The Fishing Report – March, 2017

The Fishing Report – March, 2017

Well the weather wasn’t very cooperative this past month.  Just when  I thought we were heading in to spring, we were rudely surprised by Mother Nature.  So, in saying that, we did’t get out as much as planned during February, but still managed some good fishing. Here’s the latest: Kootenay Lake: The main body of Kootenay Lake was slower fishing than normal.  Although, the cooler water temperatures usually slow things down for February and March.  We did about a dozen trips throughout the month and had some mixed results. Most days were yielding a couple fish, but some of the trips did manage to hook into half a dozen or more.  Slow trolling was the key.  Rainbows from 2 – 4 Lbs and Bull Trout from 3 – 14 Lbs were caught during the month of February.  There is even reports of an unconfirmed 20 + pounder caught at the south end of the lake.  So, there’s still some fish around. We have been exploring the west arm of the lake a bit more lately and it has produced some good fish.  Lots of nice Kokanee being caught on the weekends down in the lower west arm, and some pretty nice Bull Trout being caught throughout the arm.  Our biggest Bull lately was a fat 14 pounder.  But most fish averaged between 5 – 10 Lbs. Looking forward to the weather finally starting to warm up and hopefully the fish will follow suit. Arrow Lake: We spent a few days on the Lower Arrow Lake lately and were rewarded with some pretty nice fish.  As per usual fishing in February, the action has been slow, but the fish have been big.  So, thats a fair trade off. Rainbows up to 12 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 15 Lbs have been coming in lately.  It seems to be more productive than Kootenay right now.  But that can change in a month. We will continue to monitor both lakes and keep you posted. Columbia River: We even managed a few trips on the river when the weather allowed.  As usual the river produced some nice Rainbows.  Each time out we managed to hook into 10 or more fish and they are really starting to fatten up. Rainbows up to 6 Lbs have been caught lately and I expect to see some even bigger ones throughout March and April.  These are our favourite months to fish the river in the spring. Lately the river levels have dropped to the lowest I’ve seen this season.  This has exposed lots of gravel bars and created some great riffles, so it should be some pretty good fly fishing right now. Streamers and nymphs are...

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The Fishing Report – Jan 2017

The Fishing Report – Jan 2017

Happy New Year everyone !!!  And welcome to another great year. Here’s our latest report. We spent almost everyday during the holidays on the water.  Lots of people with friends in town and looking to get out and do something different.  And the fish co-operated as well. Kootenay Lake: There were some cold days on the water this past month.  But, that didn’t keep people from coming out.  The heated cabin was very welcoming on the boat, that’s for sure.  When we did get out, we had some good days. On average, our boat would hook into 10 – 15 fish each trip.   Rainbows seemed to be the most aggressive and the Bull Trout would appear once in a while.  Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs were the norm, and Bull Trout up to 8 Lbs were coming in. One of my favourite trips during the holidays had 2 young kids with us.  The little boy was glued to the rods all day long.  Even the cold wind wouldn’t keep him inside the cab.  But his persistence paid off and he and his family landed more than a dozen fish that day.  It’s nice to see young kids still interested in the outdoor lifestyle. We did have a few ‘bluebird’ days as well.  When the sun came out and the temperatures rose above -5, it was truly magical out there.  Some great postcard pictures on those days. Looking forward to hopefully a more mild January/February and more fantastic days on the water.   Columbia River: Due to the colder temperatures we didn’t get out on the river much during December.  But, when we did, we managed to hook a few decent fish.  We didn’t bother with the boat this past month, as it would be too cold to run the river in an open boat.  So, we stuck to fishing from shore which proved to be just as good. Mostly drift fishing and spin casting the last few trips produced well. Can’t wait for some warmer days to try the river again. Stay tuned…………..   Ice Fishing: It’s that time of year when it seems to be safe to walk on the ice on most lakes.  We did manage to get out a few times on our local ponds and produced some good fish. I’ll have more ice reports as the winter progresses and we get out a bit more. But, lately we have fished Cottonwood Lake, Erie Lake, and Rosebud Lake.  All have produced fish and should continue throughout the winter. We’ll keep you posted.   What are they biting on????? The usual gear has been working on Kootenay for the past couple months.  Our water temperature...

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River Fishing

River Fishing

We fish the Mighty Columbia River from March to November, and sometimes throughout the winter if the weather allows.  Plenty of good fishing to be had on this river with Wild Rainbows and Walleye being are key targets.  Flyfishing, float fishing, or spin casting, we can accommodate any fisherman. We also fish a couple of the Kootenay River and tributaries through the spring and fall.  This provides a trophy Bull Trout season to add to our packages. Check out our Kootenay Charters  page for more details.          ...

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Lake Fishing

Lake Fishing

Our backyard is Kootenay Lake and we fish here all year round.  Even in the winter.  Our lake never freezes over and the fishing is actually better throughout the cooler months.  Our boats are fully enclosed and heated for all weather conditions.   Check out our Kootenay Charters page for more details.         Mitch’s Biggest Rainbow ever        ...

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West Coast Salmon & Halibut

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Ocean  (Salmon & Halibut) During the months of July, August, and September, we send one of our boats and guide to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The small fishing village of Ucluelet is our home for the summer.  The offshore banks attract millions of migrating salmon each year, and it is not uncommon to hook into more than 20 fish each day. Whether it’s Salmon or Halibut, we will try and cater to your needs. Bring a big cooler, because you’re gonna need it for this trip. Check out our West Coast page for more...

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The Fishing Report – Dec, 2016

The Fishing Report – Dec, 2016

Hey everybody,  heres the fishing report to Dec 5, 2016. Kootenay Lake: After spending every second day on the water during the month of November, it has become apparent that the fish are definitely heavier than they were in the spring.  While it may be a double edged sword compromising our Kokanee stocks, the Rainbows and Bull Trout have definitely been feeding.  This has provided us with some great days of fishing. Lots of days consist of catching 12 – 20 fish each day.  So, there is still no lack of action for our customers.  Rainbows between 2 – 6 Lbs have been caught lately and Bull Trout between 2 – 8 Lbs have been coming in.  Nice sized fish for the barbecue. Our latest trip saw a group of locals join us for their year end staff outing.  The morning started out a bit windy and rough, but we managed to find some calmer waters to enjoy our day.  And even though the boat has a heated cabin, I noticed most of the guys were spending most of the time outside because of the excitement. The day started off with a bang!  We only managed to get 2 lines in the water before the first fish hit.  And within 5 minutes, the second fish hit!  I thought this was going to be a busy morning. But then, the switch turned off. So, for the next couple hours, we spent most time inside the cabin of the boat playing cards and sharing stories.  Until it was time to light the barbecue.  And, as expected, just when we were all eating lunch, the switch turned on again!     Six more fish within the next half hour made for a lot of excitement, and a lot of food and drinks being spilled, but that’s secondary. And throughout the rest of the afternoon, the fish would consistently bite about every 15 minutes.  So, an average day turned into an amazing day of fishing. And thats why we keep going.  You just never know! Now that winter is here and the snow is coming, we expect to see the usual influx of tourists and skiers, which will keep us busy throughout the winter months.  Looking forward to teaming up with the resorts to offer some extraordinary packages.  Skiing and Fishing during the same holiday has enticed a lot of new comers to our area.  In fact, one of my groups from Colorado who book an annual ski trip each year to different destinations, said this year they chose Nelson because they found out that they could spend a day on the lake fishing also.   Just another perk about living in the...

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