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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The Fishing Report – Dec, 2016

The Fishing Report – Dec, 2016

Hey everybody,  heres the fishing report to Dec 5, 2016. Kootenay Lake: After spending every second day on the water during the month of November, it has become apparent that the fish are definitely heavier than they were in the spring.  While it may be a double edged sword compromising our Kokanee stocks, the Rainbows and Bull Trout have definitely been feeding.  This has provided us with some great days of fishing. Lots of days consist of catching 12 – 20 fish each day.  So, there is still no lack of action for our customers.  Rainbows between 2 – 6 Lbs have been caught lately and Bull Trout between 2 – 8 Lbs have been coming in.  Nice sized fish for the barbecue. Our latest trip saw a group of locals join us for their year end staff outing.  The morning started out a bit windy and rough, but we managed to find some calmer waters to enjoy our day.  And even though the boat has a heated cabin, I noticed most of the guys were spending most of the time outside because of the excitement. The day started off with a bang!  We only managed to get 2 lines in the water before the first fish hit.  And within 5 minutes, the second fish hit!  I thought this was going to be a busy morning. But then, the switch turned off. So, for the next couple hours, we spent most time inside the cabin of the boat playing cards and sharing stories.  Until it was time to light the barbecue.  And, as expected, just when we were all eating lunch, the switch turned on again!     Six more fish within the next half hour made for a lot of excitement, and a lot of food and drinks being spilled, but that’s secondary. And throughout the rest of the afternoon, the fish would consistently bite about every 15 minutes.  So, an average day turned into an amazing day of fishing. And thats why we keep going.  You just never know! Now that winter is here and the snow is coming, we expect to see the usual influx of tourists and skiers, which will keep us busy throughout the winter months.  Looking forward to teaming up with the resorts to offer some extraordinary packages.  Skiing and Fishing during the same holiday has enticed a lot of new comers to our area.  In fact, one of my groups from Colorado who book an annual ski trip each year to different destinations, said this year they chose Nelson because they found out that they could spend a day on the lake fishing also.   Just another perk about living in the...

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The Fishing Report – Nov, 2016

The Fishing Report – Nov, 2016

Despite the weather in October, we managed to get out on the water almost every day.  I had good intentions of spending lots of time in the jetsled, however it was much more comfortable in the big boat with the furnace.  So, the majority of our time was spent on the lake.  Either way, at least we made it through the month and caught a lot of fish.  So, here’s the latest report……… Kootenay Lake: Well, it’s been a numbers game on Kootenay lately.  Lots and lots of fish being caught.  Same size as the last few months, but they seem to be getting fatter.  Most of our trips have seen 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat, although we just had a crazy day last week with over 25 fish on throughout the day.  At least it keeps people busy. The average sizes have been between 2 – 5 Lbs, with a few fish up to 10 Lbs.  The Bull Trout have been the bigger of the two species lately. We took part in the Nelson City Police Derby last month, and as usual, we had a blast.  Lots of fish were caught and lots of fun was had.  This annual charity derby has always been a good one to attend, and this year may have been the best.  For those of you who missed it this year, you missed out on a fantastic Prime Rib Dinner and more door prizes than people this year.  So, everyone went home with plenty of prizes.  Another job well done by the local police alumni.  Hope to see more familiar faces again next year! And now that November is here, there has been a break in the weather and people are starting to get out on the water again.  I’ve seen more boats in the past 2 days than I’ve seen all last month.  Hopefully the weather is a bit more enjoyable for this month, and more people can get out and enjoy the active fishery. November has always been my favourite month in the fall for fishing.  So, stay tuned…………. Columbia River: The river has produced some nice fish this past month.  Although, we didn’t get out there as much as we usually do because of the weather.  But, when we did, we managed to hook some good fish.  Walleye fishing continued to be good throughout October with some nice fish up to 6 Lbs being caught.  I even saw a picture of a beautiful 14 pounder from last week.  Nice to see there’s still some big ones in there. The Rainbow fishery was also pretty good.  Some healthy bows up to 5 Lbs coming in lately.  Hopefully the...

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