The Fishing Report – February 2016

The Fishing Report – February 2016

Spring is in the air.  Or at least it has been for the past couple weeks.  We have been enjoying some unusual warmer weather lately and have managed to get out on the water for a few good days.  Here’s the latest: Kootenay Lake: The coldest the water usually gets is at this time of year.  And that means, slow down your presentation.  The fish are still feeding, but not as regular as usual.  We have had some good days on the lake with 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat.  And we have had some slower days with only a few fish.  They seem to be on a pattern of feeding heavily for a couple days, and then taking a break for a few days.  So, if you’re lucky enough to pick the feeding days, you will be rewarded with lots of action. Pretty normal for this time of year. Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs are being caught regularly, and Bull Trout between 2 – 10 Lbs have been caught recently as well.  Typically at this time of year, we see some of our slower fishing, but some of our biggest fish are caught.  So, it’s always worth the trip. Some of the better fishing has been occurring at the extreme South and at the extreme North ends of the lake.  Must be something in the water.  So, if you get a chance to experiment, try heading either way to see if this pattern continues throughout the winter.  We’ll be on the water weekly and will try to keep everybody up to date with our reports either on our Facebook page or on our website.  Stay tuned…… Columbia River: With some milder weather, our guides have managed to get out a few times on the river lately as well.  The Rainbows are packing on some weight.  This is the time of year when we might see the odd fish over 10 Lbs.  Not bad for river fishing.  But, mostly we have been catching the usual Columbia River Rainbow.  They range from 2 – 5 Lbs and all seem to be in great shape.  Lots of fun on the light gear. Our better days on the river have been while drifting or bottom bouncing with bait.  The usual 3-way bottom rig has been working well, as well as my favourite technique of centerpin drifting with a tiny jig or bait.  The fish seem to be keying in on bait lately.  That’s normal for this time of year.  We will continue to use these techniques for the next month or so, until the fish switch over to eating bugs. Although, in saying that, we  have been catching some...

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Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

It’s only Spring time, but it appears that this year is going to be a good one on the west coast.  Not only for fish, but for bookings. We are already 75% full for the upcoming season, so if you’re planning on making it out this year, please contact us sooner than later. Last year provided some fantastic fishing for both Salmon and Halibut, and this year is looking to be as good or better. Give us a call to help arrange your summer vacation!         Here’s a few photos from last season………. Tyee baby………. Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut Michael’s Giant Chinook Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Sandra’s first chinook The lovely fishing couple Another beauty Richie and his...

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Early Spring fishing on the rivers…….

Early Spring fishing on the rivers…….

It’s that time of year when the water should begin to warm up.   My favorite time on the rivers.  The fish are fat.  Looking for a rewarding meal. They have started to put the feedbags on and will continue to get bigger.  Swinging large streamer patterns and buggers for some fat Rainbows at this time of year.  Hardly anybody on the river too.  How can you not enjoy this. We will be fly fishing the river steady from here on,  so give us a call if this interests you.    ...

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A successful Salmon Season………

A successful Salmon Season………

Salmon fishing was fantastic this year.  There was definitely a lot of Chinook around, as well as waves of Coho rolling through.  We had some crazy days with over 50 Salmon to the boat.  Average sizes this year ranged from 15 – 25Lbs, with a few 30 pounders caught also.   Our Halibut fishing was hot and cold.  Some days we would get 4 or 5 halis, and then some days just 1.  The Halibut ranged from 20 – 75 Lbs for our guests this year. The weather was amazing and the waters were quite comfortable for the most part. Overall, I’d say it was another successful season.  Thank you everyone who joined me this year.  Looking forward to next year already. For anyone who didn’t book next year’s trip already, I am taking reservations right now.  We already have over 20 days booked, but still have quite a few available.  Try to book early on this one, as it is our most popular trip. Thanks for the fun season.  And now back to the Kootenays for our Fall/Winter season.     Just a few of our latest catches………. Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Michael’s Giant Chinook Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut One beauty and a Hali. Tyee baby………. Richie and his beauty The body count Another beauty The Cod Father Halibut day Just another beauty The lovely fishing couple Sandra’s first chinook Captain in action Kurt pausing for a photo opp Hold on tight…. Just another day…… Doug and his hali Another full cooler John and his...

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Now Booking Salmon/Halibut Fishing 2015

Now Booking Salmon/Halibut Fishing 2015

We are still taking a few bookings for this years Salmon/Halibut season.  Looking forward to another great run of Salmon.  The predictions are good.  So, make sure to book your dates soon.  We are about 80% full right now, but have a few prime spots still available in July and August. Drop me a line if you’d like to fill your freezer for the...

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