Elk/Bever Lake

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fishing Forum' started by Patrick Keating, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Patrick Keating

    Patrick Keating New Member

    Hello Fellow Bass Fisherman,

    Ill be in Victoria July 10-15th for the first time. I would love to do some fishing and meet some anglers in the area.

    Does anyone have any plans to fish these lakes during this time period? If any of you have an empty spot on a boat please let me know, I'm willing to pay!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Damien

    Damien Well-Known Member

  3. Rockfish

    Rockfish Well-Known Member

    There is a fishing wharf near the north end of the lake on the side opposite the highway. I think they mostly get trout there. Decades ago we use to get the odd Small Mouth from shore on the highway side right next to the highway where they had put some large rock fill into the lake, which made some hiding spaces for them. I have heard that there are also some introduced Carp in the lake now. There is a popular trail system that goes completely around Elk and Beaver lakes, really it is just one large lake. As a kid I use to get trout and large sunfish out of them.
     
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  4. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    There are more than a few carp in there. There’s shytloads of them, and they are BIG!!

    I have a buddy who fishes them and said they’re real tanks to fight.
     
  5. Rockfish

    Rockfish Well-Known Member

    Does your friend fish them from a boat or from shore? How many pounds? How are they for eating or does he release them? Perhaps OK for Fish and Chips, Chowder or seasoned Fish Balls?
     
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2019
  6. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    He told me he's caught some in the 12 pound range, but they go much bigger. Like 20 pounds. He's fishing them from shore with a spinning rod.

    He doesn't eat them, I think he just lets them go. He should probably be throwing them in the bush as they're an invasive species but it's too far gone to be managed by a few guys with fishing rods trying to eradicate them from the lake. It would need to be poisoned. Years ago (10 years maybe?) I saw huge schools of them in there then. I wonder how many are in there now!!
     
  7. tinboatrobb

    tinboatrobb Well-Known Member

    There are still big schools if carp in the lake. I have seen some that look like they go 20 lbs.
     
  8. Rockfish

    Rockfish Well-Known Member

    Sounds like they would make excellent crab bait. I have not fished the lake in many years but it could be some fun to pick up some crab bait. I guess there would be a learning curve with a new fishing method. I wonder if Englishman has fished them much. He does have the famous Carp Rod he uses for salmon fishing out at Sooke.

    What kind of impact have the invasive carp had on trout, bass and sunfish? Is the Province still stocking the lake annually with trout? I also have a vague memory of someone putting American Bull Frogs in the lake and if true that would be another invasive species that could be messing up the lake.
     
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
  9. Kildonan

    Kildonan Well-Known Member

    There are trout, carp, largemouth and smallmouth bass, brown bullheads (catfish), sunfish, yellow perch and bullfrogs. That’s the species list I personally know of, there could be more now. It’s a multicultural environment for sure. Lol

    I haven’t fished there in eons, maybe somebody has fresh info on the state of trout fishing there. Used to be some good ones in there 10-20 years ago.
     
  10. Rockfish

    Rockfish Well-Known Member

    Last edited: Jun 29, 2019
  11. eroyd

    eroyd Well-Known Member

    Unless your taking them home, it's best to just let them carp go. It's a heavily used park. The water is already swampy enough without dead carp floating around or rotting on the bank. Not like you actually making a dent in their population.
     
  12. mediquest

    mediquest New Member

    Good morning, on that coming weekend, the BC rowing Championship is going on x 3 days, the lake will be busy with rowers and their support crew. They will also have many line for tracks in the water. Not the best time to fish but if you keep to shores and Beaver Lake it would be better.
     

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