Spray Lakes Reservoir Fishing Reports & Feedback

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by Zombarak on May. 21, 2020

Thanks man, that's really helpful. I always fish spray lake and have amazing luck catching lakers but never succeeded catching whitefish from shore, hopefully when the ice melts i will try your way and see what happens

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by LGLG on May. 20, 2020

I stopped doing open water fishing for many years as I don’t have a boat. Tried other lakes in past and yes using a bobber I got both white and trout. The trick is how to ensure your hook will be 1-3 feet above the bottom. I used a stopper, you can buy it or easily Search Online to tie it yourself. For 15 feet water I set stopper about 12 -14 feet from hook. I bought a wireless depth finder from amazon, for unknown lake/area using it can get very accurate depth reading for the spot you want put hook into. This way you will know how far away from hook you need to set the stopper.

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by Zombarak on May. 19, 2020

Thank you LGLG, would you do the same setup when fishing from shore? Do you use a bobber?

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by LGLG on May. 19, 2020

Nice laker Scordz and thanks for sharing! Laker I caught only about half the size of the one your dad got. Cheers.

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by scordz on May. 19, 2020

This link should work better. https://www.instagram.com/p/CAYGzh1jdDM/?igshid=14s5oz6elx94j

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by scordz on May. 19, 2020

Thanks LGLG. My dad caught this beauty yesterday at Spray. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10163825693465107&set=a.10152385621520107&type=3

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by LGLG on May. 18, 2020

I put a weight 2 feet above the hook, set the hook anywhere from 1-3 feet from bottom and start jigging. Since the weight is bigger in size vs the hook, quite often the fish came to the weight first then you just need to move the hook up let the fish see it then it will take the hook. When I fish in over 15 FOW I will use a flasher, under 15 you can simply look through the water and can see the fish comes easily if you have a ice shelter. Hope this helps. This is one of my favourite lakes, just the gorgeous mountain view worth the trip. Bottom line is, always put safety first.

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by Zombarak on May. 17, 2020

Hi LGLG how long should the leader be to catch white fish

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by LGLG on May. 17, 2020

Size 10 wired worm made myself, used to use size 8 caught lake white, but feel smaller hook better for mountain white and it worked good. Also caught laker weeks ago almost 3 pounds. If you are targeting for lakers better use size 8. Last year used size 8 caught both laker and white every trip there. Ice was a little less than 2 feet with top at least 4 Inch soft ice so not very safe. The trick now is how to get the fish out of the hole as the hole bottom always has vertical cracks caught your line. Maybe hand auger drilled hole won’t have those cracks for soft ice but never tried. BTW tried differed colour WW don’t see difference, apparently these fishes are not like lake white and not shy at all.

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by scordz on May. 17, 2020

Sorry last comment cut off. What were you using to catch whitefish? I usually just target the lakers

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by scordz on May. 17, 2020

Hi LGLG

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by LGLG on May. 15, 2020

No laker today but got five good size white. Fish seems not active today due to low pressure. Left around noontime. Saw one guy ice fishing half KM south where I was, And another guy 1 KM to the north. Not recommending on ice again as temperature will go up soon.

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by Moo on May. 15, 2020

Caught 2 small lake trout today.....Released them both hoping they will grow bigger for next year. The shoreline can be tricky to get on the ice. The ice is very soft to drill through. With this warm weather I suggest NOT to ice fish until December

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by Artemis on May. 15, 2020

Lake is very low and you should be careful near the shoreline when crossing onto the ice. Pockets of water and slush everywhere. Need boots, otherwise you will definitely get wet. Ice at middle of lake is still about 2 feet thick with anywhere between 6 - 8 inches of surface slush which you will break through as you are walking out. Caught '1' lake trout fishing in 80 - 100 feet of water. Fishing 10 km. south of boat launch.

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by Moo on May. 12, 2020

Lake is super low. No open water at birch wood. I’m going out Friday, 3 km from birchwood going to fish for lake trout and whitefish in a bay

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by scordz on May. 10, 2020

Hi Moo, any open water at Spray or the lower lake, I think it’s called Goat Lake. Thanks

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by Moo on May. 9, 2020

About 2 feet of ice with 4 inches of slush. Had a few bites but no fish. I was fishing 3 km from birch wood turnoff near the cliffs. Lots of fish on my camera though

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by Artemis on May. 3, 2020

Now that Provincial Parks are open again, what is the ice thickness on Spray Lakes Reservoir???

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by Corkdown on Apr. 1, 2020

So would anyone else know a good spot for lake trout?? And or whitefish.?? Turns out my kid likes them more than the rainbows from chain lakes

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by Corkdown on Mar. 30, 2020

Tried Saturday ran into a roadblock just outside Canmore. Alberta fish and game said access closed until may 19th.

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by ice auger on Mar. 28, 2020

ICE AUGER:HEY THERE DOES ANYBODY KNOW IS SPRAY LAKES OPEN TO FISH OR HAVE THEY CLOSED OFF THE AREA?

by adamgapinski on Mar. 22, 2020

Ice Report: 34 in

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by Artemis on Mar. 20, 2020

How is the ice on Spray??? Still okay for fishing???

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by ice auger on Mar. 5, 2020

March 05. Tried for 3 hours seen lots of nice Trout on the Camera no fish biting today lots of wind ,blowing snow 20 to 30 FOW off of the Driftwood Boat lauch

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by Fishholic on Mar. 1, 2020

I was there on 29th and it was a windy day and cloudy. Fishing was very slow and my Black Clam tent bag was blown away by strong windband lost. If anyone found my tent back, let me know!

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by saskwadner on Feb. 18, 2020

Fished on February 16th 2020. First time on spray lakes for me. fished in ~16FOW with small tungsten flies ~1ft from bottom with slow jigging. White fish action all day. Didn't try for lake trout. Lots of fish showing on the panoptix.

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by Airdriewheels on Feb. 17, 2020

Brought the wife and kids as it was free fishing weekend. Had 8 lines in the water and fished for 7 hours. Not a single bite.

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by ice auger on Feb. 14, 2020

Hey there big head Doug,smelts are fine you cannot use those frozen tubs of minnows

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by Sugarstump on Feb. 14, 2020

this is straight from the regs. Bait Fish may be used in waters that do not have bait bans or bait fish restrictions. Where fishing with bait fish is not allowed other baits including smelts, herring, gammarus shrimp and dead fish eggs (e.g., preserved “salmon eggs”) may be used, provided a complete bait ban is not in effect for that waterbody.

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by Bigheaddoug on Feb. 14, 2020

Smelts are ok, basically if you can buy it from a sporting goods store it would be legal to use if bait is allowed.

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by kevinm on Feb. 14, 2020

Regs say bait allowed but no bait fish. Can anyone clarify weather or not frozen smelts are ok to use. Thanks

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by ice auger on Feb. 7, 2020

ice auger :how is the road going up,how much snow on the lake

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by GreekFisherman on Feb. 7, 2020

Fished twice this week, caught 2 one day caught 1 lost one the other day.

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by Airdriewheels on Feb. 4, 2020

I was there about a week ago and only had one small bite in 7 hours. No fish landed.

by iFish Guest on Feb. 3, 2020

Any recent updates of how the fishing has been?

by MikF on Jan. 5, 2020

The 6 inches of top-slush has turned into 10-12 inches at some spots. Make sure you have tall waterproof boots.

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by MikF on Jan. 5, 2020

The 6%u201D of top-slush has turned into 10-12%u201D at some spots. Make sure you have tall waterproof boots.

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by Airdriewheels on Dec. 27, 2019

Also there was a 6 inch layer of watery slush on top of the ice. Made for a pretty wet day.

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by Airdriewheels on Dec. 27, 2019

Fished near the boat launch today. Only two bites after fishing all day. One landed. Talked to others nearby and it was the same story.

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by Artemis on Dec. 27, 2019

Have always had good luck catching lake trout on Spray. Looking forward to another great ice fishing year.

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by Moo on Dec. 11, 2019

About 8 inches of ice caught 3 lakers had lots of action

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by Alex_2013 on Dec. 9, 2019

Thank you!!!

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by Cteed on Dec. 9, 2019

went out yesterday (Sunday Dec 8, 2019) Ice was great, 10"+ of good black ice. Fishing was slow until sun hit the lake then was pretty good from 60-80 fow.

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by Alex_2013 on Dec. 4, 2019

Hello! Did anybody drive by the lake? How is the ice? Thanks.

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by Savage sage947 on Nov. 8, 2019

i saw people skating is there enough ice?

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by scordz on Jul. 27, 2019

The water level is high and you can launch any size boat.

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by Tech42 on Jul. 26, 2019

How is the water level for launching a boat thanks

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by FishFinder-Alex on Jul. 24, 2019

Tried white tube with smelt few times, worked very well

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by scordz on Jul. 24, 2019

Hi EthanAW, from boat.

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by EthanAW on Jul. 18, 2019

scordz, was this from shore or by boat

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