me and my 75 year old fishing buddy fished lake arbutus yesterday from 9 til 330 not many people on the lake which is still drained i dont know its probably down 5 to 10 feet im not 100 percent we poked around windy point and went up the east fork a little ways pretty scetchy with the low water we caught fish almost every where we tried mainly very small crappies and walleyes we did end up with 3 nice keepers and 2 crappies that were around 10 inches we threw everyting else back the fish bit better in the afternoon we were pitching jigs 1/8 and 1/16 oz jigs with plastics also got bit off a few times and to top the day off a small amount of frozen precipitation i grew up close to here and never really fished the lake a whole lot one thing that hasnt changed are the people fishing there, what a bunch of a$$holes ! we had my buddys little boat its not pretty but im sure we caught just as many fish as the next guy prob more we tried talking to a couple different fancy boats out there and it was like they had their noses up each others butt,,,i go to depere in the spring and run into less jack offs............
I'm coming up to camp in Hatfield this weekend. Used to fish and camp there slot as a kid fishing was always decent, herd they lowered lake and was wondering if the fishing is been ok bringing the boat anyway. Any info would be much appreciated
Drove by the lake yesterday...
Open water on north half almost to windy point area. I am thinking that it will be totally open by middle of next week if weather holds. River temps in the area have been in the 38 degree range not sure what lake temps would be. Only going to be one launch available for the opener so keep that in mind when fishing then.
If you need more info contact Chris at the Hatfield Sports Shop he is an awesome resource for conditions and to get bait.
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Fished Arbutous for the first time today. Was windy and overcast during the morning and the sun broke through around noon.
Fished between 24-30 fow. Ice was a solid 18" where I fished above the dam.
Drilled 7 holes, 4 outta the 7 were steady with marking fish. Used live bait and some jigs. The random jigs recieved more attention, but no takers.
it seems that with the warm spell last week the lake has gotten better. Still on the slow side but finding some active fish in different depths.
This year the lake has fished different that in the past from my experience in that you mark a lot more fish and are catching smaller fish mixed in with nicer crappies. Have found perch and crappie this last trip out last thursday walleye has been tough this year.
Live bait finally started to work a bit last time out too with tip downs producing. I can not really say what spots are best but if you move a bit you will mark fish then up to you to catch them but the nicer fish seem easier to catch it is just matter of time to mark them.
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Been fishing off of the county park in Hatfield.....been here since 7am so far nothing....the Dead Sea here!! Will have to reconsider fishing here again