Sandy Lake (Near Edmonton) Fishing Reports & Feedback

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Average of 15 ratings as of Aug. 19, 2017

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by lebaron_joe on Aug. 19, 2017

by Leinad on Sep. 29, 2015

Has this lake ever come back? Any perch exist?

by BigTiny on Dec. 30, 2014

Thinking of heading out new years day. Any word on ice thickness?

by Curtis_rak on Dec. 13, 2014

Drilled some holes toward the east shore across from sunset point subdivision. This is the deepest part of the lake, and max depth I got to was 6' with a layer of silt on the bottom at least a foot thick. Poor visibility and no fish. However a lot of other holes had been drilled before me. I bet a few hammer handles exist, but probably few and far between

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by iFish Guest on Oct. 27, 2013

Any big perch this summer

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by Pig Perch on Jan. 19, 2013

I have two reasons to recall January 28, 1986. This was the date of the Challenger Space Shuttle explosion and the very last day I would catch a perch on Sandy Lake. It was a nice January day, I left work early from Edmonton and drove my 75 Mercury Cougar onto the ice from the south side near the cabins. All I had was my hand auger and drilled four holes at each corner of the car, at the east point in about 10 feet of water. This is no fish story and in about a half hour I limited out on oversized perch, you know the one's that develop that camels hump right behind their heads. And my bottom was wet for the fish in my 5 gallon pail were smacking my backside! I too would like to see that fishery restored, but somehow doubt it in my lifetime...

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by Crash on Apr. 9, 2012

Yes it has been a long time. They also stocked this lake in 1954. If the water levels come up (and i sure hope they do) then i also hope they will stock this lake with pike and perch. I actually phoned up fish and wild life to ask if they could stock the lake again (with all the snow last year i was hopeful) but they told me thAt the no longer stock anything but trout. That same year they stocked a whole bunch of walleye into a lake someplace in alberta >:( so they lied.

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by Redneck25 on Apr. 7, 2012

Ya it says the lake was last surveyed in 1967. And with the water levels going down dramatically in my area(NB1) im sure that it is basically a slough now. Alot of my favorite lakes from the good years(island) are now just sloughs in which you can walk across in spots where the water used to be 10ft deep. I wish the water would come up dramatically like the wet years in the late 70s- early 80s.

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by Crash on Apr. 6, 2012

Apparently i was not comverting my units of measurements in my head and was thinking 4.4ft not 4.4 meters so you are actually correct. The lake is, at its deepest point, supposed to be just about 14ft deep. However as i also pointed out, the lake was so low on water the summer before last, that the north basin which is supposed to be approx 2m deep was almost dry except for a mud puddle in the middle of it. So that should have meant that the lake is really only approx 7ft (2.4m) deep right now. Still isnt very deep. In 2006 there was very little oxygen if any at 3m and once again, according to the articles i read, they sure didnt catch many fish in the test nets after that one massive winter kill in 88, and then after the winter kill in 89, the chances are especially good that there is a slim to nothing chance of having fish left in this lake. Ask anybody who lives there and they will tell you that there is no fish. Most of the 4.4m is still most likely mud though, we were swimming really far out near the middle of the lake the summer when the water was at its lowest and we could touch the silty mud at the bottom of the lake. So maybe 5 ft at the most in that spot. Add that to the algae blooms and you have the perfect recipe for fish kill. Another reason to prove that there may very well be no fish left in this lake is the fact that no one has seen dead fish on their beaches. And if this lake frequently winter and summer kills as they say (which it does) then there should have been dead fish washing up on shore in the last 20 years since the last major kill.

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by Crash on Apr. 5, 2012

Yes this lake is very prone to summer/winter kills, however there was a massive fish kill in 1988 and they did test netting and caught only a few pike and no perch, and then there was another winter kill in 1989. No one at this lake has seen a fish since!

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by Crash on Apr. 5, 2012

Your book is either incorrect, or else you are looking at the wrong lake, there are actually 4 lakes called sandy lake or little sandy in alberta. Only three of them are in the regulations. This is the one near edmonton and it only has a maximum depth of 4.4 meters. And contrary to the regulations, there are no fish left in this lake, and even if there were a few, after three ft thick ice with the water level so low (probably less than 4.4ft at this point) anything that was alive probably isnt anymore. While there is only a max depth of 4.4 ft, there is a good chance that there is at least 8.8 ft of mud at the bottom of the lake (slew).

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by Redneck25 on Apr. 2, 2012

Well im no expert at lakes in the edmonton region, in fact i basically know nothing but looking in my depth chart book it says that the deepest point is 14 ft!!! Also it says it was very prone to winter/summerkill.

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by Crash on Mar. 25, 2012

Waer. Ame up a little bit from the summer and not enough water for fish no fish here needs to be stocked again

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by Billybob50 on Jan. 18, 2012

Well with the rainy summer we had has the water come up a little bit to support fish(if any) in sandy

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by Crash on Jul. 6, 2011

This lake is dead. No fish in it.

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