Inga Lake Rainbow Trout Spawning Project

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club has been assisting in the Inga Lake spawning channel project since 1997. Inga Lake is located approximately 75km north of Fort St. John and is a small, simple basin with a small watershed, no definable inlets and an outlet controlled by a sheet pile weir.

inga_spawningInga Lake is stocked annually with productive rainbow trout yearlings. This type of trout will normally begin to mature and spawn at 2-3 years of age and 35-40cm in length. The spawning process increases the capacity of these fish to grow larger. Unfortunately in the case of Inga Lake, the lack of an inlet of running water with a gravel bed for the trout to spawn in during the spring creates a condition called “spawn-bound.” This condition decreases the capacity of the trout to grow to a larger size and possibly lead to early mortality. To spawn, rainbow trout require stream flow, cover, substrate (gravel bed), oxygen, the correct water temperature, water clarity, and food. The artificial spawning channel was developed to try to provide these requirements and try to reduce the negative effects on the “spawn-bound” trout.

Inga_spawning_1Funding for the construction, maintenance, and supervision of the channel has been provided by the Habitat Conservation Trust Fund and coordinated through what is now the Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection. Each spring from mid-May to mid-June the channel is put into operation. The number of spawning rainbow trout that enter the channel starts out slow, but can reach numbers of two to three hundred at their peak.

The North Peace Rod and Gun Club is proud to be a part of this fisheries project. Each year the Club provides funding to local schools to allow young children the chance to travel to Inga Lake and witness this natural activity. Approximately 500 children are bused out through Club funding each spring to take advantage of this excellent learning opportunity. For more information please write the North Peace Rod and Gun Club, Attention: Director, Inga Lake Project.