Kootenay Lake is fishing very well right now. There’s been a couple of 20 pounders weighed in this spring already, and good numbers of 10 – 15′s. They’ve been loving Brownie’s flies trolled at 3 mph. Most days they have been wanting a fly with rainbow mylar in it like the 215. Of course as soon as you think you have it figured out they throw you a curve ball, and want another color for that day. That’s what you have to love about this fishery. You are always on your toes figuring out the fish.
Fishing on Kootenay lake will continue to be hot for the next month and a bit so drop me a line and lets get out fishing.
Salmon and Halibut trips out of Ucluelet will be starting around June 20th. Looking forward to another great summer on the salt chuck.
As per usual, February and March have been producing lots of fat Bull Trout. Been a few nice Gerrards coming in as well.
Went up to the north end of the lake, and had a great time up the Arm on a couple of trips. Lots of action, and both trips landed at least one fish over 12lbs. The old standbys were working the best. # 32 Lyman plug in 4 inch model got us the big guy at 16 lbs. This was one old fish, and the boys were nice enough to take a picture and let him go. A couple of 20 lbers have also been caught down in the narrows.
The fish are extremely fat and healthy looking, which shows well for the health of a lake, and the amount of feed that is there. Hill Creek hatchery had a record Kokanee run this year, so all looks good for a few years to come.
I’ll be heading over to Kootenay Lake about the 20th of April, and will be fishing there for the spring fishery. Talked to Jason and the boys over in Kaslo, and they are doing very well, so I’m looking forward to getting over there soon. Water temp is already 40 degrees.
The snow has disappeared, and the days are warming up, so time to start planning a great spring trip for big Gerrards.
Only 3 months till salmon and halibut fishing on the west coast of Vancouver Island starts. Looking forward to that as well. Last year was just awesome fishing, and fisheries is calling for even more fish this year. The Columbia River run alone is expecting 500 000 fish, and they all have to swim past Big Bank to get home.
What a month Dec. was. Excellent numbers of rainbows to 15lbs.
I think my favorite story was when my little buddy Tom came up for a visit, and we took the kids out fishing for a day. I had this pink fly that had been working awesome for over a month. So the first rod out I put this fly on my favorite setup, ( Tekota reel and convergence rod ). I put it in the water and checked to make sure it was running true, then handed the rod to Tom and asked him to let it out the back of the boat 227 ft.
I go to the other side of the boat and get my next rod rigged, and start to let that line out. Tom says he’s done, and asks what he should do with the rod. I say to just put it in the rod holder for now, and I’ll put it out on the board when I’m done with this rod.
I have my back turned to him as I’m letting out my line, but I can hear alot of grunting and funny noises coming from behind me. It shouldn’t be that difficult to put a rod in the holder, so I bark out ” what’s the problem over there”, trying to be as helpfull as I can be. I don’t know Tom says. This rod is really hard to get into the holder. I turn around to see what’s going on, and give him a hard time about being uncoordinated, when I see that the rod was wrapped around the back of the boat.You have a fish on I yell !!
I look out the back of the boat, and a 15 lb Gerrard clears the water. And what a great fight it was. She jumped a few times, and then when she got to the boat she took one look at Tom and sounded straight down 120 ft. Tom slowly worked her up, and we tailed her into the boat. Now that’s the way I like to start my day !!!
The fishing has still been good through January. Lots of Bull Trout, and some rainbows to 16lbs.
The weather has been awesome, and we’re keeping the cabin of the boat in the low 70′s for our comfort of course. No point in roughing it.