October started out with some warmer than seasonal temperatures and some beauty weather for being out on the water. But then switched to be more like the fall that we are accustomed to. And now that we’re in November, the temperatures have dropped and we are fully into our winter fishery.
Here’s your latest reports:
Kootenay Lake: Well, the water temperature has dropped and should be optimal for our fall/winter fishing now. The beginning of October handed us some nice weather and some pretty decent fishing for bull trout and rainbows. And since the end of October with the perfect water temps we have expected the rainbows to take over as in previous years. However, lately it’s still been better fishing for bull trout with a few rainbows mixed in.
Bull trout up to 10 lbs have been caught recently, with most being between 3 – 6 lbs. There was also one bull around 16 lbs that was caught by another local angler, so there’s still the odd big one out there.
Rainbows have been hit and miss lately, but we’ve been getting some mixed in with the bull trout. Average rainbows between 2 – 4 lbs have been coming in.
It seems that the fish are located in tiny pockets on the lake. And when you find a pocket, that seems to be the ticket to stick to that area. Some days we can troll for hours trying to locate fish, but when we find them, the action has been fairly consistent.
Some of our better days lately have seen groups hooking into 10 – 15 bull trout throughout the day and usually a few rainbows as well.
Water temp is right and we hope the rainbows turn on and the bull trout keep doing what they’re doing. November & December are usually our best months.
Columbia River: We had some successful trips on the river in early October and even managed to get some good fish at the end of the month when the temperatures dropped.
Rainbows can be pretty chunky at this time of year, some great walleye days were had and the fall fly fishing was good as well.
What are they biting on?
On the river it was mostly big nymphs, or the October caddis was hot for a while. Also getting a bunch on the spinning gear or bottom bouncers.
And, on the lake, it’s been a mix again. The bull trout have been falling for the Gibbs/Delta Lemon lime flasher or the Oki Big Shooter Yellow/green mist flasher, followed by the green glow spatter back or pistachio hoochie. Depths from 81 – 153 ft have been working best for us. And the rainbows have been less consistent, but have been getting a few on bucktails, but a few more on the brass/fire stripe croc or the brass/fire wing croc. Again, you just have to find where they’re hanging out.
Hope this helps with your next adventure.
Tight lines………..
Kerry Reed
Reel Adventures Sportfishing