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    Babine Lake and area

    I was wondering about the trout in Babine Lake. I have heard there is a problem with worms in them. I was wondering if it's in all of them or just a percentage. And is it in the lake trout as common as in the rainbows? I was also wondering if this problem occurs in the good sized lakes around Babine like Fulton, Pinkut, Augier? Thanks for any info on this. Planning a trip out there.

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    We spend most of our recreation time in the Babine Lake area.

    There is no problem with the lake trout, rainbows can have worms. A way around the worm issue (worms are in the gut) is to clean any rainbow you catch immediately when caught. This action does not give enough time for the worms to move from the gut to the meat.

    Average big Lake trout go 10-12 pounds, rainbows can go over 10 pounds. Generally lakers run 5-8 pounds and rainbows, a good one, will run 3-5 pounds.

    If you are there in around the 1st of August sockeye salmon can be had depending on the fish counts.
    We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. @

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Rainbows in Babine are spaghetti fish I won’t eat them. I have not bothered to bring the boat and target Lakers but here they are ok. I only fly fish rainbows C&R for fun here averaging 2-5lbs where I fish biggest is 8lbs

    Pinkut is fine rainbows are pan fry size 10-13 inch average. There is Lakers average around 4lbs but 20lbs are around. Busy spot for camping as some locals enjoy the camp ground. I only fish here when with friends I go elsewhere normally

    I don’t fish Auger but know people who do for Lakers. Have not heard anything about worms or quality of rainbows. Some big lakers but it’s one of those lakes that some have it figured out others can’t catch them

    Fulton lake I have not fished but hear it’s wormy

    I would say there is way better options in the area for fishing.

    What kind of boat do you have?

    lakers or rainbows what would you rather fish?

    anything else you have planned to add to the trip?

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Quote Originally Posted by BCBRAD View Post
    We spend most of our recreation time in the Babine Lake area.

    There is no problem with the lake trout, rainbows can have worms. A way around the worm issue (worms are in the gut) is to clean any rainbow you catch immediately when caught. This action does not give enough time for the worms to move from the gut to the meat.

    Average big Lake trout go 10-12 pounds, rainbows can go over 10 pounds. Generally lakers run 5-8 pounds and rainbows, a good one, will run 3-5 pounds.

    If you are there in around the 1st of August sockeye salmon can be had depending on the fish counts.
    Rainbows in Babine often have at least small worms in the meat where I fish. They look like pimples on the skin but not easily noticed. They are there every fish anyone has shown me saying no worms I have found them lol

    I often kill an hour or two fly fishing there well cutting firewood or mid day well hunting. It’s close to home

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild one View Post
    Rainbows in Babine often have at least small worms in the meat where I fish. They look like pimples on the skin but not easily noticed. They are there every fish anyone has shown me saying no worms I have found them lol

    I often kill an hour or two fly fishing there well cutting firewood or mid day well hunting. It’s close to home
    Yes, some rainbows a riddled with worms others barely detectable, Eagles don't seem to mind the worms though.
    We can only be kept in the cages we do not see. @

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Quote Originally Posted by BCBRAD View Post
    Yes, some rainbows a riddled with worms others barely detectable, Eagles don't seem to mind the worms though.
    Oh one of the little pot hole lakes nearby is way worse. The trout are covered to the point you see about a dozen worms hanging out about 1/4 inch. I can only imagine what it would be like gutting one

    Myself if the lake has worms I don’t keep anything from it. Lots of options that are worm free nearby

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    I don't ever recall seeing worms back in the 70's and 80's. Is this something new or did I just not notice?

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Quote Originally Posted by steel_ram View Post
    I don't ever recall seeing worms back in the 70's and 80's. Is this something new or did I just not notice?
    Babine has been wormy for at least 15years before then I would have to ask some long term residents

    The pothole lake I mentioned only started being wormy about 10years ago. Sad because it’s one of those 100 fish a day lakes

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild one View Post
    Babine has been wormy for at least 15years before then I would have to ask some long term residents

    The pothole lake I mentioned only started being wormy about 10years ago. Sad because itís one of those 100 fish a day lakes
    We use to fish the smaller lakes above Granisle mostly, but capitalized on the rainbows that concentrated at the mouth of the Fulton when they flushed out the Sockeye carcasses. Millionaires pool on the Fulton and Rainbow Alley at the North end were world renowned.

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    Re: Babine Lake and area

    Quote Originally Posted by Wild one View Post
    Rainbows in Babine are spaghetti fish I won’t eat them. I have not bothered to bring the boat and target Lakers but here they are ok. I only fly fish rainbows C&R for fun here averaging 2-5lbs where I fish biggest is 8lbs

    Pinkut is fine rainbows are pan fry size 10-13 inch average. There is Lakers average around 4lbs but 20lbs are around. Busy spot for camping as some locals enjoy the camp ground. I only fish here when with friends I go elsewhere normally

    I don’t fish Auger but know people who do for Lakers. Have not heard anything about worms or quality of rainbows. Some big lakers but it’s one of those lakes that some have it figured out others can’t catch them

    Fulton lake I have not fished but hear it’s wormy

    I would say there is way better options in the area for fishing.

    What kind of boat do you have?

    lakers or rainbows what would you rather fish?

    anything else you have planned to add to the trip?
    Thanks for the great info guys! I have a 16.5 foot aluminum boat with a 40 horse. I prefer rainbows usually, don’t have much experience fishing lakers. What better options would you suggest for camping and fishing in the area?

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