Chain Lakes Reservoir Fishing Reports & Feedback

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Average of 50 ratings as of Mar. 18, 2019

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by NBK213 on Mar. 18, 2019

Ice Report: 24 in
Quite thick compared to January’s thickness

by Monsterlander on Feb. 24, 2019

Hey Foerester, How many suckers did you get? What did you catch them on ? I was fishing near your marker today also and we caught 6 rainbows and only 1 sucker.

by Foerester on Feb. 24, 2019

Sucker city and about 5 rainbows
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by Monsterlander on Feb. 24, 2019

Ice is thick driving on is no problem but there is a foot of snow

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by JDK on Feb. 24, 2019

how thick is the ice

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by Mykul on Feb. 11, 2019

Jharrop: use a small spoon tipped with 1/4-1/2 a worm around the treble, covered with “Berkley Powerbait Walleye attractant”. Had them swarming.

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by Altafishingguy on Feb. 11, 2019

Feb 10th. Ice Thickness 19.5" No suckers.. Caught 3 nice Rainbows with the Trigger! www.blackfoxfishing.com

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by trevanw on Feb. 10, 2019

Feb 9, 2019: lots of trout and suckers visible on camera under the ice.

by FishTurtle on Jan. 26, 2019

Ice Report: 16 in

by Paverdude on Jan. 26, 2019

Ice Report: 17 in

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by ab trouter on Jan. 24, 2019

Went out today, caught one 8" trout and 3 suckerfish. My buddy caught 3 suckers as well as a monster lake chub. Our trout fishing trip turned into a pike bait collection trip

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by WangChung on Jan. 23, 2019

Just follow Asians around. Ancient Chinese secret!

by Jharrop on Jan. 23, 2019

Hey how are you guys catching all these suckers!? I would actually like to target them. Thanks!

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by fishin'buddy on Jan. 22, 2019

Wanting to head out in the next day or two just wondering how the ice is out from the north day use area and if anyone is catching anything in that area. Thanks and good fishin!!

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by Fishy3 on Jan. 14, 2019

Was there on sunday with my friend.Ice 10" to 12" we got 10suckers and 2 trouts

by JoeFishy on Jan. 13, 2019

Ice Report: 10 in
Off the south boat launch

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by Altafishingguy on Jan. 10, 2019

Hi Bert, Last Sunday I was at Chain Lakes fishing with a rod holder & tip-up by Black Fox Fishing. The wind gusts were exceeding 100 km. I landed many fish using the Trigger. I was totally impressed. You can buy them at the Canadian Tire store in Cochrane, AB Check it out: www.blackfoxfishing.com

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by Bert on Jan. 9, 2019

Went out on Saturday, January 5th, in the late morning. The weather was great and the ice surface packed with numerous fishermen/women. Unfortunately the fishing was super slow. We stayed three hours and during that time saw someone catch a small Sucker and we pulled up a small Rainbow. Great weather with low winds but bad fishing. As an aside ... A gentleman with a fish camera shared that there were a ton of fish below the ice and many approaching the bait but none actively biting. Conservation Officers were out as well checking everyone for licenses and rigs. Hopefully better fishing opportunities lay ahead ...

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by RavishishRickRude on Jan. 3, 2019

Went out to Chain today. 10

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by PlayDoh on Dec. 31, 2018

I’ve read it’s been very slow out there recently. Might want to wait, yet who knows what it’ll be then.

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by Bert on Dec. 28, 2018

Hi Corkdown! I'm no expert but I have ice fished at Chain many times. Typically I walk on from the north side parking lot at the campground. I walk no more then 50 to 60 feet out and fish in 12 - 15 feet of water. Always had some success catching Rainbows! Good luck!

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by Corkdown on Dec. 28, 2018

Looking for a little advice for a couple Minnesotans. My kid looking to ice fish again since moving here last year. Are trout deep? Only really fished crappies and walleyes. Thanks

by TRPR88 on Dec. 28, 2018

Ice Report: 12 in
East shoreline past the store and the last turnout about 100 ft out from shore

by fishforfun on Dec. 24, 2018

Was out on Dec 23. Ice was a good 10” and fishing was very slow. Merry Christmas everyone. Have a safe and happy holidays.

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by Athlete fisherman on Dec. 23, 2018

how is the ice and luck with all this mild weather ?

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by Icefishinglord39 on Dec. 18, 2018

Thinking of heading out Friday how’s the ice ?

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by Icefishinglord39 on Dec. 18, 2018

Thinking of going Friday how

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by 420fisher on Dec. 16, 2018

Ice is 6-8 inchs lots of bites nothing iced at south provincial park

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by Panfrier on Dec. 16, 2018

Fished on Dec 14. Between 6-7

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by Rsmushy on Dec. 14, 2018

Has the ice been decimated with the recent chinooks?

by iFish Guest on Dec. 14, 2018

Earlier this year I caught 30 rainbows... the largest were only 14-15 inches. It’s an awesome stocked lake but I hope that there can be a length limit of 30cm added so there is isnt 6-10in fish being kept which will create larger fish overall

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by Altafishingguy on Dec. 8, 2018

Ice Report: today: 6"

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by msavilow on Dec. 6, 2018

Was out on Chain lakes, yesterday and catch 4 nice rainbow trout. Lots of big suckers, catch tons of them. Ice is 7 inches thick. So it is good to ice fish.

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by Altafishingguy on Dec. 1, 2018

Nov 28th..Ice was cracking and shifting south side of the lake...Still too dangerous to venture to the middle of the lake. Ice thickness 20' off banks.. 3.5- 4" Be safe!

by SeanP on Dec. 1, 2018

Going out to check the ice tomorrow. Will update then.

by WTFish on Dec. 1, 2018

Any new updates on ice thickness out here ? Lookin forward to the start of icefishing season!

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by Altafishingguy on Nov. 22, 2018

Chain Lakes Nov 22nd Ice was 1.5"-2"

by WTFish on Nov. 19, 2018

Anyone been out lately? Any updates on the ice thickness?

by Bert&Carina on Nov. 13, 2018

Ice Report: 2 in
Ice approximately 2 inches at 20-30 feet off shoreline ... still some open water across lake. Not safe if you venture to far from the lower depths.

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by Bert&Carina on Nov. 13, 2018

Call me crazy but drove out to Chain today hoping for one last day of fishing. Having read some of the comments here I brought my ice auger along. Ventured onto the ice carefully as I could see evidence of activity (holes in the ice) upwards of thirty feet off the shore. Drilled a few of my own finding that the ice was fairly consistent and approximately 2%u201D. The wind was gusting and melting the surface a bit and making the ice super slippery. There was a small section of open water across the lake from the launch. My guess is that there will be safe ice (to walk upon) and fishing by the end of November!

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by Altafishingguy on Nov. 13, 2018

I was out there at 12:00 noon. No one was on the ice when I arrived. Are you sure your were at Chain Lakes and drilled a couple of holes????? With a hand drill? Much to dangerous to venture out on the ice. I threw a few boulders to check the thickness,

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by Altafishingguy on Nov. 13, 2018

Yesterday, ice was 1".

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by JaroslawJan on Nov. 13, 2018

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by eric_ryan88 on Nov. 12, 2018

No there is not. I drilled a couple of holes in 5 fow and theres about 3 inches of ice. There is a little opening in the middle but you cant throw a line that far.

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by Altafishingguy on Nov. 11, 2018

Is there still open water at Chain Lakes?

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by Altafishingguy on Nov. 11, 2018

Is the still open water at Chain Lakes?

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by Bert on Nov. 1, 2018

Monday October 29th we were at Chain shore fishing on the North end. It was a windy day making conditions cold and miserable. Toughed it out and had success catching and releasing 10 nice Rainbows, the largest of which was a beauty at 3 pounds. Bodes well for the upcoming ice fishing season!

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by Fish for life on Oct. 19, 2018

Was there Oct 18th, fishing from shore was good. There were a lot of people fishing from shore and doing well. There were 3 older gentleman who did very well, catching them on shrimp. Worms and Power bait did well also. I was there from 2:00 pm until 6 pm._kept 3 and released about 6. There were some that I saw that were about 14 - 15 inches. Very nice fish. I just wanted to keep 3 to take home and bbq. If it's still nice for a while, I will be going out again. Good time.

by Bigheaddoug on Oct. 15, 2018

Thinking about taking my nephew out for some shore fishing this weekend. Anyone been out lately? Any luck? It’s his first time out and I’d like to make the best of it for him.

by iFish Guest on Sep. 22, 2018

Every time I’ve been to chain 3 times on shore and once by a 10ft boat I’ve been able to land 10+ fish... loads of fun! Been able to hook into a few 14-15” ones the past time

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