Had some pretty good Bull Trout fishing in February and March which is
typical for this time of year. Lyman’s have been my lure of choice at 2.2 -
2.4 mph. Top 30 ft has been the best. Smaller ones have been deep on the
I am planning some trips on Arrow Lk in about a week to ten days. The north
end of the lake has some great bull trout fishing in the spring. Usually
good numbers of fish up there. For you folks from Alberta you can stay in
Revelstoke which is only about 5 hrs from Calgary, then meet me at the ferry
landing in the morning. A great close getaway!! If you are interested in
this trip give me a call soon. I will only be doing this trip for a few
weeks then I’ll be back over to Kootenay Lake.
Spring Rainbow trout fishing on Kootenay Lake will be firing up in about a
month or so. Usually around the end of April after the water has warmed up a
bit the rainbows get aggressive and put on the feed bags again. I’m starting
to get booked for May, so a good idea to start planning now and get you on
Salmon and Halibut fishing in Ucluelet. Looks like it’s going to be a great
year! Forcasts are for huge numbers of chinooks returning to the Columbia
River. Also the Stamp river forcast looks above normal which will help us
with the local fish. Supposed to be some 5 year old fish mixed in there this
year. Those are the real big guys 30 – 45lbers. All these fish come down
the fish highway and stop to feed at Ucluelet. Already hearing of lots of
herring in the area which will hold the fish there. Our job is to thin them
out a little and put some fish in our freezer. Lol 90% booked for these
trips from June 18 till the end of August. Going to be a great summer. Lots
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Lots of great fishing trips to be planned. I’m looking forward to hearing
from you soon!
For most of the month of January I was doing a big upgrade on the boat. Stripped her all down and took her to Dieters Autobody in Nakusp. We beefed up the transom, and changed a few things at the back of the boat to make it better for fishing. Dieter did lots of glass work and filled in any blemishes. Then he painted it and it looks awesome!! That took a few weeks then over to Jones Boys Boats to get the pod and motor put on. Put a 300hp Yamaha on the pod, my kicker, new helm and gauges on the dash, new electronic controls, a helm at the back of the boat, and plumbed her all in. Then all we had to do was see if it would work?? Chad and I launched her and out we went. It didn’t take long for a big smile to come across my face, and it hasn’t left since. The boat performs better in every way. Smoother ride, stays on plane at slower speeds, faster, easier to drive etc etc. Oh ya, most importantly it still catches fish!!!
The crew at Jones Boys Boats did a real bang up job setting her up. If your interested in repowering your old boat I would highly recommend them!! Was out fishing the last week, and it’s been ok. Been mostly bull trout, but some nice fat ones. Lyman plugs have been working best for me in the top 30 ft. About 90% booked for salmon/ halibut fishing in Ucluelet this summer. If your wanting to experience this fantastic fishery drop me a line soon. All forcasts are pointing to great returns of fish. Now that the boat work is done I’m looking forward to getting back out fishing!! Hope you can join me soon!
Been an interesting fall. Not the amount of big rainbows that we are used
to. Some of the ones we have been getting have been quite long and thin.
Kokanee numbers are down so I think this is the reason for thin rainbows.
Not sure why the Kokanee are down though. Biologists are not sure either of
Having said that there are still some nice fish to be had. Lots of small
rainbows, good numbers of bull trout, and a few big bows mixed in.
The last week we’ve had some great bow days.
Favorite lures have been the 210,222,214, and 234 bucktails, and 13,10,69,
and a green one( can’t find the number) in Lyman plugs. It’s like the 13 but
with green sparkles.
Still trolling at 2.8 to 3 mph. Water temp is 44 degrees. Will be slowing
down to 2 – 2.5 mph soon as the water cools.
I’m doing a major renovation to the Hourston in January. I bought a 2014
300hp Yamaha from Jones Boys Boats in Ainsworth. They are podding the boat
and bolting on the big Yam. Really looking forward to the new motor and the
extra room in the boat as well. Will make it a lot easier to fish out of.
The guys at Jones Boys have looked after me exceptionally well over the last
20 years. I probably won’t be seeing them as much as I used to as Yamaha
outboards are so reliable. Will just be in for services.
The boat is also getting a face lift. Fiberglass work and a new paint job at
Dieters Autobody in Nakusp.
Don’t worry. I’ll still be offering charters in January. I’ve made
arrangements to use a different boat during the renovations.
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