Lucky colors of bucktails lately have been: blacks, greys, and purples or #203, 207, 210, 214, 215, and 228. But keep in mind, the cold water conditions mean slower presentation as well. If you can find the fish and put it in front of their face, they should eat it. If not, keep changing your patterns until they go for it. Persistence is the key at this time of year. We have been catching two to six fish most days with the average sizes ranging from one pound to eight pounds. Although, I did hear of a beautiful 21-pound Rainbow that was caught on the South Arm of the lake this month. So, that is encouraging. It’s usually this time of year when the biggest fish are caught. We’ve had some mild weather days which has allowed us to get out on the river. It has been producing some nice rainbows each day. A nice change from lake fishing. Bill Normans in the blue/silver, purple/silver, green/silver, and rainbow colors have been working as well. Columbia River: We have been catching rainbows between 2 – 5 Lbs on the usual gear. It ‘s that time of year when we should see some of these fish fattening up. So, looking forward to hooking into some 10 + pound fish coming up in February and March. It’s typical winter fishing right now. You just have to put in your time. What are they biting on??? We are still catching most of our fish on the surface. Bucktail flies have still been working, as well as our Bill Norman crankbaits. Keep in mind that since the water is so cold, you need to slow down your presentation. The fish are still feeding, they just aren’t as aggressive. Most anglers are having good luck on the usual bottom fishing gear. A 3-way swivel set-up on the bottom with bait seems to be working best. We have also had some good luck on the fly rods lately. Sinking lines with egg patterns as well as swinging streamers has been working. The feeding has been sporadic lately. It seems like the fish will turn on for a short period, but it’s different each day. Spending a whole day on the lake is our best option to ensure that we don’t miss the short feeding periods during the day. Now with our water temperatures at their coldest, we should expect the fish to remain lethargic. Even the smaller Rainbows have tapered off. So, it’s that time of year when you have to be patient and put in your time. Either way, you can’t catch them if you’re not out there. So, Let’s Go Fishing…….. Tight lines…………………..Upcoming limited fishery: The Spring Bull Trout fishery is coming up fast. March is when our cold Kootenay Rivers are finally ice-off and navigatable by jetboat. We have limited days still available during this fishery. Bull Trout from six to 16 pounds are hungry at this time. Flyfishing or spincasting are preferred methods. Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson B.C 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com January was a slower month for fishing. Although, we did manage to catch fish each time out, it just seemed slower than December. Kootenay Lake: By Kerry Reed, Reel Adventures SportfishingKerry Reed of Reel Adventures Charters is ready to give out the right information in the monthly fishing report. Everything fishermen wanted to know about fishing in the region is right here.