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Backroader 09-24-2008 12:30 PM

Anyone know anything about fishing Norton Lake?
Updating the SWBC Fishing book, looking for information on Fishing Norton Lake, which is up near Indian Arm, and accessed via Squamish. If you have been there, but haven't fished it, I'd like to hear about the place, too. Open and spacious? Set in a dark valley? Great views? Lots of trees? Open shoreline?

Also, if you are an angler, looking for info on more lakes:

Sechelt Area

Harrison/Stave Area

Thanks all.

Dru 09-24-2008 12:49 PM

Norton Lake, right below Meslilloet, is pretty inaccessible these days. I have been to the shoreline while exploring and saw a whole lot of slide alder. While I did not see any fish, I do not know if that means it is fishless.

Have you checked Fishwizard?

Backroader 09-24-2008 02:28 PM

Yeah. I've got all the basics on the lake, but I'm looking for more the flavour on what it is like to actually stand there and cast a line: what gear works best, are there any hatches that fly fishers should try and catch, is there space on the shoreline for casting, or is a float tube needed? Is there any place on the lake that fishes better than others?

But, since you're here, and have been there, what's the drive like from Squamish. Time investment? I suspect that it's still pretty easy to get to the spur road leading up to the lake (unless something has changed since last I checked). But the road to the lake is all but gone? There's a second road to the lake from the Hixon Creek Road, but it's gated, according to our maps.

Dru 09-24-2008 03:04 PM

The road from Squamish is gated and marked "no access" right where you leave the Mamquam road. Or it was as of Sept 12, last time I was up there. I know bikers have been getting through but I don't think vehicles are doing it.

Backroader 09-24-2008 03:05 PM

Okay, so just talked to Malcolm at forestry. Road is closed for at least a couple years. Yay.

Dru 09-24-2008 03:14 PM


Now on your list, Sayres is used for rearing hatchery fish in net pens for at least some of the year. Not sure if you are allowed to fish it.

Backroader 09-24-2008 03:27 PM

Okay. Now here's the question.

What I am hearing from most people is that the road is being gated because of Elk Habitat.

What I am hearing from forestry is that the road is basically destroyed and will take at least a couple years to fix, and that once it is, the road will be re-opened.

Anyone out there know which of these is correct?

Dru 09-24-2008 03:32 PM

They put Elk into the Pitt and Stave - not sure about Indian River.
The road IS destroyed. But if the elk were introduced, it may be a reason why they don't plan to repair it quicker.

Backroader 09-24-2008 03:34 PM

The Institutional Run hatchery program at Sayres has been discontinued.

Regs: Trout/char daily quota = 2; bait ban, single barbless hook; electric motors only

cutthroat22 09-24-2008 04:18 PM

The road is not that bad other then a bridge washout. There is a go-around at the gate but you need a 4x4 with very high clearance. Bikes and motorbikes are no problem to get through. And yes there were elk introduced but i don't think it has much to do with the road closure. Great area. Unfortunately never gone up that spur road to Norton so can't really answer you question about the fishing.

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