Early Season Lake Koocanusa

Fishing Lake Koocanusa can only get better.

We fished last weekend on the north end and south of the bridge for the Kamloop rainbows. We did catch 3 rainbows and 3 bull trout. The biggest bull was approx. 5 lbs. remember, this year you cannot keep any bull trout so handle them with care and get them released as soon as possible. The biggest rainbow  went about 6 lbs.

We caught fish on the bucktail flies and Lyman plugs on the surface, also jointed Rapalas. We also caught two bulls off the downrigger one at 55 ft. and 65 ft.

We did mark a lot of fish on the fish finder, big schools of Kokanee salmon. The surface temperature was 58-59 degrees. In a couple weeks the fishing should get much better and the big fish will start to show up. The best time for this fishery is when the surface water temperature gets down to 55 degrees or less.

Tight lines

Capt. Bob

Lake Koocanusa

It is getting to that time of year to start fishing for those big Kamloop rainbows in Lake Koocanusa. We are filling up fast with many charters for Oct. Nov. and Dec. If you are thinking of booking a trip with us, book as soon as possible.

Prime time is when the surface water temperature gets down to 55 degrees or less. When the surface temperature drops those big rainbows start to feed near the surface, become very active, and hit your lure with such aggressive behavior. It is a spectacular fish to catch and a great battle to get that fish to the boat.

Give this fishery a try. Remember patience pays off with big rewards on this lake. Keep the boat going forward and keep the lines in the water.

Be sure your boat is ready for this winter fishery. Staying warm makes the long days more enjoyable and keeps you out there longer. Make sure your boat batteries are in good shape.The cold weather is tough on weak batteries, and all your equipment.

Get your tackle ready. I re-spool all my reels every year; it would be a shame to hook a 20lb. rainbow and have your line fail. Check your fishing reels. Remember a little reel lube on the moving parts helps keep the ice from forming and having a failure, especially on the worm gear on those level line reels.

Stock up on your favorite lures. It always seems like you find a hot lure and then the tackle shops are all out of them.

If you have any questions about this fishery, feel free to drop me an email or give us a call.

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