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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The Fishing Report – Sept 2016

The Fishing Report – Sept 2016

We’re back from the coast !! And a busy summer it was.  Our boat kept busy every day on the ocean, and our boats kept steady at home on Kootenay Lake and Columbia River. The ocean threw some curveballs at us this year.  July was a very windy month on the West coast and made for some tougher conditions.  And when the weather cooperated, the fish decided to be stubborn and make us work very hard for our catch. It seemed like the fish were holding in areas just beyond our reach for a while.  And our usual expectations were a lot harder to meet this year. However, we did manage to have quit a few good days mixed in with the slower days.  Fish would show up for a couple days, then move on.  So, we found ourselves catching our limits on some days in a few hours, but other days we would have to work harder for our fish.  Makes the sales pitch for booking 3 days seem a lot more reasonable. After the tough conditions of July, we found ourselves with better conditions and better fishing during August.  In fact, the last 3 weeks of our summer were the best 3 weeks.  Seemed like the fish were showing up later than normal. Halibut fishing was good when we planned the time for it.  However a lot of days we spent longer hours trying for our salmon and left not a lot of time to target halibut.  But, when we did target halibut, the fishing was great.  Some groups managed to land 5 or 6 big halibut each day.  In fact, one of my regular groups ended up with over 100 Lbs of fillets of halibut one day.  So, it just proved that you have to put your time in.  Another good reason to plan on a 3 day trip. Our biggest Salmon this year was just over 33 Lbs. And our biggest Halibut this year was around 72Lbs. Just below the maximum size limit. So, to sum it up,  the season started out slow, but ended with a bang.  It’s different every year.  Here’s hoping next year starts with the bang and continues throughout. Thank you to everyone who joined me this year!  Looking forward to next year already. And now back to the Kootenays. Kootenay Lake: Our guides were kept busy with tourists this summer.  July saw some good days of catching 10 or more fish.  A mix of Rainbows and Bull trout manage to keep everyone busy.  Then in August, as the water temperatures really warmed up, we were catching more Bull Trout than rainbows.  But still enough fish to keep the clients happy. And...

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The Fishing Report – June 2016

The Fishing Report – June 2016

The Fishing Report June 20, 2016 Kootenay Lake: Although the fishing tourism is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual 2 – 4 Lb Rainbows, with a few Bull Trout also from 2 – 6 Lbs. Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught.  But, an average day would produce between 8 – 12 fish.  Lots of action to keep our guests busy. We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well.  We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south. Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now.  Still lots of excitement catching these 2 – 4 pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod.  But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake. The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late.  It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West arm in search of food.  There have been a few surprises coming in lately. Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks.  Lots of 2 – 4 Lb Rainbows, but were also hooking into some Rainbows and Bull Trout up to 8 Lbs in the Arm.  This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish. Lots of opportunity for fish this summer.  Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport. Columbia River: The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June.  Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines.  As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active. Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs were being caught.  Also started to see more Walleye showing up in the fishery. Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around.  The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season. Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year.  A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seam to be getting earlier every year. June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy....

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