What a great November it’s been. The weather has been fantastic, and lots and lots of fish. Most days out with 4 rods we’re hooking 12 – 15 fish per day. And although were not getting the 20 lbers like we did a few years ago, I’ve never seen so many 10 – 12lbers, which make for a great day. The fishery is definitely rebounding, and the Trout out of Arrow Lk. especially, are extremely fat and healthy.
I went over to Kootenay Lake to fish the Kaslo Bay Resort fall derby with “Team Mitchell” on the November long weekend.
Day 1: It was Dad and sons Matt and Markus. Although Dad was the captain of “Team Mitchell”, it became obvious soon into the trip that the boys had just brought him along to pay for the trip. I don’t think I’ve fished with two more hardcore fisherman. For the first 2 hours between fish I was bombarded with a series of questions all designed to see if I really did know my stuff. Fortunately I think I passed, and the fish were biting, so we concentrated on winning the derby at hand.
Halfway through the day we had already landed 10 or so fish, when we get a double header, and Dad lands a 9.5lb rainbow. Although it’s one of the biggest fish caught so far in the derby, I don’t think it will hold out over the 3 days, so we release the fish. We have a great day with lots of fish. The boys are doing more and more of the fishing, and about all I’m doing is driving the boat. We hooked over 20 fish and landed about 15, and I’m fairly confident that I didn’t release a $500.00 fish.
Day 2: Dad has been ditched due to an injury, and Mom is now “Honorary Captain” of “Team Mitchell”. Yesterday the boys kept telling me how lucky of a fisherwoman their mom was always catching the biggest fish, so I’m thinking there may have been a bit of sabotage going on to get their “lucky charm” on the boat. Anyhow off we go to the same spot to win the derby. The boys know what to put out and how to do it, so I’m just there to check their work and drive the boat. We have another great day, again landing 15 or so fish, and they keep a 9lb bull for supper. Lots of fat 6 and 7 lb rainbows throughout the day making for great fun while waiting for the big one. The only problem is that with only a half a day left in the derby, the 9.5lb trout that I released would have still been in 3rd place. Now I’m starting to panic.
I wasn’t able to fish the last day with Team Mitchell, as I had to fish on Arrow that day, but the boys went out in their 16ft. Lund to finish the derby. No winners, and the 9.5lb that we released did get bumped by a 10lber on the last day.
I really enjoyed fishing with these boys as their enthusiasm for fishing was second to none, and I know there will be a lot of big fish in their future fishing careers.
P.S. I got an email the other night from the boys Dad saying that Matt has decided to quit school, and become a fishing guide. Don’t do it Matt. Stay in school. Besides, I don’t think I could handle your competition.
My boat had been in the shop for awhile getting fixed up, and I had the itch real bad to get out on the water. So Hank, Ralph and I headed out last week in Hanks boat for a day on Arrow Lake.
The worst conditions a trout fisherman can have were there that day.A beautiful fall day. Flat calm and sunny.
Oh well. No point in going home. Out go the boards, and we put out two flies, and one plug.
After about an hour with no bites, we decide to change it up a bit, but are a little discouraged with the nice day. I put on the yellow patriot, and I’m going to let it out 260ft., and put it on the planer board. As I’m letting it out behind the boat, at about the 150ft. mark the rod starts acting funny, bouncing all around, and the line was peeling out alot faster. I realize I have a fish on, so I engage the drag and set the hook. As I look behind the boat, a beautiful Rainbow clears the water, and I start hooting and hollering, calling the guys out from the cabin.
Normally, this is the time when I have to hand the rod over, however, I’m fishing with buddies this time, and it’s every man for himself. I almost forget about the fish as I’m too busy spewing out words of encouragement to my fishing buddies. Things like : “If it wasn’t for me, they’d never be able to catch a fish”, and “it’s a good thing that I’m bringing it in, because they would probably lose a big fish like this”.
This went on for the full ten minutes of the fight, and I’m surprised that I’m still here to tell the story to be honest with you. Hank even netted it for me. A gorgeous trout. A fat and healthy 12.5 lb buck.
Well this broke our dry spell, and dispite the weather conditions, we caught 6 more fish on hair in the next few hours. Turned out to be a great day!!
I now have my boat back, and it’s probably a good thing as I don’t think Hank or Ralph will be inviting me out fishing again any time soon. Ha.
Nov. and Dec. are some of my favorite months for big Gerrards, and I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months of fishing. Hope you can join me!!!
Another great summer has come to a close. Fishing out of Ucluelet was excellent this year. According to fisheries studies, we had some of the best salmon and halibut fishing in B.C. this year. The weather wasn’t always that nice. Quite a bit of rain and wind. Especially the last half of Aug., which is normally your best weather. However, we worked around it, and fished inside waters on the rough days.
Springs were averaging 18 – 28lbs, with some up to the high 30′s and low forties, and the biggest one I heard of was 53lbs.
Lots of feeder springs were on the banks this year in the 8 – 15lb range, making at times for non stop action. These are next years mature fish, so it’s a great sign of what next years fishing will be like.
The Halibut were very plentiful as well, with limits of 10 – 40 lbers being the norm. Incredible eating ! My families favorite with a little tartar sauce.
So now I’m home, and recovered from 50 days on the ocean, and it’s time to get ready for fall fishing on the lakes. There are 3 derbys in Oct. and November, and I have openings for a couple of them at this time. I’m also looking forward to pursuing the Slocan and Trout Lake fisheries this fall. Arrow Lake, after a couple of slow years for trout, has already been producing some nice fish this year. So should be a great winter.
Drop me a line, and we’ll start planning a great fall trip.