Osoyoos Lake

Species:
Rainbow Trout, Small and Large Mouth Bass, Sockeye Salmon, Kokanee, Black Crappie, Sunfish, Yellow Perch, and Carp
Location:
North of Oroville, the lake is a lake located in British Columbia and Washington.
Directions:
Take U.S. 97 to Oroville and continue through town along the west side of the lake.
Facilities:
Osoyoos Lake State Park, located at the south end of the lake, has 80 tent sites, rest rooms with showers, a boat ramp, and picnic tables. Food, gas, lodging and other amenities are available in Oroville.
Fishing Osoyoos Lake by Danny Coyne http://bcfishn.com/

This lake is mostly know to anglers as an incredible bass fishery and not sought after so much for Rainbow Trout. Osoyoos is one of my most favorite lakes to fish because of the amount of different fish species that it has to over.

With this species list an angler has numerous options for a great day of fishing on Osoyoos Lake. Osoyoos is much known for windy days and that can make things difficult when trying to target bass. A typical day on this lake an angler can experience whitecap waves for a couple of hours and then calm flat water in the same afternoon. I like to start of the day with an early morning troll for big rainbows then switch my luck to fishing bass as the later morning warms up. If the wind becomes too much of a challenge for boat control for bass fishing, I usually switch back to trolling for rainbows.

I approach this lake by launching my boat at Haynes Point Park. If I’m not fishing for bass then I start to make my way north up the lake. The trout fishing is the hottest on the East side of the lake just north of Nk’Mip Campground. Osoyoos Lake reaches depths close to 180 feet deep. Use your sonar and fish the ledges on the east side of the lake. We’ve caught most of our fish with the bottom at the 120 foot mark and the fished suspended from 50 to 25 feet.

It is reported that rainbow in this lake can reach up to 11 pounds, but an average fish is around 2 to 4 pounds. These fish are usually caught by trolling spoons, Apex Lures, buck tails or plugs. Willow leaf atractors with an 18 inch leader to a rainbow colored Apex Lure have brought me the most success. Using a gang troll presentation with a wedding ring can bring success but through my experience hooks into small Kokanee and smaller rainbows.

Best trout fishing in Osoyoos Lake is in early spring or fall. In the summer the larger trout go deeper and will require down riggers to reach them.

The months of May, June, and July are also good for trolling or still-fishing for Osoyoos kokanee, most of which range from 10 to 14 inches. Wedding Ring Spinners with a kenel of white corn on the hooks will take them as well as anything, assuming you locate a good school and get your lure down to the right depth. You also can use downriggers and be very effective on controlling your depth.

Information provided in this article comes from Danny Coyne’s article on fishing Osoyoos Lake. To read more on fishing this lake visit Dany @ http://bcfishn.com/osoyoos-sockeye-fishing-august-2013/

Nice 5# sport caught sockeye salmon:

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Photo courtesy of the:osoyoos times newspaper fishing article

2012 was a record sockeye run on Osoyoos Lake. On July 24 Starting just after midnight Friday, anglers will have a rare opportunity to fish for sockeye salmon in Osoyoos Lake.

The recreational fishery is thanks to record numbers of sockeye returning to the Columbia River system — the largest run since 1938 — with a large portion of them crossing over the Wells Dam and into the Okanagan River to spawn. That, in turn, is thanks to years of restoration efforts by the Okanagan Nation, working in co-operation with federal and provincial agencies in both the U.S. and Canada.

“We’re expecting a banner year. Over a half a million sockeye are coming back to the Columbia, of which Okanagan is the major stock,” said Richard Bussanich, a fisheries biologist with the Okanagan Nation Alliance. “We anticipate over 80 per cent of fish coming up the Columbia are destined for Osoyoos Lake and the Okanagan River.”

Bussanich said the run is going to easily meet the minimum 30,000 sockeye on the spawning grounds for the conservation efforts.

“We’re going to probably exceed the adult spawning capacity, and that is one of the reasons we are looking to the fishery to help mitigate. That’s the limiting factor right now, in terms of restoration efforts,” said Bussanich. Monitoring of tagged fish, he continued, show that there are an estimated 80,000 sockeye in Osoyoos Lake right now.

“Right now, we are looking at between 30,000 and 100,000 fish available for harvest,” said Bussanich. That amount will be divided between an Okanagan Nation food, social and ceremonial fishery and an economic fishery. “Within that, about 2,500 are available for the recreational fishery at Osoyoos Lake.”

Recreational fishers will have to purchase a salmon tag in addition to their fishing licence and are limited to two fish. But there will be an additional opportunity for those who want to continue fishing after they have caught their limit.

Sockeye Salmon fishing video on Osoyoos Lake:

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