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Tisdall Lake
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Location: Tisdall Lake, BC, is located in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, east of the City of Williams Lake. At 150 Mile House, 25 km (15.5 mi) south of Williams Lake on BC Hwy 97, turn east off Hwy 97 onto the Horsefly Road. At Horsefly turn off onto the Black Creek Road. After approximately 25.76 km (16 mi) take the road that branches to the right and also gives access to Elbow and McKinley Lakes. Although generally a good road, it is a wise idea to check locally for road conditions in wet weather. Tisdall Lake is located a total distance from Williams Lake of approx. 160 km (99 mi).

Size 501.83 ha (1239.52 ac.) Shoal Data Not Available
Mean Depth 18.3 m. (60.02 ft) Max. Depth Data Not Available
Game Fish Rainbow Trout Fish Stocked Rainbow Trout
Angler Usage Moderate to Heavy Elevation 959 m. (3145 ft)
Ice Over November to Early May T.D.S. Data Not Available

Resorts & Campsites: A Forest Service campsite offers good access to the lake.

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Fishing Report: Tisdall Lake is a 5.5 km (3.5 mi) long lake that produces wild stock rainbow that will average around two pounds. These wild BC rainbow trout respond well to flyfishing, spinner and trolled lures.

Viewscape: The terrain around Tidall Lake is hilly, covered with spruce, pine and poplar with a view of the mountains in the distance.

Shoreline: Sand and gravel with grasses and deciduous shrubs to the water's edge.

Nearby Lakes

Crooked Lake - Crooked Lake is a 9.5 km (5.89 mi) long lake that can be reached from the west by way of Horsefly or from the south by the Hendrix Lake Road via 100 Mile House. Crooked Lake is a family vacation that spot provides good rainbow fishing as well as swimming and camping. Boats & cabins as well as two Forest Service campsites are available on Crooked Lake..

McKinley Lake - Located just before Tisdall, the 7 km (4.34 mi) lake also has a small Forest Service Recreation site suitable for truck and camper units. The small beach can be used for boat launching. Trolling is the most successful method of catching rainbow and lake trout. The lake trout will go up to 8 pounds and the rainbows about 3 pounds, but there are occasional 8 pounders caught. Hiking trails are also available to take advantage of the spectacular scenery.

Elbow Lake - Elbow is found about 12 km (7.44 mi) past Tidall. Although there are both wild stock rainbow and lake trout in Elbow Lake, it is not known as a "hot" fishing lake. Trolling is the best method to try to take these "hesitant" fish. There is a Forest Service campsite with swimming beach and boat launching area.

Note: Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start fishing a new lake.


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Tisdall Lake & Crooked Lake, BC. Tisdall Lake & Crooked Lake, Cariboo, British Columbia, Canada