By Kerry Reed, Kootenay Lake Fishing Charters
Well, we already kicked the new year off with big fish. The annual New Year’s Day derby was an eventful one. Randy Zelonka of Balfour landed a beautiful 20 pound Rainbow to win the fun derby.
Nice to start the new year with a great fish. Can't wait to see what the rest of 2011 has in store for us.
As for the latest report, Kootenay Lake has been good. December saw some days with up to 15 fish to the boat. It also saw some days with not so many fish.
It’s difficult to predict what mood the fish were going to be in. It seemed to change day to day. Just when you think you have it figured out. I guess that's why they call it fishing.
One day we had 16 fish on during the day. A lot of the fish were over 10 pounds. There was definitely some excitement that day.
Another day, we only managed five fish, but two of them were 17 pounds. So, that's a fair trade.
It seems like when the fish are on, they're on. Lot's of occasions we would get a fish on, and while fighting that fish, another fish would hit the other lines.
So, all in all, it's been great.
What are they biting??
Our bucktail flies are still working on the choppy days. We're still getting fish on the usual patterns. Black/White, Grey/Wht, and Purple/Wht seem to be the best.
Also my favorite Lyman plugs have been producing some good fish on the downriggers. The 100, 102, 135, and lately #32 has been catching some nice Dollies on the riggers.
Flasher and hoochie combo are still working well on the downrigger as well.
It's also that time of year. The water temp has dropped and it's time to start trying out the 'Bill Norman's'. This will be a much slower presentation, but if the usual lures aren't working, the Billies just might be the trick.
Don't be afraid to experiment.
January and February might produce fewer fish, but they are usually the biggest fish of the year. Hold on tight.......
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