Chain Lakes Reservoir Fishing Reports & Feedback

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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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by NBK213 on Aug. 19, 2018

Caught two trout 1.5 & 3 lbs Saturday August 17 near North parking area

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by Bob b on Jun. 4, 2018

Hello

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by collius on May. 21, 2018

Docks are out, water's up, and the launch was easy. Lots of little nibbles and hook chasers, but nothing made it into the cooler this time.

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by calgary15 on May. 13, 2018

is the docks out yet and are you a llowed to fish on them

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by Mykul on May. 13, 2018

Caught lots of Rainbows and suckers today on trout worms and meal worms.

by Mikepp on May. 9, 2018

Level is up at Chain, easy launch now.

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by Trevor Alexander on May. 7, 2018

Yes. Lake is out

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by Paddler on May. 2, 2018

Is the lake ice free yet.

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by Altafishingguy on Apr. 28, 2018

On April 25th, 2018, I heard there was 12" of water on the ice. Should be open water by May 12th?

by chown1 on Apr. 27, 2018

If it is not open this weekend prolly next chestemere only has about 12” left as of today

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by Paverdude on Apr. 27, 2018

any chance of open water for the May long weekend?

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by Tego on Apr. 25, 2018

any open water yet ?

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by Bert&Carina on Apr. 20, 2018

Chain Lakes is always a fun place to Ice Fish! Today, April 20th, the weather was fantastic, sunny and little wind! Caught a ton of little trout that wouldn't stay off of our hooks! Things are melting and the ice is still thick at 18-20". The shoreline ice is mushy and with the warmer days you are going to need rubber boots to slosh thru the mess. This will be our last Ice Fishing adventure for this Season ...

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