Lees Lake is a popular fishing spot in southwest Alberta. It’s located along Highway 507, about fifteen minutes from our shop. This lake provides decent fishing for rainbow trout and it’s a great place to fish in spring, once the ice melts. It’s not a large lake and is ideally suited to small boats, pontoon boats and float tubes. The rainbows are typically small to medium size and are usually very cooperative. There’s always a few larger trout around, too, just to make things a bit more interesting. After a long winter, it’s the perfect place to visit. And because it’s close to Crownest Pass, it’s handy.

Sunday April 1, 2012 - An angler in a float tube on Lees Lake.

 The lake had begun to open along shore a couple weeks ago, but cold temperatures returned, causing it to freeze again. While checking the Crowsnest River last Wednesday, I stopped at Lees Lake to see whether there was any change. It was still froze. On Saturday, a couple of anglers stopped in to say they had just passed by the lake and noticed there was some open water at the boat launch and in the small bay along the highway. I headed over on Sunday to see for myself. It was about 3/4 open, and with the way the wind was blowing, it probably wasn’t going to take long for the rest of the ice cover to disappear. It looks like ice-out on Lees Lake will be a month earlier than last year. On Sunday, there was one fly angler on the water in a float tube and another casting from shore. It doesn’t take long for word to spread, once the ice starts to come off. I checked again yesterday and there wasn’t very much ice left anywhere on the lake. Providing Old Man Winter doesn’t return, the lake should remain ice-free. I guess it’s time to put the pontoon boat together.

Sunday April 1, 2012 - Looking west from Lees Lake, toward Turtle Mountain in Crowsnest Pass.