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The Fishing Report

July 3, 2013 by Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures Charters, 250-505-4963, www.reeladventuresfishing.com

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 sporadic 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













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