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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report

By Contributor
February 6th, 2023

Now that Ground Hog day has come and gone, and it looks like spring is coming, it’s time to focus on fun times and fishing.

We’ve had a couple small cold snaps and a couple warm spells this past month.  Nothing consistent with the weather, but we are still consistently fishing.  Here’s your latest report:

Kootenay Lake:

It’s big fish season.  Although, with the water temperature being at its coldest of the year, the fish have gone into preservation mode.  Meaning, they will eat one day, but then not have to eat for a week.  Just hanging out and chillin.

On the days that they eat, we have been hooking into a bunch of Bull Trout mostly, with the odd Rainbow mixed in. The trade off is, the fish are generally bigger.  February has always been a favourite month for big fish.  You just have to put in your time.

We have been getting out a few times each week and have found there is usually one great day of fishing, followed by a few slow days until the feeding frenzy begins again.  That’s why you just have to be out there.  You just never know.

With some more mild weather coming up again, you will find us out on the water even more throughout the month.  Lots of new groups lined up to join us this month.  Seems like a popular activity for our skiing groups that are looking to take a day off and rest their legs.

Looking forward to many trips this month with groups.  Stay tuned…..

What are they biting on???

Lately we’ve been getting more fish on the downriggers.  Our favourite depths have been between 121 feet and 153 feet.  Gibbs green flashers with green pistachio or green spatter back hoochies have been working best for us.  Trolled at a slow speed due to the cold water temp.  1.8mph – 2.3mph seems to be working best for us.

Also still getting the odd Rainbow on the surface with a bucktail or Gibbs croc.   Bucktail colors have been purples, pinks, or greys that have been working best for us.

This time of year, it’s more about putting in your time.  You just have to be out there.

Hope this helps with your next adventure.

Tight lines….

Captain Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures

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