Francis Lake

Francis Lake, Harrison Mills

Francis Lake is a small float tube lake loacated in Harrison Mills. The lake is stocked yearly with lots of Rainbow trout in the 30cm range. Shore fishing is available on a make shift log dock at the access point to the lake and there is actually quite a bit of action in this area. The lake is surrounded by debris so its a good idea to work around the fallen trees during spring and fall as the fish like to hide under cover. There are also large insect hatches here. There is a large dragonfly hatch so anything to immitate these on a dry fly or nymph are bound to bring you success when fly-fishing. There are two deep pockets in the lake on the north side and on the south west side so try working these areas in the summer when the lake warms up.

How to get there

To get here follow the Weaver Lake directions except when you make your last left turn to Weaver Lake Recreation Site, make a right instead. From here it gets complicated and it is recomended you have a 4wd vehicle especially in spring when it's wet and you need clearance to make it through the dips in the road. Follow this logging road and continue on it staying to your right on roads that look well used. After a while you will come up to a fork and a small post saying Francis Lake. Make a right here up a long hill then make your second right and continue down this until you come up to Francis Lake Recreation Site. Stay left and you will make your way down the lake.

June 15, 2013

Rachel and I headed up to Francis Lake for a day on the float tubes and started fishing around 9:00am. We both tried all the flies and lures we had but they just weren't biting. There weren't even any fish rising and the lake seemed really warm and it was quite windy. We saw a guy camping up there and talked to him. He said that in the evening the night before he caught a few on a Pumpkin leech. At the end of our day around 4:00pm I decided to try the first fly I had tied the day before (Doc Spratley) right off the makeshift dock at the entrance and had a couple bites and one fish on but it got away as I got it closer to the log I was fishing off of. I recommend trying this lake in the early morning or evening.

Doc Spratley
Only fly that had some action, and its also the first fly I've ever tied so I was very happy to see it getting some attention

July 3rd-5th 2015

spent the weekend camping up at Francis Lake. Its a peaceful getaway and not too hard to access. The fishing was slow, even with a full sinking line trolling a Leetch. We managed to catch one fish casting 1/16th spoon across sunken logs on A drop off. 

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Anna Yam Na Lip | Reply 18.07.2018 07.51

I know there are new open areas in White Rock for fishing black Crabs. Do you know their loading location? I would like to see

Robin Bird (Robertson) | Reply 08.04.2018 02.46

Hi James. My name is Robin. I want to visit Francis Lake this summer, as the lake is named after my grandfather, Major Francis Arthur Robertson. Please write!

Jimmy Victor Reimer 10.07.2018 12.59

Hi Robin. my name is Jim and I just wanted to know about the road up to Francis lake. I have a Ram 1500 4x4/ would I make it through the bumps in the road ?

Michelle | Reply 08.07.2015 19.48

We just spent a few days at Francis Lake. It was exactly what we wanted: no other campers, quiet area, no fees, and all the privacy you'd want! Peaceful.

cavemanfish | Reply 24.03.2015 02.15

I just got amazing luck bottom fishing from the camp site off to the right. worm floating bait to lift 3f lrg 18' 2/5p 545pm 8pm march22 2015 rain cavemanfish

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22.09 | 10:54

I was wondering if anyone could tell me what time of year these lakes usually freeze up?

12.08 | 08:30

Thanks for this info. And idea if this Lake has swimmers itch? We’re going with the kids and want to be prepared!

07.06 | 08:31

Is the nickel open?

06.06 | 13:34

give it a shot, caught a 1.5 pounder last summer. i used a frog and attacked thick cover

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