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: www.TheChronicFlyFisher.com.
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.