Well, here we go,…..   Winter is on it’s way!

We watched the snow line drop while we were on the water yesterday, and we woke up to some snow on the ground today.

It’s that time of year, although we  did get a nice extended summer as the first half of October was beautiful.

With the temperatures dropping and the snow starting to fly, we are finally seeing our water temperature drop.  It has now hit the magic numbers and we should see the fish becoming more and more aggressive.

Some of our crew was lucky enough to head down south and fish the great Pend Orielle Lake the past couple weeks.  What a nice surprise to see a lot of our old clients and friends down there.  Lots of BC, AB, WA, OR, friends who used to come here to fish.  A nice treat to be able to hear some screaming reels again.  There was a fair number of large Rainbows caught this past weekend, with a lot of 20 + pounders.  And so far this week, there’s been a few up to 22 Lbs to start the fall derby. The lake is busy and the towns are bustling.  What a great economic boost.  A great reminder of how things used to be here on Kootenay.

As for now, we are back on Kootenay Lake for our fall/winter fishery and here’s the latest report:

Kootenay Lake:

The water temperature has dropped below 55 degrees and lately below 50 and the fish are coming to the top.  We did have a couple weeks of great Bull Trout fishing as they returned to the lake, but now that the temperature has dropped, we are seeing more Rainbows on the surface.

The Bull Trout have been pretty decent sized as they seem to be finding some food.  Bulls up to 10 Lbs have been caught lately and Rainbows up to 7 Lbs.

Our last outing managed to land 6 Rainbows and a couple Bull Trout throughout the day.  Rainbows were the usual 2 -3 Lbs and the Bulls were 5 – 6Lbs. The day started off with a bang.  First fish to the boat in he first 10 minutes.  Then another strike.  Then 1 more Rainbow and it slowed down.

For the next 3 hours, we played cards and listened to music.  It’s funny, when the fish turn off, they turn off.  Not a bite for 3 hours, but then it all started again.

Early afternoon the bite turned on, with a couple double headers and then a few more fish.  It seemed like the frenzy lasted a long time, but it was only about an hour and a half.  During that magic time frame we managed to land another 6 fish and lost a few as well.

That’s the norm on Kootenay Lake.  There always seems to be a morning bite and an afternoon bite.  So, if you can spend the whole day on the water, you will be rewarded.

This past week has seem some strong winds and very cold weather.  This can turn the fish off for a few days, and so can the full moon.

We did notice the slower fishing for a few days, but things to be getting back on track again.

Looking forward to what the rest of November and December have to offer.

Stay tuned…

What are they biting on???

It’s been a mixed bag.  Lately, we are starting to get them on bucktails.  But, up until now, it’s been an assortment of plugs, flies, and spoons.

For the Rainbows, the lucky bucktails have been the #207, 210, 226.  And the magic spoons have been the Gibbs crocs or skinny ‘g’.  Favourite colors have been the brass/fire stripe, the Outfitter, and the No Bananas.

And for the Bull Trout, we’ve been catching most on the Gibbs STS flasher with a green spatterback hoochie.  Also getting some on the green pistachio and the oil slick.  The most consistent depths for us lately has been between 121′ – 153′.

Water temp is cooling, but are trolling speeds are picking up.  Best speeds for us have been between 2.7mph – 3.2mph.


Hope this helps with your next adventure.

Tight lines…….

Captain Kerry