The Fishing Report – Dec 2017

The Fishing Report – Dec 2017

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 – December 2017 November continued to be a fun month of fishing, and December is treating us well! Here’s the latest report: Kootenay Lake: Same as the last couple months, we’re still catching good numbers of fish. Most of our groups have been hooking into 10 or more fish each day, which has kept it exciting. Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs and Bull Trout between 2 – 10 Lbs have been the norm.  We’ve had lots of family groups joining us the past few weeks, and these fish are perfect for the young ones as well as the older ones. It’s always a rewarding feeling, watching the younger children catch their first fish or biggest fish. The weather for the first half of December has been great.  Still need the heated boat, but it’s been very comfortable fishing for the past couple weeks. Looking forward to what the rest of December will bring. Stay tuned…….. Still have a few dates open between the holidays, if anyone is looking for something to do.  Also have some gift certificates available for that last minute shopper. Columbia River: We’re still getting out on the river these days.  The last couple weeks of mild weather and no snow has been perfect for drifting the river.  Just have to dress for it. The fish have been co-operating as well. We’re still managing to get some fish on the fly rod, which has been fun.  Mostly swinging streamers at this time of year, although the nymph set-up has produced some good ones as of late also. Also having some good days with the spinning gear.  Both from shore and from the boat.  The usual Columbia River Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs have been pretty consistent. If the weather continues to be nice, we’re looking forward to many more days on the the river this winter. We’ll keep you posted. Arrow Lake: Both Upper and Lower Arrow Lake have been producing some good fish lately.  We have managed to get out a couple times on the Lower portion and have seen some quality fish coming in. Rainbows up to 15 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 15 Lbs have been caught recently. Looking forward to spending some more time over there this winter. Stay tuned……. What are they biting on ??? On the lakes, we have been running the usual set-ups.  Flies, plugs, and spoons have all been working well. Our Rainbows have been coming in on the usual Bucktails. The standard...

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The Fishing Report – Nov 2017

The Fishing Report  –  Nov 2017

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) The Fishing Report – Nov 2017 October was a fun month for fishing. The weather was a mixed bag, but that didn’t keep us away from the lake or the rivers. So, here’s the latest report: Kootenay Lake: Still catching the numbers in Kootenay Lake, which makes it fun for most groups.  We’ve had the pleasure of  entertaining guests from Texas, California, Colorado, Washington, Idaho, BC,  Alberta, and Saskatchewan this past month, and its been a blast. Lots of days with 10 – 15 Rainbows coming to the boat, and the Bull Trout have been chomping a lot lately also since they returned from the rivers. Most of the Rainbows are the usual 2 – 3 Lbs and the Bulls have ranged from 3 – 8Lbs. November is usually a good month for fishing and so far it hasn’t disappointed.  Even after the early snowfall at the beginning of the month, we have still been out a lot and catching a lot of fish.  Good thing for the heated boats, which allows for year round, all weather fishing. Looking forward to the rest of November and December to be good fishing as usual. Stay tuned……… Columbia River: October has always been a good month for fishing the river, and this year was no exception. We still managed to get out and hook a bunch of Walleye and the Rainbows were very aggressive. Walleye from 2 – 5 Lbs were the norm, and Rainbows between 16 – 25 inches (2-5 Lbs) were taking the fly. Even managed to hook a few on the dry fly throughout the month.  The giant October Caddis is always a treat for these rainbows. Expecting the river to produce good numbers of Rainbow throughout the winter months, so hopefully we can get some fair weather days to spend out there as well. What are they biting on ??? On the lake, we have been running an assortment of flies, plugs, and spoons. The Rainbows were mostly focusing on bucktails earlier.  My favourites for the past month have been #326, 310, 315. And lately we’ve been having more success on smaller spoons.  The Gibbs/Delta Razorback spoons have been working well in the Nickel/Brass color, as well as the Skinny G in the gold nugget. I think anything with some gold in it will produce lately. And as for the Bull Trout, they have been consistently hitting on the STS flasher with a green glow hoochie.  But we’ve also been getting a bunch on our 4″ plugs. Favorite depths for the Bulls has been 95 – 150ft. And on the River,...

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The Fishing Report – Oct 2017

The Fishing Report – Oct 2017

The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) It’s been a busy tourist month for us and we have been on the water a lot. Here’s the latest fishing report: Kootenay Lake: The first half of September was still fairly hot and smoky, and the fish were still a bit lethargic.  However, once the weather cooled and the skies became clear again, it was definitely the beginning of some pretty good fishing. Our groups during the second half of the month have been experiencing some great days on the water.  Lots of days with 6 – 10 fish, and lately we’ve had some 10 -15 fish days as things cooled off. A good mix of Rainbows and Bull Trout throughout the month has kept it entertaining.  Most of the Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs have been caught on the surface.  And most of our Bull Trout between 2 – 10 Lbs have been caught between 75 – 150ft on the down riggers. As the water cools throughout the month, we should see more and more fish becoming active and more fish coming to the surface. October and November are prime time.  Looking forward to my favourite couple months of fall fishing on Kootenay Lake. Stay tuned……….. Columbia River: The river has been producing well lately.  Rainbow fishing has been on fire, and Walleye fishing has been just as good. We’ve had some crazy days with more than 20 -30 fish to the boat in the last month.  Fly fishing continues to be best for Rainbows.  And for the Walleye, we have been trolling or spin casting. Most Rainbows are between 16 – 22 inches, and most Walleye are between 16 – 24 inches.  All of them being the perfect size for fighting and for eating. The fall fishing on the river should remain consistent throughout the next month or so.  Look forward to more good days out there. Derby Notice: It’s that time of year when the Nelson City Police Alumni host their annual charity fishing derby.  October 13,14,15 should be a fun time as usual with everyone. The derby is a great social event which includes a fantastic dinner and a ton of door prizes. This derby is a fundraiser with proceeds going to the Kokanee Creek Park kids program.  The program teaches kids about our local resource and is a very important program to help fund.  I couldn’t think of a better charity. This derby is a great social event for a great cause, so, if you’re wanting to get out fishing on our lake, this would be a great weekend to do it. Tickets are available at the Nelson Police Department, or the Gill and Gift...

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The Fishing Report – Sept 2017

The Fishing Report – Sept 2017

We’re Back from the West Coast !! We’re back from the West Coast !!!! What fun season on the coast this year.  The best part was the weather.  Lots of calm seas and nice weather days made for some very comfortable fishing. July started out a bit slow for Salmon, but the Halibut fishing made up for it.  It seemed like Halibut were more plentiful this year, and were easier to catch than the Salmon at the beginning.  Lots of runs out to the Big Bank this year because of the nice weather, and also because it was the only consistent place to catch fish during the early part of July. After mid July though, we started finding more big Salmon closer to home.  From mid July until the end of August, there were good numbers of fish right along the beach.  Consistent Salmon between 16 – 22 Lbs was normal along the shoreline, and as the summer progressed, we started catching some 24 – 30 Lb fish as well. Our normal routine throughout August was to fish for Salmon close to home in the morning, and then once the crew had their limit of Salmon, we would then head offshore for Halibut.  And, even when the Salmon fishing was on fire,  the Halibut fishing was even hotter!  I haven’t had this good of Halibut season for a long time.  A nice bonus for our guests.  Hali’s ranged from 15 Lbs.  – 75 Lbs. Along with my local groups who travel to the coast to meet up with me, we had lots of new groups join us this year, which added to the excitement.  I’d like to thank everyone who joined me this year and help make it another successful season. We added a nice new 2 bedroom cabin to our accommodations this year, which turned out to be a popular addition to our packages.  And, as everyone who may have booked late this year experienced, the accommodations in Ucluelet are getting harder to find on short notice.  So, I think the addition of the cabin is a bonus, and I recommend anyone interested in joining us for next season, please plan well in advance. And now, back to the Kootenays……………. Kootenay Lake: Our guides kept fairly busy on the lake throughout July and August.  Although the thick smoke from this terrible wildfire summer deterred some people from coming, we still managed to get out and catch some fish. Most of our trips were planned around the weather temperatures.  Some early morning trips and some late afternoon/evening trips made it more comfortable for our guests as we tried to beat the heat. Our guys were catching more Bull Trout than...

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The Fishing Report – June 2017

The Fishing Report – June 2017

May was a busy month for us on the water, and June has started out with a bang.  Still lots of inconsistent weather, but we’ve managed to fish through it all.  Here’s the latest reports: Kootenay Lake: The month of May was a good month on Kootenay for fish numbers. We had lots of days with 10 – 20 fish coming to the boat.  There was even some nice weather to enjoy for a while.  And while the hot weather was happening, we also witnessed the annual flying ant hatch.  And that is usually the beginning of good fishing.  All the fish in the lake are now into a regular feeding pattern.  In fact, the ant hatch creates a frenzy.  It was an exciting couple weeks while the ants were floating on the surface.  And hopefully the fishing remains steady from here on. Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs have been coming in daily and I heard about a couple bigger fish caught over 12 Lbs as well, so there’s still some bigger fish around.  Bull trout have been getting more aggressive lately as well.  Bulls up to 12 Lbs have been caught, with the average being between 3 – 7 Lbs. And last week we had our limited Kokanee fishery for the month of June.  It proved to be a great couple of days.  The Kokanee have been packing on the weight since last month.  These fish were averaging 15 – 20 inches, with some up and over 2 Lbs.  That will make a meal.  On day 1, we had our limit within the first half hour.  Thats some great fishing!  And on the next day it took a bit longer, but still managed 3 peoples limits within an hour.  Got to love it when the fish cooperate.  Looking forward to the next opening in July.  Fish should be even bigger.  Stay tuned……. Arrow Lake: We headed over to Arrow Lake for a few trips last week also, and it was a nice change of scenery.  The fishing was pretty good as well.  Rainbows up to 12 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 12 Lbs were caught recently.  I marked a lot of schools of kokanee over there also, which is a good sign that there is some food for our bigger fish.  Arrow Lake could be on an upward trend.  We’ll see. On our last trip there, we managed to land 1 big Rainbow, 1 big Bull Trout, and about 8 more smaller Rainbows.  So, it was definitely worth the trip.  Looking forward to some more trips over there this year. Columbia River: The river has been producing well lately.  Even with the high water, the fish are...

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The Fishing Report – May 2017

The Fishing Report – May 2017

April was a good month.  Not for weather, but at least the fishing was pretty good.  And now that May is here, hopefully we will finally  get some consistent weather.  We spent a lot of days on the water regardless of weather, so here’s the latest fishing report: Kootenay Lake The water is finally warming up and the fish are getting active.  We have been experiencing some good days lately with a fair number of fish being caught.  A couple really good days with more than 15 fish coming to the boat, and a lot of days with up to 10 fish being caught.  Things should continue to get better and better as the water warms up.  Looking forward to what the rest of May and June have to offer. Kokanee season on the West arm was successful.  This year the opening has been shortened to the first 2 days of April, May, June, and July.   And so far, the first 2 openings have been good.  In fact the latest opening on May 1&2 produced limits for most boats out there.  A lot of people were finished their fishing by 7am or 8am.  Also saw some big Bull Trout being caught during these periods.  Bulls up to 19 Lbs have been caught lately.  Kind of reminds me of the old days.  At least the West arm is still alive. Speaking of alive.  It was great to see some life around Balfour while the Kokanee fishing was happening.  More than 50 boats were out each morning and the talk on the dock was encouraging.  Hoping to see more and more people out fishing during the next few months. Duncan Lake The Duncan has still been fishing well.  Some consistent days with 10 or more Bull Trout coming to the boat have kept people entertained.  Most of the Bulls have been between 5 – 9 Lbs, but I did see an 11 Lb and 13 Lb caught one weekend.  A nice change of scenery and a really good fishery to try. Also, since the water has warmed up, the Kokanee fishing has become good.  Hooking 20 – 30 Kokanee in between the Bull Trout fishing makes for a busy day on the water. Fishing usually remains good up there until the water rises, which will be happening fast now. Columbia River April has always been one of my favourite months on the river.  This year, we didn’t get out as much as we were hoping due to the weather, but when we did, it was great as usual.  Had some crazy days with 20 – 30 Rainbows to the boat.  And some slower days when the cold fronts moved in....

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