The Fishing Report – Feb 2019

The Fishing Report – Feb 2019

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) The Fishing Report – Feb 2019 Kootenay Lake: January was a pleasant surprise for weather and allowed us to get out and explore on a lot of days. The lake temperature is at its coldest and the fish are definitely a bit lazy at this time.  Although, we have been getting fish on most outings.  The large numbers of fish that we were catching back in December has decreased, but the size of fish has increased.  So, it’s a nice trade off. Some of our days have seen up to 6 or 8 fish coming to the boat.  With average size of Rainbows being 2 – 3 Lbs, and Bull Trout ranging from 3 – 14 Lbs.  However, due to the colder water, some of our days we have had to work hard to hook into only a couple fish. Either way, we’re still out there fishing and the scenery at this time of year is second to none.  On the cold, clear days we are floating in the middle of the lake while glaring up at the snow covered mountains.  Its a pretty great back yard to have. February is typically a bit slower month, although it seems to be the month when we catch our biggest fish each year. So, stay tuned………….. Arrow Lakes: We have been also frequenting the Arrow Lakes.  We spent a few days fishing the Upper Arrow during their fishing derby out of Nakusp.  It was great to see a good turnout for this fundraiser.  Also good to see lots of familiar faces who use to fish on Kootenay. That derby brought a lot of people to town and generated a lot of tourist dollars for just one weekend.  It would be great to see that kind of life on Kootenay again. During our weekend trip, we managed to land around 10 fish ranging from 6 – 10 Lbs.  Nothing to enter in the derby, but still some great quality fish. Rainbows up to 14 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 15 Lbs have been caught on the upper lake in the past couple weeks.  I’ve even heard about a 27 Lb Bull Trout that was caught in early January.  Trophy fishing for sure. We are also spending a bit of time on Lower Arrow this winter.  The fishing has been somewhat slow, but the quality of fish has been great.  Rainbows between 2 – 8 Lbs and Bull Trout between 6 – 14 Lbs have been coming in lately. Looking forward to the...

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The Fishing Report – Jan. 2019

The Fishing Report – Jan. 2019

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. All Smiles on January 2nd, 2019…………….. The Fishing Report – Jan, 2019   Happy New Year Everyone!!   Well, another great year is in the books.  And it was definitely a fun one.  We met a lot of new families and friends and it just reassures the reason we’re in the business. Putting smiles on faces……… Looking back on the 2018 season I have a lot of great memories.  From the fantastic Kokanee fishery in the spring, to the amazing Salmon/halibut fishing in the summer, and the great flyfishing season on the Columbia, and to the great fall/winter fishery we had out on Kootenay Lake, it all combined for another great season. Thank you to all of our new guests and our returning guests for making 2018 a wonderful year.  Looking forward to what 2019 has to offer. And now, the latest fishing report: Kootenay Lake:   December was another good month on the lake.  It started out with a bang, and slowed down a bit near the end of the month. Our early trips saw between 10 -15 fish coming to the boat with the averages sizes being: Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs and Bull Trout from 2 – 8 Lbs. One memorable trip was with a boat full of elementary students.  The kids were introduced to some great fishing, with each kid hooking into a couple fish each.  Some of these fish being either the childs first fish, or their biggest fish.  Making it very rewarding for all of us.  Its always fun sharing our passion with the new anglers, and hopefully getting them a jumpstart into their own fishing adventures. And as the water cooled down in the last couple weeks, we’re managing to hook into 5 – 10 fish on the good days. December weather made it pretty easy to be out there.  The mild days were very comfortable fishing for our groups, and so far January is continuing with the mild temps, so we look forward to spending a lot of time out there. Columbia River:   Some mild days made for some fun fishing on the river as well.  We managed to get out a few times from shore and were rewarded each time with some great fish. All Rainbows at this time of year for us, and they ranged from 2 – 4 Lbs. Lots of fun on the spinning rods. January and February usually provide us with some pretty decent fish from the river.  Looking forward to more fun times from the shore. Stay tuned………. What are they biting on ???...

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The Fishing Report – Dec 2018

The Fishing Report – Dec 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. The current fishing report…………………  ( from my office ) The Fishing Report – Dec, 2018 Kootenay Lake: Another fun month of fishing in November was had by all.  And so far December has started out the same. The fishing has been consistent for Rainbows and we are also hooking into a few Bull Trout each day to compliment the catch. We’ve been having fun with some of our corporate groups as they have been joining us for their year end festivities.  It always adds to the entertainment when you have a large group of people and can place some friendly wagers on the day. Our last big group enjoyed a great day on the water, with both boats catching a lot of fish and even got to enjoy a bonfire on the beach during our quick shore lunch.  Not bad for winter! Lately our days have been pretty consistent, with 10 – 15 fish coming to the boat.  Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 8 Lbs have been fairly steady. The weather has been great and we look forward to more fun trips throughout December. Note:  There’s still openings for your holiday fishing trip, as well as gift certificates available for the Christmas season. Stay tuned…………. Columbia River: We managed a couple days on the river in November and they produced fish each time.  Mostly just fishing from the shore, as we didn’t feel like running around in an open boat in the cooler weather. Still getting the odd fish on the fly rod, but lately have been having better luck with the float rods and spinning rods. The usual Columbia River Rainbows between 1 – 3 Lbs have been caught. Hoping to get out a few times still this winter on the mild days, as this is still a great time to fish the river. Stay tuned………. What are they biting on ??? On the lake, its been a mix of flies, plugs, spoons.  My favourite bucktails have been the black/white or grey/wht colors.  Lucky numbers have been #210, 215, 216, & 228. Also on the surface for Rainbows, we have been running my favorite Gibbs/Delta spoons.  Gold/fire stripe, or gold/fire wing have been working great. And on the riggers for Bull Trout, we have been mostly using my favorite Gibbs/Delta flasher in the lemon lime color or STS color.  Paired up with my green spatter back hoochies, they have been a deadly combo. Best depths as of late have been:  81′, 101′, and 121′. Water temp is hanging in the mid 40 degrees,...

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The Fishing Report – Nov, 2018

The Fishing Report – Nov, 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. A beauty November Bull Trout. The Fishing Report – Nov. 2018 After experiencing our second phase of summer in the last couple weeks of October, we’ve also been experiencing some great fishing.  The 10 days of 20 degree weather was a bonus and we were lucky enough to take advantage of it. Here is your latest report: Kootenay Lake: October was a great month for fishing.  The weather was fantastic, after the fist couple weeks, and the fishing was good as well.  It seemed that there were more Bull Trout available to catch after mid October and it kept our groups busy. Rainbows were fairly active for the first half of the month, but have tapered off a bit now.  However, the Bull Trout are still feeding fairly actively. Most days lately we have been averaging between 10 -15 fish.  Rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs and Bull Trout between 2 – 8 Lbs have been the norm. As always, I expect November and December to be prime fishing. So, stay tuned………………. Columbia River: With the amazing weather near the end of October, we managed to get out a few times on the river. The fishing was good for both Rainbows and Walleye.  The Rainbows were even biting on the dry flies, which made it exciting. Most Rainbows were the usual Columbia River size of 2 – 4 Lbs, but we did manage a couple around 5Lbs.  And the Walleye were averaging a bit smaller, coming in around 2 -3 Lbs, but making for some tasty meals. Spin casting and fly fishing continue to work for either species. Still hoping to get out a few times each month on the river.  Stay tuned…. What are they biting on ??? On the lake it’s been the usual.  Bucktail flies, croc spoons, hockey sticks, and flasher/hoochie  have all been working. Rainbows mostly on flies and spoons.  My favourites have been the 215, 210, 226 for flies.  And my favourite Gibbs/Delta croc spoons in the brass/fire stripe,  or brass/fire wing have been working best. And the Bull Trout have been aggressively taking the flasher/hoochie combo.   My favourite flasher is the Green Lemon Lime down around 100ft and it has been producing many. And on the river, its been a mix of dry flies and or nymphs on the fly rod.  Or the usual jig head with a curly tail grub for walleye, and an assortment of croc spoons for the Rainbows. Stay tuned for more reports. Tight lines……………… Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson BC 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com heres a beauty rainbow from nov...

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The Fishing Report – Sept 2018

The Fishing Report – Sept 2018

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. And We’re Back from the West Coast!!! The Fishing Report – Sept. 2018 We are back from the West Coast!! And what a season it was! We had a few new groups join us this year and a few new families, which made it even more exciting for me.  I love to share the crazy west coast experience with newcomers and young families. It’s hard to explain to people just what to expect.  At least,  I can explain it, but nobody would believe the things we see and the fish we catch, unless they get to experience it themselves. This year was no exception.  The fishing was fantastic and the wildlife was unbelievable.  We had whales breaching and feeding around us almost daily.  Got to feed the bald eagles almost daily.  And had some non-stop action on the rods as well almost daily. July started out with a bit of foul weather.  But we were lucky enough to have some fish close by and inside the islands where it was calm.  And when those fish moved on, we were lucky to have the weather co-operate throughout the rest of the season to allow us to get out to where the majority of the fish were feeding. It was another banner year for our Halibut fishing as well.  Most days offshore consisted of limits of salmon in the first few hours, and then some good halibut to finish our day off. It was a mixed bag of Chinook and Coho salmon this year as well.  It seemed like the Chinook fishing was great, until the Coho took over.  Then it was unbelievable coho fishing and we had to hunt for the quality Chinook.  But thats a tough problem to have. All in all, I would consider this one of the best seasons on the coast.  Consistent fishing for mostly all of our groups. I have so many memories to recall and photos to try and share with everyone, but need some time to gather my senses.  Will try to sum it all up with a nice slideshow in the next little while. I’d like to thank everyone who joined me this season and look forward to seeing you again next year.  It looks like most groups have decided to stay ahead of the game and already booked for next season, but I’ll be sending out reminders later in the fall/winter to others who may be interested in joining us next year. And now, back to the freshwater where our guides have been keeping the tourists happy throughout the summer. Here’s the...

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The Fishing Report – July

The Fishing Report – July

Here’s the latest fishing report from the pro’s at Reel Adventures. Email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. A beauty Kootenay Bull Trout caught at the end of June! The Fishing Report – July, 2018 Kootenay Lake: It’s been a fun couple of months.  The last couple weeks of June were very consistent fishing on the lake and the beginning of July has been good as well. Rainbows from 2 -5 Lbs and Bull Trout from 3 – 12 Lbs have been the norm. We also had another great 3-day opening for Kokanee in the west arm at the beginning of the month.  So, a busy schedule for us. Currently the water temp has warmed up and the Rainbows have tapered off a bit.  But, the Bull Trout are making up for it.  We are finding more fish down deeper now in the cooler water, but still eager to bite. One of our latest trips had a group from Lethbridge join us for a couple days of fishing.  They managed to land about 10 Bull Trout and another 10 Rainb0ws in the 2 days.  A pretty productive trip I would say.  Looking forward to showing some of the summer tourists around are fishing grounds for the rest of the summer. Hotter weather means we will be switching our trips to earlier in the morning or later in the evening.  Still a great time to hook into some fish. Stay tuned…………. Columbia River: The river is on fire!!!!! It’s that time of year.  The caddis hatch is in full swing and the fish are eager to take a dry fly. Early mornings begin with spin casting for Walleye or fly fishing with nymphs.  Both techniques are producing very well. But by mid to late afternoon, it’s time to switch to dry fly fishing.  The hatch has been thick.  The fish are all looking upwards and the afternoons have been very productive. The magic hour just before dark has been amazing.  The hardest part is keeping your fly in the water. Walleye fishing and Rainbow fishing should continue to be great for the rest of the summer.  My favourite time on the river.   What are they biting on ??? On the lake, it’s been a mix.  Starting to get more fish on the down riggers now.  So, plugs and hockey sticks between 60 – 80ft has been best.  We are also still getting some on the surface using the Gibbs/Delta croc spoons in brass/fire stripe, or nickel/blue. And on the River, its been spin casting with jigs and rubber twister tails for walleye, or flyfishing with nymphs in the morning and caddis in the evening. Stay tuned as...

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