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There is no middle ground at Stump in the spring. You either fish at the south end or the north end and my preference for April is the north end in the bay closest to the highway. Fishing leeches under indicators suspended over the weeds is absolutely lethal! Usually by the end of May that bay is choked out and can't be fished.
 

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john, i don't quite follow you. are you saying there's no point trying to fish the open water in the middle of the lake? the north end seemed to be a little closer to icing off than the south iirc.
 

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the one between merritt and kamloops next to highway 5A. it's the only one i know of. is there another one?

john, i don't quite follow you. are you saying there's no point trying to fish the open water in the middle of the lake? the north end seemed to be a little closer to icing off than the south iirc.
There's always a point to fishing but the lack of shoal water from the roadside in is a little sparse. I prefer to wait until the ice is off at the north end.
 

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drove past stump lake yesterday. it's about 70% iced off. just the ends have ice. the bulk of the ice in the middle is gone. definitely possible to get a boat in from what i saw. :cool:[/QUO


what lake were you looking at??? i drove by stump today and its 98% iced over . the north end has a tiny open spot, about enough for 2 belly boats.
 

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Drove by stump yesterday, its 95% iced on, just a small portion at the south end is off. There is about 2 feet of water all around the lake between the shore and the ice.
 

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Thanks for the info. I have not fished this lake, but i'd like to. It seems there is some houses at the north end- is there public access here? On google earth, the boat launch appears to be more than 2 miles down the lake- further than i'd want to travel in a belly boat or even pontoon. Can i get on the lake from the north end?

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The public access area is around the middle of the lake, although if you wanted to walk a little, you could probably pull over anywhere on the highway and just walk your gear down to the water. I have never fished it either, but would like to give it a try also. (but then again I want to try them all)
 

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Made a day trip up to Nicola Valley area Sunday, planned on doing some fishing and checking out some lakes.
Got to Stump around 10am or so, fished for a couple hrs before it started blowing up. Got chased off the lake around noon by the wind, but not before my buddy and I landed a couple of suprisingly fat 4 lb'ers, using small black leeches. Fish are close in right now in maybe 15 ft water. Checked out a few more lakes in the area, but they are still iced up. I saw a couple guys launching their boat from the north end from an empty lot, but not sure how legit it is.
 
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