"100 Mile House- Heart of the Cariboo" One Hundred Mile House by Darby2
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The Cariboo is that area north of Cache Creek extending to Quesnel and east to Kamloops and Clearwater. It's chief industry is forestry and ranching. It has an exciting history dating back to the 1850's during the gold rush at Barkerville. 100 Mile House was one of the original stopovers on the trail which began at Lillooet as Mile 0. During the gold rush, camels were brought in from Asia to be used as pack animals, but their smell was highly offensive to the horses and mules. The Camelsfoot mountain range still bears witness to their presence. The area is blessed with many excellent lakes for prime trout and Kokanee fishing. It's one of my favorite destinations. The local saying says: "a lake a day, for as long as you stay."
Here's a link to one of the beautiful lakes in the area, complete with sounds ..Lac Des Roches
Also on Lac de Roches is the famous Peaceful Cove Resort. I had the privilege of staying here and sampling the wonderful fishing. Host Stacey and her staff were wonderful.
This is a link to maps and lake information of many of the lakes in this area of the 100 Mile- Clearwater area
Lorin Lake pictured here is one of the highest lakes in the area, nearly 1 mile above sea level. Up until 1983, it was barren of fish. After it was stocked with rainbow trout, fishermen were reporting enormous fish, and I can attest to that. My personal best was a gravid female, 28" long weighing 12 pounds! The amount of feed in this lake is phenomenal and the water is crystal clear.
In the last few years however, fish numbers have dropped which I believe to be a result of the fish eating much of the feed available.
Average fish size nowdays is about 4-5 pounds.
The lake is also called Airplane Lake, for in 1970, a Doctor Lorin was killed here while flying his private plane on a mercy mission and unfortunately crashed on the south shore of the lake. Some wreckage fragments still remain in the water. A small plaque is in place in the campground in honour of his memory.
The Cariboo plateau is forested with lodgepole pine, white spruce, Englemann spruce, a few Douglas fir, Trembling aspen, Black Cottonwood, several species of willow and white birch. Many of the pine trees in the Cariboo have been attacked and killed by the Mountain Pine Beetle, as much as 30% of the forest has been affected.
Many of the lakes in this area have water of transparent green, with an abundance of insect life which the fat trout feed on. The neat aspen parklands add an atmosphere of peace and tranquility. Green Lake is also a favorite with cottagers, many year round.
There are 3 or 4 lakes in B.C. which are classed as "trophy lakes", by that we mean the Rainbow Trout in them are exceptionally large...generally more than 15 pounds and frequently reaching more than 30 pounds. These are lakes which are quite large, have a population of rainbow trout which feed mainly on other fish, principally kokanee, a land locked salmon. These lakes are:
Sheridan Lake Sheridan lake has no kokanee, but the fish can still grow to enormous size.
The Amazing Rainbow Trout Did you know that rainbows have a sense of smell that's 500–800 times more sensitive than that of humans? It can also accelerate from a standstill to 40 km/hr in less than 1 second.
A perfect Autumn day...a great place for the family. Incidently, there are more than 8000 lakes in the Cariboo-Chilcotin!
- Pros:Absolutely phenomenal fishing!
- In a nutshell:A wonderful place to fish and relax
A nice little stop along Highway 24 for a snack, a few grocery items or gas...or just mix with the locals and find out... more travel advice
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