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MONTE LAKE

fishing reports

Monte Lake is a popular fishing lake year-round, with kokanee in the 1lb range . Learn more about Monte Lake here.

ICE UPDATE

November 29, 2022

Usually the big lakes like Monte don't have safe ice until the new year. I am hoping this year will be different with the cold front that is coming through. That being said, today the lake was still almost completely open water.

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August 11, 2022

When I pull up to a lake to go fishing and it is as calm and glassy as Monte was this morning, I feel like a kid in a candy store. You just can't beat that feeling! 

I had the opportunity to take a friend out who enjoys fishing but hasn't done any serious kokanee fishing or used equipment like downriggers. I enjoy having the good company and am always happy to share fishing knowledge.

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We got to fishing right away just off the main boat launch. After a quick lesson on the downrigger my buddy was good to go! We marked several fish at 25 feet and several between 35 and 50 feet.

I started with a Chrome's pink and chrome dodger with 14 inches of leader to a Chrome's pink smile spinner tipped with shoepeg corn. My friend started with a willow leaf with 14 inches of leader to a Chrome's pink and purple spinner tipped with chartreuse maggots. 

We tried various depths between 25 to 45 feet. I caught two and lost one at 40 feet in the first 20 minutes, while my friend's rod had not moved. We changed up his presentation to something that was closer to mine and he quickly caught the next two fish!

What a great day. By just after 11 a.m. we had 8 kokanee in the cooler and had lost a bunch. It took two more hours to put the last 2 kokanee in the cooler while losing several others. All of the fish today were caught deeper than 35 feet with the majority at 40 feet. We chased the marks at 25 feet but with no success. I ran in to a Humminbird representative at the boat launch and he suggested that the fish at 25 feet may be sucker fish. He might have been right- I have seen sucker fish while ice fishing on Monte Lake swim by the underwater camera.

the Strategy

Rod one: A Chrome's UV pink flasher with 14 inches of leader to a  Chrome's pink smile spinner

 

Rod two: A chrome and pink flasher with 14 inches of leader to a  Chrome's pink smile spinner

The Bait:  scented shoepeg corn 

THE CATCH

Fishing with a buddy today, and we were busy reeling in fish and resetting lines. I like being this kind of busy!

kokanee: 10
rainbows: 0

PHOTO GALLERY

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july 7, 2022

Sometimes you have to put in a lot of time and effort to catch your limit of kokanee, and other times it seems like you can't keep them off the line. Today I couldn't keep them off the lines.

I arrived at the lake at 10:15 a.m. and it was very calm! I did my usual scouting routine to find the fish and it didn't take long, because most of the fish were right out in front of the boat launch on the north end of the lake.

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I scouted a few other areas but none of them had the amounts of fish that the north end had. I was marking the fish from 15 to 40 feet deep with the exception of a few marks that were 80' and deeper.

I let out 75' of line, clipped my line to the quick release on the downrigger and lowered my gear to 25'. I was using a Chrome's pink UV dodger with 14 inches of leader to a pink Chrome's smile spinner tipped with shoepeg corn. I set my bow mount to 1.3 mph (my go-to trolling speed for kokanee). I was still setting up my second rod when the first rod saw its first action of the day. I landed that kokanee, and finished setting up my second rod with a Chrome's pink and chrome dodger and a Chrome's chartreuse and chrome smile spinner.

Before I could get the first rod re-baited, the same thing happened again- and then a third time! Three fish in the boat in about 20 minutes. Once I landed the third fish I took a bit of a break to enjoy my coffee. While I had my feet up I noticed a large school below the boat. I put my bow mount on anchor mode and grabbed my jigging rod. I had just purchased a funny looking pink shrimp jig that I wanted to try so I put in on and lowered it down to the school. Five or six jigs later I had a bite and a few minutes later this funny looking shrimp jig caught a kokanee. I lost two others after that on the same jig. It looked like it was going to rain so I put the smile spinner back out to quickly catch the last fish to fill my limit and as expected I caught fish number five soon after setting my line out. I was off the lake before noon.

the Strategy

Rod one: A Chrome's UV pink flasher with 14 inches of leader to a  Chrome's pink smile spinner

 

Rod two: A chrome and pink flasher with 14 inches of leader to a  Chrome's chartreuse and chrome smile spinner

The Bait:  scented shoepeg corn 

THE CATCH

It was a fast fun limit today, even my crazy shrimp jig caught fish!

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 0

PHOTO GALLERY

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May 3, 2022

It is always a pleasure to get out on the water with good company, and when the fish are biting like they were today it is even better.

 

I launched at the pullout on the north end of the lake. Just in front of the this launch is the most popular place to ice fish, and for good reason: it has lots of fish! I started marking fish right away in front of the boat launch. The fish were in small schools at 25 to 30 feet deep. I was also consistently marking single fish at 50 feet.

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I geared up with Chrome's 4.5" flasher with 16 inches of leader to a pink wiggle fly, and a second rod with a Chrome's pink UV flasher with 16 inches of leader to a Chrome's pink smile blade spinner.

From here, a friend came out to meet me and we started out trolling right in front of the boat launch with one rod at 25 feet, and the other at 50 feet. Our speed was 1.2 to 1.5 MPH and we were using a 50 foot set back. The bites were coming in steadily and we had our first three fish in the boat before we ventured out too far from the north east side of the lake. Outside of this area, the bites slowed considerably (see the lake map in the gallery for our fishing location). 

We returned to the good zone and from here we decided to experiment with several different lures and baits to see what would work best. We tried smile blade hoochies, Chrome's single spinners, a hand tied wiggle fly, spinners hoochies, smile blade spinners and wiggle hoochies. We also tried scented corn, pink gulp maggots, earth worms, meal worms and pink krill.

 

We had success with all lures and baits, catching six more fish and losing a few. All of the lure and bait combinations were getting bites as long as we were in the right area doing 1.2 to 1.5 mph and had our depth set in the 25 to 50 foot range.  

the Strategy

Rod one: A chrome and pink flasher with 16 inches of leader to a  pink wiggle fly

 

Rod two: A chrome and pink flasher with 16 inches of leader to a  pink Chrome's smile spinner

Plus several other lure/bait combos

THE CATCH

Staying in the right location was the key to success today.

kokanee: 9
rainbows: 0

PHOTO GALLERY

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JANuary 11, 2022

I found myself with a bit of a surprise day off and figured what better to do than go fishing again!

Monte Lake is probably the most popular kokanee lake around Kamloops, and true to form, there were several tents set up on the north end of the lake when I got there.

I took my gear and set up far west of the cluster of ice tents.

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The water was 105 feet deep where I set up and I concentrated my efforts at 15 to 20 feet deep. I was marking the odd fish around 70 feet. I tried sending my gear down to try to entice a bite but like usual the fish at depth don't seem to be too interested this time of year. 

At 10:15 a.m. a large school showed up and I managed to catch one. Often when you catch one you can quickly get a second if you don't waste any time getting your gear back down. I quickly got my gear back down but the school had moved on.

Between 10:15 and 10:40 I had a few single kokanee come in but none of them were very interested. At 10:45  I caught my second kokanee when a large school came in. I had a second rod already baited and at the ready so I could get back on the school quickly. I had a few interested but I couldn't get one to bite before the school swam off. I stayed until 12:30 and only saw a couple more fish. I noticed several other tents had also packed up. It seems as though the morning was producing better. 

the Strategy

The setup: A chrome, pink and chartreuse glow ice flasher with 12 inches of leader to a watermelon tungsten jig with a grub tail.

 

The Bait:  Scented shoe peg corn.

THE CATCH

Just two large schools passed by, and the odd single fish. Two kokanee were caught at 20 feet deep.

kokanee: 2
rainbows: 0

PHOTO GALLERY

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