Weather: Sunny with scattered clouds
Temperature: 11 degrees Celsius
Spring has been a little slow to come this year. I’ve been out quite a bit, and the spring fishing has been pretty good. The water levels have been fluctuating quite a bit in the prior weeks, but this week they have been fairly consistent and the fishing has really picked up.
With the pandemic, the province has released new COVID-19 fishing and hunting guidelines. The guidelines say we should only to go out fishing by ourselves or with the people we live with, so this was a solo trip.
I waited until it warmed up a bit, and launched from Robson around noon. I started out with one rod setup with sinking line and a hand-tied woolly bugger with an orange conehead and tail, and a shiny chenille body. The second rod was setup with floating line, an indicator, and a small red bead-head nymph I like to tie that doesn’t have a name, so I just call it the CB Nymph.
When I got to a good fishing hole I would first nymph it, then pull a streamer through it. With the woolly bugger I pulled a couple rainbow to the boat, but they unbuttoned right at the boat. The nymph did a little better. I got two rainbow into the boat, lost a half dozen, and landed two whitefish. The whitefish were pretty interested in the nymph, as there were a lot of bumps, and I got a good 6 or 7 pretty close to the boat before they broke off.
Later in the afternoon it got windy with some pretty good gusts at times, but at least it was warm and the sun was shining. I saw 3-4 sturgeon this trip, and what I assume was an otter’s lunch of a half-eaten trout. I really wanted to put the new camera to use and get some video this trip, but when you are on the water, and its fish-on, your hands are full. Maybe next time I will figure out a better strategy, or get a family member to go with me. I still plan on doing a lot of fishing, and will keep We Sport Fish up to date.