I finished up the first half of April on Arrow Lake, with great Bull Trout fishing, and grabbed a few Gerrards to 10lbs. Then I moved over to Kootenay Lake to start the spring Gerrard season.
First day out we boat 9 gerrards and 3 bulls. All on hair on top at about 2.4 – 2.7 mph. The next day it’s a bit cooler, and we drop down to 6 gerrards. All on hair. The third day was real cool and the fish went dorment, but we still managed a couple of fish. Both were on plugs. As the water warms up, my speed will increase.
The warmer days are definitely better fishing days with the water still a bit cool. However it is in the zone now at about 42 – 43 degrees. Lots of fish in the 2 – 6 lb range and some 12 – 15 lbs.
I’m going to fish Trout Lake this spring looking for bigger fish. Trout Lake has always produced big Trout in the spring and fall. Almost zero fishing pressure, but fish in the low to mid 20′s are caught each year. Ice off will be in the first week of May, and when the water temp hits the 40′s, I’ll spend a few days to check it out for you. In the past I’ve fished this lake a half dozen times or more, and at least half the time caught big fish, so this should be pursued further.
Brownie tied up some more 6 packs of flies for the spring. If you’d like a pack drop me a line, and I’ll ship them off to you. They’re working well.
Started going up the Beaton Arm around the middle of January for 4 trips. The first trip we got 10 bulls with two 12 lbers being the biggest. The next trip we got 14 fish with a 12 and a 15lber being the biggest. Seemed like it was going to be like taking candy from a baby. Five days later we went back up there for 2 days, and it was like all the fish had left the lake. We still got a few fish per day to 8 lbs, but it wasn’t like it had been, or usually is. I guess that’s fishing. The only thing we could think of was being too close to the full moon.
We had a strech of cold weather, and the Arm froze so did a few days on the main body of Arrow Lake out of Nakusp. Did very well each time for Bulls, and have even been getting a few trout around 10lbs. Talking to a few other locals in the area, it sounds like its been a good year for Bull Trout.
Still some open dates for big Gerrards on Kootenay Lake this spring. I’m booking from April 15 till the end of May. Prime time.
Kootenay Lake has been fishing very well for trout to 14 lbs, and the Bulls are packing on the weight as well after the fall spawn. I found a sweet spot north of town, and have had excellent days 5 out of the last 6 times up there. Hooked into a couple of real monsters that made the Shimano’s smoke, but couldn’t hold onto them with the barbless hooks. Good numbers of fish in the 3 – 10 lb range, and some up to 14 lbs making for lots of fun.
The other day I was out with Dave and Kim, and we had a busy day hooking into a 10, two 8′s, 7, 6, 5, and a bunch of 3′s. Plump footballs with lots of jam. These are this years average size fish, but they will gain 6 lbs a year, so next year we should have lots of fish in the teens, and the next year should be good numbers of 20 plus’s. Even at the spawning channel this last spring, most of the fish were in the 12lb range according to the biologists, which is smaller than average. By next year those fish will be close to 20′s.