On 2020-02-15 four of us (Mark, Matt, Glenn, Liam) headed out to Spray Lakes for a day of ice fishing over the Family Day Fishing weekend. The weather was warm at -5°C, but the wind kept us cooped up in our fishing shacks to stay warm.

We parked on the side of the Smith Dorien highway and had a taxing slog through 4 feet of snow dragging gear until we made it onto the ice. The ice thickness was about 2.5 feet, though we noted some open water down by the dam.

We were targeting lake trout in 50-60 feet of water using white jigs and smelts. The bite was slow at about a bite every hour and we never managed to get one to surface.

A friendly Alberta Parks official stopped by our tents to check our catch (none) and bait (minnows are not allowed, but smelts are). A couple times we watched packs of sled dogs go by pulling tourists out of Canmore while we admired the amazing mountain scenery.

So while we didn't take home any fish, we still had a great time. We hope our turnout is even better on the next trip out. 

Thanks to everyone that made it out and special thanks to Matt for cooking up some lunch on the bbq. 

-Mark Anderson
ODFGA Secretary