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[–]steve 0 points1 point ago

I have witnessed the Atlantic Salmaon being caught at dief. About 8-10 years ago they were either raised on the farm or stocked. I remember hearing of other salmon being occassionaly caught. I have also seen lake trout caught from Dief. This was back in the mid eighties and I remember hearing from alot of Elbow fisherman who had good success trolling in the fall for them. Aside from the farmed fish. There have been some really nice "Natural rainbows and browns in the system from alberta. My dad caught several in the early eighties and the monster brown speared in Dief (39 pounds and change) was identified at the Fishin' hole a few years back. I would imagine that if an angler were to establish some open water patterns for trout you would see fish of all of these species . I have worked some of the main lake water and saw hordes of fish in the 60-90 foot range stacked around clouds af baitfish. I would love to have a week to use my downrigger and work the deeper water( 60-120 ) feet for the trout in the lake. I really should get this on my schedule because before too long all of those fish will be gone forever. It really does suprise me that with all of the trout and salmon opportunity there could be and we still have no plan for the long term fishery at the lake.

[–]water wolf[S] 0 points1 point ago

Hi all, After reading smitty's post on the new record brown trout, I was surprised to learn that Diefenbaker also had brown trout, and espacillay browns of giant proportions. ![:o]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_surprised.gif) Have any of you caught brown trout there, and were they of any size? Would that big brown trout out of Diefenbaker be a spearfishing record? Are there any brook trout, tiger trout or splake present in the lake? ![:?:]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_question.gif) If not, maybe it would be good if the fishery would add a few, yes, no, maybe so? ![:?]({SMILIES_PATH}/icon_confused.gif) WATER WOLF

[–]anonymous 0 points1 point ago

there'd certainly be no pacific salmon in there as they have very short lifespans to the fisheries workers at dief spawn camp, an atlantic salmon used not to be that rare a sighting - can't say whether it is still the case or not

[–]raf 0 points1 point ago

Years ago I knew a fellow who had a cabin at Dief. He told me that there had been a bit of stocking of Salmon but that was discontinued. I also heard that the fish farm used to raise some and there were some that got away. The fellow I knew said some of his neighbors used to catch them but hadn't in years. Why stocking was attempted or discontinued is open to speculation. Might still be a few in there but who knows where.

[–]saskman 0 points1 point ago

After speaking with a biologist from SERM I have found out that there is Salmon in Dief these fish were in fact raised at the fish farm and there is reports of one being caught in the summer of 06.

[–]mxzwalleyeman 0 points1 point ago

Fishhead, my fish did not look like that. It was a solid chocolate brown color with a red stripe. The kype was a really well defined kype, exactly like the ones I have seen on tv from salmon caught out west. Maybe my mind is playing tricks on me and I am forgetting details...I've got to find that picture!

[–]anonymous 0 points1 point ago

Thanks fishheadjohn, I always kinda thought it might of been a spawning colored male rainbow...I kinda forgot to mention that the date was December 22 (open water still). It was the most beautiful fish I have ever seen and sometimes I wish I would of mounted it...if I could find the pic I could get a replica made. I dunno... Dec 22nd is pretty early for a rainbow to be coloured-up Here are some shots from this spring (last couple of weeks) Did your buck look anything like these ones? http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/fishheadjohn/IMGP3699-1.jpg http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/fishheadjohn/crop.jpg http://i297.photobucket.com/albums/mm219/fishheadjohn/IMGP3697.jpg They're not exactly what I'd describe as the most attractive looking fish in this condition...

[–]mxzwalleyeman 0 points1 point ago

The first time that I fished Dief for trout back in the mid-nineties we fished in the bay of the fish farm. My first fish was a chocolate brown(solid color) with a red stripe down the middle of each side. It was a male cause it had a well defined kype. I just wish I could find a pic I took of it, must be at my parents house. I always wondered what that fish was. The meat was really redish/orange. We also caught 8 or nine rainbows that day...all silvery as norm but none like that one! Anyone know what it might of been? rainbow trout (spawning colours) Thanks fishheadjohn, I always kinda thought it might of been a spawning colored male rainbow...I kinda forgot to mention that the date was December 22 (open water still). It was the most beautiful fish I have ever seen and sometimes I wish I would of mounted it...if I could find the pic I could get a replica made.

[–]anonymous 0 points1 point ago

The first time that I fished Dief for trout back in the mid-nineties we fished in the bay of the fish farm. My first fish was a chocolate brown(solid color) with a red stripe down the middle of each side. It was a male cause it had a well defined kype. I just wish I could find a pic I took of it, must be at my parents house. I always wondered what that fish was. The meat was really redish/orange. We also caught 8 or nine rainbows that day...all silvery as norm but none like that one! Anyone know what it might of been? rainbow trout (spawning colours)

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[–]mxzwalleyeman 0 points1 point ago

The first time that I fished Dief for trout back in the mid-nineties we fished in the bay of the fish farm. My first fish was a chocolate brown(solid color) with a red stripe down the middle of each side. It was a male cause it had a well defined kype. I just wish I could find a pic I took of it, must be at my parents house. I always wondered what that fish was. The meat was really redish/orange. We also caught 8 or nine rainbows that day...all silvery as norm but none like that one! Anyone know what it might of been?

[–]walleyepiketrout 0 points1 point ago

I believe the Atlantic Salmon were escapees. I know Wayne Phillips did an article about one caught at the weir in Saskatoon, the guy who caught it thought it was a brown at first I guess but turned out to be an escaped Atlantic from a fish farm on Dief.

[–]crush23 0 points1 point ago

About 5 years ago we accually caught several alantic salmon there. They put up a great fight. I not sure that it was a plan stock though as rumors were the nets broke releasing them into the lake.. not sure how true it is as it was a rumor...

[–]jpicks 0 points1 point ago

Just did a quick search and came up with this from the SERM site: Fishing: Lake Diefenbaker is among the top Walleye fisheries in North America. The lake has some of the highest concentrations of game fish in the province. The lake is home to 10 species of game fish: Walleye, Rainbow Trout, Northern Pike, Atlantic Salmon, Lake Trout, Sauger, Yellow Perch, Lake Whitefish, Burbot and Goldeye. The cool, fresh waters of Lake Diefenbaker make this a southern angler�s paradise. Source: http://www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/TTDAtDouglas

[–]smitty 0 points1 point ago

Lake Trout caught in Diefenbaker, while not common, is not overly unusual. There were several rounds of stocking in the 70s, and there is still a population of these fish in Dief, though, by now, it's not a very big one. There was a time when, in early spring and late fall, that catching Lakers at Dief happened fairly regularly, especially in the Elbow area. As far as Atlantic Salmon, I have never heard of them being found at the resevoir. There was some discussion by SERM in the past five years about a possible stocking program for Salmon in Dief (they also discussed a few other species, including smallmouth), but nothing ever came out of it. I'm not positive, but I don't think that there ever has been Atlantic Salmon being raised at the fish farm. I would think that, with the likelihood of escape at the farm, that they wouldn't be allowed to raise such a foreign species as that.

[–]fishinwilly 0 points1 point ago

I have seen a lake trout mount at the fishing hole that claims it was caught by one of the konrad brothers in lake diefenbaker Truly a beautiful fish, very dark in coloration