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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The Fishing Report – April 2016

The Fishing Report  –  April 2016

March was a pretty good month for fishing.  The weather started out a bit miserable, but it seemed to turn around during the second half.  We had another enjoyable month on the Rivers, as well as a lot of action on the lake. So, here’s the latest report: Kootenay Lake: It’s been a numbers game on Kootenay Lake.  Lots of days with 10 – 20 fish coming to the boat made for an exciting month.  Mostly Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs, but a few Bull Trout up to 12 Lbs have been caught lately as well.  As the water warms up, the fish will become even more active and we should also see a lot more Bulls in the mix. Our latest trip last week saw a young family hook into about 23 fish in their day.  Landing more than half of them was exciting and to see the look of excitement in their daughters face made it all worth while.  She was shaking every time she fought a fish.  Even though the fish were all 2 – 4 lbs, it just proves how the adrenaline still flows when the rod buckles over.  Lots of fun with these guys.  Thats what fishing is all about !! The next few weeks should see more and more action as these fish start to warm up and become more aggressive.  Looking forward to it. Last week I also decided to make a run up to the spawning grounds in Gerrard to see what our future will bring.  As to be expected, the numbers were low and the size was down, but at least there’s still some fish up there to keep the genetics going.  There may still be some more fish showing up over the next couple weeks, so we can still be hopeful for the future.  Usually the peak count at Gerrard is around the first week of May, so stay tuned……….. And finally, on a good note, there were a few Rainbows caught last week between 12 – 17 Lbs.  So, the chance is always there.  You just have to be out there.  So, Let’s Go Fishing…… Columbia River: Another fantastic month of fishing on the river!  And with the high temperatures rolling in this week, I expect to see some hatches starting and some fish starting to get more aggressive. In the past few weeks we’ve caught some of our biggest Rainbows and have been having a blast.  Lots of double digit days on the river lately as well.  Mostly Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs, but still manage to hook a few in the 5 – 8 Lb range as well. Both fly fishing and spin casting...

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The Fishing Report – March 2016

The Fishing Report – March 2016

Spring fishing has been fun.  Although, after enjoying a nice month of February weather, we are now paying for it in March. During the warm spells, we have been spending  a lot of time on the rivers already.  Some great days catching Rainbows on the Columbia, and some fantastic days catching giant Bull Trout on the Kootenay River.  Hoping for some consistent weather in the next couple of weeks to allow us to continue our efforts on the rivers. Although, the weather doesn’t really bother us on the big lake.  The heated cabin of our lake boats allows for us to fish in all weather.  So, we haven’t slowed down.  Plenty of tourist traffic at this time of year to keep things going.  And our skiers have been enjoying a day to rest their legs and enjoy a day on the boat. So here’s the latest reports: Kootenay Lake: We have had some hot and cold days on the lake.  The fish are still feeding pretty actively, but only on certain days.  Now, if we could figure out what days they are, we would be laughing.  We’ve had some days with 10 -15  fish coming to the boat.  And we’ve had some slower days mixed in.  The feeding seems to be consistent, as long as the weather is consistent.  And lately, the weather doesn’t know what to do.  So, we’ll just keep putting in our time and enjoy the outings. Mostly Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs have been caught lately, although I did hear a report of a Giant Rainbow caught at the south end of lake this week.  Also lately we have been catching Bull Trout between 2 – 10 Lbs. The water temperature has warmed a bit, so hopefully the fish will become more active as we get into our warmer weather.  Still, it’s always better than sitting on he couch. Columbia River: The river has been producing well for us.  Lots of days with 10 – 20 Rainbows taking our offering.  The water levels have remained very low, which has provided some great seams for fly fishing.  If the water stays this low and the weather warms up soon, we will begin to see more and more hatches and the fly fishing should remain amazing. In some of the deeper holes, we have been catching lots of rainbows on our centrepin gear.  Always fun to use this steelhead technique to target our feisty rainbows. It never gets old watching your bobber go down.  Brings back childhood memories of bobber fishing from shore on the small lakes.  Only difference is, these fish are bigger and stronger!  Fun times……. Most Rainbows lately have been 2 – 4...

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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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The Fishing Report – Dec 2015

The Fishing Report – Dec 2015

  Tis the season everyone, and winter fishing is here!! We spent  most of November chasing Rainbows.  Both on Kootenay Lake and on the Columbia River. So, here’s the latest reports: Kootenay Lake: With the colder temperatures, we will be concentrating on the main lake a lot coming up, as we have the comfortable heated cabins of our lake boats. The main lake fishing has remained the same as last month.  Lots of Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs and a few Bull Trout from 3 – 8Lbs.  Our average trips seem to hook into 10 – 15 fish each day, with the odd crazy day of more than 20 fish.  It seems to be a matter of quantity over quality right now, although a lot of people are happy with the perfect eating size of fish.  Either way, it;s lots of action for our groups.  Fun, family trips happening lately, as we can keep the kids entertained with constant action. The holiday season is upon us and we will be on the water daily to accommodate all the families and friends who are in town and looking for some things to do. Some of our best fishing days seem to happen every year during the holidays.  So, I hope the tradition continues.   Columbia River: The river has been producing some hogs lately.  Must be the time of year.  These fish seem to be much fatter at this time of year and should remain plump throughout the winter months.  Our biggest river fish seem to  happen from now until March or April.  So, we will be choosing our nice winter days to spend on the river.  Our latest trips have seen 6 – 10 fish per day, with the average size being 3 – 6 Lbs.  Lots of fun on a spinning rod or fly rod. Also hoping to start with the centerpin fishing for our steelhead fishermen.  Always lots of fun. Some of my favorite fishing is coming up.  While most people are switching to ice fishing, we are lucky enough to have open water all year round.  So, let’s get out there!   Ice Fishing: Ice fishing opportunities are coming up.  And while I haven;t been out yet, I do look forward to a change of pace.  I don’t know the ice conditions yet, but here are a few popular lakes to check out this winter.  Cottonwood lake is nice and close to Nelson.  It’s a great place to take kids and is a fun lake to fish.  We will be checking it out soon.  Rosebud Lake and Erie Lake are closer to Salmo and they provide some great fishing opportunity for everyone.  And just to...

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