Betty and Steve MacKenzie drove their trailer down to Police Outpost Lake to sample the trophy fishery for a few days. You can see Chief Mountain looming large from the Montana side of the border. Chief Mountain is a sacred area to many a First Nations person. Chief Mountain literally rises almost 5000 feet right off of the prairie and makes a very impressive backdrop for fly fishing at Police Outpost Lake.
There is a campground at Police Outpost Lake.
Police Outpost Lake is located near Cardston in southern Alberta. It has been designated as a trophy fishery. The rainbows are finally getting into the 18 to 20 inch category. The lake water maybe a bit cooler although overstocking may have slowed the development of the rainbows. Hopefully the correct balance of fish stocking with the amount of food that is available in the lake will be found so the triploids get large.
You can only harvest fish larger than 50 cm at the lake. The delayed harvest concept can work with the cooperation of the fisherman.
Betty said that the lake was amazing one day with hatches making the rainbows quite active. The next day, well, it was quiet. Not as much bug activity to make those rainbows eat!
I think I would have gotten caught up just enjoying the view.
Thanks for the pictures Betty and Steve!
What an impressive view of Chief Mountain near the boat launch!
Looks like the flies below received a good mauling at Police Outpost. Chironomids, balanced flies, a P-Quad variation and a caddis pupa imitation were getting the fish to "take."