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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The Fishing Report – November 2015

The Fishing Report – November 2015

October was a great month for weather and the fishing was good too.  We fished both the East Kootenays and the West Kootenays in order to keep busy.  And both regions had their moments. The Rivers in both regions were teaming with Bull Trout.  And this is the time of year to target the Giant Bulls.  We had a few great days targeting these big fish throughout the month.  Using both techniques of fly fishing or spin casting we managed to hook Bulls between 6 – 16 Lbs throughout October.  A lot of these big fish will remain in the Kootenay River throughout the winter, as there seems to be more food for them to choose from.  So, we will continue to make the odd trip over and keep everyone posted of the conditions. Kootenay Lake: October was a pretty good month for fishing the lake as well.  There seems to be still a lot of Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs feeding.  And we have been catching more and more Bull Trout as they slowly return to the lake. Most Bulls have been between 2 – 5Lbs, with a few up to 10Ls lately.  The smaller Rainbows are usually fairly aggressive until the water cools down, so expect lots of action for the next little while.  And, normally when the water cools down, the bigger fish start to feed.  It is remained to be seen what this fall/winter will bring us, but I expect to see a lot of Bull Trout caught and hopefully a few big Rainbows still around to catch. Either way, it’s still a beautiful background to be  fishing in.  So, we’ll be out there as much as we can. Columbia River: The Columbia has produced some beautiful fish in the past few weeks.  Rainbows up to 7 Lbs have been caught lately, with lots of the usual 2 – 4 Lb fish to make up the balance.  This is a great year round fishery and if the weather cooperates, we plan on spending a lot of days on the river throughout this winter.  Both fly fishing and spin casting have been producing well for us lately.  Looking forward to the next little while. What are they biting on?? On the lake we have been catching most Rainbows on the surface on bucktail flies or spoons.  There also seems to be a lot of Rainbows hanging around the depths with the Bull Trout.  So, experimenting with the down riggers has been key.  Lots of Bull Trout lately on the usual flasher/hoochie combo, as well as our lyman plugs.  Common depths have been between 100 – 150ft. On the rivers, we have had best luck for the...

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The Fishing Report – Sept. 2015

The Fishing Report – Sept. 2015

We’re back from the Westcoast ! And this year proved to be a great one.  There were lots of salmon around and fishing was fantastic.  Daily limits of Chinooks were fairly normal as well as Coho mixed in.  The Chinook fishing was consistent all summer and the Coho were on again off again.  Some weeks saw the banks littered with Coho, then other weeks they moved on and mainly just Chinooks around. There was still plenty of action no matter what time.  Chinooks ranged from 15 – 30 Lbs this season, and the Coho were 6 – 12 Lbs until September rolled around.  Then  the Coho were 10 – 18 Lbs and the largest Chinook weighed in at 40.4Lbs on September long weekend. Halibut were a different story this year.  Good Halibut fishing in the early part of July, but then it proved to be spotty throughout the rest of the summer.  Some days we would get 4 or 5 hali’s, and then the next day there were none.  Although, the quality was good when we got them.  Halibut from 20 – 70 Lbs were caught by our guests. The other story of the Summer was our weather.  While its rare to see no precipitation on the west coast, we were blessed with mostly sunny days and fairly calm waters.  Although when the wind decided to blow, it was extreme.  I was glad to see mostly smooth waters for our new guests this year though. All in all I would call it a very successful season.  I would like  to thank everyone who joined me this year and look forward to doing it again next summer.  We’ve already started planning and booking. And now, back to the Kootenays: Kootenay Lake: Our guides did fairly well this summer on Kootenay Lake regardless of the extreme hot weather.  Lots of tourists around to enjoy our local resource.  Most of our trips were based on beating the heat.  So, early morning starts were the key.  There seemed to be lots of small rainbow trout still around, so there was definitely some action everyday. And now that fall is almost upon us, we wait to see what the rest of the lake will do.  To be expected, our Kokanee spawning numbers declined even more this year (to an all time low).  So, we will have to see what the future will bring us.  That being said, our number of juvenile Rainbow trout seems to still be fairly high.  So, if they can find food, or if the kokanee issue can be resolved, there is still a good chance at seeing some larger Rainbows in the future.  Only time will tell. October, November, and...

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