Roberts Lake is a fun place for families and anglers – Campbell River Mirror
Roberts Lake is often mentioned by local fishermen when discussing trout fishing around Campbell River.
A guy had mentioned that he had taken his grandmother, his wife, his children and a dog that was fishing in his boat and that he had not caught anything. I asked him how long did you spend fishing and he laughed and didn’t say much.
One thing to know is that Roberts Lake is well suited for family outings, but when it comes to fishing you can catch rainbows and cutthroats and, yes, even small kokanee. During the afternoon the wind can blow across the lake and sometimes you have to stay ashore and go out when the wind drops.
The lake was last stocked in the mid-90s and today a good number of trout can be caught if you follow a few guidelines. You can fish from a boat and the location in the middle of the lake is deep fished with blue or pink catches. Fly fishermen can fish the shore early in the morning or late at night. Keep your worms at home! There is a bait ban and any fish over 50cm must be released; hooks are simple barbless. A few years ago, during the fishing tournament, a few kokanis were caught while trolling small lures or catches.
Roberts Lake is a 20 minute drive north of Campbell River. The day-use area is marked on a sign just before arriving at the resort, and you can park, walk, and go fishing along the creek bed. The rest area is located on the highway and includes picnic tables, an outside toilet and garbage cans.
A good gravel road takes you along the lake and a good boat launch is there; the sign contains all the information on where you can park after launching your boat.
John Aenadie, over the past few years, has fully understood when it comes to catching trout and I have yet to find out which plug he uses. Fly fishermen can use the Clouser Minnow patterns and when the weather warms up the trout come down. Multicolored flies seem to work very well.
At the north end of Roberts Lake there is a camp for children, but due to COVID-19 it was not operational last year. By boat or canoe you can cross the lake and on the east side of the lake a sandy beach is there to rest, gear up and go fishing. Cabins are available and at the moment you can go online and book. I get the chance to stop and see what happens from week to week. The restaurant is not open and your next stop to eat will be a 20-minute drive from Sayward Junction.
If the wind is blowing, a nearby lake for fishing is Cedar Lake, which has a day-use only area, but fishing is productive on days when you can take a small boat or belly boat and fish the shore.
When the weather warms up in July, a number of larvae are found in the higher elevation areas and these little creatures make good bait in other lakes except Roberts Lake.
Remember, the Free Family Fishing Weekend is June 18-20, and a license is free here in British Columbia on that day.