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Hotspot – Maxhamish Lake Walleye and Pike

Maxhamish Lake

Walleye and Pike – N 58° 52.582’ W 123° 13.855’

This Hotspot is a long skinny weed-bed on Maxhamish Lake in British Columbia.

The waypoint on your screen will get you there.

Urs from Northern Rockies Lodge had told us about this weed-bed in the past but we never needed it. On this trip though, we needed it. In a nutshell, there were more Pike and Walleye here than probably any other part of the lake. For every biting fish we encountered, our Panoptix LiveScope showed us anywhere from 3 to 5 times that many fish in the area! It was alive and active with Walleye and Pike. This is truly a fishing hotspot!

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One Reply to “Hotspot – Maxhamish Lake Walleye and Pike”

  1. Be careful there Lads and Lasses. Urs from Northern Rockies Lodge, is your friend in this instance.

    Maxhamish Lake Provincial Park and Protected Area is a 27,516-hectare (67,990-acre) provincial park in the Peace Region of British Columbia, Canada. The protected area completely surrounds Maxhamish Lake. Mauve shaded area of map

    It offers opportunities for fishing and wildlife sightings such as moose and deer which are abundant. The park aims to protect arctic cisco, lake whitefish, least cisco, northern pike, slimy sculpin, spottail shiner, trout-perch, walleye, and white sucker. However, in the last fifteen years BC’s Oil & Gas industry has been conducting major operations in the area around the park. This has led to high volume industrial traffic on highway 77.

    Some of the best walleye fishing awaits anglers who are willing to take the trouble to get here. Access is by quad or snowmobile only, and the low-pressure fishery will not disappoint. Walleye in excess of 5 pounds have been reported here. Yellow seems to be the colour of choice for lures, and a five of diamonds may prove successful.

    Lorence Forsberg from Wapiti Sports in Fort Nelson, says that Maxhamish also has a great fishery for pike and pickerel. A number of lures will work well here, including a white jig, and a white, green or yellow tail. On cloudy days he recommends using the darker colours, and black and purple can be the best choices.

    Forsberg notes that anglers really need to pay attention to the snow load on the ice if you’re out ice fishing. Layers of slush, ice and water are called an overflow, hidden by heavy snow pack, where the ice can give way without warning. Anglers can quickly become swamped. Follow the shoreline and don’t venture out too far. Wear warm clothes and ensure you have some form of communication. Forsberg notes that Maxhamish may have cell service, though anglers shouldn’t rely on it.


    Access to Maxhamish Lake is by quad or snowmobile trails only, 125 km north of Fort Nelson and 12 km off the highway. From Fort Nelson, head north along the Liard Highway (Hwy 77) to Km 110. Take the 77 Connector, go to KM 110, and turn right. Go 10 km past Maxhamish Encana 110 Camp. Follow the marked trail to the north end of Maxhamish Lake. This is about a 45 minute snowmobile ride.

    Alternately, take km 114 from the 317 Road, and go straight to the last well site. Forsberg notes that this is about a 20 minute snowmobile ride, but he cautions that this route is passable only when the road is open.

    It is important that back country travelers be prepared for all weather conditions. Carry first-aid equipment, extra clothing and food. Backpacking cook stoves help conserve trees; fires are discouraged in the back country. Refrain from drinking water without treating it, as it may carry giardia or other parasites. Store food in a cache out of reach of bears and other animals. Watch for signs of bear activity and make plenty of noise. Store garbage properly and pack it out when you leave.

    As always mind your manners and abide by all local laws and fishing regulations.

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