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PETER HOPE LAKE

Fishing Reports

Less than an hour outside of Kamloops, Peter Hope Lake is one of my favourite lakes- and not just for fishing! Beautiful cabins and hidden arms of the lake make this a great lake to explore. Read more about Peter Hope Lake

June 12, 2024

I have been itching to get back out to Peter Hope Lake, and when I woke up this morning the sun was out and the wind was calm. Today was the day!

I arrived at the lake at around 9:30 a.m. and started marking fish at 40 feet right after passing the drop off. I dropped down my chironomid jigging gear to 40 feet while I set up my trolling rods and mounted my downriggers.

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It didn't take long to get some fish chasing the chironomid- by the time I set up my trolling gear I had gotten 3 bites and lost a kokanee beside the boat. I was second guessing if I should even bother trolling today and just continue jigging.

But I decided on trolling. The wiggle hoochies and the kokanee wobblers have been very good as of late and I wanted to give them a try. This ended up being a good idea!

I put my gear down to 40 feet. On one rod I was using a 4 inch custom bendable dodger with a pink kokanee wobbler, and on the other I used the same dodger but with a pink wiggle hoochie. These along with spinner hoochies are my favourites to use at Peter Hope because they don't need bait to catch kokanee.

It only took about 5 minutes for the kokanee wobbler to get into a kokanee, which I lost near the boat. I just got it back down and the rod with the wiggle hoochie was going off. This time I landed a beauty chrome kokanee! As I was putting the fish in the cooler the kokanee wobbler was into another kokanee which I also landed.

By 10:30 a.m. I had four kokanee in the boat and lost another four. The action at the the beginning of the day was frantic!

It took a full hour to land the next kokanee and I lost two during that time. The barbless hook adds a little extra challenge when landing the fish, especially when they get close to the boat. I didn't catch any kokanee while I was turning the boat, as I often do. A straight path at 1.2 MPH seemed to be the sweet spot today. Depths in the 35 to 50 foot range were all working well.

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The fish were marking almost everywhere with the biggest schools seemingly at the north west end of the lake where I caught 4 of my 5 kokanee. It was another awesome of day of catching kokanee!

the Strategy

Rod one: A 4 inch custom bendable dodger with 14 inches of leader to a pink wiggle hoochie

 

Rod two: A 4 inch custom bendable dodger with 14 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler

THE CATCH

It was an awesome day of fishing! I lost more than I caught.

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 0

PHOTO GALLERY

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may 3, 2024

Back out on the water today and armed with tungsten chironomids!

Fishing was so good two days ago on Peter Hope Lake that I could hardly wait to get back out. Today did not disappoint! I arrived at around 9 a.m. and headed straight out front of the boat launch until I found the drop off over about 50 feet of water.

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I set the bow mount to anchor mode and dropped my small chrome chironomid with green ribs down to 45 feet where I was marking two fish. It only took about two minutes to coax one of the fish to hit and I landed a nice 1.75 lb kokanee!

I didn't mark any more fish in this location over the next 15 minutes so I headed back to the south west end of the lake where I had done so well two days earlier. Today was different, though- I marked a few fish and over the next hour and a half I only managed two bites. I pulled up my gear and headed to the east side of the middle of the lake.

It was now 11 a.m. and I was frequently marking several fish in this new location. I used a small size 14 chironomid on both of my rods. One was chrome with red ribs, and the other was half red and half green with chrome ribs. I was in 60 feet of water and I used my slow rising technique with one rod while the other rod was dead sticked. It did not take long for the rod that was stationary to buckle over! In came a decent sized rainbow that I released. I left both rods motionless after this and fishing started to heat up! 

Over the next hour I caught two good sized kokanee at 2.5lbs and 2.75lbs and caught and released three rainbows in varying size from about 1lb to 2.5lbs. Things started to slow again so I went up to a size 12 white tungsten bead chironomid that was chrome with red stripes. It was still kind of slow until I started using the slow rise technique again, and the fish started smashing the chironomid!

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By 1 p.m. I caught and released three more rainbows, and caught two more beautiful kokanee to fill my limit. I also released one more kokanee that I caught while I was pulling up my gear because I was already at my limit. The barbless hook made it easy to shake it off while it was still in the water. I also had several missed bites between 11 a.m. and 1. Before I left I was able to help out some fellow fishers who were trying to figure out why they were not catching. I pulled the gear off my rods and tossed it to them with a quick explanation of my technique so hopefully they got a few as well. 

the Strategy

Rod one: A 4 inch chrome wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a small tungsten chrome and red ribbed chironomid

 

Rod two: A 4 inch chrome wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a variety of different tungsten chironomids

THE CATCH

Kokanee and rainbows gorging on chironomids again today! All rainbows were released as well as one kokanee that I shook off the barbless hook.

kokanee: 6
rainbows: 7

PHOTO GALLERY

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may 1, 2024

I have been too busy to get out on the water for a while but today was finally the day!

I set my lines up with flashers and chironomids before I left home because I was certain this would be the way to catch kokanee today. I arrived at about 9:15 a.m. and headed straight out from the launch to the drop off.

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I was scanning for fish on my way out and found that most of the fish were within 10 feet of the bottom and were scattered around the drop offs. I set the bow mount to anchor mode and began fishing right in front of the boat launch. I used a 4 inch chrome wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a large greenish tungsten chironomid with red wraps. Within the first 5 minutes I had two good bites but then the fish seemed to disappear.

I headed down to the south west side of the lake where I have often done well. I puttered around until I marked a few fish and then I set the bow mount back to anchor mode. The chironomid shucks floating on the water were smallish so I downsized my chironomid to more closely match what I was seeing. The new chironomid was green with chrome wraps and a dark tungsten head. It worked! And in fact it proved to be the best of the day. Throughout the day I tried several other colours and patterns of chironomid but none were as productive as the small green chironomid with chrome wraps.

I would lift my gear slowly when the marks showed on the fish finder and watch them chase it. The slow rising chironomid was hit most often by far! I had one bite while dropping the chironomid and I caught one while dead sticking, but all the rest was on the rising movement.

It was a fun day, every 15 to 20 minutes I was getting a bite or catching a fish, limiting out at 1 p.m. The kokanee were all of good size as well! The biggest kokanee was pushing 3lbs. I caught all five kokanee within 15 feet of the bottom and was fishing in 55 feet of water. I lost 4 others and had a handful of bites. 

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This is my favourite, and the most productive way to fish for kokanee this time of year! If you have never tried jigging chironomids in the month of May for kokanee I highly recommend it! Each kokanee was stuffed full of chironomids.

the Strategy

Rod one: A 4 inch chrome wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a small tungsten green and chrome wrapped chironomid

 

Rod two: A 4 inch chrome wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a variety of different tungsten chironomids

THE CATCH

Kokanee gorging on chironomids today!

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 0

PHOTO GALLERY

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