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Old 07-11-2018, 08:16 AM
Exploits Exploits is offline
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Default Central Alberta lakes

Anyone else having very low catch rates on central lakes? I have yet to catch more than 3 trout a trip. Steady decline in last 3 years for me. Seems like 4-5 years ago I could get 15-20 decent fish a trip. 2017 was so so but this year is bad. My one trip to the Ram was down a good 80%. I didn't hear of any winterkill this year in central lakes. At Beaver Lake they seemed to have vanished for the most part, hardly any rising fish. My last 2 trips there I caught 1 per trip and had to work for those. Interested to hear your experiences this year. Thanks.
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Old 07-12-2018, 06:25 AM
lds lds is offline
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Iím not fishing central lakes but everything down south in the last 3 years I have found a little less productive. I donít get out as much as I used to and I am seeing more people so that probably has something to do with it. Find some guys say itís slower and some say itís not so I donít know. Itís not as dramatic of a difference that you are seeing. Iíd say my maybe 20% decrease for the most part. Although jumping pound creek I used to catch 15 or so in a couple hours I havenít seen much sign of life in the last couple years so that is strange.
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Old 07-12-2018, 07:42 AM
mikeym mikeym is offline
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was at Pierre Grey Lakes middle of June and it was slow. very few risers even in the evening. i think a lot of it has to do this year with the hot days we have been having. the water temps are a lot warmer and the fish are going deeper. had to go deep with the flies to get any bites.
that being said another factor is the pressure these lakes see. lots of people fishing them and keeping their limits and then some. most of the stockers don't even get a chance to grow at all.

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Old 07-12-2018, 07:53 PM
goggin goggin is offline
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I have found fishing slow this year, usual go to leeches and chironomids having little effect, all fish have been caught stripping black streamers, loads of minnows about, weed growth seems excessive this year as well
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