Add a snow shovel and skates to your January fishing gear – Campbell River Mirror
It was just before Christmas when road conditions were great driving from Campbell River to Sayward on Hwy 19, was it going to last and it didn’t?
Off-road routes, such as Rock Bay Main, were covered in snow and road conditions worsened through January 8. Even getting around the city streets was a challenge; it doesn’t matter to think about going out fishing locally.
Those with a boat at the marina checked for snow and ice and had things cleaned up. A few have gone fishing and had good results with catch reports reaching 15 pounds for a wintry spring.
With thunderstorms, the water is full of debris, which sometimes cannot be seen and can cause damage. The main challenge at the moment is getting to and from any public boat ramp. Last week the Red Rock boat launch was essentially empty and there was no sign of boats in the fishing area during the first week of January.
There are a handful of local anglers who like to fish in January; they have a heated boat, go fishing for a few hours and come back with a salmon. Rain has been in the forecast and hopefully the snow has stopped.
Snow has blanketed the local lakes and Echo Lake had people fishing and skating on the ice last week but when the rain comes the ice thickness will thin and slush will form but the areas shallow water will remain frozen. The area around the old train piles will be frozen. This area is ideal for fly anglers fishing late at night in the spring and summer.
The best month to fish at Echo Lake is April and trout that were stocked in November will be out foraging and a good baited fly or hook will be a good meal for a cruising rainbow trout. Along with your tackle box and skates, it’s a good idea to pack a snow shovel in case you get stuck.
Due to the ongoing COVID situation, I had to make some changes for the beginner fly tying sessions at the library scheduled for the last Sundays of January, February and March. Sessions are canceled until further notice and registrants will be contacted and planning for future dates is suspended. For the small group that accompanied me in November and December to the Seniors Centre, the next session is Friday, January 21, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Rainbow trout anglers can be interesting to talk to, most won’t say anything or divulge any information, while others will come up a river and cast a fly or a barbless hook in hope to catch a steelie.
Fish numbers are low and fishing in compliance with regulations is the order of the day. There are some who just play and go out and use illegal material. At any river and at any time you will be checked by conservation officers and fined.
Campbell River Fishing