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Reel Adventures Fishing Report (July 202
Reel Adventures Fishing Report (July 202
July 1, 2024
From the West Kootenays to the West Coast, we’ve got it covered… It’s that time of year when we send one boat to the coast and 3 boats on the Kootenay. Here’s your latest fishing reports: Kootenay Lake: The month of June provided some pretty good fishing throughout. Lots of Rainbows and the odd Bull Trout were caught. Water temps remained perfect, as the weather remained cool. Although now, we have hit the heat wave and the water temps are rising fast. That’s good news if you’re going swimming. But, the fishing has slowed down a bit. We are now into our normal Summer fishing. Hot days and warmer water means the fish are moving deeper. However, in saying that, we have actually hooked some pretty decent fish in the middle of the day lately. Most fish are more aggressive in the mornings, so it’s best to get out there early and also beat the heat. Some Rainbows up to 7 Lbs and Bull Trout up to 17Lbs have come in lately. So, it’s still worth getting out. Let’s go…… West Coast Salmon Fishing: Our West Coast fishing is on fire!! Most years it starts off slow and then ramps up. However, this year has been on fire right from the start. Chinook Salmon up to 35 Lbs have already been caught, and Coho Salmon are abundant already. The Halibut fishing has been consistent, and the Ling Cod/Rock Cod fishery has been a blast. Too much fun already. It’s hard to explain to the new comers, but once you’ve seen the fishery in Ucluelet, you’ve been ruined. While we’ve only been here a few weeks, it’s been a blast. And if the forecasts are correct, this is going to be an amazing summer. We still have one single day available, as well as a bunch of afternoon trips if you’re going to be in the area and would like to get out. Give us a shout!!! What are they biting on??? On the lake, it’s still been good fishing on the surface. Although the lines are getting covered in algae now, so you’ll have to keep cleaning them up. Lux Flies #**hidden content** have been working best for us on the choppy days. And on the calm days, we’re still using our favourite Gibbs Croc on the surface. Bull Trout are biting on the STS flasher with green spatterback hoochie. Depths between 80 – 120ft have been working best. On the Ocean, it’s been a mixed bag of everything. It all depends on where we are fishing that day, and what the local bait is. Our favourite flasher for the past few years has been the Blue Footloose. And lately, the Skinny G has been killing it. Favourite patterns have been the Tailspin and Killy Magee. Also working well has been the Kingfisher spoons in 3″, as the bait has been small. Favourite patterns have been: white lightning, herring aid, cookies & cream, and maverick. For our Ling Cod, we’ve been killing it with the Jumbo Anchovy jigs on our spinning rods. What a blast that has been. And the Gibbs Paddle tails have pulled up quite a few big ones, including our biggest Halibut lately. (while fishing for Ling) That’s enough for now. Not much time to update the reports, as we are fishing everyday. Hope this helps with your next adventure. Tight lines…………. Captain Kerry
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Spring Fishing Report 2023
Spring Fishing Report 2023
March 6, 2023
Well, I thought we were out of the woods and headed into spring, but apparently not! Oh well, one last blast of winter and we should be good to go. In saying that, we have still been on the water a bit, so here’s your latest fishing report: Kootenay Lake: Similar to January, we had some good days and some slow days in February. Typical for this time of year, as the water is at its coldest and the fish metabolism has slowed. February saw more Bull Trout than Rainbows, but definitely getting some nice ones. Our latest group of skiers from back east were rewarded with some nice fish. After skiing/snowboarding for 5 days in a row, they were looking for a break. A day to rest their legs and found something fun to do on their rest day. As I explained to them about the current conditions and the lazy, winter fish, I kind of set the bar low. The crew wasn’t concerned about the fish, but more excited to get out on the water in the mid of winter. We started out with a few bites, but nothing coming to the boat. But then, when the magic hour happened, the fish became more aggressive. First fish to the boat was a beauty 9 Lb Bull Trout. What a start! Not far after that, we caught and released a chunky 7 Lb Bull Trout. These guys were losing their minds. Not expecting a lot, and mostly used to catching 2 Lb fish back home, they were pleasantly surprised. The fishing slowed down late morning so we moved locations and tried a different approach. Hoping to hook a few Rainbows, we put on the lucky Gibbs Croc spoons and and a couple buck tails. Only one strike on the surface in a couple hours, so we decided to switch back to using the down riggers. Early afternoon the bite began again. A couple more Bull Trout hooked before we ended our day. What a great way to spend a ‘rest day’ from the ski hill. We had a few more trips throughout February, although the quick cold snap shut us down for a few days. Most other trips managed to hook into a fish or two, although the bite seemed to slow down. As March has rolled in, we look forward to the weather hopefully changing for the better. As the water begins to warm up, the fish will become more aggressive. Spring break is fast approaching and the phone has started ringing again. Looking forward to getting everyone out on the water during the break. We still have a few dates available if you’re looking at getting out. What are they biting on??? Bull Trout have been biting on the usual flasher/hoochie combo, hockey sticks, or Lyman plugs on the down rigger. Our favorite combo has been the Gibbs STS flasher, followed by the green spatter back or the green pistachio hoochie. Favourite depths have been between 100 – 160ft. Try adjusting depths according to where the bait is showing up on the sonar. On the surface, we have been dragging our favourite Gibbs spoons. The Skinny G (outfitter or no bananas), or the brass/fire stripe croc have been working best for us. Also getting the odd fish on the buck tails as well. Lucky numbers have been buck tail #**hidden content**. Trolling speed is still a factor during the cold water months. Our best speed lately has been between 1.8 – 2.3 mph, but definitely need to experiment with that. That’s it for now. Hope this helps with your next adventure Tight lines……. Captain Kerry
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The Fishing Report - January 2022
The Fishing Report - January 2022
January 12, 2022
Happy New Year Everyone!! Congratulations for making it through another crazy year. We were lucky enough to have lots of support from our locals to help keep us in business, and for that we are thankful. Here’s the latest fishing report: Kootenay Lake: December was a weird month. Lots of wind, lots of temperature changes, but we still managed to get out there. A couple more corporate trips to end the year, and a bunch of family outings as well. We did actually re-schedule a few trips that were supposed to happen in between Christmas and New Years, because of the deepfreeze temperatures that week. Lucky for us, the weather warmed up the following week and we were able to get the groups out before leaving town. The fishing has slowed a bit, as we are now in cold water season. But, some of our days have been pretty productive. It seems like the fish will feed heavily on one day, but then don’t have to eat for a few days. So, we’ve been having one excellent day of fishing, and then a few average days of fishing. On the good days, we’ve hooked into more than a dozen fish. And on the other days it’s been more like 3 – 6 fish. Either way, it’s a great way to escape the winter doldrums. Some fat Rainbows up to 5 Lbs and a few good Bull Trout up to 10 Lbs have been coming in lately. We expect to see some bigger Bulls throughout the next couple months, as they like to stack up in certain areas where we find the feed. With warm temperatures forecasted for the next little while, we are looking forward to spending a lot more days on the lake. Stay tuned….. What are they biting on ??? Here’s the trick: The water has cooled to 40 degrees. It’s time to slow down your presentation. We have been catching on a mixed bag of Buck tail flies and/or Gibbs/Delta spoons. The magic flies have been lucky numbers **hidden content** (or Lux Flies #**hidden content**). And the lucky spoons have been the usual Brass/fire stripe or Brass/fire wing croc for Rainbows. And for the Bull Trout, we have been catching on the Gibbs/Delta Lemon lime flasher with a green spatterback hoochie. Magic depths have been between 101′ and 163′. Hope this helps with your next adventure. Salmon/Halibut season 2022: We are already looking forward to this upcoming season. If it’s anything like last year, we are in for a treat. We have finalized most of our dates for this summer with many returning guests. Keep an eye out for the final confirmation emails and deposit requests coming up soon. There may be a couple dates left to fill, or we can get you on another boat if you still haven’t planned your trip. Drop us a line if you need a hand with arrangements. Here’s to an amazing up coming year. Tight lines……….
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September Fishing Report
September Fishing Report
September 19, 2021
We are back from the West Coast! And what a season it was! This season would be rated up in the top 5 of my career on the west coast. There seemed to be fish just about everywhere this year, which was great in case the weather didn’t allow us to get to our planned destination. There always seemed to be a back-up plan. July started out with big seas, but not a lot of wind. So, we were able to fish on the outside edge, but near the shoreline. The salmon were consistent along the beach for our first couple of weeks. Our daily routine was to fish the beach for the first couple hours of the day, or until we caught a limit of Chinooks, and then head offshore for some Halibut fishing, or coho fishing, or both. On the windy days, we would head inside the protected islands to fish. And, most days we were lucky enough to catch a mix of Chinook and Coho. The inside fishery remained strong throughout the whole season, which was a pleasant surprise and a good feeling to always have a plan ‘B’. Halibut fishing was unbelievable for the whole month of July. Thanks to the regulation change, we were able to target our possession limit in one day, which made for some busy days at the cleaning station. A lot of days where clients were able to bring home their 2 undersized or 1 oversized. Once August hit, the Halibut slowed down a bit for the first couple weeks, but ramped up again for the last half of the season. It might have just been the fact that more people were around during August. Either way, it worked out just fine. If the Halibut weren’t chomping, then the Salmon were. Always some good action to be had. We had a lot of new groups join us this year as well. And, lucky for most of the new groups, the weather cooperated on their first trip with us. That’s always what we hope for when newcomers join us. The new groups got spoiled with great fishing. I think we may have set the bar high for these groups. Big shoes to fill next year. Lots of fun stories developed throughout the summer as well. From Blue Shark encounters, Bald eagles, humpback whales, Orcas, Sea lions, otters, sunfish, and too many others to list. We fly fished for coho, spin cast for coho, spin for bass and bottom fish, jigged for halibut, trolled for salmon, This was a great season. Check out this cool video our guests put together from their trip in July. We are already almost 80% booked for next season with returning guests, so I think everybody had a great time. Already looking forward to next year. And now, back to our Kootenay reports. Kootenay Lake: The lake remained productive throughout the summer months. Usually by the time August hits, the water temp has warmed up so much that the fish get lazy and the fishing slows down. However, this summer, the fishing remained good. July was consistent with lots of fish caught, and even some bigger Bull Trout to the net. And August, we were only fishing the mornings due to the heat, but most mornings produced a good number of fish. The Rainbows slowed down a bit during the hot, smokey days, but the Bull Trout kept everyone busy. One observation from this summer is that: the Rainbows and Bull Trout all seemed to have full bellies. Usually during the warmer months, our fish have empty stomachs and are a bit lethargic. However, this summer we found small Kokanee in their stomachs and the fish seemed more active than normal. Maybe something is changing in the lake, but what ever it is, we liked it. Hope to possibly see some bigger trout this fall if they continue to feed well. Despite the heat and the terrible smoke this summer, our guides did manage to have a pretty decent season. Lots of cancellations due to smoke, but still managed to get some groups out. And now that September is here and the weather has cooled, we look forward to the fishing getting even better and better. Stay tuned… Columbia River: Our guides kept busy on the lake mostly this summer, but when they did get out on the river, it produced very well. During July, the water remained high and the fish were moving around. We had some good days for Rainbow, and even a few Walleye throughout the month. And, throughout August we seemed to be catching more Walleye than Rainbow. Now that September is here, the Walleye are thick and the Rainbows are putting on the feedbags again. The cooler temperatures mean it’s feeding time. We should see more and more Walleye and expect to see some big Rainbows coming up. Stay tuned… What are they biting on??? Let’s start with what was killing it on the west coast. My favourite Gibbs/Delta spoons were the best for us. Skinny G was on fire, as well as the Kingfisher spoons in 3.0. Our favourite patterns were: cookies & cream, herring aid, maverick, white lightning. And for the bottom fish, we were slaying with the Jumbo anchovy in all colors. They seemed to work for everything. We caught: rock fish, ling cod, halibut, and salmon on the jigs. On Kootenay lake it’s been a mixed b
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What anglers said about fishing in Banff National Park

When fishing in Calgary for the first time definitely recommend getting a guide who knows the area so you aren't wasting time figuring out places/lures to use to catch fish in the area.
Excellent
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When fishing in Calgary for the first time definitely recommend getting a guide who knows the area so you aren't wasting time figuring out places/lures to use to catch fish in the area.
River People Guides
River People Guides
We got lucky because were were in between high rainy times when the river was blown-out. Fish were biting all day long!
Excellent
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We got lucky because were were in between high rainy times when the river was blown-out. Fish were biting all day long!
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River People Guides Phelps, NY