Henry and Allyson still had issues with their air bags on the rear of their truck. Apparently, the installation was less than perfect and the new bags were leaking through the old connections.
A quick trip to Big O tire in 100 Mile House solved the problem and we were on our way to Quesnel and Dragon lake for a couple of fishing days.
It quickly became evident that our new traveling communication system, CB radios, was not perfect. Ralph installed a radio in his truck while Henry and I used hand-held devices. Ralph could converse with both of us but Henry and I could not communicate even though I was behind Henry and Ralph followed me.
The drive was enjoyable in warm sunshine through the rolling hills of the south Caribou with occasional sightings of the mighty Fraser River. A stop at “Wil-Yum on the Rez” (Indian Reservation) for cheap fuel (89 cents per liter) just outside of Williams Lake BC.
We arrived at Dragon Lake just outside of Quesnel after lunch. Everyone went about their chores setting up camp. The campground was closer to an RV resort than a campground, I guess that’s why the price is $33 per night for power, water, and a central dump station
Even though Robert’s Roost website promotes great fishing, the resort itself does little to accommodate fishermen. Many signs threatening fines for overuse of sewage system, picnic table damage and many other annoyances.
The location of the resort is good, a few kilometers from the decent size town of Quesnel. Most of the camp spots are shaded with large trees. Our spots were a couple hundred feet from the water although other camp spots are only steps away.
I would rate Robert’s Roost a 6 out of ten. It is showing signs of age and could be better maintained.
Once camp was set and a couple of hours of relaxation it was time to try our luck in the lake, reported to have 12-pound rainbows. Henry, Ralph and I were first to take Henry’s boat for a trial run.
The lake is very shallow at the boat dock fouling the prop quickly with weeds. Henry raised the main engine and opted to use the kicker (4 hp mariner) to get us to deeper water. We discovered later the entire lake was less than 30’ deep even though it is a decent size, several kilometers long and about one kilometer wide
Late afternoon on the water was pleasant, the sun was warm and the water temperature over 20 C. We eased our lines out as the little engine pushed us along. In no time Henry squealed with delight as his rod bent with a good size rainbow grabbing his presentation.
Henry had the best luck of the three of us pulling in his limit in just over an hour. His successful set up was a lead line with a 3 ft. leader ending with a loon lake special, he calls it. Actually, it’s a Dick Nite, silver, and florescent red.
Ralph and I tried to match Henry’s set up without success. The evening fish ended with Henry the winner with a 21 inch 3.5 lb. rainbow, although Allyson came in a close second landing one less fish.
That evening Allyson and Ralph filleted the good size fish preparing for the evening fish fry. Allyson cooked dipping the fish in flour, egg, crumb coating (Panco).
Accompanying the fish was bean salad, green salad and a dish of sliced potatoes carrots and onions done in foil in the BBQ.
Day 4 – A Driving Day
Friday, day 4 we departed Dragon Lake around 9 am under warm and cloudy skies after filling our fresh water tanks and dumping our gray and black water tanks. Our destination was Sunset Lake Provincial Rec Site, (free camping) 407 km and 5 hrs traveling time, turning at Topley, BC., a short drive off the Hwy, 4 km.
Our route took us north on Hwy. 97 to Prince George BC, then west on Hwy 16 to our destination. A stop in Prince George for fuel, $1. per liter.
The sun came out as we pulled into a rest stop for lunch of left-over fish fry wraps of battered fish and potatoes. Quite delicious when the wrap and filling are heated, even though I am not a fan of wraps, cardboard tube is my description.
Hwy. 16 west is a good two-way paved road with moderate traffic through rolling forested hills and ranch lands. It is quickly evident after leaving Prince George that we are headed into sparsely populated rural areas.
We arrived at Sunset Lake Rec about 3 pm under partly cloudy skies and mid 20 temps. The lake is about a kilometer square, the rec site is small with 8 campsites although more random camping spots can be found near the boat launch and other dispersed areas.
Ralph parked in a regular site with a fire ring while Henry and I parked in a random grassy are a few hundred yards away. We quickly set or rigs for the night, lit a campfire and started happy hour. The sunset was spectacular through partly cloudy skies.
A decision was made to leave by 8 am, to allow time for a couple of stops. Huston for fuel, Smithers for groceries etc. and Old Hazelton for a tour of an authentic native village and museum.
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