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Fishing Report from: Cory Koenig of Webflyz, Smithers BC
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Hello there Noel, Fishing was great at Irrigation Lake these past two weeks. Many cutthrout sized average and larger were taken (1-3lbs), not in the usual depths of 4-20 feet but in 30+ feet of water! Johnson Lake is a neighboring lake to Irrigation Lake, and also is a great lake to fish for cutthroat. Barrett Lake has been moody for some anglers, great for a few. Rainbows up to 12 lbs have been landed here, a great lake to use chronomids and small leeches in summer. Winter is also a great time to use these flies, adding a conehead or weighted eyes for weight, fooling some large rainbow. Again, deadly dicks in pink or red along with various jigs work well ice fishing here.
Helen Lake at the top of Hungry Hill (5km east, in from the Highway) has chances of providing very large cutthroat based on my past fishing there, although there has been a substantial amount of trees removed from the campsite, exposing the lake to the main road recently. Chapman, Babine, Fulton Lakes are great fishing lakes for Rainbow and Char up to 12 lbs, **emphasis is to properly handle, revive and release large Lakers as they grow an average of one half pound/year, and cannot reproduce for several years initially.**
Call Lake is located just 5 km southeast from Smithers BC and has been known to provide big brook trout. And with the addition of new driveways, access has been limited to off of the highway, on Van Gealen Rd, up to Mountain View road. Babine Lake road also works, both taking a good 20 minutes to walk in either way. I fished Call Lake for a minimal amount of time on Saturday with my kid’s, no dice though, not even a bite!
**All roads leading to any lake are very icy, and caution is to be taken for all your fishing trips in January**