Tunkwa lake is a popular Raindow trout fishing destination located 85km North of Merritt. During the hardwater season getting to the lake is easy through the Provinvial Park day use area. If your looking to stay awhile, there is Tunkwa Lake Resort,
offering beutiful lakeside cabins, i highly recomend it. For more info Click here.
Rachel and I headed up to Tunkwa Lake on friday morning and got right to fishing in
the afternoon. We had no luck but enjoyed a night in our fire stove cabin. The next morning we headed out nice and early to the mouth of a southern bay. Our setup was simple and effective, start with a 1/2-3/4oz spoon of your choice (I prefer silver or copper)
then tie on 10-12" of 20lbs flurocarbon leader tied onto a small coloured ice jig tipped with a small length of earthworm. The high test line between the spoon and jig are to prevent the line from tangling while you jig. We caught a couple fish here
but moved down the bay into about 8' of water. We fished this area until we left sunday afternoon. We caught over a dozen fish with the biggest being 3lbs, and another couple at 2lbs. The ice was about 12" thick and the hot spots were in
the bays about 10' off the shoreline in 6-8' of water, fishing 3' under the ice. The fish move in as schools looking for fish so the fishing can get fast and furious for an hour or two then it can slow down just as fast, but keep your line in the water our
biggest fish was caught during a slow stretch. The fishing was great and will continue to be until March.