Lownsbrough with 5 ½ Rainbow Trout at Tunkwa Lake Resort
reach Tunkwa Lake from Kamloops,
BC, travel west on the Trans Canada Highway (Hwy #1) for 11.4 km.
(7.1 miles) turn south onto the Coquihalla Hwy. (Hwy #5). Take exit
336 off hwy 5, turn west (right) on the Meadow Lake Rd. and travel
through the community of Logan Lake.
for the turn off to Tunkwa Lake and Leighton Lake on your right
hand side. Tunkwa is found 14.5 km. (9 miles) north of Logan lake.
Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park encompasses both Tunkwa and Leighton
Lakes. One resort is present on the east side of the lake, offering
both cabins, campsites and a store.
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Report: Chosen as one of the lakes that hosted the
1993 world fly fishing championship , Tunkwa Lake is simply a
great fly fishing lake. Tunkwa is considered to be one of the
richest of the interior lakes, it produces an absolutely huge
chironomid hatch in the spring. Leeches, shrimp, and water beetles
are the predominate invertebrates, however, damsels, dragons and
sedges are present in good quantities.
and fall months offer the best fishing. Algae growth during the
hot summer months makes fly fishing difficult so it is reccommended
to fish deeper with shrimp or leech patterns at this time. Tunkwa
Lake produces good catches of rainbows up to 4 lbs. and better.
Fall, just after the 1st. freeze while fish are stocking up for
winter can offer exceptional fishing especially for the bigger
Tunkwa Lake is situated on the Thompson Plateau amongst rolling
hills of thick pine stands and open meadows. This is open range
land where you will see herds of cattle moving and feeding at
Many bays, peninsulas and shallow patches at the north and south
ends. Tunkwa is heavily weeded throughout with potamageton and
chara and can easily be described as one large shoal. Several
streams feed the lake on the south side. The fishing camp and
campsites are on the east side along with some private residences.
Lake - Leighton Lake, 50 ha. (124 ac.) is located
at the north end of Tunkwa Lake, and like Tunkwa is simply a
terrific fishing lake. An incredible chironomid hatch in early
spring jump starts this lake followed by an excellent hatch
of damsel flies in early June. Of course like Tunkwa all other
insects are present in this very rich lake. Leighton has many
shallow bays, flats and 2 small islands on it's east side, making
it a fly fishers dream. Rainbows go up to 4 lbs., however, don't
be surprised at hooking into a 7 or 8lb. monster.
Always check your current BC Fishing regulations before you start
fishing a new lake.