It’s February 1, and I’m sure I’m not the only one sitting here wondering when the first of the low-elevation lakes will begin to lose the ice that has kept us off of them all winter. I know it won’t be for at least 45 days, so for the time being all we can do is dream. Here are a few of my favourite things about our interior stillwater fishery.
1) Triploid Rainbow Trout – Triploids are a sterile fish that do not have the ability to spawn and reproduce. Thanks to our Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s excellent stocking program, we have a great number of lakes that are full of triploids. The advantage to these fish not being able to spawn is that all of their energy will go into two things: feeding and growing. The reason we have fish that go up and over ten pounds in lakes that may only be five hectares is a combination of a great food source, carefully managed regulations and a good triploid stocking program
2) It’s a Puzzle – I think this is why I do not get bored of stillwater fishing. Changes are ever-present, which forces anglers to be very adaptive. What was working great last week, or even yesterday, might be old news as the fish can key in on something new in a heartbeat. It can be frustrating and rewarding all the same. It can be very technical and even the smallest adjustments can make or break your day.
3) Team Sport – I am lucky to have a great group of friends that I fish with on a regular basis. It’s fun to anchor up fairly close to each other and try to figure it out. There’s never any competition and having good people to share days on the water with is what makes it so special.