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September 17th 2015
In its fourth season of 'BC Outdoors Sport Fishing TV,' host Mike Mitchell and guest Brian Chan head north to the Cariboo region to experience Dragon Lake's renowned fly-fishing. During the fall when the water is cooler, conditions are perfect for catching one of the lake's massive Blackwater strain of rainbow trout. Watch the episode "and discover why Dragon Lake is considered one of the best urban lakes in the province."
August 7th 2015
From March, 2014:

"Mike Mitchell and guest Brian Chan fly fish for Rainbows in the fall and discover why Dragon Lake is known as one of the best fly-fishing lakes in BC."
July 30th 2015
Dragon Lake is located on the outskirts of Quesnel. It is fished by anglers from around the world and is renowned for the large rainbow trout it produces. In the early spring, casting towards the shoreline into the reed beds is a great way to catch some of the largest rainbow trout, says Prince George author Lewis Johnson. "The rainbow trout inhabit these areas, picking insects from the reed stalks and hiding in the maze of vegetation,” says Johnson.

Johnson suggests that anglers study the reed beds and look for small paths and bays along the outline area of the reeds. Fish feed along and just inside the reed beds and marl patches. Strike indicator fishing, also referred to as fishing with a bobber, is an effective technique for fishing the shallow reed beds. Johnson suggests trying a micro-leech, chironomid or shrimp pattern. The fly can be left dangling right out in front of the reed outcroppings to be inter- cepted by the feeding trout. To learn more about fly fishing B.C.’s central interior lakes, visit Lewis Johnson’s website:

Bruce Kamstra, local angler, says that his preferred colours are olive or black with red tinsel. He often fishes leech and minnow patterns, and sometimes chironomids with a strike indicator. “I like any dry fly that is dark with a flash of red, or a weighted nymph on my dry line so that I’m just below the surface,” Kamstra says.


There are two popular access routes —one through Robert’s Roost RV Park, and another public boat launch on the eastern shore.From Quesnel, head south along Highway 97 to Quesnel-Hydraulic Road (east). Follow this road as it wraps around the north-eastern shore of Dragon Lake. Watch for the public boat launch along the right side of the road (west). Robert's Roost RV Park is found at the end of Gook Road, which meets Highway 97, two km before the Quesnel-Hydraulic turnoff.
July 30th 2015
The Chronic Fisher was unimpressed with Dragon Lake. Although he did land some good-sized rainbows, he was most humoured by catching some rather large goldfish, pictured here.
March 16th 2015
Spent the day on the lake on the way back from Wiliams LK. We did ok this day caught maybe 5 or 6 around this size.
January 13th 2015
One of the 20 plus caught all about the same size, 26 inch 7lbs.Sept 2014
October 19th 2014
Went out for an October day of fishing at Dragon Lake in Search of one of the infamous hogs it is known to produce. Nothing of any size but lots of 18-20 inchers that put up a good fight.
Here is a short vid of some of our highlights last weekend
June 17th 2014
Jerry Buron, a U.S. visitor, posted this update on spring fishing at Dragon:
I send you greetings again from the Canadian North Country to my many friends. Fishing continues to improve each day. We’re taking larger fish each day and some are taking greater numbers of fish each day. I seem to be stagnated at about 11 fish per day while some, like Jerry Harris, landed 29 fish yesterday. The campground at Robert’s Roost is now completely full with beach moorage getting more difficult each day.
Today was windy and considerably cooler than it’s been the past few days. Also the weather provided a fly fisher's worst enemy today with fairly significant winds.
Larry Siler had a friend fly in from Michigan into Quesnel yesterday. Larry set him up
with the basics and today Emmett Cosgrove landed the largest fish he’s ever taken on a fly rod. The photo of Emmett holding his 26-inch fish, which went approximately 6½ lbs., wasn’t bad for a beginner at Dragon Lake.
Believe it or not, it becomes very tiring to set out on a lake and fish for approximately 7 to 8 hrs. per day. I’m having trouble dragging my butt out of the rack each morning to go for my walk, which I refer to as my “fat-man shuffle!”
Don Jarman again landed a truly large fish again today. It measured 27 inches by 15 inches in girth. This fish, which unfortunately I wasn’t available to photograph, weighed in at 8 ¾ lbs. Truly a beautiful fish and a trophy by anyone’s standard.
June 9th 2014
Camped at Roberts Roost and fished for 2 days. The first day was poor, but managed to get a good feel for the lake. The owner even gave me some lures from his personal tackle box to try to help our dry spell!
While we were concentrating on trolling, most people were fly fishing with chironomids and bobbers and were very successful with one being reported at 14lbs. I began cursing myself for not bringing my fly gear at this news!
I got chatting to a local and he suggested we fish with the smallest flatfish we had, from the Roberts Roost point, up to the island and to troll as slow as we could. Armed with a pink and white flatfish, no willow leaf, our first run resulted in 3 fish, including this 3 ½lbs and a 4lbs specimen.
We limited out within a couple of hours.