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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:18 pm    Post subject: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

I think I have another "local" lake that I'll be hitting on a regular basis. After taking a drive out to Nazko last weekend I decided to go back out there this time with the pontoon boat and fish Marmot Lake. I had never actually fished this lake before, it being more than 100 kms west of Quesnel, it's at the extreme range of what I consider being "local". I had been looking forward to my first time on Marmot all week!

I left Quesnel at about 8 am and took my time driving out as I had seen a fair number of critters on the way out last weekend. After seeing several deer wandering the road sides that I never managed a picture of, I finally saw the critter I was hoping to see. I just love seeing bears!!!!


I got out on the water at about 9:30. The lake is clear and rather deep with extensive shoal areas. I started with a type 4 full sink line and a size 4 black woolly bugger with a peacock herl body. I was fishing for only about 10 minutes when I hooked my first fish. After a spirited fight I landed this very nice rainbow, all be it a little on the dark side, that measured 21".


I hooked three more that managed to either spit the hook or break me off and then this beauty took my fly.




I switched over to a green chironamid after the woolly slowed down and hooked four more fish. I worked 20-25 feet of water fishing the chroni down about 15 feet. Although I never managed to land anymore fish, I did enjoy scrapping these solid hard fighting Marmot fish. Most of the fish I hooked seemed to be in the 20 inch class, a couple were smaller, but a solid average size today. About 1:30 the fishing slowed down to a crawl and I decided to head home.

On the drive home I saw three more bears, this one being the only one I got a picture of.


Then I got to see this nice cow Moose hanging out in the area that got burned in that big forest fire last year. Nice to see life return so quickly after such devastation.


All and all a pretty damn nice day out west of Quesnel!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:19 pm    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

Would you mind company ......... ?

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 6:22 pm    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

When ever your ready to go!!

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

Thanks. I'm don't have a trip planned out your way for the near future but when I do we may have to talk. The last time I was out your way was about 6 years ago but you never know.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

Best to plan it for after September 10th some year, that way you could take in both the hunting and the fishing!!! Would be a pretty nice day to take a nice Mule deer buck at first light, then some 20+ inch rainbows in the afternoon..... Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 8:20 pm    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

Stop it, or you'll have me out there before your ready....... ! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy That is certainly something to think about. Thanks again Grant. Smile

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2007 11:02 pm    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

geez the one with the bear and moose looks like my new place I am moving to. tons of trees on 10 acres in the mountains here.
cant wait to get settled in.
those are awesome pictures...well done.
looks like an incrediable day.
thanks for sharing

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 09, 2007 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: A pretty nice day west of Quesnel Reply with quote

Awesome pictures, I think there's something in burn areas that draw moose. I've worked in fire fighting camps and they're always the first four-leggeds to return. I've had a couple of explanations but I'm not sure of them so I won't guess.

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