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Old 12-28-2018, 09:56 PM
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14Ē of solid black ice.
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Old 12-29-2018, 12:09 AM
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I've never been been to this lake, is it pretty easy access.
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Old 12-29-2018, 04:32 AM
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I've never been been to this lake, is it pretty easy access.
Yes, it's easy to access. Take Hwy 742 south from Canmore and it will take you right beside the lake. Most people park at either the Driftwood day use area, or just off the highway at the Sparrowhawk Day use area. You can get a better view on Google Maps.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:43 AM
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Do people drive on ever? Iíd imagine the ice doesnít get any better than there.
Can you access the ranger station? Iím itching to go.
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:58 AM
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Do people drive on ever? Iíd imagine the ice doesnít get any better than there.
Can you access the ranger station? Iím itching to go.
You definitely are not allowed to drive on the ice there.
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You definitely are not allowed to drive on the ice there.


10-4. And likely no motorized at all. Makes sense. Thanks. I only drive on tracks, and I suspected it was forbidden.
Same for Minnewanka? Iím certain itís a no motorboat, which translates to no drive on Iím presuming.
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10-4. And likely no motorized at all. Makes sense. Thanks. I only drive on tracks, and I suspected it was forbidden.
Same for Minnewanka? Iím certain itís a no motorboat, which translates to no drive on Iím presuming.
Yes, you are correct about no motorized vehicles on Spray, although I've had a license check done by someone on a sled before. Motorboats are ok on Spray though.
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Old 12-29-2018, 01:13 PM
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I didnít use a tape measure but more than 12Ē max 14-15Ē. Was out this morning. Wind was intense. Broke every rope on my tent and sent it down the lake. Thanks to the guy that saved it. Turned out to be be a short trip as I didnít feel like spending the rest of the day in the wind. Fished an hr and a half and landed one laker so that was nice to bring home dinner at least. Forgot how windy it can get out there. Itís been a few years.
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Old 12-29-2018, 07:13 PM
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I didnít use a tape measure but more than 12Ē max 14-15Ē. Was out this morning. Wind was intense. Broke every rope on my tent and sent it down the lake. Thanks to the guy that saved it. Turned out to be be a short trip as I didnít feel like spending the rest of the day in the wind. Fished an hr and a half and landed one laker so that was nice to bring home dinner at least. Forgot how windy it can get out there. Itís been a few years.
Anyone heading out Sunday?

Anyone catch anything other than lakers and mountain whites?
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I would like to hear more on the whitefish. Who's went for them particularly and when is the bite most voracious?
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Old 12-31-2018, 09:35 AM
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Went for lakers yesterday. Between blizzards and wind gusts we managed two sitting outside all day. Had a fair number of bites. Lost 4 reeling them up. My jig fly worked however need to modify it with a stinger.

Two bites felt like I caught the bottom at first. Not sure how big they were.

Never tried for whites. Flasher saw fish at bottom and some near the top.

Bites from 45-70 feet of water.

Tons of people fishing. Fishing pressure significantly higher that 10 years ago. Not a lot being caught by any body.
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10-4. And likely no motorized at all. Makes sense. Thanks. I only drive on tracks, and I suspected it was forbidden.
Same for Minnewanka? Iím certain itís a no motorboat, which translates to no drive on Iím presuming.
Canít ice fish National Park waters, Minnewanka is NP.
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Old 12-31-2018, 06:12 PM
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Canít ice fish National Park waters, Minnewanka is NP.
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10-4. And likely no motorized at all. Makes sense. Thanks. I only drive on tracks, and I suspected it was forbidden.
Same for Minnewanka? Iím certain itís a no motorboat, which translates to no drive on Iím presuming.


National parks are different.

For Spray Lakes...

Canít find anything that says you canít drive on it. However Spray Lake water level can fall and create dangerous cracks as well as difficult icy egress slopes. I personally would never drive on a reservoir used for hydro electric purposes. https://www.transalta.com/facilities...eration/spray/

Didnít see any cars on it however did see quads. While the lake is long, the road parallels it. Is also narrow so easy to walk across.

Motor boats are allowed on the lake.
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Old 01-08-2019, 02:31 PM
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Anyone been out to spray lake recently, going out there either tomorrow or Thursday. Was curious on the ice conditions.
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Old 01-08-2019, 03:16 PM
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Anyone been out to spray lake recently, going out there either tomorrow or Thursday. Was curious on the ice conditions.
Not exactly recent, but I was out on New Year's Day, ice was 10"-12" off of Sparrowhawk.
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National parks are different.

For Spray Lakes...

Canít find anything that says you canít drive on it. However Spray Lake water level can fall and create dangerous cracks as well as difficult icy egress slopes. I personally would never drive on a reservoir used for hydro electric purposes. https://www.transalta.com/facilities...eration/spray/

Didnít see any cars on it however did see quads. While the lake is long, the road parallels it. Is also narrow so easy to walk across.

Motor boats are allowed on the lake.
Didn't think any type of vehicle is allowed on the lake, as per Kananaskis park guidelines. Unless something recently changed?
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:43 AM
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Each provincial park seems to be different, I know you can drive on Chain lakes but for sure not on Spray.

I was told by F&W you could not drive on unless you had a permit and right now a few outfitters have a permit to haul their shacks on and off the ice. You will get a ticket if you drive onto Spray with any motorized vehicle. So, as hey say suc it up and walk on.
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Old 01-09-2019, 03:07 PM
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Planning to head out Sunday -- fingers crossed it's not a hurricane. Anyone else?
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Old 01-20-2019, 09:07 PM
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Anyone been out to Spray Lake recently?
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Old 01-21-2019, 09:55 AM
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Was out on Wednesday last week. Ice off Sparrowhawk was 12". Lots of action in the morning dropping tube jigs down to the bottom and then reeling them up fast. Lakers were along the bottom and would follow it up 30-40ft and then hit it. Ran out of smelts by 12:30.
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Old 02-11-2019, 04:58 PM
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Anyone been out these past week. Curious on how the fishing has been and ice conditions. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2019, 01:34 AM
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Went ice fishing and did mushrooms on this lake once. Greatest night of my life.
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Old 02-12-2019, 08:12 AM
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Hello all, I always catch whitefish using this technique while I am fishing for lakers at Spray. Tie on a white power bait grub on a jig with a 1/4 oz head, then tie a royal coachman up 1 foot above your jig. Tip the jig with a 1/3 piece of a smelt and then put 3-4 maggots on the royal coachmen. Bounce the jig off the rocks on the bottom. I have had days when only the fly works on lakers and as a fact the biggest laker I caught up there was on the ol royal coachmen.

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Old 02-12-2019, 02:46 PM
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I thought bait was not allowed (maggots) on Spray. Only Smelt which does not follow in that category
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Old 02-12-2019, 04:09 PM
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I thought bait was not allowed (maggots) on Spray. Only Smelt which does not follow in that category
Maggots are fine bait fish are not. Smelts and Herring are not considered bait fish.
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