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Old 05-17-2014, 03:29 PM
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Default Lake Minnewanka opens tomorrow, May 18th

Hi,

Never fished Minnewanka before, or even seen it in person. Looks like one of the most beautiful lakes in the province.

Looks like I'd need to pickup a daily national parks fishing license, no big deal.

Question is, anyone know if the ice is gone? We'd be fishing from shore. Is the shore fishing decent? is fishing good at all here?

Thanks!
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:45 PM
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Let us know how your boat worked on the ice

I am pretty sure it is still iced over.
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Old 05-17-2014, 05:23 PM
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Hi,

Never fished Minnewanka before, or even seen it in person. Looks like one of the most beautiful lakes in the province.

Looks like I'd need to pickup a daily national parks fishing license, no big deal.

Question is, anyone know if the ice is gone? We'd be fishing from shore. Is the shore fishing decent? is fishing good at all here?

Thanks!
Shore fishing will likely not yield much results. Even if it wasnt still frozen.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:13 PM
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Cannot say I have ever seen anyone catch much from shore.

Saw one guy hook into some whites on the opposite side of the boat launch a few years back.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:00 PM
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Damn, so I'm guessing it was just overfished like crazy? Sad panda
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:06 PM
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I think a guy could catch fish from shore.
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:09 PM
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There is a campground down the lake, foot access, about an hours walk (been awhile, so don't quote me), use to fish from shore there and did quite well. That was the good ol days when you could use smelts in the lake.
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:02 PM
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It's partially opened, saw 4 boats on this am. The boat launch is not clear yet, dont know where did they launch the boats.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:20 PM
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chuck a big white or pink swimbait from the rockdam towards the submerged old dam and you will do fine. nice big old wooden plug will do you good too.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:29 AM
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I think a guy could catch fish from shore.
Yup.
I watched a couple chaps land quite a few one time; they were chucking big ol' Buzz Bombs from shore & doing way better than we were from a boat!
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Old 05-19-2014, 09:18 AM
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It can be good this time of year off the dam, white jigs with white twister tails, single or double tails, read the regs you will most likely be checked for lead & bait.
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:40 PM
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It's partially opened, saw 4 boats on this am. The boat launch is not clear yet, dont know where did they launch the boats.
Those were most likely the outfitters. They launch down at the end of the main docks. We minions are not allowed that access.

Boat launch should open up by the weekend I am hoping
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:13 PM
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I assume the lake has opened up? Heading there Friday? Any reports?
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:23 PM
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Was there yesterday and it is completely ice free. Have a good trip!
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Old 05-28-2014, 08:07 PM
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Default fishing minnewonka

howed you do? lol headn there myself pm if you want
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Old 06-06-2014, 12:59 PM
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Was the boat launch fully open? What about the docks?
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:08 AM
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Yes the water level is way down and so is the trip down the boat launch. Never the less fishing as sight see was excellent last weekend.
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