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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Now Booking Salmon/Halibut Fishing 2015

Now Booking Salmon/Halibut Fishing 2015

We are still taking a few bookings for this years Salmon/Halibut season.  Looking forward to another great run of Salmon.  The predictions are good.  So, make sure to book your dates soon.  We are about 80% full right now, but have a few prime spots still available in July and August. Drop me a line if you’d like to fill your freezer for the...

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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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Back From the West Coast !!

Back From the West Coast !!

The Fishing Report Sept 9, 2013 We are back from the West Coast !  And what a fantastic season it was. A lot more fish around this year.  Still not the abundance of giant Chinooks, but lots of 15 – 20 Lb fish, and a few in the 30’s. Coho were everywhere also.  They disappeared for a few weeks out on the banks, but then a new batch showed up in full force for the remainder of our season.  Most Coho salmon were between 6 – 10 Lbs.  Although the big Northerns showed up later in August and we were rewarded with some 12 – 16 Lb Coho to round out our season. Also abundant this year were Halibut.  Seemed to be a lot of them available out on the banks.  Lots of chicken size Hali’s between 15 – 30 Lbs.  But we still hooked into some bigger ones up to 60 Lbs, and even a couple that were too big according to the new regulations, and we released them. Most of our good fishing took place on the offshore banks.  So, as long as the weather cooperated, we were able to get out there and have some crazy days of fishing.  Average days offshore would have us hooking into well over 50 fish each day. And when the weather didn’t allow us to head out, we still found refuge inside the sound.  Fishing was hit and miss while inside the islands, but some days produced some good fish and some of our biggest coho. All in all, it was a great season on the coast and I’d like to thank everyone who joined us this year. And now back to Kootenay Lake !! Our guys were still fishing Kootenay Lake on a regular basis throughout the summer.  Even on the hot summer days, they managed to catch a few fish.  Mostly on the downriggers due to the warm water conditions. Bull trout of smaller sizes were consistently caught each day.  And a few Rainbows mixed in. And when the warm water finally caught up to us, we started fishing for Kokanee to help keep the interest.  Well, that turned out to be a pleasant surprise.  Some late summer Kokanee up to 18 inches made for a few exciting trips. And now we’re slowly getting ready to transition into our favorite fall fishery. Some decent Rainbows have been caught in the past week or two.  Nothing huge, but still some good fish in the low teens.  That’s a good start considering the water is still very warm. Looking forward to the next few months of fishing on Kootenay. What are they biting on??? It’s still a mixed bag.  The...

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