Hello from the West Coast !!

It’s July and we have moved one of our boats over to Ucluelet for our summer of Salmon.

We still have a couple boats running on Kootenay Lake for the summer as well, so we’ve got you covered.

Here’s the latest reports:

Salmon/Halibut fishing on the West Coast:

July has started out with a bang! A nice change from the heat in the Kootenays and a pleasant change of scenery.

The weather in Ucluelet is currently 18 – 20 degrees and the fish have been cooperating. The water has been a bit confused, with big swells most days since we’ve been here. And the wind has been blowing offshore, but inshore fishing has been calm.

And, lucky for us, the fish have been hanging around near shore.  A good mix of Chinook and Coho so far this year, and on the couple of days that we did manage to go offshore, the halibut fishing was on fire.

Looking forward to the seas calming down this week and the beginning of our offshore fishing.

Stay tuned…

Kootenay Lake Report:

The lake has warmed up to a nice, comfortable swimming temperature.

That’s usually not the best for fishing temperature, however our guides have been busy and they are catching fish.  Lots of tourists around to show off our great resource. We have been doing mostly half day trips since the weather has been hot.

Most morning trips have produced a few fish each day.  The surface fishing has slowed down, so we have been fishing mostly deep lately.  Bull trout have been consistent and a few rainbows have been chomping in the early morning or later in the evening.

Lots of trips upcoming with tourists, so stay tuned……

What are they biting on???

West Coast Salmon have been keying in on needlefish and tiny herring lately.  So, our best lures have been the 3.0 Kingfisher spoons or the Gibbs/Delta Wee ‘G’.  Paired up with my favourite Oki flasher (Blue Footloose), or the Gibbs ‘Brain Freeze’ flasher have been our best producers.

For the ling cod and rock cod, we have been hammering fish on the Gibbs/Delta Jumbo Anchovy in every color.  The glow colors seem to be working better in the deeper water.  And for the halibut, we have been catching on the Delta Tackle ‘Guide Series’ Halibut rig.  Tipped with salmon belly or herring, these things have been awesome.

On Kootenay Lake, it’s been croc spoons on the surface for Rainbows and Bulls in the early morning or late evening.  And throughout the day, it’s been better on the down riggers.  Anywhere between 100 – 160ft has been producing.

Hope this helps with your next adventure.

Tight lines……….