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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

November 4, 2021

This will be my last fishing trip to Peter Hope Lake for the year. There was no one else on the water which was not surprising for November.

I put on full winter gear and went for it, and I am glad I suited up because it was cold!

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I set up with my pink and glow Chrome's dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler. On the other rod I used a chrome and pink Chrome's dodger with 14 inches of leader to a pink wiggle hoochie.

The fish were marking in distinct zones. They were between 30 to 40  feet and then from 60 feet to the bottom. Trolling was slow: over the course of two hours, I caught one rainbow on the wiggle hoochie and lost one fish on the kokanee wobbler.

It was time for a new approach. I reeled in my lines and set up my rod for jigging with one of my new tungsten jigs with a single barbless hook. This proved to be a good move. I caught three kokanee and two rainbows, all from between 60 feet and the bottom.

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One of the three kokanee I caught today was a big spawning male. This I found very strange since Peter Hope Lake has only been stocked with all female triploid kokanee. I imagine that once in a while a few slip through.

Set up one: A Chrome's pink and glow dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler.

 

Set up two:  A Chrome's pink and chrome dodger with 14 inches of leader to a  pink wiggle hoochie

Jigging setup: A yellow and orange tungsten jig

the Strategy

THE CATCH

PHOTO GALLERY

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It was strange to catch a big spawning male kokanee today since they are supposed to be all female. 

kokanee: 3
rainbows: 3

 

october 18, 2021

When the weather co-operates, fall fishing can be super relaxing. Today was one of those days. It was calm and about 12 C.

The kokanee were hard to come by, but the rainbows were hitting steady. The fish were mostly scattered through the lake with only the odd small school. There was one exception to that: I found one large school of rainbows near the sunken island in about 45 feet of water.

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I set up with my pink and glow Chrome's dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink and yellow kokanee wobbler. On the other rod I used a chrome and pink Chrome's dodger with 14 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler.

Both setups worked equally well today. The fishing started off quick- I caught a nice kokanee only a few minutes after putting my gear down to 50 feet. Over the next hour, I lost two kokanee near the boat and released two rainbows.

It was all rainbows for the rest of the day. I caught and released two more while trolling, and then caught and released four while jigging my ice flasher and a green and red tungsten jig.

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Set up one: A Chrome's pink and glow dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink and yellow kokanee wobbler.

 

Set up two:  A Chrome's pink and chrome dodger with 14 inches of leader to a  pink kokanee wobbler

the Strategy

THE CATCH

PHOTO GALLERY

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Lots of rainbows caught and released today, but only one kokanee.

kokanee: 1
rainbows: 8

 

September 23, 2021

For many kokanee lakes, the kokanee season is ending. The mature fish turn red and green, spawn in creeks or shorelines and then die off.

This is not the case for many stocked lakes. Many lakes like Peter Hope have been stocked with all female triploid fish. These female fish will usually live well beyond a typical kokanee life cycle and will stay chrome.

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I arrived at Peter Hope at around 9:30 and went out past the drop off and turned on my fish finder. I was marking lots of fish down at 50 - 60 feet and several at 25 feet. This was true of every spot on the lake that I went today- the fish were seemingly everywhere.

 

I used my pink and glow Chrome's dodger with 12 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler. On the other rod I used a chrome and pink Chrome's dodger with 14 inches of leader to a small pink and purple spoon.

THE SETUP

I started out fishing at 25 feet and I quickly caught two rainbows- one on each rod. When I reset, I went to 50 feet and after about an hour I caught a nice kokanee on the pink wobbler. I took a break from trolling and jigged for an hour using a Gibbs gold and silver flasher with the pink and purple spoon. I got one bite and landed another nice kokanee. I went back to trolling and caught one more nice kokanee on the pink wobbler and lost one on the pink and purple spoon.

Some of the kokanee in this lake have gotten quite large! My biggest, almost 3 pounds, gave me a good fight.

Set up one: A Chrome's pink and glow dodger with 12 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler.

 

Set up two:  A Chrome's pink and chrome dodger with 14 inches of leader to a small pink and purple spoon

the Strategy

THE CATCH

PHOTO GALLERY

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The kokanee are looking nice and healthy. My biggest today is just under 3 pounds!

kokanee: 3
rainbows: 2

 

July 27, 2021

I got a nice early start today. I wasn't planning on leaving until 6:00 a.m., but when I woke up before my alarm all I could think about was fishing. So I left even earlier and  was on the water at 6:00 a.m.

 

I started marking several fish at 40 feet directly in front of the first boat launch where the water drops off to 45 feet.

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I was planning on trolling but since there were so many fish in this one spot I decided to jig a Williams wobbler with an orange and yellow tungsten jig. This was a good idea. I caught a 19 inch kokanee within seconds of getting my line down to 40 feet. I jigged for another 20 minutes and had one more hit. 

I pulled out the trolling rods and that were equipped with Chrome's dodgers, with an orange and pink wiggle hoochie on one and a pink wobbler on the other. 

Trolling proved to be somewhat slow. Over the course of 3 hours I caught two rainbows on the wiggle hoochie, both considerably bigger than the rainbows that I normally catch in Peter Hope. One was about 2.5 lbs and the other was a solid 3.5 lbs. On the pink wobbler I lost two kokanee right beside the boat.

 

The biggest excitement of the day came when I lost a kokanee to an eagle! I had a beautiful kokanee tired out about 15 feet from the boat. I looked over my shoulder to reach for my net and I heard a loud swish sound. I looked back to see a large bald eagle clutch the 2lb kokanee with one talon and take off. For a very short time my gear was airborne but thankfully the hook popped out.

I went back to jigging for the last hour of my day. I had three more fish on using the orange and yellow tungsten jig but I wasn't able to get them close enough to tell what they were.

Set up one: A Chrome's dodger with 16 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler.

 

Set up two:  A Chrome's dodger with 16 inches of leader to a pink and orange wiggle hoochie.

The Jigging Setup: A Williams Wobbler with 12 inches of leader to a orange and yellow tungsten jig.

the Strategy

THE CATCH

PHOTO GALLERY

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I lost more than I caught today. Usually it is the other way around but between the eagle stealing a kokanee and the single barbless hooks it was a little more challenging to keep them on today.

kokanee: 1
rainbows: 2

 

June 08, 2021

I believe June is by far the best kokanee fishing month of the year. This June has been no different! 

It was hard to pass by Stump Lake today because it has been hot lately, but Peter Hope has been producing big fish as well. 

I started fishing right in front of the first boat launch just past the drop off. I began marking fish on the bottom at 60 feet and a few at 30 feet.

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I put on my new Chrome's bendable dodgers, using a pink and chrome dodger with 16 inches of leader to a pink kokanee fly. On the other rod I used a UV pink dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler. 

I used a 50' set back and put both lines down to 30'. The pink kokanee wobbler dominated today. Over the course of two hours I caught five kokanee on the wobbler, lost two, and had a few bites. On the pink kokanee fly I managed only two bites over the same time period.

I noticed today that the kokanee have stopped foraging on chironomids at the bottom, and are feeding exclusively on zoo plankton at 25 to 35 feet deep. The fish were all over the lake today with only a couple schools of any size. Most marks on the fish finder were 3 or less fish in one place. 

After I packed up the boat I noticed several rainbows jumping in the shallows near the dock. I put one of my new black and pink striped wobblers on my casting rod and made some casts off the dock. The action on the wobbler was awesome and the fish thought so too! I spent 30 minutes making casts off the dock, catching four rainbows and losing two.

the Strategy

Set up one: A Chrome's UV pink dodger with 18 inches of leader to a pink kokanee wobbler.

Set up two:  A Chrome's chrome and pink dodger with 16 inches of leader to a pink kokanee fly.

THE CATCH

June fining at its finest! It was all about the wobblers today.

kokanee: 5
rainbows: 4

PHOTO GALLERY

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