Lake Koocanusa has been fishing okay. Two largest rainbows were 5 to 6 lbs. We have lost a couple that were bigger in the 10-12 lb. range.
Streamer flies have been picking up most of the fish. We have been averaging 6 to 10 fish per day.
The darker colors like purple, black, brown have been working the best. We caught a few fish on the dark colored Lyman plugs. Also a few fish on the rainbow patterned Rapalas.
The bigger fish will be showing more as the winter progresses. When the water temperature gets this cold try trolling a little slower, 2.6-2.8 mph. The surface water temperature was 48.0 degrees and dropping. Also catching and releasing 4 to 5 bull trout a day. Remember we cannot keep any bull trout this year.
Timing is everything, and now is the time. Lake Koocanusa is fishing great. We are averaging 8 to 12 fish a charter. The biggest rainbow so far in the boat tips the scale at 6 lbs. We have have put several 4 to 5 pound fish in the boat. Also we are catching 2 or 3 bull trout a trip. The surface water temperature is down to 50 degrees/PERFECT and only going to get better. As the water temperature goes down the fish come up. This time of year they get very aggressive and fight very hard.
They are hitting bucktail flies and Lyman plugs on the surface as well as sub surface using the downriggers. Remember dark days, dark lures, sunny days bright lures.
Check out some pictures on the home page for most recent catches for Lake Koocanusa.
See ya up north
It is time to be fishing for those Kamloop rainbows. The surface temperature is down to 52.0 degrees.
We fished last week and averaged 8-12 fish per day. The biggest 2 rainbows weighed in at 5 lbs. each. The biggest bull trout was approx. 8 lbs. Remember we cannot keep any bulls this year so no need to take them out of the water to weigh them. Keep them in the water and release them as soon and as careful as possible.
We caught fish on streamer flies, Lyman lures, and Rapalas. Colors seem to be more in the dark colors. Black/purple, black/silver and browns all worked well. The boat ramp is in good shape and as long as we can use the upper ramp the Forest Service will have the boat dock available to us.
Remember keep that speed in the 3.0 to 3.5 mph. If you have downriggers try a 11″ flasher with a bucktail flie tied on 36″ behind the flasher. Set the downrigger where ever you see the fish on the fish fider. usually anywhere from 45′ to 90′.
Stay warm on the water and keep the boat going forward.