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The Fishing Report

Dec 15, 2011

Kootenay Lake

3 words. It's been fantastic!! That's what I can say about the fishing on the lake as of late. Some record sized fish have been caught in the past month. And some record number of fish have been caught on certain days also.

We've had some crazy days on the boat with up to 20 fish being caught. And big fish too. Some of our latest catches have included Rainbows up to 24 Lbs and Dolly Varden (Bull Trout) up to 17 Lbs. I've even heard of a few bigger fish coming in also.

Now, 20 fish each day isn't normal. It only happens a few times a year, but when it does, we definitely enjoy it. Most days are averaging 5 - 10 fish to the boat. And yes, there are still some days when the fish seem to win the battle and we only manage a couple. But, that's why they call it fishing.

I had somebody approach me on the street the other day. They were commenting on how good the fishing has been and they had read my articles. Their next comment was: "if you're catching that many fish on a good day, what are you going to do when you've caught them all?"

That's a fair question. So, I should help explain how fishing and managing resources has come a long way. For instance, on a good day of fishing: (eg. 20 fish caught), most people will release 80 - 90%. With more people being educated about our resources, more people are releasing some of the bigger fish for reproducing. And the proof is in the numbers. Our Gerrard Rainbows have had increasing numbers over the past few years in the spawning channel and have reached a record.

In saying that, there is still a regulated quota of fish that one person may retain in a day, and they are entitled to it. So, a lot of people will have fun catching and releasing good fish, but still manage to keep one or two for the barbecue. And if everyone practices the same, then we should have a strong resource for many years to come.

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. My favorites have been: # 228, 215, 224, 207, 203 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' and even below 150' lately. 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 45 degrees now, so that means our prime fishing should continue.

Some of our biggest fish should be caught in the next couple of months !

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

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

Kerry Reed

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