the wind the whole time... getting packed up and ready to head out...
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    coming down across the rails was pretty easy, the threshold was built up quite nicely. The approach coming from the lakeside was not so friendly. Better make sure and hit it square...
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    I made a quick little trip back into Bear Lake to grab something cold to drink and to have a snack. Parked outside in the sun for a bit...
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    Exchanged a few txts with the wife letting her know where I was and when I'd be expected home. Watching the locals come and go from the convenience store...
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    Got home in time to do some yardwork in the sun... I'll spare you the details/photos of that 'fun'. :p

    Til next time...
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  20. Crooked Creek

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    Nicely done :clap
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