Weekly Fraser Valley Sport Fishing Column
Weekly Fraser Valley Sport fishing column for August 26 to Sept 2, 2013
Walleye also known as pickerel are not commonly thought of when considering BC sport fishing yet they are one of our game fish. Here in BC these AAA table fish are only found and indigenous to the areas of the Peace and Columbia River drainage.
In spite of the small amount of literature in print on these fish, an incredible amount of them are harvested north and south of our border each year; mostly by bait fishers. Myth has it that these fish will not take a fly readily. Being one who has never accepted the tired old words, "fish around here don't take flies," I have found walleye to be no different than any other fish. The key is to study your opponent/quarries feeding habits and what governs them.
Walleye have every keen eyesight and therefore like to inhabit darkly stained or murky water. Their affinity for dark water predestines them to much of their life as a nocturnal predator. Being predators their preferred foods are forage fish, leaches, and crustaceans. Can you catch walleye on a fly? Of course you can, my personal best weighed in at 11 pounds.
We will cover another great Cascadian game fish next week.
Fishing on our lower mainland lakes is slow. Early mornings and evening through dusk are best; focusing on the cooler water is the south west sectors of your favorite lake. For wet (sinking) fly fishing try: Nations Black, Zulu, Wooly Bugger, Wooly Worm, Pumpkin Head, Micro Leach, Doc Spratley, Halfback, Sixpack, or Baggy Shrimp. For dry (floating) fly action try: Lady McConnel, Tom Thumb, Irresistible, Double Hackled Peacock, Royal Coachman, Black Gnat, Griffith Gnat, or Elk Hair Caddis.
Our lower Mainland bass and panfish waters are fishing well; morning and evenings are best. For Bass try: Big Black, Wooly Bugger, Pumpkinhead, Gomphus Bug, Dragon Nymph, Crayfish, Clouser's Deep Minnow, Lefty's Deceiver, Dolly Whacker, Bucktail, Hair Frog, Poppers, (adult) Dragonfly, Chernobyl Ant, Optic, or Stimulator. For Panfish try smaller (size 10 to 16) versions of the above.
Fishing on our interior lakes is slow to fair. As stated above early mornings and evenings are your ticket to success. For wet fly fishing try: Chironomid, Halfback Nymph, Baggy Shrimp, Pumpkin Head, Wooly Bugger, Big Black, Dragon Nymph, Sixpack, 52 Buick, or Doc Spratley. For dry fly fishing try: Lady McConnel, Tom Thumb, Adams, Irresistible, Renegade, Black Gnat, or Elk Hair Caddis.
The Vedder River is good for rainbow. Try: Czech nymph, Kaufmann Stone, Hares Ear, Big Black, Wooly Bugger, Zulu, Souboo, Irresistible, Black Gnat, or Renegade. Please release the sockeye.
The Harrison River is fair to good for cutthroat. Try: Professor, Anderson Stone, American Coachman, Rolled Muddler, Black Gnat, Griffith Gnat, Zulu, Hares Ear, Renegade, or Irresistible.
The Thompson River is good for rainbow. Try: Kaufmann Stone, Big Black, Cased Caddis, Foam Hopper, Elk Hair Caddis, Tom Thumb, Stimulator, Chernobyl Ant, or Irresistible.
Last edited by fishingnewsman; 08-28-2013 at 03:35 AM.