Kamloops have been caught with a multitude of different kinds of terminal tackle. Bass, bluegill, crappie, lake trout, northern, steelhead and walleye techniques and lures have all produced results when fishing for Kamloops either on shore, trolling, or in the rivers. The most common techniques involve fishing the bottom, casting spoons or plugs, and casting or drifting bobbers with jigs or bait like spawn bags or wax worms.
Fishing off the bottom involves using a slip sinker or slinky rig consisting usually of a single salmon egg or bait type hook of sizes 8 to 4 on the end of 1.5’ to 3’ leader. Floating baits like spawn bags, night crawlers, or wax worms are the most common ones hooked on the end of the rig. Spawn bags are usually floated by tying a miniature marshmallow or pieces of styrofoam in the bag with the spawn. Night crawlers can be floated by injecting them with air from a worm blower or using a floating jig head. Wax worms can be floated by snelling a piece of Styrofoam onto a size 8 hook. A swivel or adjustable tube and peg at one end of the leader serves as the stop for the slip sinker or slinky. Slinkys can be purchased or made at home by filling hollow material like parachute cord, hockey skate laces, or athletic lacing with birdshot, buckshot, or split shot sinkers. The ends are sealed by holding them in a small flame. The nylon or polypropylene in the material melts and seals the slinky ends. These typically weigh between 3/8oz.-3/4oz. Abrasion resistant and low visibility 6 lb. monofilament is the norm.
Popular casting spoons like Krocodiles, Cleos, and Kastmasters are commonly used in weights around 1/2oz. Shallow diving, neutral-buoyancy plugs like the Minnow Spin or X-Rap variety can be very effective at times. Depending on the depth of the water where you will be fishing, wading may be necessary to get a good presentation and avoid hanging up on the bottom. A snap swivel on 4lb.-6lb. monofilament lets you switch lures easily. Mepps or Blue Fox type spinners also work well for casting. Fly casting streamers or nymphs like wooly buggers and stoneflies will be productive especially late in the season.
The bug-and-bobber presentation uses 1/4oz.-3/4oz. casting bobbers with looper bugs or marabou jigs from 1/80 oz.-1/16oz., sinking spawn bags, wax worms, or artificial nymphs suspended 1’-5’ below the bobber. Side-arm casts with the wind help to avoid getting your leader tangled around the bobber. Smaller bobbers also result in fewer tangles when fished with the lighter baits. Leader depth depends on the depth of the water you are fishing and where you think the fish are in the water column. These baits are also the main ones used through the ice. Aggressive fish will move up or down to bite. Smaller bobbers can also be drifted in the river or river mouth currents enabling a natural presentation.
Trolling tactics usually employ trolling spoons or plugs in surface water or the top 20’ type presentation. Flutter type spoons like Jim’s Flashbacks and Bomber type plugs have proven to be effective. They are usually fished with 1 oz. to no-weight at all. In-line or mast-type trolling boards are commonly used to cover a wider area and present the baits to fish spooked away from the boat.
As first stated Kamloops will be caught on a great variety of tackle items. So if you think it might work, any presentation is worth a try. Go get ‘em.
Slinky's are a key to success
The rocky bottom of Lake Superior will steal other weights.
Bottom fishing accessories, hooks, swivels, and snap swivels, tube and peg slinky stops, etc.
Flotation balls, artificial maggots, and yarn fly materials