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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report (July 6)

Author: reeladventures
Date: July 6th 2013

The Fishing Report
July 3, 2013

Kootenay Lake

Well, June has come and gone. And the rain kept coming and going also. Another wet month for the record books. And again, the inconsistent weather made for inconsistent fishing.

We had some great days out there with up to 15 fish on the day. But we also had some dismal days due to the bouncing barometer. When the weather remained steady, we had our best fishing. Our biggest Rainbow in the past few weeks was a bright, chrome 22 pounder, with a few others between 12 & 18 Lbs. We also landed quite a few Bull Trout between 3 Lbs & 15 Lbs.

And now, since the heat wave, things are changing again. Water temperature is rising fast and the fish are going through spuratic feeding frenzies. So, one day the fish are feeding heavily and we can't keep them off the hook. And the next day they are fed up and taking a break.

We have had some great morning fishing trips since the heat wave. Trying to beat the heat and start early in the morning seems to be the ticket. Our latest morning trip saw 7 nice fish come to the boat in only 4 hours. That's great fishing for Summer time.

So, like I always say, you just never know.
But, you can't catch them from the couch. You just have to be out there.

What are they biting on???

Now that the summer weather is here, we are catching more fish on the downriggers. Nothing too deep, but the usual depths of 60ft - 100 ft seem to be working well.

My favorite lures on the downrigger have been: Lyman plugs. Lucky numbers have been # 10, 14, 16, 108. Or common colors such as: blue & yellow, or green & yellow, or blue & white.

Our favorite fly colors are all over the map. Not one consistent pattern lately. But some of my best patterns have been: Black/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht. Or some common numbered flies such as: 214, 215, 225, 226, and the old standby 228.

Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish. The usual colors at this time of year being: black/white, blue/yellow, blue/green.


Tight lines.

Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Charters
Nelson B.C
250-505-4963
www.reeladventuresfishing.com

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Author: lola
Date: July 6th 2013

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report (June 6)

Author: reeladventures
Date: June 14th 2013

The Fishing Report
June 6, 2013

May had some inconsistent weather. We had some of our hottest days, where the water would finally warm up to the ideal temperature and our fish would become aggressive. But, then we also had some of our coldest weather and storms that seemed to set us back again.

However, the big fish are biting. Rainbows over 20 Lbs have been caught in the past few weeks, as well as Bull Trout up to 17 Lbs. So things are looking good. We've had some really good days out there, and some slower days. Nothing too consistent yet. Seem to have one or two heavy feeding days each week, and then the rest of the week the fish seem to sit back and relax.

But the good days make it all worth while. Our best day last week saw 3 Rainbows over 15 Lbs, as well as another 8 fish between 5 - 8 Lbs. That makes for an exciting day on the water. Had a great crew that day who appreciated our fishery and released most of their fish. Thanks guys.

We did have a bit of a flying ant hatch that seemed to trigger some feeding. But the hatch was cut short by the weather change. So, hopefully some hot weather will help with the hatches and keep the fish feeding.

June is one of my favorite months. The water has finally warmed up and the fish should become more aggressive for the next little while.


What are they biting on???

Most fish are being caught on the surface now. So, the usual bucktail flies have been working well on the choppy days. And my favorite Lyman plugs have been producing good fish on both the calm days and the windy days.

Fly colors are all over the map. Not one consistent pattern lately. But some of my best patterns have been: Black/wht, grey/wht, and green/wht. Or some common numbered flies such as: 214, 215, 226, 228.

And for my Lymans, the lucky numbers have been: # 10, 16, 53, 55.

Also, apex lures have been producing some good fish. The usual colors at this time of year being: black/white, blue/yellow, blue/green.

That should about cover it for this month. Hopefully this helps everybody catch a big one.

Tight lines.

Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Charters
Nelson B.C
250-505-4963
www.reeladventuresfishing.com

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report (May 4)

Author: reeladventures
Date: May 4th 2013

The Fishing Report
May 3, 2013

Kootenay Lake


It's that time of year! The weather has finally warmed up to the spring like conditions we've all been waiting for. And with that, the water will be warming up also and the fish will start to get more active. My favorite time is coming.

April saw some good and bad days on the water. Still had to be patient, but we were normally rewarded. The creeks started to flow a bit in the past few weeks and that has brought out some bugs and debris on the water. This has also brought out the small, insect eating fish. So, we have been hooking into a lot of shakers lately. At least it keeps us running for the rods.

Most days have been consistently producing the small bug eaters and have had a few big ones mixed in to keep it exciting.

One of our best days last week saw us hooking into 12 Rainbows. The first few were only small and had us wondering if we would find a big one. But after catching half a dozen little guys, we finally hooked into a hog. Wayne was on the rod and held on while this fish ran the counter out to over 500 ft of line. What a great run. We saw the fish jump about 6 times and then made a mad run towards the boat and spit the hook. Heart breaker.

Another couple small fish came to the boat and we were beginning to wonder if we had lost our chance at the big one for the day. Well, finally we were rewarded. At 1:30 the line started screaming off the reel again. Wayne was first to the rod again and was hoping for redemption. After a 10 minute battle, he finally got the fish to the boat. A beautiful 14 Lb Rainbow. Maybe not as big as the first fish he lost, but still a great fish. His biggest Rainbow ever.

About 20 minutes went by and then another rod started screaming. Looks like the afternoon bite is in full swing. Grahame grabbed the rod this time and the fight was on. He could get the fish with in 50 ft of the boat, but then it would run back out to 200ft. A couple more times this happened until finally his fish was ready for the net. A nice chrome 14-1/2 Lb Rainbow. Almost a clone of the last fish. Great battle and some great photo's.

For the next hour we landed another 12 Lb Rainbow and a couple smaller ones. This turned out to be a great day and it reminds me of what is still to come.

The water temperature hasn't quite reached our prime number yet, but when it does, these fish are going to go wild. Also, keep an eye open for the famous flying ant hatch. With the hot weather coming up, we should see these insects flying around soon. They will get blown into the water by the thousands. And that's when every fish in the lake will finally come to the surface and put the feed bags on!!

Looking forward to the next couple months.


What are they biting on???

We've been catching a lot of fish on our bucktail flies. Lots of shakers at this time of year, but always a few big ones mixed in. Favorite colors so far have been: black/white, grey/white, and still purple/white. The lucky numbers being: 210, 215, 222, 228

Apex lures are working well also. Similar colors as the flies. Black/white, Silver, or blue/green has been working as well.

And my favorite Lyman plugs have also been producing some fish. Lucky numbers: 10, 16, 55, 69.

Our water temperature is rising and the fish should be turning on.

Prime time is coming, so Let's get out there!!!


Tight lines.


Gerrards are Spawning !!!!!!!!

It's that time of year when the big Gerrard Rainbows make their journey up the river. The numbers have been good so far and should continue until the second week of May. For anyone that hasn't seen this, it's something to experience. Right now there is over 700 fish under the bridge. Hopefully we see a few more show up over the next week or so.

You can check the ministry website for current counts.

Check out this site: www.env.gov.bc.ca/kootenay/fsh/main/mainfish.htm


Your guide,

Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Fishing Charters
Nelson B.C
250-505-4963
www.reeladventuresfishing.com

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report (Apr 2013)

Author: reeladventures
Date: April 25th 2013

Kootenay Lake Fishing Report
April 06, 2013


Well another month down and another step closer to my favorite time of year. March was another tough month for fishing. Weather was up and down and so was the fishing. We did have a few really good days however, with more than 10 fish to the boat. Other days made us have to work for our dinner, but we seemed to still manage a good fish each day.
On one of our better days, I remember trolling for the first couple hours without any action. But when that magic feeding time occurred, we started catching fish regularly. First fish didn't hit until around 11:00 am, but it was the beginning of a frenzy.

My crew, who had been out on the lake before, were hoping to learn a few new techniques that would help them catch fish on their own. And they were pleasantly surprised by the fish's cooperation. Greg had never had much success on the bucktail flies and didn't have much confidence in them. Well by the end of the day, I think we proved that they are definitely the lure of choice. Over 10 fish that day and all on flies. The biggest of the day being a beautiful 16 Lb Rainbow caught by his buddy Chris. Congratulations Chris. A bunch more Rainbows between 8 - 12 Lbs made for an exciting day. These guys can take the information they learned and apply it now to their next trips out on the lake. I hope this helps with your success. It's nice to have a great day like that during this slower fishing month. Still helps keep the hope alive that any day could be a great day of fishing.

That day was an exceptional day for March. Most other days were producing only a few fish, but always made it worth while being on the water.

The first week of April saw the one week opening of the West Arm Kokanee fishery. This year produced many Kokanee and great sizes too. Many fishermen were rewarded with their limits within an hour. With a lot of these fish measuring between 14" - 19", it made it well worth the outing for everyone. Hopefully this is the beginning of a great fishery this year. The next opening for the West Arm will be the first week of May. Looking forward to it.

And so far in April, I have noticed the rivers running steady. Looks like the beginning of spring run - off. This means more insects and debris starting to show up on the lake. And with that, fish are starting to surface. I have noticed a lot of activity on the main lake this past week. As a matter of fact, we seem to be catching a lot more fish right now. Maybe not a lot of quality fish, but the quantity is there. Seems like the smaller fish are finally coming out to play. This is usually the sign of the beginning of our favorite spring fishery.

As the water warms up and the bugs come out, we will start to see more and more fish becoming aggressive. Can't wait for the big ones to follow.

Usually the end of April starts to bring some consistent fishing. And May and June should be on fire. Looking forward to our amazing spring fishing !!


What are they biting on???

We've been catching a lot of fish on our bucktail flies. Lots of shakers at this time of year, but always a few big ones mixed in. My favorite colors so far have been: black/white, grey/white, and still purple/white. The lucky numbers being: 210, 215, 222, 228

Apex lures are working well also. Similar colors as the flies. Black/white, Silver, or blue/green has been working as well.

And my favorite Lyman plugs have also been producing some fish. Lucky numbers: 16, 55, 69.

Our water temperature is rising and the fish should be turning on.

Prime time is coming, so Let's get out there!!!


Tight lines.



Kerry Reed

Reel Adventures Charters

Nelson B.C
250-505-4963

www.reeladventuresfishing.com

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report (March 2013)

Author: reeladventures
Date: March 12th 2013

The Fishing Report March 06, 2013 Kootenay Lake Well surprisingly February turned out to be one of our busiest months on the water. An unusually warm month found a lot of people wanting to get out and enjoy the spring-like weather. So, with being on the water almost every day, I can give you a very accurate report. And the report is: still very inconsistent fishing. However, a number of trophy fish were caught. So, the trade off once again was worth it. Similar to last month, the fish were feeding heavily for a day or two each week. Then, lazy for the rest of the week. We were lucky enough to be out there on all of the good days. And then we tested our patience on the slow days. But, like I said, it was still usually rewarding. Even on the slower days, we were still hooking into trophy fish. And these fish are usually someone elses biggest fish. Or 'fish of a lifetime', as one of our clients described. There's not many places where you can catch a Rainbow trout of this size on a daily basis. We truly are lucky to live where we live. Some of our good days lately have produced more than 10 fish to the boat. And most fish at this time of year are big. So, some exciting moments for sure. Rainbows from 10 - 20 Lbs have been the norm lately. And even on a slow day, one 20 Lb Rainbow will make it well worth the trip. Also Bull Trout up to 20 Lbs lately have been caught. Most of the Bulls average between 5 - 12 Lbs, but the big ones are lurking at this time of year. So, another good reason to get off the couch. If the warmer weather continues, we could see an early start to my favorite spring fishery. Looking forward to what the rest of March will bring us, and even more excited about April & May. I think it's going to be a great year! What are they biting on??? A little bit of everything. Once again we find ourselves going through the tackle box and experimenting until that magic hour when the fish turn on! The usual Bill Norman lures have been producing big fish. Our biggest fish in the last couple weeks happened to be on a Billy. Blues, purples, and greens have all been working when the bite is on. Also, we have been having some great days catching on our bucktail flies. Same colors as before. The lucky numbers for me have been: 207, 210, 214, 215. Or colors blk/grey, purple/wht, grey/wht. My Lyman plugs have been producing some nice fish as well. It all depends on the conditions. Lucky plugs have been: 10, 16, and lucky number 69! Our water temperature is still hanging around the 40 degree mark and probably going to start warming up, which will slowly turn the fish on. Prime time is coming, so Let's get out there!!! Tight lines. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com

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Kootenay L:ake Fishing Derby $10,000.00 In Prizes

Author: robertdip
Date: January 11th 2013

BC Family Day First Annual Fishing Derby Fishing Derby on Kootenay lake February 9, 10 and 11, 2013 visit our website for information and rules is www.ctrcanadaderby.com

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West Arm Of Kootenay Lake

Author: jbailey
Date: July 14th 2009

Overlooking the west arm of Kootenay Lake. A brush fire burns at sunset. Photo by Natasha Bailey www.fly-fish-bc.com

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