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The Fishing Report

Nov. 8, 2011

Kootenay Lake

The lake has been producing some big fish as of late. Right from the beginning of October and up until now, we have been catching Rainbow Trout up to 24 Lbs. In fact, the derby winners during the Thanksgiving derby were all over 20 Lbs. We haven't seen that in quite a few years.

The following weekend was the Nelson City Police Derby and that produced some large fish also. The largest from that weekend was just under 19 Lbs and the next two in line were around 17 Lbs.

So, it looks like it's going to be a great Fall/Winter of fishing.

We Just finished filming an episode of 'The Dimestore Fishermen' on Kootenay Lake. The crew was in town for a week, and we managed to get them out fishing for a few days of filming. The fishing wasn't as hot as I was hoping for, but we did land some big fish each day. The biggest fish brought in during filming was just under 19 Lbs, and we also got some good footage of us landing a 17 Lb, 14 Lb, and a bunch of 10 & 12 Lb fish. We definitely showed the crew a good time and they witnessed some of the biggest Rainbow Trout they have ever seen. I think it was a great experience for both myself and the Tv crew. I think we will see some benefits coming from the show when it airs. Always nice to promote our lake and our surrounding area.

I would like to thank some of our sponsors who stepped up and helped make this an enjoyable experience for everyone. Big thank you to everyone including: Nelson Chamber of Commerce, Nelson & Kootenay Lake DMO, Best Western Hotel, Hume Hotel, Sage Tapas & Wine Bar, Bibo Restaurant, Bogustown Pub, and Jackson's Hole & Grill.

As far as the rest of Fall fishing goes, we will keep you posted.

One more derby left this Fall. It is the Kaslo Derby coming up this weekend. Nov. 11, 12, 13. Should be some big fish caught this weekend. Stay tuned for updates.

What are they biting on???

The fish are still scattered throughout the water column, so we are fishing both on the surface and down deeper. Bucktail flies on the surface in the usual colors are working well. Blk/wht, Grey/wht, Purple/wht are working well. The common numbers for these flies are: 228, 215, 224 or some common names are: grey ghost, bleeding gill, and November special.

Also we've been using the downriggers for both Rainbows and Dolly Varden (Bull Trout). Some of our best depths have been 95', 120' & 140'. We've been using our favorite flasher & hoochie combo, or my favorite Lyman plugs are working well. Plug #'s 10, 16, 32, 100, and 135 have producing some good fish for me as well.

The water temperature is around 50 degrees now, so that means our prime fishing should continue.

Fall is here, so Let's Go Fishing !!!

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

Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Charters
Nelson B.C








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