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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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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