Hi Noel...despite the limited river fishing this winter, I elected to get out and ice fish...which we have done allot of in the past. My good friend Mike Primeau and I fished about a week straight. Lakelse lake proved for the most part a little slow but there were fish to be had. Our first trip saw lots of dollies to 2 lbs and the odd Cutthroat. With plenty of coarse fish to finish off the day, it definitely was amusing.
Ross Lake out of New Hazelton BC was quite fishable with 17 inches of ice but the road in was a skating rink, very treacherous even with 4 wheel drive. Check ahead with anglers to see if the road has been sanded. I caught 1 nice rainbow about 2 lbs and we both lost 2 or 3 Brookies. Houston hosted an ice fishing derby Saturday put on by Calvin & Brenda Glaim. Mike and I were actually winning until around 1 o'clock when 2 fish were caught beating mine and putting Mike out of the running. Too bad! I ended up in 3rd place. Before entering the derby, we sought out a little lake with large Brook trout and we had unbelievable action for about an hour on Friday. Mike landed a couple of 2/3 lbers and we both lost fish that exceeded 5 lbs! What an absolute blast!! We went with 6-pound Trilene Big Game but it proved a little light for the big Brookies. We also used an old favorite of mine...the windlass tip up. It didn't produce any this trip, but it was working so hard all day jigging, I let it go for the duration. A total must for ice fishing. Shrimp baits seemed to be the ticket on most lakes. Pictured is Mike with Brook Trout, my Rainbow from Ross lake and my 3rd place fish from the derby which was 1.6lbs. Ice fishin' for Pike is next week...I'll keep you posted.
Best regards, Glen Kilcup
Fishing Report from: J & E Tackle Shop, Prince Rupert BC
The winter spring fishery is still alive and well in Prince Rupert and surrounding area.
With mild calm weather this past week I have seen numerous anglers still taking to the water with the majority reporting Chinooks ranging in size from 5 to 25lbs.