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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:41 AM

Kootenay Lake is fishing very well right now. Our season usually runs from October until the end of May. My favorite months however are: November,December.

Lately we have been catching Rainbow Trout up to 24 Lbs and Dolly Varden (Bull Trout) up to 15 Lbs. The water temperature has dropped to the optimum temperature for our big fish to feed. Some days we have seen 10 -15 fish each day. And of those 10 fish, usually at least half of them have been in the double digits up to 20 Lbs.

Lures of choice right now are: Bucktail flies on the surface (blk/wht, gry/wht, prpl/wht) Also getting some good fish on the downriggers using plugs or flashers.

It's that time of year now where most fish will be feeding on the surface. So, hold on tight. I think it's going to be a great winter.

Will try to post photo's when I learn how to on this site.

Tight lines...........

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Posted 18 November 2011 - 11:45 AM

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Here's an attempt at downloading a photo. It appears that most of my pictures are too big of file to post. This photo is a nice 16 Lb Rainbow caught on Sunday
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 12:24 PM

is that a gaff you are holding the fish by? i hope not!
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:14 PM

View Postdry line, on 18 November 2011 - 12:24 PM, said:

is that a gaff you are holding the fish by? i hope not!


No it's definitely not a gaff. That is a great tool from Rapalla to help hold a fish without touching the gill plate. It's also great for releasing these fish. When reaching over the edges of a large boat, I can still hold the handle until the fish is fully revived.
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Posted 18 November 2011 - 10:28 PM

The Fishing Report
Nov 16, 2011


It’s happening !! Our Fall/Winter season is in full swing and the fish are right on schedule.

I’ve always enjoyed November and December for fishing on Kootenay Lake. And this year is no exception. We have started catching big fish regularly. Each day seems to land a big fish, with some days landing multiple big fish. And by big fish I mean between 15 – 20 Lbs, and some over 20 Lbs.

Our last few trips have been very productive. Here’s an example of one of our outings:

We started the day at 7:00 am on the water. Our lines were out by 7:30, and by 7:45 we hooked into our first ‘screamer’. Cosmo was first up on the rods and he fought this monster for about 10 minutes. After a lengthy battle he finally got the fish beside the boat. A big, beautiful male with a large red stripe. The fish rolled on its side and spit the hook out. It looked to be around 18 + Lbs and Cosi was heart broken. Hopefully that’s not our only big fish for the day.

We continue fishing for a couple hours and land a few smaller Rainbows. Then at 10:30, Jayden hooks into a ‘screamer’. He played this fish like a pro and 10 minutes later, the fish was in the net. Another beauty about 15 Lbs.

We got our lines back in the water and continued fishing that area. Only another half hour goes by and Marco hooks into a nice fish. Not the same battle that we were used to, but a nice 6 Lb Dolly landed in the net. Good fish for the barbecue.

Lines back out and only another hour goes by and Cosmo’s turn again. Another big ‘screamer’. This time the fish stays deep and it’s definitely a sign of a 20 pounder. After about 15 minutes of battling this fish, he finally has it close to the boat. Right at the back of the boat and about 50 feet straight down. This fish is holding it’s ground. Well, after all that stalling, the fish finally wins the battle. Only 20 feet from the boat and the hook is spit out again. I think Cosmo is getting a complex now. Two big fish on for him, but neither one made to the net. Oh well, that’s fishing.

We carried on fishing for the next couple hours and landed some small fish to keep everyone busy. Even Cosmo managed to land one of those. A nice consolation prize I guess.

Later in the afternoon, the line screams off and it’s Marco’s turn again. He plays this fish perfectly and manages to get a nice 12 lb Rainbow to the net. Good fish Marco.

And finally, we are making our way back home and almost done for the day, when the line starts screaming again. Jayden quickly jumps up and grabs the rod. He has another big fish on. The fish is taking line and jumping 3 or 4 times out behind the boat about 300 feet. As I slowed the boat down to help with the battle, another line starts screaming. Len grabs hold of this rod and the battle is on. A ‘double header’. The fish cross in front of each other and Len and Jayden both switch sides of the boat to keep the lines in order. About 15 minutes go by and Jayden’s fish is ready for the net. Another beautiful Rainbow. This one weighs in at 14 Lbs and we quickly get it back in the water and prepare to net Len’s fish. Finally to the boat we slip the net under this fish. A gorgeous 17 Lb Rainbow showing it’s Fall colors.

What a way to end the day. A double header with a 14 Lb and 17 lb Rainbow.

That’s what a day on Kootenay Lake can be like at this time of year.

We’ve had a few other days like that in November also. I can’t wait to see what the rest of November and December have to offer.

Last weekends Derby was a successful one also. The top three fish weighed in at: 21.7 Lbs, 21 Lbs, and 19 Lbs. Congratulations to Fraser, Todd, and Harry for catching the winning fish.

What are they biting on???

Our favorite bucktail flies are working well. The magic colors include: Black/white, gray/white, purple/white. Or commonly known as the 215, 228, 203, or the Gray ghost and November special.

Also using the usual Lyman plugs on the surface or downrigger to 150 ft. Magic plugs have been: #16, 32, 100,135

And the old standby on the downrigger has been the Flasher/hoochie combo. It’s been working well at depths between 100 – 150 ft. Catching both Dollies and Rainbows on these lures.

I hope this helps improve everybody’s luck on the lake. And remember, you can’t catch fish if you’re not out there.

Tight lines……………..

Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Charters
Nelson B.C
250-505-4963
www.reeladventuresfishing.com
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Posted 19 November 2011 - 10:22 AM

View Postreeladventures, on 18 November 2011 - 10:14 PM, said:

No it's definitely not a gaff. That is a great tool from Rapalla to help hold a fish without touching the gill plate. It's also great for releasing these fish. When reaching over the edges of a large boat, I can still hold the handle until the fish is fully revived.



thats very good to hear, i didn't think a good guiding company would harm fish. sorry i jumped to conclusions.

i will be moving to the okanagan soon, and would love to catch a huge winter rainbow! i'll look you guys up.

sorry again

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 09:31 PM

View Postdry line, on 19 November 2011 - 10:22 AM, said:

thats very good to hear, i didn't think a good guiding company would harm fish. sorry i jumped to conclusions.

i will be moving to the okanagan soon, and would love to catch a huge winter rainbow! i'll look you guys up.

sorry again

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Thanks,

We do practice catch and release on most large fish. However, people are still entitled to their quota's. Although most people after being educated will gladly release a 20 pounder and keep the 5 -10 Lb fish for the table.
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