The Wilmot Fishing Club offers the avid angler a myriad of fishing opportunities. The club’s property includes a private 3/4 mile stretch of Wilmot Creek, plus three beautifully maintained fishing ponds. Anglers can enjoy fishing for migratory steelhead and salmon in the spring and fall without all the crowds experienced in public fishing areas, as well as resident brown trout and rainbow trout throughout the summer months.
The clear crisp waters of Wilmot Creek are famous for its healthy cold water trout fishery. The well kept grounds attest to the beauty of the acres of unspoiled old growth forest which shelters the creek and maintains a natural awe inspiring setting for the avid angler. The friendliness and hospitality of the Gibson’s is unsurpassed and the fine work they have done on the river creating fish holding under-cut banks and brush-piles is astonishing.
For the fly fisherman the creeks’ brown trout and rainbow trout are tenacious, the flies of choice include wooly buggers and stoneflies. During spring and mid-summer fly hatches on the creek are common, and dry flies which match the hatch can be productive. The ponds stocked with rainbow trout and speckled trout are a fly fisherman’s dream, these trout are readily taken on surface flies, and watching a glistening trout boil at the surface inhaling your dry fly presentation can be exhilarating. The colours of the rainbow trout, which average 1-2 lbs, are brilliant with distinct black spots, bright green backs and a pinkish hue along their sides. The trophy sized speckled trout which average 14″ (1 lb) are spectacular, and are readily taken with wooly buggers and a variety of dry flies. Use of barbless hooks and catch and release is encouraged when fishing for these delicate trout. The health of the fish can be attributed to the cold deep waters of the spring feed ponds.
In spring, migratory steelhead spawn in Wilmot Creek. Many pools can hold 10 or more trout which utilize the brush-piles and under-cut banks to their advantage. Many fish in the 10-15 lb range are caught annually, although the average Wilmot Creek steelhead is 3-6 lbs. The best days for steelhead fishing is just after rain, since the higher and stained waters offer greater security to the trout and entices them to feed. Spawn, worms and flies are all effective baits.
During the summer when the trout fishing can be slow, anglers can enjoy fishing for smallmouth bass which are stocked in the main pond. These bass can be aggressive and readily take surface flies and lures. The average smallmouth bass is about 1 lb, although some larger bass in the 4-5 lb range are caught annually. Please release the larger bass to preserve a healthy spawning population and ensure the future of the bass fishery.
The Wilmot Club members are allowed access to a 3/4 mile private section of the Wilmot Creek. Members pay yearly membership fees to obtain the opportunity to fish in uncrowded conditions. The membership includes the spouse and all children under the age of 21. Along with the fine creek fishing, there is a 20 fish quota for taking fish from several of the stocked ponds on the property. To maintain the health of the stocked fish, please use Barbless hooks only in the ponds.
Practice Catch & Release
The future of quality trout fishing at the Wilmot Club depends largely on all of us complying with fishing regulations and properly releasing trout. Although trout harvest is allowed on the Wilmot, anglers are encouraged to voluntary release most of the trout. “Catch and Release”, involves the practice of unhooking the fish and returning it to the water before it experiences serious exhaustion or injury. When done properly, and with the right equipment, there is a 90 percent chance that released fish will survive.
Effective catch and release fishing techniques avoid excessive fish fighting and handling times, reducing damage to fish skin, scales and slime layers by nets, dry hands and dry surfaces (that leave fish vulnerable to fungal skin infections), and avoid damage to throat ligaments and gills by poor handling techniques.
The use of barbless hooks is an important aspect of catch and release; barbless hooks reduce injury and handling time, increasing survival. Frequently, fish caught on barbless hooks can be released without being removed from the water and the hook effortlessly slipped out with a single flick of the pliers or leader. Barbless hooks can be created from a standard hook by crushing the barb(s) flat with needle-nosed pliers. Some anglers avoid barbless hooks because of the erroneous belief that too many fish will escape. Concentrating on keeping the line tight at all times while fighting fish, will keep catch rates with barbless hooks as high as those achieved with barbed hooks.
Wilmot Creek tributary streams are capable of producing millions of young-of-the-year trout annually. However, most must live up to 4 or 5 years before they will effectively reproduce. Rainbow trout are relatively easy to catch. If trout are not released in sufficient numbers, few will live long enough to reproduce or become effective predators upon nongame fish. How to release fish properly:
KNOW YOUR FISH SPECIES.
COME OUT PROPERLY EQUIPPED to release fish with such items as a landing net, forceps, clippers, un-plated hooks, and a tape measure.
If fishing with bait, fish with a tight line to reduce deeply swallowed hooks. If the fish is deeply hooked, cut the line as close to the hook as possible. DON’T TRY TO REMOVE THE HOOK.
Avoid using stainless steel, chrome, or brass plated hooks as these will not readily dissolve in the digestive system. USE BARBLESS HOOKS!
Although there are no bait restrictions currently in place on the Wilmot, FISH WITH ARTIFICIAL FLIES AND LURES to improve survival.
BRING THE FISH IN AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE; don’t tire it out.
KEEP THE FISH IN THE WATER. Exposure to the air after exhaustive exercise significantly reduces survival rates of released fish.
Use proper nets whenever possible to AVOID UNNECESSARY CONTACT WITH THE FISH, but don’t grasp the fish through the net. If you must handle the fish, be sure to moisten hands beforehand. Never squeeze the body or eye sockets, touch the gills, or lay the fish on the ground.
GENTLY RELEASE THE FISH directly into quiet water, moving it slowly back and forth to pass water over the gills.
RELEASE FISH IMMEDIATELY. Don’t hold fish on stringers for long periods awaiting larger fish. This is illegal. If you plan to keep a fish, take active possession and place the fish in the cooler.
If you must keep fish, take only the fish you intend to consume that day. Fish which are frozen for long periods of time loose moisture and flavor.
If you plan to fish with baits, take your legal limit and quit fishing. Do not continue to fish and release injured fish.
Remember THE LEGAL LIMIT APPLIES TO EACH ANGLER, and you are not allowed to take fish on another angler’s limit.
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