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West Kootenay Fishing Report
Almost a carbon copy of the last couple months, the fishing has remained constant. Lots of fish, but still waiting for the big ones to come to life.
Water conditions are perfect and so is the weather. This is our favourite time of year for fishing the lake, so, hopefully, like everything else this year, things are a month behind.
November saw lots of days with 10 to 15 fish coming to the boat — a lot of smaller fish, but usually getting a couple decent fish each day to keep the excitement alive.
On the last trip in November, we finally saw a couple big fish come to the boat. A beautiful chrome 18-pound Gerard rainbow followed by an amazing colourful 20-pound ‘bow.
Other reports from the lake are similar — lots of shakers and small bull trout, with a couple biggies being reported each week.
The north end of the lake is reporting good Bull Trout fishing, but not as many Rainbows.
At the start of December, cold weather moved in and action was inconsistent, however, those hearty enough to endure frigid temperatures caught some nice winter rainbows.
Flies and lures:
What are they biting on?
Most of our rainbows are being caught on the surface and our bull trout on the downriggers. So, it’s best to cover both angles if possible.
We’re lucky enough to have three or four people on the boat each day so we can run both surface and deep lines.
My favourite bucktail flies as of late have been: #210, 214, 215, and 224. Or the common colours of Black/white, gray/white, purple/white.
My favorite Lyman plugs have been: #16, 55, 69, and 160 as of late. Colours are similar to the flies we’ve been using.
And the old standby, flasher/hoochie combo has been catching its fair share of bull trout.
Depth: Favourite depths have been 75-feet, 95-feet and 110-feet for lures.
The Kootenay Lake report is courtesy of Kerry Reed of Reel Adventure Charters. Go to reeladventuresfishing.com for more info.
The Columbia River:
Bottom bouncing on the Columbia has been hot in recent weeks despite cold weather.
Gear: The standard three-way swivel with weight, a two-to-three-feet length of leader and float, and a sharp #4-6 Gamagatzu hook with bait is the popular method for winter fishing. Bait can vary from shrimp, maggots, worms, and roe to coloured marshmallows and beads.