COLUMN: Kootenay Lake produces rainbow bounty

Although fishing tourism on Kootenay Lake is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual two to four pound rainbows.

Shawn Eckle of Edmonton caught a bull trout on Kootenay Lake this month.

Although fishing tourism on Kootenay Lake is way down, the main lake has still been producing lots of the usual two to four pound rainbows, with a few bull trout also from two to six pounds.

Some of our best days see up to 20 fish being caught. But, an average day would produce between eight and 12 fish. Lots of action to keep our guests busy.

We have been mixing it up a bit lately as far as fishing location on the lake as well. We have fished the extreme north, the extreme south, and the central portions of the lake and have found the better fishing to be from the central portion and south.

Lighter gear is the ticket for fun now. Still lots of excitement catching these two to four pounders on a fly rod or lighter spinning rod. But, be prepared to break a few fish off if you manage to hook into some of the bigger fish still around. Either way, there’s still lots of action and lots of fun to be had on the lake.

The West Arm has been producing some nice fish as of late.

It seems that some of our bigger fish have been cruising the West Arm in search of food. There have been a few surprises coming in lately.

Fly fishing has been a blast in the past few weeks. Lots of two to four pound rainbows, but we’re also hooking into some rainbows and bull trout up to eight pounds in the arm. This is a pleasant surprise when targeting the smaller fish.

Lots of opportunity for fish this summer. Looking forward to the tourist season and hoping to get lots more people hooked on this great sport.

Columbia River

The river was on fire for the early months of April, May, and June. Lots of fantastic days floating the river with both floating and sinking lines. As the water remained low, the seams were plentiful and the fish remained very active.

Lots of rainbows between two and five pounds were being caught. Also started to see more walleye showing up in the fishery.

Now, with the rising water, the fishing holes have changed a bit and the fish are moving around. The back eddies are producing well, especially after the crazy caddis hatches that we had early in the season.

Usually these hatches don’t start until this time of year. A sign of the times I guess, as our seasons seem to be getting earlier every year.

June and July should see some of the largest caddis hatches of the year and should put these fish back into a frenzy. Also, the walleye should get to be more plentiful as the summer continues.

Looking forward to the next couple months on the river!

What are they biting on?

Not a lot of secrets out there at this time of year. The main lake has been producing most rainbows on the usual bucktail flies. Common colours have been grey/white, black/white, green/white. The common numbers of these flies are: 210, 215, 221, 222, 234.

Also catching some rainbow and bull trout on apex lures and my favourite Lyman plugs. Check out some of the new Lyman patterns as they have been producing well for us.

On the river we have been catching most of our rainbows on the fly. Dry lines with elk hair caddis have been working well on the hot days. And on the cooler days, or when we can’t seem to catch on the dry, we have been drifting nymphs through our favourite holes.

On the days when we are not fly fishing, we have been spin casting with spinners and spoons, as well as bottom bouncing with bait.

The bottom bouncers or jigs have been producing best for the walleye. Lots of different techniques to use on the river and lots of different fish to be caught.

Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Fishing Charters writes here once a month.

Just Posted

Kaslo bus fueled by vegetable oil to begin service next month

Mountain Man Mike’s will run routes to Vancouver and eventually Edmonton

Nelson to send two musicians to provincial Festival of The Arts

Lucas Alexander and Nico Bucher will compete in Chilliwack later this month

Police investigating felling of old cedars at Cottonwood Lake

One of the cedars was 300 to 450 years old

Safe boating event planned in Nelson on May 25

The event coincides with the National Safe Boating Awareness week

Help make Nelson the most active community in Canada

The Better Community Challenge launches May 31

Kelowna RCMP interrogation video brings home reality in ‘visceral way’: former TRC chairman

Video of Mountie interrogating young Indigenous woman disclosing sexual abuse under fire

Update: Mother dead, child in critical condition after carbon monoxide poisoning at Shuswap campground

The woman was found unresponsive insider her tent and the youth was taken via air ambulance to hospital

Canada’s parole officers say correctional system has reached breaking point

About half of Canada’s federal parole officers work inside penitentiaries and correctional institutions

Montreal researchers create audible hockey puck for visually impaired players

Three years ago, Gilles Ouellet came up with the idea for a puck that makes a continuous sound

Former B.C. Greyhound bus drivers head to Penticton for goodbye party

Big bash runs until Sunday, funded by drink cans left behind on busses over the years

Boy, 12, arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on another child at a Surrey park

The child was later released into his parents’ custody as Surrey RCMP continue their investigation

Full-scale search underway for missing kayaker on Okanagan Lake

Kelowna Paddle Centre member Zygmunt Janiewicz, 71, failed to return from his ‘daily kayak’ on the lake

ICBC urging drivers to slow down this May long weekend

Speed is number one cause of car crash fatalities: ICBC

Bucks hammer Raptors 125-103 to take 2-0 playoff series lead

Toronto heads home in a hole after second loss to Milwaukee

Most Read