Getting some real nice fish the last week. Yesterday landed a 18.25lb buck
on a 215 bucktail. The day before our biggest was 18lbs down at 123 ft. So
they are yo yo ing still but one way or another we’ll find them.
Also getting some real nice bull trout down deep. Some days we had 6- 12
bull trout. Lots of small ones, but one or two big fatties. Then the deep
line starts peeling off line and you know you got a big trout on.
Two days ago we had real steady action till 1:00 pm with the 18 being the
biggest. At 1:00 pm the light switch turned off and we never got another
bite. The next morning out we go and in ten minutes we have a small Bull
Trout on which we lost. Another ten minutes pass and we land a 9 lb rainbow
from 123 ft down. Well this is going to be another great morning!!! After 6
hours with no bites my attitude has changed dramatically. I put out the 215
- ole faithfull. We get a small trout on it so back out it goes. Fifteen
minutes later the rod goes back but does not start to peel line so I think
we may have another shaker, but I see the fish swirling on top and it has a
huge tail so I know its not a shaker. So I reel down hard on it and set the
hook twice for good measure, and that wakes him up!! Off he runs and the
game is on. 15 minutes later Kim lands a 18.25 lb buck. Beautiful fish. He
decides to take pictures and let him go back. Thanks Kim!!
Don’t forget about the Kaslo derby this weekend. Going to be a big event!
Hope to get out fishing with you real soon. Have openings end of November
and December. Drop me a line!
Kootenay Lake is firing up!!! Still a bit warm, but getting some real nice
fish. Water temp is 56 – 57.
Pulled out three between 10 and 17 lbs a couple of days ago,on the 221 and
204. Most days getting fish over 10 lbs. The calm days have been tough but
with some patience getting rainbows on Lyman Plugs at 21 – 55 ft. Had a
couple of killer Bull Trout days down around 123ft with Lymans and spoons.
It’s funny though, one day we did 12 bullies, the next we did 3, and the
last couple of days none.
Most of the fish – rainbows and Bullies are super healthy looking which is
nice to see. Real footballs! Lots of feed for them.
The Woodbury Derby was a big success. 21 lbs took first place. The Kaslo
derby is on Nov.9,10,11. Big prize money will be offered. Last year first
prize was almost $4000.00.You can phone Barren’s Tackle at 250-353-2617 or
Kaslo Hotel at 250-353-7714 for more info.
Prime time Kootenay Lake is just starting!! Drop me a line and we’ll plan
your Kootenay Lake Charter today!!
Made it back home to the Kootenay’s beginning of September. Had a great
season client wise, but the salmon were a bit smaller than we are used to in
August. Big guys were spotty. Seems the big runs of migratory fish went
around us and stayed out about 40 miles offshore. They stayed in a cold
current out there in the blue water. That hasn’t happened in a long time,
and probably won’t happen again for along time.
So we picked away at big Port Alberni fish close to home, and on the nice
days we ran out to big bank and loaded up on smaller Springs and lots of
The good news is that it was the best Halibut fishing in 15 years.This year
I started anchoring up and chuming them in and we loved it. Some times you
would anchor right on top of them, and within 20 minutes you were done, and
sometimes we had to wait for an hour or hour and a half for the chum to call
them in. A bit of patience usually called in one or two real nice fish in
the 30 – 50 lb range and sometimes larger ones over 60lbs. The Hali fishing
helped boost up our pounds of meat at the end of the day.
Really looking forward to next year. Hope you can join me for this
incredible west coast experience.
Back in the Kootenay’s I have almost finished checking out my couch and TV
at home, and making sure they are working properly.
The Ole 23ft.Hourston worked flawlessly this summer, and I’m going to spend
a couple of weeks of TLC on her before I put her in the water at Kaslo. I’ll
start fishing Kootenay Lake around the beginning of October. The Woodbury
Rainbow Derby starts on the 6th so will be getting ready for that. The other
fall derby is in Kaslo on Nov.10,11,12. It’s sponsored by Barren’s Tackle
Store, and the Kaslo Hotel. Record high prize money will be offered at that
derby again this year. Should be a bunch of fun. The fall season is booking
up fast, so please email or phone me with your prefered dates soon. It’s
going to be a great year on Kootenay lake. Fish counts were at a record high
this year. Looking forward to further using Brownies Skull Pattern flies as
well. Started using them last year and they worked very well. A little
easier to tune, and they look incredible in the water. Big fish love them!!!
Look forward to talking to you soon, and the next report will be full of big
Gerrard Trout pictures.