Temperature: 14 degrees Celsius
We wanted to wait until it got warmer out, so we started fishing late Sunday afternoon around 2pm. The winds were moderate at times, but it was mainly sunny and warm, -a good day to fish. The river was lower than it would normally be at this time of the year as the snowpack has not yet started to melt. We launched in Robson, and started fishing near Waldie Island once we had passed the spawning grounds.
At first we tried fly fishing, but the trout didn’t want to cooperate. I decided to try chucking a lure, so I picked one of my favorites; a Len Thompson Extra Heavy Dimpled Series lure. The first cast I was into a nice rainbow of about 18 inches. Another fish took the lure, but I lost it. We fished for a couple more hours, and my fishing buddy said we should call it a day and go in for dinner. We decided we would do one more cast, and on that cast I pulled another nice 17 inch rainbow in.
The 17 incher was really nice healthy, fat chromer in the 2-1/2 to 3 pound range. I checked the stomach contents to see what they were feeding on, and found lots of tiny worms and small chironomids. It’s amazing how a fish can get that big eating such tiny aquatic critters that most people don’t even see in the water because they are so small.
One fish was caught on the Len Thompson lure, and the other one was caught on my own Len Thompson Chillbilly branded lure. Both lures have red in them, and both are my go-to lures. The first fish was caught in 6 feet of the water, the second in 25 feet of water, and the one I lost was in about 4 feet of water. All three took the lure right near the boat.
I’ve been out at least once a week this month, and the fishing has been pretty good. I will still be going out fishing, but Chillbilly Charters will not be guiding or taking deposits in the interim as we cannot guarantee the trip due to the pandemic. We hope to be guiding again in June when the big hatches and really good fishing starts. You can still book with us for June and onwards, but of course we will continually be re-evaluating the situation and can’t make any promises. Keep up to with us here on We Sport Fish, on the Chillbilly Charters Facebook page, and ChillbillyCharters.com.
We hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and that we all get through this as soon as possible. We wish you could be fishing with us, but until then we will keep you posted and let you know how the fishing is.