West Coast Salmon & Halibut

West Coast Salmon & Halibut

Ocean  (Salmon & Halibut) During the months of July, August, and September, we send one of our boats and guide to the west coast of Vancouver Island. The small fishing village of Ucluelet is our home for the summer.  The offshore banks attract millions of migrating salmon each year, and it is not uncommon to hook into more than 50 fish each day. Whether it’s Salmon or Halibut, we will try and cater to your needs. Bring a big cooler, because you’re gonna need it for this trip. Check out our West Coast page for more...

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Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 2016

Westcoast Salmon & Halibut 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. Stay...

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Kootenay Lake or Columbia River

Kootenay Lake or Columbia River

Our guides are having a good season so far on the lake and on the river.  Rainbows between 2 – 4 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 8 Lbs are coming in from the lake daily.  And the river is producing lots of 2 – 4 Lb Rainbows on light gear. Ask us about our half day or full day packages on the lake or river for the summer months. Lets go fishing...

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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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Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

Salmon/Halibut 2016 is filling fast !

It’s only Spring time, but it appears that this year is going to be a good one on the west coast.  Not only for fish, but for bookings. We are already 75% full for the upcoming season, so if you’re planning on making it out this year, please contact us sooner than later. Last year provided some fantastic fishing for both Salmon and Halibut, and this year is looking to be as good or better. Give us a call to help arrange your summer vacation!         Here’s a few photos from last season………. Tyee baby………. Father/Son limited out Full limit of Chinooks with a couple huge Halibut Michael’s Giant Chinook Aldo’s Trophy Chinook Sandra’s first chinook The lovely fishing couple Another beauty Richie and his...

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