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, you cannot keep any bull trout so handle them with care and get them released as soon as possible. The biggest rainbow went about 4 lbs.
We caught fish on the bucktail flies and Lyman plugs on the surface, also jointed Rapalas. We also caught two bull trout 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.
The fishing remains steady for the Lake Trout. We are averaging 6 to 10 fish per trip.November is the time the lake trout spawn so they are moving in closer to the shore and the islands. Try the normal tackle, dodgers/houchies and some spoons. You can fish in 60 to 100′ of water closer in.
Good Luck, see ya on the water