Rolley Lake

Rolley Lake, Mission

Rolley Lake is a nice lake located inside Rolley Lake Provincial Park. It is located very close to the city and has a popular campsite on it, because of this it gets very busy and is fished heavily. If possible it's best to be visited during the week to avoid crowds. Shore fishing is available in some spots around the trail circling around the lake and on the beach by the parking lot but these spots are usually very busy so a float tube is best. This lake is stocked with catchable size Rainbow Trout and is managed as a catch and keep lake. Besides Rainbows, there are a few species of sportfish found in this lake including Cutthroat trout, Dolly Varden, Kokanee, and brown Bullhead. For gear fisherman, basic bait fishing works good so its a good lake to teach the kids on especially since its so close to the city. For fly-fishing, Wolly Buggers work great in either a black or olive pattern, and dry flies like Tom Thumbs or mosquitos also work great when the fish are rising. Note: there is a power boat restriction on this lake and all motors even electric are not allowed, so its best to bring a float tube or row boat to get to the good spots.

How to get there

Rolley Lake is located northwest of Mission in Rolley Lake Provincial Park. To get here the best way is to find your way to Lougheed and head towards Mission. From Lougheed turn onto 287th Street heading north. Follow this until you reach Dewdney Trunk road and turn right heading east. From here there are signs guideing you the rest of the way.

June 19th, 2013

My cousin Trevor and I headed out to Rolley in the morning and started fishing around 8:30am. I was in my float tube and Trevor fished from shore. Throughout the day it was raining and we had a couple hours of torrential rain. There were a few fish rising so I decided to try my luck with some Tom Thumbs but had no luck so I swapped over to a type VI sinking line and a type III sinking line on my other rod both with Wolly Buggers on them, one olive and one black. I trolled my way down to the other end of the lake where the drop offs were and got a few hits, I lost one fish on the way to the tube and landed a nice 27cm Cutthroat trout on the black Wolley. After I got to the other side I slow trolled one line and casted the other one. There was alot of action and I caught a 29cm, a 28cm, 20cm, and a 23cm Cutthroat with the black leech on both lines. My type VI stopped getting hits so I swapped it with a floating line with a type VI sinking tip and switched to a Doc Spratley. I caught a 23cm Cutthroat, and a 26cm Rainbow. We decided to call it a day so I trolled back to where we were parked and on the way landed another one! but this time with a black half back. All the flies that I used I tied myself so it felt great catching fish with my own flies. It was a great day, my cousin got skunked from shore but with me on the water a total of 8 fish landed, lost 6 on the way to the tube and a ton of hits. This lake is pretty hot right now.

Black Woolley Bugger
#8 hook bead head. Tied it myself. This fly had the most action
Black Doc Spratley
#10 hook with golden pheasant tippet used for tail and wing. Tied it myself.
#10 hook with golden pheasant tippet used for tail and sparkly tinsel used for the body wrap. Tied it myself.

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Serge | Reply 17.07.2016 23.20

Thank you for shearing your experience. I fished this lake first time and third time on fly fishing rod. I got one may be 8 in rainbow and had may be 5 hits.

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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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