British Columbia is blessed by wilderness and camping in the great outdoors is one of the great pastimes that residents and non-residents enjoy. However, every year various regions across British Columbia get hit with hot, dry spells that turn the forests into a tinder box. Like it or not, campfire bans are placed across various regions that ultimately force the weekend and summer campers to stay home and find something else to do.
Forest fire bans are a serious matter and they can last days, weeks and even months. As it turns out, most folks won’t go camping if they can’t have campfires and these bans usually include controlled areas like provincial campgrounds and forest service campground. As many of these campgrounds are located on productive fishing lakes, fishing on uncongested lakes becomes the domain of the local fisherman and day trippers.
Local fisherman, although sympathetic with the situation are able to sneak out to their favorite lakes and enjoy some of the best fishing of the season. The months of July and August are the primary candidates for campfire bans because of lack of rain and an increase in lightning strikes. Although July and August aren't known for big numbers of fish, some of the largest fish of the season are landed by going deep. For the fly fisherman, a straight up and down sinking line with a bloodworm or micro leech set just above the thermocline is a recipe for success.
Here are a number of lakes in the Kamloops area that are productive in August but have empty campsites and uncrowded waters due to campfire bans…
- Pass Lake
- Rossmore lake
- Tunkwa lake & Leighton lake
- Community lake
- Roche & surrounding lakes
- Peter Hope lake
- Duffy lake
- Dairy lake
All of the above lakes have tremendous fisheries and are less than 1 hour driving time from Kamloops.
Although this is a great bonus for local fishermen, campfire bans may also impact the local economy and reducing much needed income to the provincial, forest service and private campgrounds as well as local businesses that support the sport fishing industry.
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