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Old 04-21-2021, 09:53 AM
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Thumbs up Cold Lake 2021 Open Water Season

Well getting a bit anzy here checking the lake regularly. The back bays are opening up as the temps during the day are above zero

Gators and Eyes will be a plenty come the opener of the season in the bays not sure about the big water for lakers regarding ice off but will report back regularly on this

On another note city of Cold Lake will be hosting a tourney June 19/20....

https://www.facebook.com/cityofcoldlake/

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Old 04-21-2021, 06:35 PM
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Looking for details on the trout tourney. Are there any available yet ?
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Old 04-21-2021, 06:45 PM
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Looking for details on the trout tourney. Are there any available yet ?
nothing yet guess its in the wee early stages....hope it goes through.
I am more exited about just getting out there and with these temps the bays are opening up fast
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Old 04-26-2021, 02:24 PM
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Back bays are open just nicely, main body still ice covered.... gators and eyes watch out come opener!!!!


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Old 04-26-2021, 02:31 PM
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Info for the cold lake tourney is posted on Anglers Atlas.

https://www.anglersatlas.com/tournam...ing-derby-2021
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Going to be a good event for the area just like the ice tourney was .
Hope the weather cooperates !


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Well Walter winked at me....bigger than last year!

Ohhhhh the bays boy they be so thick ya can walk on their backs and not get your feet wet!




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I've got a campsite booked for first weekend in June. Will likely be the one and only time I fish Cold this summer. Hopefully the weather and the fish cooperate.
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how much ice is still on the lake ,does anyone have pictures
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how much ice is still on the lake ,does anyone have pictures

The back bays are open, the main body of water the shorelines are starting to open up but the main body of water is still ice covered.


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Also the fishing derby is limited to 250 and is filling up fast so if you interested in the derby better act quick.


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A very wise person on this site hooked me up with this....

https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentin...howDates=false

you can check out lakes if you cant get to them on a weekly/daily basis!
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A very wise person on this site hooked me up with this....

https://apps.sentinel-hub.com/sentin...howDates=false

you can check out lakes if you cant get to them on a weekly/daily basis!
That's a neat link thanks for sharing. Plan is to spend a week or so there in July but not much for sites at English Bay or the Provincial Park available for the dates I want unless staying for strictly weekdays. Might have to pitch the ol wall tent up in the bush somewhere and just utilize the boat launches.
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Old 05-06-2021, 07:39 AM
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That's a neat link thanks for sharing. Plan is to spend a week or so there in July but not much for sites at English Bay or the Provincial Park available for the dates I want unless staying for strictly weekdays. Might have to pitch the ol wall tent up in the bush somewhere and just utilize the boat launches.
Baywood if you want to have direct access to long bay and out to the big water....might be worth looking into.

http://www.baywoodparkcoldlake.com/
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Baywood if you want to have direct access to long bay and out to the big water....might be worth looking into.

http://www.baywoodparkcoldlake.com/
We stayed in a cabin during one of the ice fishing trips this season, neat little place. Might consider staying there but it would be nice to utilize the tent and I don't think they are accommodating tenters right now. Still a couple months left anyways to decide.
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Well the ice is moving around, we had a good south wind and it opened up areas but be careful if the wind shifts your might be in a predicament.....


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Just checked and now the lake is open but there could still be the possibility of ice chunks floating around so be careful!!!!

Opener is forecasted for rain but hopefully that changes.


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Just to confirm before I make the day trip on Sunday, Cold Lake is open?
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Just to confirm before I make the day trip on Sunday, Cold Lake is open?
yes it is....but for locals only

good luck and tight lines...Sundays forecast is looking good too!
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Old 05-15-2021, 07:31 AM
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Thumbs up Itís go time!

Things are all in order....eyes, gators, perch and then lakers....not in that order though.....hmmmm too many decisions


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The lake did not disappoint....just targeted gators and it was non stop action....ended up going to Len Thompson 5 of diamonds 00,
For some reason they did not like the larger spoons etc.
Was windy but fun.


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The lake did not disappoint....just targeted gators and it was non stop action....ended up going to Len Thompson 5 of diamonds 00,
For some reason they did not like the larger spoons etc.
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Catch any walleye or lakers ?
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Catch any walleye or lakers ?
no...day two was the same we got into gators and was hoping for 40"er but only tied into a 36"er...played the bay for water temp changes and depths out into the big water which took time...a poop load of small gators which was fun too.

I know there was a few good ones caught, walleye too....didnt talk to any laker fans but I am sure a few were caught, maybe someone will chime in.

Heard from a fella that the provincial park boat launch wasn't in which torqued a few with bigger boats....

Also got a little distracted farting around with my new Hummingbird Helix 7....not a techy guy so a lot of head scratching
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we didn't have Len Thompson spoons in these colors but had a cheaper version that worked well....as you can see the wolf packs had a good go at them!
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how did you make out swampy45?
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slower day for myself, handful of hammer handles and one lake trout in the boat. Didnt get to explore as much as I would have liked and that sand bar was real shallow, but still a fun day!
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Going out for may long and taking the boat. have actually never fished this lake open water but I hear spring time is your best bet for the lakers without downriggers. Thought about trolling some flashy spoons or deep diving cranks off the dropoff. Might dropshot off there too. Would love any advice I could get, will probably be pike fishing too if I stink at laker fishing.
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Old 05-19-2021, 02:22 PM
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Going out for may long and taking the boat. have actually never fished this lake open water but I hear spring time is your best bet for the lakers without downriggers. Thought about trolling some flashy spoons or deep diving cranks off the dropoff. Might dropshot off there too. Would love any advice I could get, will probably be pike fishing too if I stink at laker fishing.
pink lady/diver to get down to 30-40' or so then a spoon would work just ensure you have multiple colors to change up.
I run all season 4" hot spot apex lures in various colors with lots of success.

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Heard the lakers were non stop in fishy area's....I didn't partake due to the long wk-end area getting crowded but snuggled into a lake with little to no one out and we slammed the pike.....all smeadiums but was a blast.
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