River Fishing

River Fishing

We fish the Mighty Columbia River from March to November, and sometimes throughout the winter if the weather allows.  Plenty of good fishing to be had on this river with Wild Rainbows and Walleye being are key targets.  Flyfishing, float fishing, or spin casting, we can accommodate any fisherman. We also fish a couple of the Kootenay River and tributaries through the spring and fall.  This provides a trophy Bull Trout season to add to our packages. Check out our Kootenay Charters  page for more details.          ...

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Lake Fishing

Lake Fishing

Our backyard is Kootenay Lake and we fish here all year round.  Even in the winter.  Our lake never freezes over and the fishing is actually better throughout the cooler months.  Our boats are fully enclosed and heated for all weather conditions.   Check out our Kootenay Charters page for more details.         Mitch’s Biggest Rainbow ever        ...

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The Fishing Report – Oct 2014

The Fishing Report – Oct 2014

The Fishing Report Oct 4, 2014     Kootenay Lake   We’ve been back now for a few weeks and have done quite a few trips on Kootenay already. Usually September is a slower month for fishing as we are waiting for the water temperatures to drop. However, we have been catching a lot of fish on our trips.  A nice surprise for this time of year.  Mostly smaller fish right now, but still seem to get the odd big one every day or two. My last group from Philly and Chicago had decided to come out with us near the end of September.  And when they were booking with us, I mentioned that they might want to wait until later in October when the fishing really gets good.  But, their schedules dictated when they could come, so they decided to try September and take a chance. After explaining to them that this is our slower time of year for fishing and not to have high expectations, we jumped in the boat and headed out. Well, the fish proved me wrong.  Day one, the boys landed 10 fish up to 10 lbs.  And then on day 2 they landed 9 fish up to 13 Lbs.  Very rare for such warm water.  And as a bonus, they got to jump into the lake to cool off at the end of the day. So, now they are hooked and I think I’ll have a hard time convincing them to come at a different time of year.  Funny how it works.  That’s fishing…….. While not every day has been like that, we have still been catching fish daily.  Still looking forward to the next few months as the water cools and the fish become more aggressive.  Here’s hoping for a great fall/winter fishery. The first derby of the fall is coming up.  This will give us a good idea about how the fishing should be this season.  Looking forward to seeing some familiar boats and faces. Woodbury Thanksgiving Derby:   Oct. 11,12,13 Nelson City Police Derby/fundraiser:  Oct 18,19 Kaslo Rainbow Derby :    Nov. 7,8,9 Good luck to all the participants. Stay tuned for the results……………………………….   Columbia River With the nice September weather we have experienced, I have had the chance to keep fishing the river also.  And as expected, the walleye have been pretty cooperative, as well as some good fly fishing still. A nice mix of fly fishing and spin casting to break up the day. Most walleye have averaged around 16 inches, or a couple pounds.  Just right for the frying pan.  And the rainbows have been between 15 – 22 inches.  Great fight on a 5-weight fly rod. This...

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The Fishing Report – Sept 2014

The Fishing Report – Sept 2014

The Fishing Report Sept 10, 2014 We’re back from the West coast!  And this year was an unusual year on the ocean. With all the predictions from fisheries yielding this as the biggest run of Salmon ever, we certainly didn’t see anything spectacular compared to most years. The last couple weeks of July saw some tough days of fishing.  The bait wasn’t hanging around and so the Salmon weren’t sticking around for long either.  We spent a lot of time chasing fish.  One day they were in one spot, and the next day they moved 10 miles and we had to move also. But, when the bait finally arrived, we started to have some of the great days that we expected.  August saw some really good days with limits of Chinook and Coho Salmon, as well as our Halibut limits fairly easy. This year we found some great Halibut spots and were rewarded with consistent fish from 40 – 70 Lbs. We did have some of the days that we are accustomed to though.  A few days with over 40 fish to the boat made it exciting. Chinooks up to 30 lbs this year and Coho up to 17 Lbs were caught. All in all, it was a good year, and I’d like to thank everyone who joined us on the coast this year.  Looking forward to what next year has to offer. And now back to our local reports: Kootenay Lake: The hot summer also made for some the warmest water temperatures we have had in years.  This warm water also affected our fishing.  July was still pretty good on the lake for Rainbows up to 10 lbs and Bull Trout up to 12 Lbs. Early August saw some good mornings of fishing for Kokanee and small Rainbows.  And then by mid August, the fishing did slow down, but we still managed a few fish each day. Now that September is here and the nights are cooler, our water temperatures are dropping fast.  This is starting to wake the fish up.  We have had some good days with more than 10 fish to the boat lately. Rainbows up to 12 Lbs have been caught and should continue as the water cools.  Our favorite time is coming up.  As the water cools, the fish will become more active and begin to feed heavily.  October, November, December are our favorite months of fishing.  So, let’s get ready for another fantastic fall! Columbia River: The River came alive in July and August and continues to be great fishing so far in September.  Once the hatches started, the dry fly fishing was phenomenal.  Fly-fishing remained great throughout the summer.  And still the...

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Now Booking 2014 Salmon Trips !!!!

Now Booking 2014 Salmon Trips !!!!

Hi Folks, We are now booking for our summer Salmon & Halibut trips out of Ucluelet.  This year’s forecasted run of the big Columbia Chinooks is at a record high 1.8 million.  Those monsters  have to go right past our fishing grounds.  So, it’s looking like another great year of salmon fishing. Lots of action packed days on the ocean.  Somedays with over 50 fish to the boat.  Can’t wait. We still have some dates available for July & August.  So, drop me a line and we can start planning your summer...

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