The Fishing Report – Oct 2018

The Fishing Report – Oct 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. Fall Fishing has begun!! The Fishing Report – Oct. 2018 First off, I’ve got to share this great video from one of our days on the westcoast.  These guys put together a short film of their experience.  And since we are already booking our trips for next year, I thought I would share this .  Check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uO9PAvlG0I0 And now, onto our local fishing… Fall is in the air.  The water has cooled.  And it’s now time for my favourite season of fishing. Here is your latest report: Kootenay Lake: The fishing has been consistent on Kootenay for the past month and should only get better as the water cools down. Most days we’ve had around 10 fish to the boat and a few days even busier.  Rainbows have been fattening up a bit this fall and there’s been a few in the 5 pound range.  Lots of 2 -3 pound fish with the odd bigger one mixed in. And Bull Trout are still hanging in there as well.  We are seeing a few Bulls up to 10 Lbs, but mostly 3 – 5 pounders. Looking forward to what the rest of October will bring us. Stay tuned, as there are a couple derbies coming up as well.  These are usually the indicator of what the fall/winter will bring. The annual Thanksgiving derby is this weekend Oct 6,7,8 out of Woodbury.  And then the following weekend is the Nelson City Police Alumni charity derby. We will be present at the NCP derby as it is a great fundraiser for the Kokanee Creek interpretive centre.  Hope to see you there Oct 13 & 14.  Come on out and support a great cause. Columbia River: The weather has been a bit ugly the past couple weeks, but we are still managing to get out a bit on the river. Fly fishing for Rainbows has been productive, and spin casting for Rainbows and Walleye has produced as well. The usual 2 -3 pound Rainbows are coming in, with a few up to 5 Lbs.  And the Walleye seem a bit smaller than last year, but still some great eating fish at 2 – 3 Lbs. Hoping for some decent weather to prolong our river fishing.  Stay tuned………….. What are they biting on ??? On the lake it’s been the usual assortment.  Bucktail flies have been working, as well as small spoons and hockey sticks.  Our best lures have been flies in the # 210, 215, & 226 colors.  And crocodile spoons in the brass/fire wing, nickel/fire stripe, and brass/fire stripe colors have been...

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The Fishing Report – Sept 2018

The Fishing Report – Sept 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. And We’re Back from the West Coast!!! The Fishing Report – Sept. 2018 We are back from the West Coast!! And what a season it was! We had a few new groups join us this year and a few new families, which made it even more exciting for me.  I love to share the crazy west coast experience with newcomers and young families. It’s hard to explain to people just what to expect.  At least,  I can explain it, but nobody would believe the things we see and the fish we catch, unless they get to experience it themselves. This year was no exception.  The fishing was fantastic and the wildlife was unbelievable.  We had whales breaching and feeding around us almost daily.  Got to feed the bald eagles almost daily.  And had some non-stop action on the rods as well almost daily. July started out with a bit of foul weather.  But we were lucky enough to have some fish close by and inside the islands where it was calm.  And when those fish moved on, we were lucky to have the weather co-operate throughout the rest of the season to allow us to get out to where the majority of the fish were feeding. It was another banner year for our Halibut fishing as well.  Most days offshore consisted of limits of salmon in the first few hours, and then some good halibut to finish our day off. It was a mixed bag of Chinook and Coho salmon this year as well.  It seemed like the Chinook fishing was great, until the Coho took over.  Then it was unbelievable coho fishing and we had to hunt for the quality Chinook.  But thats a tough problem to have. All in all, I would consider this one of the best seasons on the coast.  Consistent fishing for mostly all of our groups. I have so many memories to recall and photos to try and share with everyone, but need some time to gather my senses.  Will try to sum it all up with a nice slideshow in the next little while. I’d like to thank everyone who joined me this season and look forward to seeing you again next year.  It looks like most groups have decided to stay ahead of the game and already booked for next season, but I’ll be sending out reminders later in the fall/winter to others who may be interested in joining us next year. And now, back to the freshwater where our guides have been keeping the tourists happy throughout the summer. Here’s the...

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The Fishing Report – July

The Fishing Report – July

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. A beauty Kootenay Bull Trout caught at the end of June! The Fishing Report – July, 2018 Kootenay Lake: It’s been a fun couple of months.  The last couple weeks of June were very consistent fishing on the lake and the beginning of July has been good as well. Rainbows from 2 -5 Lbs and Bull Trout from 3 – 12 Lbs have been the norm. We also had another great 3-day opening for Kokanee in the west arm at the beginning of the month.  So, a busy schedule for us. Currently the water temp has warmed up and the Rainbows have tapered off a bit.  But, the Bull Trout are making up for it.  We are finding more fish down deeper now in the cooler water, but still eager to bite. One of our latest trips had a group from Lethbridge join us for a couple days of fishing.  They managed to land about 10 Bull Trout and another 10 Rainb0ws in the 2 days.  A pretty productive trip I would say.  Looking forward to showing some of the summer tourists around are fishing grounds for the rest of the summer. Hotter weather means we will be switching our trips to earlier in the morning or later in the evening.  Still a great time to hook into some fish. Stay tuned…………. Columbia River: The river is on fire!!!!! It’s that time of year.  The caddis hatch is in full swing and the fish are eager to take a dry fly. Early mornings begin with spin casting for Walleye or fly fishing with nymphs.  Both techniques are producing very well. But by mid to late afternoon, it’s time to switch to dry fly fishing.  The hatch has been thick.  The fish are all looking upwards and the afternoons have been very productive. The magic hour just before dark has been amazing.  The hardest part is keeping your fly in the water. Walleye fishing and Rainbow fishing should continue to be great for the rest of the summer.  My favourite time on the river.   What are they biting on ??? On the lake, it’s been a mix.  Starting to get more fish on the down riggers now.  So, plugs and hockey sticks between 60 – 80ft has been best.  We are also still getting some on the surface using the Gibbs/Delta croc spoons in brass/fire stripe, or nickel/blue. And on the River, its been spin casting with jigs and rubber twister tails for walleye, or flyfishing with nymphs in the morning and caddis in the evening. Stay tuned as...

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The Fishing Report – June 2018

The Fishing Report – June 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) The Fishing Report – June 2018 Kootenay Lake: May was a good month of fishing.  Early on it was the usual buck tailing for Rainbows and things were very productive.  But once the high water hit, it was a little bit more tricky.  Dodging sticks and logs made it a bit difficult, but when we found some clear water to fish, we would just keep doing circles in that area. Average days throughout the month of May consisted of 10 -15 fish coming to the boat.  Mostly Rainbows, but still a few Bull Trout mixed in.  The usual 2 -3 Lb Rainbows and a bunch of Bulls between 3 – 8 Lbs made up our daily catches.  Water temperature is hanging in the high 50’s F, which is perfect for keeping the fish active. The beginning of June saw our limited 3 day opening for Kokanee on the west arm again, and the boats were out in full force.  Another successful few days of west arm Kokanee fishing made for some exciting times. Lots of fishermen were done fishing before breakfast even started.  That’s the trade off when Kokanee fishing.  When its good, you may only get to fish for an hour to retain your limit. Our groups at the beginning of the month chose to fish for Kokanee in the morning and then venture out on the main lake for Rainbows and Bull Trout for the afternoon.  All the groups were rewarded with their limits of Kokanee and also got to fight some high flying Rainbows and a few Bull Trout later on. The weather cooperated for this opening and made for some enjoyable Kokanee fishing.  It’s also nice to see all the boats out and it made for a nice social interaction each morning on the water. Look forward to the next short opening in July.  Fun times……….. And now that the water has receded, we look forward to more great days on the main lake with guests.  The water temperature is perfect and June is usually a good month for fishing.  So, stay tuned………….. Columbia River: The river was high for a while and tough to fish, but now has become consistent flows and the fish are very active.  Just like the lake, water temperature has a lot to do with it.  And now is perfect! The last few outings on the river have produced some great numbers of fish.  Some days hooking into 20 – 40 Rainbows has made it very entertaining.  Seems like the flyfishing...

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The Fishing Report – May 2018

The Fishing Report – May 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) The Fishing Report – May, 2018 Kootenay Lake: Slowly but surely things are shaping up.  The weather went from winter to summer overnight, and the creeks are flowing and the bugs are hatching.  So, the fish are becoming more and more active. April saw some pretty good days on the lake.  We had some busy days with more than 15 fish on throughout the day.  And we had some slower days.  It seems that when the weather is consistent, the fishing is consistent.  So, hopefully we will see some sort of consistency from here on. Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs and Bull Trout between 2 – 12 Lbs have been caught lately.  I did even see a Bull Trout pushing 20 Lbs last week, so you never know.  It’s definitely time to get out on the water. The beginning of May marked the 2nd opening for Kokanee on the West Arm this spring.  And this time was a lot more rewarding than last month.  The weather cooperated and the fish cooperated.  As usual, the first day of the opening was the hottest fishing.  And the next couple of days slowed down a bit.  But that’s to be expected with the fishing pressure. It was nice to actually see a bunch of boats on the lake for a change.  I’m pretty sure there was more than 60 boats out there on the first couple days.  It makes me realize just how many boats aren’t fishing on the main lake during the rest of the year. Hoping to see more people out now that the weather has finally warmed up.  May and June are my favourite months to fish in the spring. The creeks are flowing, the flying ants are hatching, and the fish are looking upwards. So, stay tuned……… Columbia River: The river, as usual, is producing some good fish. Walleye fishing has been pretty good lately up top, and the Rainbow fishing has been fantastic. Average sizes of late have been the usual 2 – 4 Lbs, but still getting the odd Rainbow between 5 – 8Lbs. Bugs are hatching and the fish are becoming more aggressive.  In fact, with the latest flying ant hatch, the fish are in a bit of a frenzy.  Try using anything black. Prime time on the river now though summer. Stay tuned……. What are they biting on ??? On the lake, it’s been a mix of flies and spoons.  The usual bucktails have been working well for Rainbows.  Lucky number 215 or 210...

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The Fishing Report – April 2018

The Fishing Report – April 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) The Fishing Report – April, 2018 Kootenay Lake: Things are finally starting to warm up.  Maybe spring is finally here, but I don’t want to jinx it. Our days on the lake have been fairly consistent, although there’s still been some days where the fish have been stubborn. For example, on one of our outings we managed to hook into more than a dozen fish, and then the very next day with the same group, we only hooked into a couple fish.  But, that’s why they call it fishing. The usual Rainbows between 1 – 3 Lbs and Bull Trout between 3 – 10 Lbs have been coming in lately.  So, it keeps it interesting. The beginning of April also saw the limited opening of the West Arm for Kokanee.  The 3 day opening was hit and miss for fish and fishermen.  Although the weather wasn’t the greatest at that time as well. Opening day saw a big turnout of fishermen in the early hours of the morning, and the results seemed to be mixed.  Some boats had their limit within half an hour, while others had to put in their time and work hard for their fish. And the next couple days were tougher conditions, but similar results.  It’s typical for this fishery to be hot on opening day and slow down on the days following.  Either way, it was nice to see some life on the lake again. As the water temperatures warm up, we should begin to see fish becoming more aggressive and hopefully larger in size. April and May are usually my favourite months on the lake. Stay tuned……. Columbia River: The river continues to produce some nice fish. When the weather has allowed, we have been getting out a bit more this past little while. Rainbows are fattening up, bugs are starting to hatch, and things are looking up for the Spring fishery. Rainbows up to 7 Lbs have been caught lately, with the average sizes being between 2 – 4 Lbs.  Columbia River clones we call them.  These fish are always fat and healthy looking.  And they fight like crazy. This is big fish season on the river, so stand by, because you never know what you might end up with. What are they biting on ??? On the lake, it’s been best for us on our usual buck tail flies and small spoons for Rainbows.  Lately the best flies have been the grey colors.  #210 & 215 have been working best for us,...

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