Location: Columbia/Kootenay Confluence
Weather: Sunny turning to light showers
Temperature: 16 degrees Celsius
With spring now on us the fishing is heating up. Our half-day trip began under sunny skies at 11:00 am. We drifted down to the Columbia Kootenay confluence and landed a gorgeous 23 inch rainbow around noon.
The weather soon became overcast and the rainbow slowed right down, but the walleye didn’t mind the light rain that ensued. Shortly after 1:00pm we had already landed two rainbows and three walleye.
We anchored in a shallow right on the edge of a drop-off where the further you cast the deeper the water. We fished a seam in 25-30 feet of water using a large black marabou leech pattern with a brass conehead and full sink lines. Most of the fish caught were 5-10 feet off the bottom.
We cast into the fast water and stripped line to let it drift out, then we stripped it in once it straightened out over top of the drop off. As the clouds rolled in the change in pressure shut down a great run of fishing.
The river is still low, and as good as the fishing is now the best is still yet to come. As it get warmer and the water level rises there will be more side channels and more areas to fish.