Kootenay Lake

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Kootenay Region, British Columbia


  • KOOTENAY LAKE, ALL PARTS (Main Body, Upper West Arm & Lower West Arm). Burbot release. Bass daily quota = 8; yellow perch daily quota = unlimited. KOOTENAY LAKE - MAIN BODY (for location see map on page 40). Trout/char daily quota = 4 (only one bull trout); Kokanee daily quota = 0 No Fishing north of a line between signs at Argenta and Mosquito Landing No Fishing north of a line between signs at Lost Ledge Creek & Salisbury Creek, Feb 1-June 10 Conservation Surcharge Stamp required to keep rainbow trout over 50 cm, annual quota = 5 Barbless hook KOOTENAY LAKE - UPPER WEST ARM (for location see map on page 40). Rainbow trout release, Jan 1- May 31; trout/char daily quota = 2 (only one bull trout) Kokanee release all year, EXCEPT Apr 1-Apr 7, May 1-May 7, June 1-June 7, and July 1-July 7 only, when daily quota = 5; NOTE: the combined daily quota for kokanee from the Upper West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) and the Lower West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) cannot exceed 5 KOOTENAY LAKE - LOWER WEST ARM (for location see map on page 40). Trout/char daily quota = 2 (only one bull trout); Kokanee daily quota = 5, but only on Saturday and Sunday of each week. Kokanee release Monday through Friday of each week. NOTE: the combined daily quota for kokanee from the Upper West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) and the Lower West Arm (when open to kokanee harvest) cannot exceed 5; KOOTENAY LAKE’S TRIBUTARIES Bull trout release Does not include the Kootenay River upstream from Kootenay Lake to the U.S. border near Creston

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Calm Spring Morning

Author: Stoochie
Date: March 23rd 2015

Sunrise on Kootenay Lake

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Kootenay Lake (The Current State)

Author: reeladventures
Date: January 4th 2015

Kootenay Lake Fishing (The current state)

As expected, fishing has its ups and downs on every body of water. And whether it be a natural cycle or intervention of humans, or a management issue, there has to be peaks and valleys. Every ecosystem works that way.

It’s common knowledge that our Kokanee numbers have declined drastically. That is true. With over 150 days on the lake each year and over 20 years experience, we have seen these patterns before. But, I can tell you that the Rainbow Trout are still around. We are catching them. They just might not be as big as usual due to the lack of food.

Our fishing as of late has been fairly consistent. We are still getting out on a regular basis, and contrary to some stories out there, we are still catching fish. Lots of smaller Rainbows have been feeding lately, as well as a few big fish. You just have to put your time in.

We have been putting in our time, and we are out there regularly, and that’s why we have been catching fish. Just remember, you can’t catch them from the couch.

There certainly haven’t been a lot of boats out there lately. But, that’s one of the great things about this lake. It’s not overcrowded. Our clients from the bigger cities can’t believe how pristine our area is and they can’t believe how little traffic is out on the water. It’s like we have the lake to ourselves. What a great resource.

These same clients are also having a blast catching fish. While we may not have the 20-pound class fish hanging around lately, most tourists have been very happy with catching fish between 2 – 13 Lbs. Where else can you experience the chance of catching Rainbow Trout over 10 Lbs. We may have been spoiled by regular big fish in the past, but the out of town folks are still excited to share this exciting fishery.

As we are experiencing this so-called downward cycle, keep in mind that there are still fish out there and it is still called ‘fishing’. A day of fishing is all about the experience. Spending any time out on the lake is very gratifying to us. And being able to spend a day on the water with a bunch of buddies is what its all about. The fish are an added bonus!

So, don’t be discouraged by some of the stories. And know, we are still catching fish!

If you’d like to see the current reports and our current catches, be sure to check out our facebook page with up to date photos and reports.

So, Let’s Go Fishing …………………….

Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Sportfishing
Nelson B.C

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Predator Imbalance Cited In Decline

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: January 3rd 2015

From a Nov. 27 article by Bruce Fuhr in The Nelson Daily News, www.thenelsondaily.com:
Organizers of the popular B.C. Family Day Fishing Derby that happens during the February holiday weekend on Kootenay Lake are voicing concerns about a decline in fish stocks in the main lake.
Robert Di Pietro of the 2015 Kootenay Lake Family Day Fishing Derby said the event has now been cancelled due to “an extreme decline in fish stock.”
The 2015 BC Family Day holiday is Monday, Feb. 9.
“After much discussion we, as concerned anglers, have had to make the very difficult decision to postpone the Kootenay Lake BC Family Day Fishing Derby 2015 until at least 2016,” Di Pietro said in an email interview with The Nelson Daily.
Di Pietro said a reason for the decline might be due to the recent discovery of the IHNv (infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus) discovered in the Meadow Creek spawning channel in the fall of 2013.
However, fisheries biologist Matt Neufeld with the Ministry of Forest Lands and Resource Operations (FLNRO) said the possible reason for the decline is due to a “predator imbalance” not seen in Kootenay Lake for years.
The complete story: http://thenelsondaily.com/news/decline-kootenay-lake-fish-population-forces-family-day-derby-cancellation-34789#.VKg4n2TF9SY

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Nine-pounder Puts Rod To The Test

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: December 22nd 2014

A December Kootenay Lake report from Kerry Reed of Reel Fishing Adventures in Nelson, www.reelfishingadventures.com:
We have had some pretty good days on the lake lately, most with 8 –10 fish caught. Sizes have ranged from 2-13 lbs. The water temperature has dropped below 50 F and our fish are still feeding more on the surface, which makes for some exciting bucktail action, my favourite kind of fishing.
We have been experimenting with lighter gear as well as fly reels and mooching reels to make the battles even more exciting.
On one of our trips last week, a young lady asked to bring her fly rod on board and we accepted the challenge. Throughout the day we hooked numerous fish on all of our rods except the fly rod. However, patience prevailed and in the final hour of the day the fly reel started screaming. Kalyn was quick to grab the rod, and just in time because the reel had only three wraps of line left on it when she grabbed it and slowed down the fish. After about a 15-minute battle with her 6-weight fly rod, we finally got the fish to the boat — a beautiful 9-lb. rainbow. What a great battle on this light rod. I think we are hooked on this new-found technique.
And now with lots of 2-3 lb. rainbows being caught, I think the lighter gear will be a lot of fun. As long as the gear can still handle a 10-12-lb. fish, we should be OK. Either way, it will be exciting. Looking forward to experimenting more as the season continues.
Our latest trip had some boys from Alberta join us for their annual Kootenay Lake trip. And while the weather was freezing cold here, they were still happy to not be back at home where it was even colder and a lot more snow. A nice get away for the crew.
They managed to land 10 fish up to 10 Lbs during their trip. Day one was a bit slow because of the weather change, but day two made up for everything. Lots of action on the mooching reels. Line peeling and fish jumping made for a few exciting battles. They are already planning their next trip. Looking forward to it.
December is usually a good month for fishing, so hopefully the pattern continues. Either way, we’ll be out there, so stay tuned.
Mostly surface action for our boat, so the magic lures have been the usual bucktail flies. Lately the lucky numbers have been 203,210, 215, 224 and 228. Colours have been purples, blacks or greys.
Also catching a few bulls on the downrigger with Lyman plugs or flashers and hoochies. There seems to be a lot of fish showing up on the sonar at depths between 80–120 ft. although most of the fish seem to come to the surface when they want to feed. Mix it up a bit, run both surface lines and deep lines, and you should catch some fish.
Photo: "Another great day at the office," is the caption accompanying this Dec. 22 shot, posted on the Reel Fishing Adventures Facebook page.

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Derby Season's Not Done Yet

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: October 28th 2014

The Kaslo Rainbow Derby is set for Nov. 7-9, Remembrance Day weekend. Entry fee, $50, includes lunch on Nov.9 with every entry. First place prize is 50% of net entry fees, followed by 30% for second prize and 20% for third. David Pereverzoff of Castlegar won first prize, $3,525,
for a 17 lb., 14 oz. catch in 2013.

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West Arm Kokanee Come On Strong

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: October 11th 2014

A derby overview from the Gill and Gift, www.gillandgift.com, in Balfour:
We made it through another busy tourist season and are looking forward to the fishing picking up for the fall derbies. What a great West Arm kokanee season — beautiful large fish and it seemed everyone was getting their limit. The spawn was fantastic as well. Looks like we are finally having some success with that fishery. The Meadow Creek spawn is still having its challenges with numbers down again this year. The only positive is that they are larger so will produce more eggs. We have had a few reports about the guys seeing the odd kokanee bait ball in the main lake, which we haven’t seen for a while.
The Woodbury Rainbow Derby goes Oct 11-13. The Nelson City Police Derby will be held Oct 18-19 and the Kaslo Hotel Rainbow derby from Nov. 7-9.
As of Sept. 29, the water temp is still above the 60-degree mark, to be exact 62, but with the cooler longer evenings we should be below 60-degree mark for the start of the derbies.
The odd person is starting to use hair, but the more serious of fishermen are still going down with plugs, apexes, and flasher/hoochies. Seems that there are quite a few fish being caught with the larger ones in that 8- to 13-lb. range, someone had commented about a 15-pounder coming in recently.
We should be well into the fall colours by derby time so flies with orange, brown, gold, and copper have been known to do very well. Don’t discount the 215 or the patriot on a nice sunny day either, as for plugs the Lyman Root Bear #181 or the gold/silver #135 or even the brown trout #87 could bring in the winner. The old favourites #16, #69 and #98 could also do some damage. On dark days one could also try some of the flies with that UV crystal as it really stands out. The blacks and purples have also had their day in flies, plugs, and apexes.
As usual we will be open early and stay open late during the derby weekends in case anyone needs any new ammo. We wish you all the best of luck and remember there are no bad fishing days, just a bad day's catch.

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Lake Surpasses Seasonal Expectation

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: October 8th 2014

An Oct. 4 update from Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing, www.reeladventuresfishing.com, in Nelson:
We’ve been back now for a few weeks and have done quite a few trips on Kootenay already. Usually September is a slower month for fishing as we wait for the water temperatures to drop.
However, we have been catching a lot of fish on our trips. A nice surprise for this time of year. Mostly smaller fish right now, but still seem to get the odd big one every day or two.
My last group from Philly and Chicago had decided to come out with us near the end of September. And when they were booking with us, I mentioned that they might want to wait until later in October when the fishing really gets good. But, their schedules dictated when they could come, so they decided to try September and take a chance. I explained to them that this is our slower time of year for fishing and not to have high expectations, then we jumped in the boat and headed out.
Well, the fish proved me wrong. Day 1, the boys landed 10 fish up to 10 lbs. And then on Day 2 they landed 9 fish up to 13 lbs. Very rare for such warm water. And as a bonus, they got to jump into the lake to cool off at the end of the day.
So, now they are hooked and I think I’ll have a hard time convincing them to come at a different time of year. Funny how it works. That’s fishing …
While not every day has been like that, we have still been catching fish daily. Still looking forward to the next few months as the water cools and the fish become more aggressive. Here’s hoping for a great fall/winter fishery.
The first derby of the fall is coming up. This will give us a good idea about how the fishing should be this season. Looking forward to seeing some familiar boats and faces.
Woodbury Thanksgiving Derby: Oct. 11-13
Nelson City Police Derby/fundraiser: Oct 18-19
Kaslo Rainbow Derby: Nov. 7-9
Good luck to all the participants.

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Favourite Months Ahead

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: September 30th 2014

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing posted this Kootenay Lake update on his Facebook page:
The hot summer also made for some the warmest water temperatures we have had in years. This warm water also affected our fishing. July was still pretty good on the lake for rainbows up to 10 lbs. and bull trout up to 12 lbs.
Early August saw some good mornings of fishing for kokanee and small rainbows. By mid-August, the fishing did slow down, but we still managed a few fish each day. Now that September is here and the nights are cooler, our water temperatures are dropping fast. This is starting to wake up the fish. We have had some good days with more than 10 fish to the boat.
Rainbows up to 12 lbs. have been caught and should continue as the water cools. Our favourite time is coming up. As the water cools, the fish will become more active and begin to feed heavily. October, November and December are our favourite months of fishing. So, let’s get ready for another fantastic fall!
What are they biting on?
The lake is beginning to produce some decent fish. We have been using bucktail flies on the choppy days. And on the calm days, we have had good success on our Lyman plugs and Apex Lures.
Colour choice for flies right now are: Grey and white, brown and white, and green and white. Lucky numbers for the bucktails are: 210, 221, 226, 227. Our Lyman plugs that have been producing so far are: black and white, green and white, blue and white. Lucky numbers have been 10, 16, 69, 98 and 101.

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Fall Migration To The Lake

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: September 21st 2014

A Sept. 17 posting from Brad Stubbs of Kootenay Kingfisher, www.kootenaykingfisher.com, who returns in fall to the Interior after summer guiding on the coast:
"Hello, everyone. Had a great summer on the west coast in Ucluelet. Good numbers of chinook, coho and halibut. Lots of great stories to tell after 70 days on the ocean, but I have no idea where to start. It turned into Groundhog Day somewhere around the middle of July. I did quite a few updates with pictures on Kootenay Kingfishers' Facebook page.
"I got back to the Kootenays around the beginning of September. Have been out a few days on Kootenay Lake already. It has been pretty good considering the time of year. The one day we had 19 fish to the boat. Nothing too big, but that will change as the water cools to their preferred temperature. Water temp is currently around 63-65F. Most bull trout were in the 99- to 155-ft. level. Rainbows were taking flies on top. The 226 was working well on those days.
"Time to start booking dates for prime time Kootenay Lake fall fishing. We had a good spring fishery, and I'm looking forward to a great fall. Please drop me a line and I can help you plan this great trip."

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Lake Level Will Fall And Rise

Author: AnglersAtlas
Date: September 10th 2014

If you've noticed the level of Kootenay Lake dropping, don't worry — it's temporary. Here's the explanation from a Sept. 4 article in the Castlegar Source:
It’s a heck of a bathtub to clean.
BC Hydro will be draining the Kootenay Canal, west of Nelson, from early September to the end of October to upgrade the canal’s lining.
It’s a $10-million project that will utilize 70 workers — including engineers, safety experts, construction workers and environment workers — to complete, with at least 35 workers on site daily.
Kootenay Lake residents have already noticed the lake has dropped about a foot in the last two weeks.
“Drafting Kootenay Lake to a lower level prior to the start of the project allows some water to be stored in the Kootenay Lake while the Kootenay Canal is dewatered and the generating station is out of service,” said BC Hydro’s Community Relations advisor Sabrina Locicero.
For more: http://castlegarsource.com/news/heck-bathtub-clean-%E2%80%94-kootenay-canal-gets-dewatered-32839#.VBCdUGRdUa4

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