Welcome to Kipawa Outpost
Fishing Lake Kipawa

If casting your line, and reeling in a big one is your primary vacation goal, then come on up to Kipawa Outpost. Whether you're looking for a trophy for your wall, or you just want to enjoy a nice dinner, the fishing here can't be beat. You can also rent equipment from us, to make your fishing experience easier.

 

The following are the species most commonly found in the Kipawa region:



Lake Whitefish -  Click to Enlarge
Lake Whitefish

(Whitefish,Eastern Whitefish,Coregonus clupeaformis or Common Whitefish, Sault Whitefish, Humpback Whitefish)

 
Description

Usually weighs up to 15 pounds, and it's average length is 15 inches. The standard commercial weight is 2 pounds. The older whitefish will develop a hump behind its head. The general color of the whitefish is somewhat silvery, with a pale green-brown to light/ dark brown back.

Distribution

The lake whitefish is widely distributed throughout Canada.

Biology

Spawning occurs in the fall in shallow waters at depths of less than 25 feet. The female lays 16 100 eggs per pound of fish and loses roughly 11% of her body weight at this time. This species is predominantly a bottom feeder. The major predators are lake trout, burbot, yellow walleye, northern pike, and even whitefish themselves.

Commercial Uses

The lake whitefish is the most valuable commercial freshwater fish in Canada. Sport fishermen actively enjoy the catch of this fish and report the flesh as an exceptionally fine flavor. Whitefish eggs are sometimes marketed as caviar.



Northern  Pike - Click to Enlarge
Northern Pike

(Northern Pike, Esox lucius or Pike, Jack, Great Northern Pike, Pickerel, Jackfish.)

 
Description

Of all species in Western Canada, the northern pike is considered the monster. A large pike is over 4 feet long with a slimy, serpentine body and clamp-like jaws with many fangs pointing backwards. The basic colouring of this fish is light spots on a darker backing, the back being a brilliant green through olive-green to almost brown. The eyes are a brilliant yellow.

Distribution

This is primarily a freshwater fish found in clear, warm, slowly meandering rivers and in the warm, weedy bays of lakes. They occur throughout the four western provinces.

Biology

The northern pike is a spring spawner who scatters its eggs at random throughout the heavily vegetated floodplains of rivers, marshes and lakes. The eggs hatch 12-14 days later. Life expectancy ranges from 10-26 years according to the area. Adults feed largely on other fish as well as frogs, crayfish, mice, muskrats and ducklings.

Commercial Uses

In most areas in Canada it is both a commercial and sport fish. It is a delicious food; the flesh is white, sweet and flaky.



Walley - Click to Enlarge
Walleye

(Stizostedion vitreum or Yellow Walleye, Pike,Walleye Pike, Wall-Eyed Pike/Perch,Yellow, Pike-Perch, Pickerel)

 
Description

Usually around 13-20 inches long, and weighs 1-3 pounds by 3 years of age. Can be indentified by its: olive-brown/ golden-brown/ yellow background, with pale, golden flecked sides. The younger walleye often possess dark, vertical bands across their backs, and/or down their sides.

Distribution

The walleye can be found in fresh water throughout North America and in British Columbia, in the north. They thrive in large, shallow, lakes.

Biology

Spawning occurs in the spring to early summer, in the rocky areas of white waters below impassable falls and dams in rivers. Egg numbers can be as high as 610 000, and these eggs hatch 12-18 days later.

Commercial Uses

This fish is probably the most economically valuable species in Canada's inland waters. It is fished by sport fishermen in the summer and winter with live minnows or artificial lures as bait. The walleye has a firm white to pinkish flesh.



Lake Trout - Click to Enlarge
Lake Trout

(Lake Trout, Lake Char or Salvelinus namaycush)

 
Description

This species is 15-20 inches long, weighing an average of 10 pounds but they have been known to exceed 100 pounds. The body, colored light green or grey, dark green, brown or almost black with lighter colored spots is typically trout like, elongate.

Distribution

The lake trout occurs naturally and is widely distributed only in North America. It can readily be found in northern British Columbia in shallow lakes and in rivers and in the south of B.C., in deeper lakes. It is the least tolerant of salt water of all the chars.

Bioloogy

This fish spawns in late autumn in inland lakes up to depths of 40 feet. The female lays 400-1200 eggs and hatching occurs 4-5 months later. The lake trout is predaceous and feed upon crustaceans, insects, many species of fish and even small mammals.

Commercial Uses

The grey trout is highly prized both as a game fish and as a commercial species. Anglers catch this species by fly or spin fishing early in the spring. The flesh may be white, pink, orange or orange-red, the color being influenced by the diet. It has an excellent flavor and is mostly eaten fresh but it is sometimes smoked.

 

 
Your hosts Paul and Tammy Courchesne 1-819-627-3722