Fishing Reports

Fishing Report – January 17, 2011

End of December and into January has been very good for trout. Most of the larger Gerrards are in the 15 – 18 lb range. I did see numbers of fish coming down as the water got colder, so I slowed my presentation down and threw out some Lyman plugs. Had some great days pulling plugs. Both rainbows and bull trout. On the darker days the #69 was hot. At one point I had three of them out, two on the surface, and one down deep, and they were all catching. Other Lymans that were working were # 67, # 32, #10, and #100. All great winter colors.

For flies, the good ole 215 and 228 are still working in addition to the blk/wht’s

Don’t forget about Hook it Up Tackle’s fishing derby this coming weekend in Nakusp. January 22,23. Biggest fish over 10 lbs wins it. There will be lots of prizes in addition to the top three fish, including free flies from Kootenay Fly Company, and free plugs from Lyman Lures. Call Miranda for details at Ph.250-265-0005. The weather looks great for the derby with highs around or above freezing.

Lots of great fishing to be done this winter, and a great way to beat cabin fever.

Tight Lines … Brad

Fishing Report – December 14, 2010

December continues to be excellent fishing. Still pulling hair on top at around 3 mph. Lyman plugs and flasher and hootchie on the downrigger is producing some nice Bullies. They have really fallen into a pattern with either the 215 or the 228 working almost every day. Makes life a bit easier for me. If you don’t have a half dozen of these flies, phone Miranda at Hook it Up Tackle in Nakusp, and she will ship them off to you. Ph# 250-265-0005 or . Also on that note, Miranda is restarting the Blue Knuckle Derby in January. The dates are set for Jan.22,23 / 2011 on Arrow Lake in Nakusp. Will be a great time, lots of prizes, and a great way to beat the winter blues. Lots of nice trout coming in on Arrow this year. I’m guessing the top fish will be over 18lbs.

One of the many highlights over the past couple of weeks was when I was out fishing with Wayne, Terry, and Donny for an annual four day trip. We had caught some great fish in the first three days, getting trout over 10 lbs every day, and up to 16lbs. On the last day we had some nice fish to the boat, but still needed a big one or two. At about 1:30pm the 228 rips off the starboard side planer board and line starts screaming off the reel. We got a big one yells Terry and he grabs the rod.I like it when the fish is pulling line, but once he knows he’s hooked he shifts a couple of gears, and really puts the line to the test. Terry tries to get the fish under controll while we slow the kicker down and try to get lines out of his way. About a minute into the fight, and after we had slowed right down, I glance over my shoulder and look at the two lines remaining on the port planer board. The clip with the 215 on it was pulled back about 8 ft and just stayed there. I yell at Donny to grab that line as we got a small one on. He grabs the rod, and as he releases the clip and sets the hook, the fish comes alive. Line starts peeling off the reel, then she starts jumping, and she won’t stay in the water. We know Donnys fish is over 10lbs but Terrys is still bigger, so we give Terry priority. Terry eventually lands his 18lber, and we’re all hooting and hollering when Donny says hey guys, I’ve still got a fish on over here. So we eventually net Donnys fish and it turns out to be a beautifull fat 15 lb hen. We take some quick pictures and release her. Talk about chaos, but an awesome double header, and a great way to end the trip. Way to go guys!!

Tight Lines … Brad

Fishing Report – November 19, 2010

Kootenay Lake is fishing hot. Great numbers of big fish coming in. Many days we’re having multiple rainbows over ten pounds on the same day. A good example of this was on Nov.11 when Karl a new guy came out with two of his buddies. I was sure hoping to get him a trout over ten pounds to get him hooked on this trophy fishery. Well by 10:00am the fish decided to help me out, and we were off to the races. To start the day we had a double header 12 pounders. Got the first one to the boat, and it falls off the barbless hook. Get the second one to the boat, and it falls off the hook. Well that’s a bit discouraging, but 10 minutes later the reel screams again, and we land a 16lber. Then we get a 14 lber.We then have a couple more big fish on that perform long distance releases. Then Karl hooks into something real big, and this fish pulls line like I haven’t heard in a long time. In it’s first run we look down at the line counter and it reads 550 ft. Karl takes his time, and works this fish into the boat. We land the 18 pounder. An incredible battle!
We hooked into 10 big fish landing 5. An 18,16, two 14′s, and a 12. Not to mention the ones under ten pounds. I tried to keep it real by telling them that it isn’t like this everyday, but they were so full of adrenaline I don’t think they believed me.

For the next few days I had Horace, Doug, and Marty out for the Kaslo Bay Resort rainbow derby. The first day we landed one over 10 lbs, the second day we landed 4 over ten and the last day I don’t really want to talk about. Our biggest was 9lbs. Still a beautifull trout.

They have been coming in mostly on flies. The 215 has been very consistant, along with the 204, 228, and 214. Troll them up to 4 mph. Purples should start working soon as well. If you want these flies shipped to your door, ph. Miranda at Hook it up Tackle in Nakusp, and she will ship them out to you the same day. Her email is and her ph.# is 250-265-0005

Lots of great fishing to be done this winter, and lots of big fish yet to come.
Tight Lines … Brad

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