Coal Lake Fishing Reports & Feedback

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by Me1969 on Dec. 10, 2017

Fished on the North end on both Friday and Saturday... Ice thickness is between 11-12 inches.. People are driving on.. Cars, SUV's, Mini Vans and Trucks..

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by Crazycajun on Dec. 9, 2017

@duckhunter...was fishing there 2 weeks ago and there was 8" on the north end, drove by last weekend and saw a 1/4 ton pickup on it

by duckhunter33 on Dec. 8, 2017

Anyone driving out on the lake yet?

by Lee H on Dec. 6, 2017

Out for couple hours today 9" of ice lots of movement and frozen overflow at south end 200 feet out from boat launch

by nmfp on Dec. 3, 2017

Ice Report: 11 in
Good solid ice all over the lake

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by Dmack on Nov. 22, 2017

4" at North end (off 616) of lake at boat launch and East shore.

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by FPF FISHING on Jun. 13, 2017

Great Lake normally catch around 15-20 each in like 4-5 hours! Go check out my YouTube channel FPF FISHING to see the secrets

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by Keaton 01 on Jun. 12, 2017

Went fishing for 2h caught 3 pike not one that I could take home. Still fun!

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by Fishmasterdaniel on May. 21, 2017

At 7:30-8:30 I caught 4 pike, no keepers but I had tons of fun. I was using a yellow and red 5 of diamonds, size 8

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by Fishmasterdaniel on May. 21, 2017

7:30-8:30 I caught 4 pike. No keepers but I had lots of fun. Was using a Len Thompson yellow and red 5 of diamonds

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by Donnie D on May. 20, 2017

landed 5 in all..nothing bigger then 55cm ..catch and release all....5diamonds seem to be the hot ticket here..devil,s work good aswell.

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by Slimefingers on Mar. 18, 2017

Caught 9 catch and release pike 40 t0 55 cm long. Lots of nibbles 11:00 am to 3:00 pm North End. Good approach 20" of ice. Mar. 16/17

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by Brad0420 on Mar. 9, 2017

Is there good perch fishing ?

by duckhunter33 on Mar. 8, 2017

Ice so thick on Sunday just barely got the auger thought. Motor almost touched the ice.

by duckhunter33 on Mar. 8, 2017

Ice Report: 3 ft

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by Deadhooker69 on Mar. 3, 2017

Heard there are big suckers in here. Anyone ever catch any, and if so what set up?

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by Deadhooker69 on Feb. 19, 2017

Planning to head out next weekend. Has anyone caught or seen any Burbot?

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by nmfp on Feb. 19, 2017

Caught 5 small pike in about 3hrs. Good day beats work! Lots of ice! Never measured but I have to kick away the snow so my auger is long enough

by Barry streeter on Feb. 19, 2017

Caught a few nice jack here
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by duckhunter33 on Feb. 12, 2017

by duckhunter33 on Feb. 12, 2017

Ice Report: 31 in
Near south boat launch

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by Fi $hman on Feb. 11, 2017

Out there today in the afternoon around 2pm. Caught 3 pike, one of which was 60 cm. Wish people were smart to check their regs & throw the pike back in the water that are UNDER 63 com. Poachers.......

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by Waderow on Feb. 11, 2017

11 feet with Minnow tipped buck tail and smelt on Treble hook. No bites. Camera and sonar had no hits Fished for few hours in PM.

by Waderow on Feb. 11, 2017

Ice Report: 30 in

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by Nick miscich on Feb. 5, 2017

Anyone catching here? I'm wanting to take my son to catch some jacks. Any info would be appreciated.

by BigTiny on Jan. 25, 2017

I have major success with an orange 1/2 ounce or 3/8 jig head and a white rubber worm with a flat tail. Not sure what they are called. But regardless they seem to hammer it every time.

by Tack Man on Jan. 22, 2017

Try smelts on a leader/treble hook. 6-12 ft of water. I recently started trying frozen anchovies. The pike are fatter than last winter so I'm using bigger bait.

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by Goforgillie on Jan. 21, 2017

Can I ask what everyone is using for bait? I have been there a few times and I have fish on the flasher but can't get them to bite. Any help would be great. I have used jigs, jig spoon and rotating power minnow with maggots

by BigTiny on Jan. 14, 2017

Ice Report: 21 in
20-21" south boat launch

by BigTiny on Jan. 14, 2017

21" of ice and landed about 30 pike 22-24" between 2 guys.
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by google on Jan. 2, 2017

If you are over weeds you will probably catch,otherwise you are pretty much out of luck from what I've seen

by BigTiny on Dec. 31, 2016

Ice Report: 19 in
19 to 20 inches on south end

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by Brick88 on Dec. 31, 2016

Looking to see if anyone have been catching, we went on the 23rd as well and got nothing.

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by Fletchsd on Dec. 23, 2016

Was skunked today with about 10 other people. Tried from 6ft to 12 ft. Small to large jigs. Smelt on treble. Nothing.

by Toekneefish on Dec. 19, 2016

Ice Report: 17 in
Lots driving on the lake Sunday

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by google on Dec. 19, 2016

Ice was at least 14" thick on the south end. Skunked for 2 hours, then landed 4 in 20 minutes. 6 fow over weeds

by Darrell123 on Dec. 10, 2016

Ice Report: 10 in

by Bhughes on Dec. 3, 2016

Ice Report: 5 in
She's good to go was out fishing today walking on only

by Bhughes on Nov. 25, 2016

Ice Report: 2 in
Threw a 5 pound rock 15 feet up and it just cracked the ice didn't go through . 20 feet from shorr

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by ScubaSteve on Aug. 9, 2016

Had a blast the past two days! Weeds are bad but switch up your tactics and do top water!!! You'll have a blast.

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by Zedzded on Aug. 6, 2016

Went out last night. Didnt go too far down the lake,caught two small pike,had fun. Certainly some weeds,would like some tips on catching perch there.

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by nmfp on Aug. 5, 2016

Went out for a few hours last night. Caught 5 in total nothing big enough to brag about but still nice to get out. Weeds are bad at the shore but if you have a bout fishing can be good!

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by Donnie D on Jul. 17, 2016

unless you go out in a boat then dont bother going fishing here..fishing from the shore was a night mare..to much weeds and no bites...weed,s are out of control here

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by BigBlueRam on Jul. 2, 2016

Casted from shore for a few hours, tried 6 or so spots, no hits. Weeds are out of control

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by CrazyPhD on Jun. 23, 2016

Was there last Saturday. The lake smelt bad and it was unpleasant fishing there. Also the weed was prohibitively a lot. But two weeks ago it was another story. Landed six pike of about 50 cm in two hours with my friend where the culvert was.

by Whsman on Jun. 22, 2016

Disgusting weeds and algae ... Launched my kayak from the north end, it way disgusting and even smelled bad. Dirt bags at the boat launch! Dont go!!

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by MitoMan on Jun. 16, 2016

Fishing tough here because of the weed. 3 hours 1 fish and a thousand snag. There is a forest of weed under water.

by MitoMan on Jun. 6, 2016

Yes, there is a washroom by the boat launch, no water though

by WestFisher on Jun. 6, 2016

5 jack between 15-25" across from boat launch
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by dwright on Jun. 6, 2016

Planning to head out this evening with wife and father-in-law anyone know if there is washroom at the north end boat launch? Or should we stop someplace before we get to lake?

by harveyhvac on Jun. 5, 2016

Also make sure you have your whistle, bailing bucket, flash light etc... in your boat. There was a ranger on a jet ski checking everyone.

by harveyhvac on Jun. 5, 2016

Didn't see your tackle there, had a great day out yesterday though. Me and buddies spent 12 hours on the water and caught between 80 and 90 pike. The entire lake was a hot spot. Best day ever. Most of them were around 20"

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by Tack Man on May. 29, 2016

Left behind 2 tackle boxes on the North Shore on Friday. One brown/beige Plano about a hundred years old with some spoons and some buzz bombs and some Len Thompson lures. Also had a airplane lure that's vintage. Other tackle box is a blue organizer with a clear lid. But if JB Weld where it cracked. Had my leaders and some lures in it. Plano also had a small organizer with several spinners including Panther Martins. If ya found em I hope they bring you lots of fish.

by newscientist on May. 27, 2016

Yes, the water level is up few inches. Weed remains a challenge though

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by Tshort1421 on May. 22, 2016

Anyone fish north shore lately? Water risen at all to help shore fishing with all this rain?

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by newscientist on May. 21, 2016

Yes, but prepare for the weed. Coal Lake is famous for being weedy.

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by Crazycajun on May. 18, 2016

is the lake good for shore fishing?

by Dexter85 on May. 18, 2016

20" pike. Not a bad spot.
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by Rusty1 on May. 17, 2016

Out on Sunday first day of season. Three in boat and caught 12 no keepers but had fun. Water is very low so early in season.

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by newscientist on May. 15, 2016

Fish were not active as I was hoping, but we caught 2 in couple hours this morning. I was surprised how low was the lake today

by newscientist on May. 10, 2016

Me neither! I can't dare to go to the lake now, I won't be able to stop my self casting :)

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by Beerbot on May. 9, 2016

Was out two weeks ago sunday testing the boat . Water was calm and not to chilly . Lake was pretty low but we launched and loaded with no issues at all. Lots of fish jumping . Cant wait for the 15th.

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by Danb on Mar. 21, 2016

Going out tomorrow is the ice still safe to drive on?

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by Purrppz on Mar. 21, 2016

Any pics of this beast?

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by Danb on Mar. 20, 2016

How the ice out there?

by Tack Man on Mar. 20, 2016

Caught a 22LB/110cm pike on Mar.20/16.
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by Catchall63 on Mar. 17, 2016

Anybody getting any perch here

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by Oshay on Mar. 7, 2016

Was fishing here on the 5th of march and in 1.5 hrs I caught 35 pike. None stop action. Good lake but a lot of small hammers. South launch is slush so be careful if you drive on. I walked as I don't chance 30k

by Tack Man on Mar. 7, 2016

Ice Report: 22 in
Middle of the lake is thickest. Still thick enough on the east shore. I was fishing about a km down the east side. 13' of water under the ice. Caught 7 kept 1.

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by T4Lang on Feb. 14, 2016

Fished for 4 hours in afternoon, saw 1 and caught 1, both small jack. 13" of ice

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by Toekneefish on Feb. 8, 2016

Was out yesterday afternoon for about 3 hours and caught 5 pike one of which was within the keeper size limit. They were bitting on a white tube jig and minnow

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by limbo the fishing pro on Jan. 30, 2016

Two of us fished for six hrs. Caught four smaller Jack's. The lake must get alot of pressure. Good clean water and bottom. Lovely day.

by nmfp on Jan. 12, 2016

Ice Report: 14 in
About half down lake from the north side. Seen truck way out there

by Bizz on Jan. 11, 2016

Ice Report: 17 in
South side, drove half ton out with no issues. Saw a couple other trucks on the ice as well.

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by Littlelegs2 on Jan. 9, 2016

How is the fishing there and what are you all using

by Kish on Jan. 9, 2016

Ice Report: 16 in
South side of lake in the middle bought my truck out here let's see if there are any bites

by Crazycajun on Jan. 6, 2016

Ice Report: 16 in
Between boat launch and fishang shacks...Seen trucks driving on

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by 22Hof on Jan. 1, 2016

What do you guys, and gals find works out here?

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by Crazycajun on Dec. 31, 2015

first time on this lake yesterday, nice little lake about 12" of ice....picked up about a dozen empty cans!! take care of this nice little lake and pickup after yourself!!

by Ranhorn on Dec. 27, 2015

Ice Report: 10 in
North side of lake

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by bigpikehunter on Dec. 7, 2015

I have buddys that have fishes here the last 2 days

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by kelster on Dec. 6, 2015

Good for a couple hundred feet ?

by nmfp on Dec. 6, 2015

Ice Report: 4 in
The ice is 4-6 inches of good solid ice. Not enough for me to feel safe to drive my sxs on.

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by Crazycajun on Nov. 29, 2015

any ice yet?

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by Haitham on Nov. 1, 2015

I think the fish has migrated to the south part of the lake. I spent the whole morning last Tuesday and 2 hours of the evening last Friday and had only 1 bite. I am hesitant to go again. What do you guys think? Do the fish leave the north side at this time of the year

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by Rusty1 on Sep. 2, 2015

I fish west side of lake mainly,catch quite a few but to small to keep. I use Len. Thompson spoons mainly light color. On this lake most weekends,enjoyable . Happy fishing!!

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by redbeard21 on Sep. 2, 2015

Fished from south end of pier had two small Jack. Tried under bridge on south west end completely covered in algae and weeds 2 inches from surface.

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by Haitham on Aug. 31, 2015

There was some action but we could not catch a fish. I guess the fishes in this lake are not as many as they used to be. What do you think guys?

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by Riverbear on Aug. 27, 2015

Out this morning on the boat launch end

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by LowellG on Aug. 18, 2015

Very good fishing if you like catch and release, lol was out on August 16th and caught about 25 jack fish but no keepers was along the North side of the Lake and trolled the East side beside the weed beds

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by Masonbuchanan on Jul. 11, 2015

Clean up your friggen garbage people! North shore is an absolute dump.

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by Dlaurent on Jun. 27, 2015

Fished around the whole northside and only landed one pike and one bite. pike was a tiny little thing.

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by dylanbmx on Jun. 5, 2015

I've heard this lake is really weedy for boats, is it true or not to bad yet this year?

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by Tshort1421 on Jun. 1, 2015

There are big ones, caught 2 63's, and 1 70cm off north shore two weeks ago, kept and enjoyed on the bbq

by Alco on May. 31, 2015

Fished for about 3.5 hours today from the boat and got 16 pike. I don't keep them but 4 were likely keeper size. Launched at the north end. Stuck to the east side as there was less algae. Great day!

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by Johnny K on May. 28, 2015

Caught 5 pike today right by the boat launch, had to release all because they were under size, biggest around 50 cm I think... Are there bigger ones in the lake at all? And what about perch?

by Tshort1421 on May. 16, 2015

North side shore fishing, excellent for beginners and kids, tons of action. Small pike, under size but a bite on every second or third cast, caught 9 in 2 hours

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by Mk107 on May. 16, 2015

haven't been to coal in a few years, since kid was born. Water level ok?, how's shore casting conditions? He's 3.5 yrs, don't trust him in the boat yet, even with a life jacket. He's pretty good though, 15-20' casts. Lol

by dylanbmx on May. 16, 2015

I clip barbs on every hook I own. I thought it was law to clip them? either way it gives the little guys (releases) a better chance without ripping their mouths and gills to pieces.

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by Clazel1 on May. 14, 2015

And it can be more of a challenge to land the fish too!

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by Trapper on May. 14, 2015

If you are into catch and release barbless is the only way to go

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by Riverbear on May. 14, 2015

There is no "barbless" rule currently. Not saying it's doesn't help the fish but still.

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by Mk107 on May. 12, 2015

I find more and more people not clipping barbs

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by oggie on May. 3, 2015

Fsedmonton Ignorance of the law is no excuse. Check your regs before you pick up your fishing rod.

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by tdog_2005 on May. 3, 2015

Fsedmonton Please read the regs and stop poaching

by fsedmonton on May. 3, 2015

Went there yesterday few bytes and one hooked in 3 hour span if weather was little in favour I could have more chance.

by fsedmonton on May. 3, 2015

A HotSpot Marker was added for Coal Lake
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by Kevin788 on Apr. 3, 2015

Checked out coal last weekend, river on south side was open, so we decided to do some open water fishing, went to bridge in gwynn, there wad chicken wire on both sides of bridge, right across shore to shore not sure how deep but from what i could see it went all the way down, was wondering if anybody knows why its there? Seems to me it would be cutting off a spawning run!

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by WildCats on Mar. 11, 2015

Thunderstorm, that was in the 90's. The pike population exploded for a few years and perch have been all but non existent since.

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by nmfp on Mar. 1, 2015

My wife and I are out on east side of the lake out bye the point. 4 fish on the ice and lots of bites! Just got a bite while typing this!

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by Thunderstorm on Feb. 21, 2015

my understanding is there is perch in coal lake. I talked to dozens of people who have caught plenty of perch in coal. They are what everybody calls jumbo. One of the guys that lives by the lake told me he's caught lots of 9-10" perch. Alberta fishing guide says it has perch and pike. Now I haven't caught any my self but I know in the summer time my fish finder Is loaded with groups of fish all the time.

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by kelster on Feb. 19, 2015

There is NO perch in coal lake

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by Thunderstorm on Feb. 19, 2015

I fish at the north side of the lake anywhere from once a week up to 3-4 times a week. I have only caught pike but others have gotten perch. I usually get 2-4 each time. Nothing big YET lol. As for north side of the highway it's my favorite spot in the summer lol

by FlounderPounder on Feb. 17, 2015

We were out on the north end 3 weeks ago and talked to a conservation officer who was out checking licences. He said that people fish north of the highway in the summer and catch pike. I've never seen anyone there, but apparently there are fish!

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by Brett_irwin on Feb. 16, 2015

Hey guys, just wondering how the fishing is at this lake? And also where to fish? And if anyone was able to find the perch. Also if anyone knows if there are any fish in the little pond across the highway? Thanks any Info would be greatly appreciated

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by Hof222 on Feb. 12, 2015

Thanks for the up date it's my first time in this lake today, we've caught a few small jacks just woundering what guys find work out here?

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by Thunderstorm on Feb. 11, 2015

I've been out many times on the north end of the lake. Driven everywhere to just past the point. Ice is a good 18". It takes all the spirals on my manual auger to get threw just the ice. And I drive a 2500 gmc

by Hof222 on Feb. 11, 2015

How's the ice can you drive out on the hole lake

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by Thunderstorm on Feb. 5, 2015

Tried again for a couple hrs again today till it turned into a blizzard lol. Got 3 more today. Nothing big

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by Thunderstorm on Feb. 4, 2015

Fish for a couple hours this afternoon. Iced a couple and had 8-9 hits on a set rod

by fish_stix on Feb. 1, 2015

Out this morning. 2 smaller sized pike. Fun morning none the less

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by Thunderstorm on Jan. 21, 2015

Are people still driving on the lake with this warm weather

by beno on Jan. 18, 2015

Ice Report: 18 in

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by Thunderstorm on Jan. 13, 2015

Ice around 18" north boat launch. The wife caught a few and lost a few. No keepers. Yet lol

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by Thunderstorm on Jan. 3, 2015

Was out on buck lake for New Years. Northwest side. Ice was anywhere from 13-17 inches. Seen lots of pike in the holes 6-12' of water. I got skunked lol the wife got one about 24".

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by Thunderstorm on Jan. 3, 2015

Anybody catching perch

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by nmfp on Jan. 3, 2015

Been out here last couple of days. Catching a few fish 1 keeper pike.

by nmfp on Jan. 3, 2015

Ice Report: 10 in
North side of lake about 1km from boat launch

by Lee H on Dec. 29, 2014

Can you get on the lake at south end & how is the ice coming, any information would be appreciated, thanks

by AlexArgent on Sep. 16, 2014

Caught 5 28"-32" pike in a soild hour just using a spinner.
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by Mittyrocks16 on Aug. 14, 2014

Has anybody been out to Coal? How is the slime? Looking to take my nephew there tonight

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by DMuns on Aug. 10, 2014

Those carp like fish you saw were just suckers. Most lakes have them but they do not have a game fish status so there is no limit on them (I wouldn't eat them) but they also don't ever report on them

by Alco on Jul. 27, 2014

Got 3 pike in 2 hours of mid-morning fishing. Largest about 3 pounds. Algae bloom is very heavy. We trolled the north end quite a ways off shore.

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by KodiG on Jul. 12, 2014

This might sound a bit bizarre but just fished past the dam on the camping area and we were seeing a carp like sucker fish 3 and 4 schooling together in the shallower water and we didn't recognize the fish, they were at least 4 pounds a piece. I was just wondering why these fish were not listed on the lakes fish habitants

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by Pikster on Jun. 15, 2014

Fishinng along shore is a bit slow, but a nice area regardless. I don't hear much about good perch fishing in this lake. I noticed a limit of five.

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by maritime man on Jun. 13, 2014

Me and my buddy went between 8 and 10 pm and got 6 pike between us, 2 keepers but was alot of fun.

by Abby on Jun. 8, 2014

Two jack one perch
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by Northernpike on May. 28, 2014

Dose anyone know if the dam is still running at the campsite?

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by Bladestar on May. 28, 2014

Went there this morning for a couple hrs fished across from the boat launch caught 6 biggest was 50 cm all were released back into the lake. They were grabbing on pike minnow plugs, as well as fluorescent green and orange plug. Fishing was good and very relaxing.

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by Kendotron on May. 26, 2014

Went early on Sunday. Caught nine fish, all Jack, only one was a keeper. Always good fishing here.

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by MCD on May. 23, 2014

The north end is pretty good of shore early in the season.

by Clark on May. 22, 2014

Is there shore fishing here?

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by Rusty1 on May. 21, 2014

Fished it long weekend good catching but all to small. Fished very close to shore.

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by Coolbeans14 on Feb. 18, 2014

Good day today. 8 pike. One was 70 cm

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 17, 2014

Small pike

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by Tracen_1216 on Feb. 16, 2014

How is the perch fishing on this lake? And where would you go for them?

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by cindylee on Feb. 6, 2014

Been noticing there's next to nobody fishing here, this season! Throughout the week there's usually quite afew out on the ice and weekends it's normally packed! This year the most I've seen out at one time is 4-6! Everyone fed up, with the small sizes and off to better lakes or what?

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by iFish Guest on Jan. 23, 2014

Out for a few hours this afternoon, Northwest end of the lake...ice easily 12 inches, probably closer to 15. No action

by MGM 720 on Jan. 23, 2014

All pike 1" under size limit except 1 that was 63cm and 4.5 pounds.
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by iFish Guest on Jan. 20, 2014

What's been working best for bait so far?

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by Curtis720 on Jan. 20, 2014

Drove on north side. Friend got 4.5 pounder. Few other small ones.

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by iFish Guest on Jan. 17, 2014

Anyone been to coal lake in 2014? Hows the fishing? And ice with this warm weather?

by Turt1eguy on Dec. 30, 2013

Ice Report: 12 in
Drove onto the ice from the north end. Ice was a good 12" thick everywhere I checked. Only drove aprox 400 yards from boat launch

by JLD on Dec. 29, 2013

Ice Report: 10 in
Went right off the north dock caught 1 small pike with in five minutes. That's all we saw In 4 hours. One other guy caught one but it was another slow day at coal.

by JLD on Dec. 29, 2013

Ice Report: 9 in
Went out just south of the north boat launch. The ice varies between 5-13 inches all over the north end. A few guys were driving on the ice but I don't think the ice is safe yet. Didn't seem to slushy today didn't see or hear of anyone catching anything. We didn't see anything. Fish and feathers showed up and were handing out fines left right and Center.

by Mr.pits on Dec. 27, 2013

Ice Report: 15 in
I went out on south end, Hwy13 towards Camrose. It 15" of ice until around first set if houses then it's about 12". That's is far as I went out.

by iFish Guest on Dec. 26, 2013

Ice Report: 9 in
9 inches of good ice with about 4 inches of bad ice on top, fished all day long and caught 1 to small to keep. Was about a 1/4 mile southeast of the boat lunch

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by mehobden on Dec. 25, 2013

Fished the south east side of the lake for about 4 hours yesterday. Ice was about 12" at 8-12ft of water. Only caught a few small pike between 4 of us. **becareful out there guys there are still some very thin spots where it is easy to break through!**

by JLD on Dec. 23, 2013

Ice Report: 6 in
Walked out off the north dock. About 100 feet off it turned into slush. We cleared the snow away and it. Filled in with Water. We drilled a hole the ice was about 11 inch. We went out another 200 feet cleared the snow away same thing. But the ice was only about 6 inches thick fished for a few hours in the slush we saw lot of pike but they weren't biting only caught one. I wonder if the south side is any better?

by MetalMatt on Dec. 16, 2013

Ice Report: 9 in
150 yards off north boat launch. We walked out caught a couple.

by JLD on Nov. 24, 2013

Ice Report: 1 in
Drove by the north dock today. Lots of snowmobile track and it looks like someone has walked out and drilled a couple of holes. But I'm not sure how thick the ice is yet. If the weather cools down I might try it next weekend

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by mehobden on Sep. 11, 2013

There have been times when this lake is on fire with the pike biting good- usually early may. But the last 3 times I've gone out, we threw everything but the kitchen sink out there and would only come up with one, maybe two if we were lucky. Won't be returning until spring.

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by iFish Guest on Sep. 1, 2013

No good to fish shore

by Jordan.jack on Aug. 31, 2013

Caught 1 pike here
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by Ferocious on Aug. 26, 2013

Went off the shore at the southern boat launch using a slip bobber, a fireball jig and minnows on Sunday. Caught 1 pike about 2.5 lbs in 3 hrs. The launch was really busy so I suspect the action was slower because of that.

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by Groody on Aug. 6, 2013

fish jumping but no bites.

by Paleking on Jul. 22, 2013

A HotSpot Marker was added for Coal Lake
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by ouch on Jun. 29, 2013

I can't speak for much experience, as I have only started fishing this lake this year but I haven't seen much action on the end of my line the past few times.

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by iFish Guest on Jun. 28, 2013

I am teaching my son to fish is this lake good to learn at??

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by ouch on Jun. 22, 2013

No bites until after ten. @ very north tip of the deeps. Two little guys, pike, about 16 inches. Nothing to write home about.

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by ouch on Jun. 22, 2013

No bites until after ten. @ very north tip of the deeps. Two little guys, pike, about 16 inches. Nothing to write home about.

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by iFish Guest on Jun. 22, 2013

2 little pikes on the very north tip of the deep north end. just over 16 inches.nothing to write home about. still a nice night on a groovy lake.

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by ouch on Jun. 20, 2013

Heading out Friday evening. Any word on how the action has been so far this spring?

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by iFish Guest on Jun. 13, 2013

Any feedback for this spring fishing here?? Thx

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by Fishing1999 on Mar. 27, 2013

How clear is the water in the lake? Planning to go this weekend

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by Fishing1999 on Mar. 27, 2013

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by iFish Guest on Mar. 27, 2013

Can you see the bottom of the lake? How clear is it?

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by Ninja on Mar. 13, 2013

Anyone know if if safe to drive out still with half ton??

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 27, 2013

i fished here for the second time this year. not bad fishing. slow at times but still had a good time. saw lots of small pike and one really massive pike but no bites. didnt see any perch. dose anyone know the best place on coal to try for perch?

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by Pikster on Feb. 23, 2013

Does anyone know if the road to the north boat launch accessable by car or are there frequent snowdrifts?

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 22, 2013

The perch r huge in coal if u can find them.

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 22, 2013

The perch in coal r huge if u can find them. Jumbos

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by JLD on Feb. 18, 2013

We went out for 4 hrs today just a ways off the north boat launch I pulled out three just under 24 inches and one about 38 inches it's was a good day. Lots of people out but that wind was cold.

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 18, 2013

Fished for about 5-6 hours, used minnows for bait. Saw lots of pike in the 18" and up range, stalking my bait but no bites.

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by iFish Guest on Feb. 12, 2013

My first time here at coal lake. saw some small pike. had lots of fun here its a nice lake.

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by Fireman on Feb. 4, 2013

So has anyone caught any perch in here with some size

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by Blue Martin on Feb. 4, 2013

Out there yesterday with kids caught 2 pike one keeper but lots of bites

by Jeremy88 on Jan. 30, 2013

Lots of small jack. Still fun tho!
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by Chuck on Jan. 20, 2013

No bites on the east side at the very north end. Ice thickness was 13" to 20" depending on where you were. No flood water, hard packed snow. Easy access with a truck. Someone even drove on with a Honda accord

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by Pat on Jan. 9, 2013

Jan. 4 caught one jack under 63, lots of hits, 18 in. ice 5km south of north end.

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by Mulder on Jan. 6, 2013

Fished all day sat 6 cought 1pike 63cm and one small pike. Ice is 18" thick.

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by brondon on Dec. 30, 2012

1 pike all day, slow day !!! not worth going too

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by Loops loop on Dec. 30, 2012

The ice is decent in spots ! I was on sled yesterday and there are open spots where I was thankful for sled! Don't want to lose truck or pay recovery bill!

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by Nelzy69 on Dec. 29, 2012

Anyone know how thick ice is on coal lake?

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by RSEN on Dec. 28, 2012

Went out for a few hours today, 2 small pike and a few bites. Want to get on the perch but they are sure far and few between.

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by Pikemaster on Dec. 15, 2012

Dec 15 1012, ice is about 14" thick and the pike are well hidden

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by Jay on Dec. 13, 2012

We were out there Sunday didn't see any fish but the ice is around a foot thick.

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by Pikemaster on Dec. 2, 2012

Anyone been out since nov 26?

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by popo on Nov. 26, 2012

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by Mcd on Nov. 18, 2012

Ice 8 inches 3 fish out of the hole 8 ft water can see to bottom awesome

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by Dirtydross on Nov. 15, 2012

Somebody should just blow this lake up. It's garbage don't waste your time.

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by Diksmack on Sep. 17, 2012

Major algae bloom over the Sept 15th weekend. Still caught a few pike. Threw them all back so I could catch them next time

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by St.Albert Tom on Sep. 14, 2012

Was out there on Sept. 9 around the south end and what a disappointment. Nothing but weeds and smelt like a compost dump/sewer.

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by MiloFHead on Sep. 3, 2012

Nice little lake. Saw plenty of action from shore fishers at the north boat launch. Will be checking it out again.

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by Greenbastard on Aug. 21, 2012

Carefull with the boat launch on the north end of the lake. I wasn't able to launch my boat because of large rocks & low water level. A 12ft aluminum should have no problems but a large fishing boat like mine...probably not. 👎

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by Ed on Aug. 19, 2012

Pulled 18 little pike out in 3 hours today. None worth keeping but it made for a nice day out with the kids

by Derekc89 on Aug. 12, 2012

Lots of pike. Some decent size.
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by Matpon on Jul. 29, 2012

A HotSpot Marker was added for Coal Lake
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by Jonalf on Jul. 27, 2012

You need a boat to fish here. Lots of vegetation near the shore no luck on south or north side of lake.

by Blackwatch on Jul. 14, 2012

Large fish jumping, looked like 6 pound trout, no idea what they were but they wouldn't take spinners before they all left
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by Seamax Ed on Jul. 8, 2012

Algee bloom so bad 4 hrs not even a nibble still better than work

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by Newbie on Jul. 3, 2012

Fished across from the campground, caught many little pike and one great looking perch.

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by Dice on Jul. 1, 2012

Went out today fished the north end , lots of action on east side caught 9 in one hour . No bait either! No keepers tho , one was close (shy by one centimeter) good day !

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by Birddog on Jun. 27, 2012

Lots of fish jumping was gonna try out the fly rod and tips on what to use?

by Klpockett on Jun. 18, 2012

A HotSpot Marker was added for Coal Lake
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by Klpockett on Jun. 18, 2012

7 jack in 2 hours fished 5-10 feet of water on the northwest end of lake. Small but feisty.

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by treetanner on Jun. 8, 2012

Wow Welder78 this happened to our dog last year but at Alix lake...hope you get some leads..and hope your dog makes it...our dog barely made it

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by Welder78 on Jun. 3, 2012

This morning my dog was attacked while we were fishing with my kids on the north shore. The woman whos dogs attacked ran off and wouldn't give me her name. Any info would be extremely helpful. She is a brunette who jogs with her dogs frequently. The dogs r husky cross and there was four of them. I will pay for any info that leads me to the location of this woman and her dogs. My kids r very upset and I am at the vet hospital getting my dogs neck stitched up. Thank u for your help.

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by Spitpimp on Jun. 2, 2012

Ya the boaters were found one of them was my friends little brother it's a sad story RIP EJ, On a happier note I found the best times for pike are I the evening around 6 and I've never much had luck on the perch In the summer they are good catchin in the winter though.

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by Seamax Eddie on May. 28, 2012

Got out at noon fished till 330 3small jack no perch

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by Jd on May. 27, 2012

I caught 9 and my buddy caught 3 in 6 hour all but two were to small to keep but at least we caught a few all on the north side. Any one know if there was any sign of the missing boaters yet??

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by Ann on May. 26, 2012

Great day 5 hours 10 fish caught. No keepers, but great action!

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by Rico on May. 26, 2012

I fished the north east area for 3 hours today and did not catch anything. Used spoons, jigs and rapala and nothing. Very nice lake tho

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by David on May. 26, 2012

Caught one small one in 3 hours. Kind of slow for this time of year.

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by Nick on May. 21, 2012

Canoed the north east edge for 2 hours and caught 5 jack. No keepers though, I've never been able to pull one out of that lake. Neither boater has been found yet.

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by Nick on May. 20, 2012

Its slow, murky water. 6 fish in 4 hours. Any word on missing fishermen on coal?

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by Newfie316 on May. 20, 2012

Today sucked. One fish and a couple chasers. Worst day I've had there yet

by BJ Pastor on Mar. 11, 2012

No fish here. March 11, 2012
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by Creamsicles on Mar. 1, 2012

Fished four hours. Caught a few jacks and one 16 poUnder. Wanna get on the perch seen many but no bites. Any tips?

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by Saw guy on Feb. 23, 2012

Fished 5 hours not 1 bit

by Denholmj on Feb. 9, 2012

Lots of perch. Near the wood shack.
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by OneEyedPike on Feb. 7, 2012

Fish weed beds anytime for lots of small fiesty jack or for real fun in the spring, try jack on the fly.
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by Jeff on Jan. 30, 2012

Fishing is really slow this year, last year they where hitting everything and this year not much happening. Fished a few different spots but not much luck. Well still hoping they will start biting. Thanks, best of luck to all

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by JohnnyD on Jan. 29, 2012

Four of us fishing for three hours, no bites. Used 8" smelt for bait, no sign of pike. I also fished a second line for perch with PowerBait maggots, no luck.

by Transonicwolf on Jan. 10, 2012

Big jack. A lot of perch. Prime spot
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by Stalin on Jan. 3, 2012

Well coal is getting better. If you are going to go its best between 9 and 1. I was out at 5am and didn't get a hit until 8:30 ish. After that I had 6 more and then at like 12-12:30 they shut off again and I didn't get a hit for the rest of the afternoon. Fished in about 10 feet of water closer to shore

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by Slayer on Dec. 24, 2011

Yeah Coal was dissapointing to say the least. Ice is plenty thick enough though roughly 12 inches give or take a inch. The fishing was slowwwww however. No one else was catching anything either. I know last year it was wicked so maybe the afternoon is the wrong time. Morning or evening might be better

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by MookyMcMookerson on Dec. 23, 2011

Ice is 13" think. Drove across entire lake in 4 door wrangler. Seen a f350 on here also. Slow fishing still this early. Better odds right at sunrise.

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by Trapper on Dec. 10, 2011

Fishing was a bit slow, only got a few bites for the whole day. 10-12" of ice. Don't suggest driving a car just yet, quads or sleds ok

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by Tylerf150 on Oct. 23, 2011

Went out today only cought one.one of the biggest I ever seen come out of there 18lbs

by Papirus on Oct. 17, 2011

Very nice place and camp ground, every after few cast you can reel out pike. I caught 71cm pike...
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by Smitty on Sep. 8, 2011

Haven't been out for a few weeks. Are fish still biteing? I'm heading out tomorrow

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by bob g on Aug. 20, 2011

caught a 23 pounder yesterday, there starting to come around again. its been 20 years since i"ve seen the water going over the dam at this late in the year.

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by Jack tripper on Aug. 12, 2011

Fished off the dock on the east side. No luck. Lots of weeds.

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by Tex on Aug. 7, 2011

6 more fish this morning no keepers but very fun

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by Rtay on Aug. 3, 2011

Is the boat launches open there

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by Tex on Aug. 1, 2011

Wow what a day at the dame good fishing I haven't been there yet and not caught a fish

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by DMoney on Jul. 6, 2011

I go out to coal a few times a week from the shore on the east side of the lake and always have great luck as long as you can get them through the weeds... I laugh at ppl on the Alberta outdoorsmen site who say shore fishing is over there... Hahahaha

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by Stupid jonboat on Jun. 27, 2011

3 boats out for 3 hours in the evening. Only 2 fish caught between all of us. Lake is full of algae (even more than usual). Some speed boats around in the evenings.

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by Buck on Jun. 20, 2011

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by Robin m on Jun. 11, 2011

Went out Friday and between the two of us we cought just under 150 pike. Unfortunately only one keeper but they were still energetic and put up a good fight! Couple had very fresh gashes on them so the big ones are out there!

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by Sosa on May. 30, 2011

Its really slowed down over the past few days . There headed for deeper water I guess

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by Bman on May. 28, 2011

Lots of little pike willing to bite. Over 20 reeled in the course of a morning.

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by Sosa on May. 26, 2011

40 fish day ! Seen a few monsters . But most were under 4 lbs . Still funner then hell

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by Canengguy on May. 22, 2011

40+ small to medium pike over five hours. Some holding in 10 inches or less of water. Top water was excellent between weather fronts.

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by Dar on May. 21, 2011

Plenty of pike 15-20 inches on north end. Water level is good.

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by 2gd4u on Mar. 26, 2011

Went out Mar 19, Had many bites and landed 16 small pikes.

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by Cory on Mar. 15, 2011

Between 2 of us we caught 9 small pike on Tuesday afternoon, it was a blast!

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by Bubbles on Mar. 14, 2011

Went out on Sunday early on south end 10 ft of water fishing was the best I ever had best time for me was 8:30 - 10:00 am ever time I put a hook in the water had a bite with in a minute

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by Hotrod on Mar. 9, 2011

March 5 , 2011 Fished 3 hours lots of action landed a fourteen pounder , 36inches.

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by Ron on Mar. 6, 2011

Good day today... Lots of bits .. Pulled 4 out in 2 hours , ice is thick drove on with half ton no problem

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by Buffalo Bob on Mar. 5, 2011

Went out all day march 5th. Caught a total of 46 fish, biggest was 6 lbs. Incredible day, my buddy added 10 aswell

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by Pittbulljay on Feb. 21, 2011

Went yesterday and we pulled out 11 pike all were undersized but still a really good day.

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by LowellG on Feb. 14, 2011

Was out Feb 12/11 was pretty slow but pulled one out that was 11 lb and 9 oz and 90cm long, had A other few, you can access the lake on south end but some deisl's are breaking through

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by Bloopbloob on Feb. 3, 2011

Feb 3 2011 south end, 3-4" of snow, 2-4" of surface ice, 2-3" of flood water, then 16" of solid ice. Inaccessible by vehicle, entrance torn up, plus flood ice. quads ands sleds are fine. Walked out, Fished 3-5 FOW (+ ~2ft of ice), landed about a dozen, maybe 30 bites. 2 Hours of nothing, then non stop action

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by Ikshamy on Feb. 1, 2011

Was out on 27 Jan. and set up on the north side. Sloppy conditions after the weeks warm spell but we still had a great time. Caught around a dozen pike between 4 of us but no keepers. Our biggest was approx. 56cm. It was only our second time on the lake and we are still trying to find the sweet spots.

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by D11 on Jan. 12, 2011

Wow great day,,,, very cold... Thank god for the frabill predator ice shack..... Loads of action. Must go to south end to catch fish.

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by Flyfish on Jan. 6, 2011

Great day fishing. 6 pike all keepers.

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by Kevin on Jan. 6, 2011

Jan. 4 - South end. 19 inches of ice. 7 feet of water. Lots of action but only got 1 on top of ice. Only Small pike. Water is clear and could see bottom without using tent.

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by Bloopbloob on Dec. 29, 2010

Dec 27 14" of ice at South end, in 12 FOW. 2nd trip there this year without even one bite.

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by Brian on Dec. 21, 2010

8-10 inches of ice south end. Very shallow

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