The Fish in the East Kootenay rivers had a mild winter to contend with and they over wintered very well. With warmer temperatures they had opportunity to feed often and from angler reports they remained in excellent shape. I expect the Cutthroat fishing to be excellent on the Elk and tribs as well as on the Bull and St Marys. Bull trout on the Elk will also be good. Bull trout on the Kootenay and Wigwam may be affected by the angling pressure over the past few winters. Relaxed regulations on both the BC and US side of Koocanusa and the Kootenay river have allowed bait anglers as well as a keep fishery. I personally feel this has afected numbers. However, as of April 1 2013 there is a full bait ban on the Kootenay river as well as the keep slot size has been increased. This will help but a full C&R for bull trout is needed until we know exactly what this population is doing. Be sure to check you 2013 regulations as there have been some changes in region 4.
Snow pack has been average and the current snow pillow data for morressey ridge shows it dropping as of late. if this trend continues, expect to be on the Elk in late June. This prediction will need to be revisited at the end of April as anything can happen with the weather in the Elk Valley. We have had late starts the past 2 years so i think we are due for good early season conditions. Maybe a really good Golden Stone hatch??
The 2013 season is shaping up for an early start. The fish look healthy and hopfully the spring run-off turns some rocks and creates a few new log jams and holding water. We have a busy calendar for guiding this summer so its best to plan ahead if you want you dates and favorite guide!
Is the Winter fishing good on the Elk River???? Just ask my friend Jenn and have a look at her slide show from a recent trip!
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