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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The Fishing Report – March 2018

The Fishing Report – March 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 – March, 2018 Kootenay Lake: Well, cabin fever must have hit in February because we were much busier than I had expected.  A pleasant surprise though.  It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, we still love to get people out on the water. Fishing was as to be expected a bit slower.  But again, thats normal for this time of year.  Still managed to catch a few Rainbows most days and and we started catching some bigger Bull Trout later in February and early March. Our last few trips have seen consistent fishing for multiple Bull Trout up to 10 Lbs and starting to get more Rainbows as well.  As the water begins to warm up, we should see the fish getting more active and look forward to some productive days. Also, stay tuned for the limited Kokanee opening on the west arm that everyone is waiting for.  Looking forward to April 1. Stay tuned……. Columbia River: We managed to get out a couple times in February and were rewarded with some fish each time. Again, it was all shore fishing for us, or walking and wading, but every spot seamed to produce and we had some great days. A couple of the days we managed to land up to 10 Rainbows.  Mostly 2 -3 pound average size, but all were strong fighting fish.  As specially on the fly rod or light spinning rod. Warmer weather is here and the launches are clear.  So, we will be launching the drift boat next week. Can’t wait to float the river for even more opportunities at fish. March and April are usually when we catch our biggest fish on the river.  So, stay tuned…… What are they biting on ??? On the lake, its been a mixed bag of spoons, flies, and plugs.  The Rainbows have been hitting on the usual buck tail flies in the magic colors of #210, 215, 222.  Also catching quite a few on the Gibbs/Delta crocodiles in blue/silver, or orange/brass. Note the water temperature is still below 40 degrees so you will need to maintain a slow trolling speed as the fish are not as aggressive.  My speeds for the past month have been between 1.8 mph – 2.2 mph.  Although, with this warmer weather, we have been starting to catch some fish at a faster pace up to 2.6mph.  Just have to keep switching it up. Our Bull Trout in the past couple weeks have been bigger. They have been biting  on our favourite Gibbs/Delta flashers in the lemon lime color or STS color.  Paired up with...

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The Fishing Report – Feb 2018

The Fishing Report – Feb 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 – Feb, 2018 Kootenay Lake: January was a bit slower for fishing, but we’ve been rewarded with some bigger fish.  It’s typical at this time of year due to the water being at its coldest temperatures, the fish are a bit lethargic.  But they still have to eat! In fact, our latest trip from last week had the fish cooperating and produced some nice sized fish.  My new friends from Alberta managed to hook into a few Bull Trout just under 10 Lbs, as well as a bunch of Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs.  Not bad fishing for February. This group was a blast.  Lots of fun on the boat with these guys.  And that’s what it’s all about.  Between the crib tournament and the friendly fishing derby between the guys, it kept us entertained all weekend. It just reinforces the reason that I love my job. I’ve also heard of a few Bull Trout up to 15 Lbs being caught last month as well. The weather has been cooperating and we have had some beautiful days on the water. Looking forward to some great February days and hopefully we slide gently into spring. Stay tuned……. Columbia River: We did get out a few times again on the river when the weather allowed, and each time we were rewarded with some fish. It was all shore fishing for us, or walking and wading, but every spot seamed to produce and we had some great days. On a couple of the better days we managed to land more than 10 Rainbows.  And the average sizes have been 2 – 3 Lbs, however we did manage one fish up around the 6 Lb mark.  These are all good fish when fishing with a spinning rod or fly rod. Can’t wait for even warmer weather and better fishing to come. February, March, and April should produce our biggest fish of the year on the river. And, we will be offering float trips as well as walk & wade trips as soon as the snow clears. What are they biting on ??? On the lake, its still been a mixed bag.  The Rainbows have slowed down on the surface, but we are still getting them on the bucktails and spoons. My favourite Gibbs/Delta crocodile spoons have been working.  Gold or brass colors have been best with a touch of orange. And my best bucktail patterns have been the bleeding gill #210, as well as black/grey #214, or black/wht #234. Note the water temperature is still...

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The Fishing Report – Jan 2018

The Fishing Report – Jan 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 – Jan, 2018 Happy New Year everyone!! Here’s your first fishing report of 2018. Kootenay Lake: December saw some great days on the lake, with multiple fish caught most days. The first half of the month was action packed with 10 or more fish coming to the boat each day.  But things slowed down a little for the second half of the month. Our last few trips have seen between 5- 8 fish a day with the average size being 2 – 3 Lbs for the Rainbows, and 3 – 10 Lbs for the Bull Trout. Although, there have been a few Bulls up to 15 Lbs caught in the west arm lately. We had a busy holiday schedule with lots of tourists, and friends and families who joined us on the water.  A nice way to mix it up a bit during the holidays.  Also, a lot of skiers in town who have taken advantage of a day off to rest their legs and join us for a fishing adventure. Look forward to getting more groups from every corner of the continent throughout the rest of the winter. January can be a bit slower fishing, but some of the bigger fish can be caught at this time.  So, it will be a trade off. Stay tuned……….. Columbia River: We managed to get out a few times on the river when the weather has been mild, and each time we were rewarded with some nice fish. Mostly just shore fishing, or walking and wading since the boat launches have been covered with snow.  But, that hasn’t kept the fish off the lines. On a few good days, we have managed to land more than 10 Rainbows.  And the average sizes have been 2 – 3 Lbs, with a few up to 5 Lbs.  These are all good fish when fishing with a spinning rod or fly rod. Looking forward to some more mild weather and getting out on the river more during January and February. Ice Fishing: A lot of the lakes around us are safe enough to fish through the ice now.  Some of the best fishing happens from now until end of February. Some of our local watering holes have been:  Cottonwood Lk, Erie Lk, Rosebud Lk, as well as Box and Summit Lk. Try your luck on the hard water this month for a rewarding experience. What are they biting on ??? On the lake, we are still running an assortment of flies, spoons, plugs,...

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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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