Baldy And His Fish

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

 Baldy And His Fish.

 It had been a glorious sunny day, just right for a trip out with the kayak on the Okanagan Lake. We paddled  along the side of the lake before the holiday makers came out with their speed boats.

There had been several Ospreys diving for fish and the geese were on the water in great numbers. As we passed a dense clump of trees at a point on the shore, we saw a couple of Bald Eagles perched in the trees. These are not an uncommon site and often they will fly above our house. The most we have seen was a group of 7 birds soaring into the sky.

Returning along the same route we noticed that one eagle was missing, perhaps it was fishing. Well the surprise came when this fellow plunged into the water about 60m away. It came off the water with great difficulty carrying a fish, a bit larger than it could deal with. The bird landed on a stage near us until it could get a good grip of it’s prey and then took off.

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Oyama Lake

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

Oyama Lake

A new lake  among the 200 or so that surround the valley. There really is not enough life left to try them all, but I’ll have a go.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of B.C. in it’s guide had stated that" Oyama was a high elevation lake( about 1341m)  and had once been the home to monster trout". That was in the past and now good access and increased pressure have seen a drop in fish size. However the B.C Fisheries still stocks 25000 triploids annually in an attempt to redress the balance. Coupled with some extra regulation and the future looks good. Excellent value from your  fishing licence. There are no day-ticket charges in B.C as one would expect in the UK.

You get out the car and observe the view. You can’t fail.

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Oyama is a large lake of about 261 Ha, depths of 24m can be seen.

On this occasion I did not take the boat and it proved to be a wise move as there were a few white caps on the waves which ran in front of the wind. The islands ( there are 27 of them ) would have provided some shelter, but I chose to walk along some of the trails and access the water wherever I could.

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The best places to fly fish should be around the island shoals as one would expect, but fish are still to be found along the shore. I had several pulls and finally landed a trout of about 26cms. A fish in fine form and one which gave me the enthusiasm to return.

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A good web site to view is the Go fish BC Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC found at www.gofishbc.com

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An Unexpected Landing

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler, Canada.

Carp fishing in the Okanagan.

The lilies in the background had been a magnet for the Carp and I had taken full advantage of the opportunity. Sitting on the shingle had been a pleasure as the evening sun went down.

Each tree had been used as a vantage point for an Osprey as it systematically checked every spot for an easy meal. Coots and various ducks had fought their  way across the weed beds in attempts to gain the best places to rest up and sample the free offerings from the weed.

A Coyote could be seen up in the vineyards and occasionally a Muskrat would raise it’s head to surprise the ducks.

But the surprised widlife was nothing compared to mine, when in the early morning I returned to find this strange bird of prey sitting in the very swim I had vacated only a few hours earlier.

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It seems the propeller had snapped and the plane came down. Everyone was ok.

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Wading And Fishing In The Okanagan

Photograph and Article submitted by Kelowna Trout Angler, BC, Canada

Here we stand in the beautiful water of the Okanagan. In front of us the depth drops down to about 2m, but there are fish down in the depths.

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Someone on the bank said there are few fish to be caught from the lake. Little did they know. My Grandson in the fore-ground has returned 2 Rainbow Trout and we have lost count of the Suckers we’ve sent back. Our big problem is how to catch the very large Suckers and Carp we have seen swimming in and out of the weeds in front of us.

At present we are using silver spinners in the style of the ever trusty Mepps. When the fish get suspicious a change is made and a small coloured artificial worm is added to the single hook.

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Short Story – “One Morning in Early July”

Here is a short story, submitted by one of our readers.

Enjoy!

“One morning in early July” by Kelowna Trout Angler (Canada)

One morning in early July I rowed an old punt out onto the estate lake.

This old lake had no footpaths around it and was surrounded by trees and reeds. As my friend and I pulled out of the boathouse, which smelt of over 100 years of maintenance, creosote, pitch and tar, we got caught up in the damp webs made by a great many spiders.

Mornings are always full of promise and as we whispered quietly to each other we were able to take in the sounds of the lake and the morning. There were the ducks and other birds flapping wings and arguing as we gently slid across their domain. On early mornings you can rarely see far. There always seems to be a mist rising from the water as you await the sun.

We pulled into a bay and tied the ends of the punt to the reeds. Hopefully nothing had been disturbed and so we settled to fish.

“Hello,” said my mate, ” someone’s coming.”, and sure enough there were the sounds of oars gently dipping into the water and the occasional knock of the rowlocks as the oars turned.

The sound came upon us but we could not see the angler in the mist. He had pulled in behind us and we heard the reeds rustle to the distinctive sound of the punt being pushed into the reeds in preparation for tying.

Soon after we heard the splash of groundbait and then the tapping of a pipe on the end of an oar.

At this I called “Hello Fred”, but as usual the reply was only a grunt of acknowledgement.

We fished hard and caught many fish until the sun had cleared the mist and our bay was gradually becoming a heat trap. During our session we had heard many a splash from Fred’s side of the reeds, but the old fellow was a solitary character and rarely disclosed his catch.

Time to go I felt and we packed and called a last farewell to Fred, but no reply was forthcoming as expected.

“What a miserable sod” said my mate as we left the bay and I had to laugh.

“What’s so funny?” came the retort.

“Well he’s dead” was my reply, “he died 30 years ago and everyone on the lake should pay their respects to Fred when they arrive and leave. You’ve been lucky you have heard him and fished with him.”

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A bright little Perch to the fly…

Note And Photo From:- Kelowna Trout Angler

A great little fish to start the season. The sun shone and the water sparkled as I paddled around in the V-boat, with wonderful birds in the reeds, the odd Beaver raising it’s head and an Osprey diving for it’s supper. Great.