Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by Strike Zone, Mar 19, 2014.
Enough of the name calling, let's act like civil adults....jeesh!
Yeah, this is the Stillwater Forum not the Steelhead Forum.... jeesh!
I like to eat fish. Therefore, I bonk fish. Just enough for a meal here and there mind you. The rest get released unharmed. They have special lakes for you catch and release only guys. That doesn't make you special though.
Fish are food. Not friends.
I would love to get the Kokanee game dialed in. My in laws are in Lake Stevens and I need another excuse to go fishing when we're up there. I know it 's mostly a down rigger game, but I bet a fast sinking fly line would work.
Do you guys realize most of the lakes in WA are put & take lakes and if they are not taken and eaten they will probably die in 3 to 4 years.
Yes they do hit flies. I had some marvelous fishing last fall at Swift when I was flyfishing only 10 feet down and back about 70 feet with my Drunken Dragon fly nymph. They were landlocked coho's tho. But I have also caught kokanee at Merwin on the same fly. It's fun tho just to experiment and have some success once in awhile.
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Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, 3 to 4 years. Imagine the size of those fish in that time. Oh wait, were you not kidding?
and I appreciate that you shared your story!
David; Yes they are fantastic on the barby or done on the smoker in my book. But my wife would rather eat a big spring king or fall URB, so I rarely keep the kokes I bring home. I usually,but not always, give them to friends. These were given to a Tongan/Samoan family that just moved into the area and love fish. They were happy as a clam at high tide.
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Its always fun to share the bounty. My kids went to Wallowa Lake last year and brought some home, and they were fantastic eating. One of the kids caught a 22" fish and it was really hard telling it from a fresh Sockeye.
I had to do a search to see where Wallowa Lake is after that post. A 22" kokanee is worth the drive in my book, but that's a little far. I love hearing from you Strike Zone on these fish. I think most of us on here play with trout, kiss them goodbye, see ya later etc., but when it comes to eating fish, salmon for most of us. Kokanee are the exception for me when fishing in a lake, one of my favorite table fares of all time.
My grandfather, grandmother and one or two of my brothers used to make Banks Lake a destination vacation. Silvers were the reason, actually they were kokanee, but I had never heard the term at that time, gramps always called them silvers. Leaded line with a small pearl colored wobbler type of lure tipped with a kernel of corn. Reason we went to Banks was they were bigger fish than over here and we could catch then without using gang trolls or pop gear as we called the smaller gang troll set-ups.
This is why I love to hear how you are catching these fish Strike Zone. You are doing it with flies sometimes. Can you share the set up you used for these Merwin fish in the pictures?
Well if 22" Kokes get you excited...houw about 8# and 9# ones? Wallowa is putting out slightly smaller fish these days, but still...
Most are on gear, but I think the right time of year, these fish could be taken on full sinking lines in the right part of the lake.
Matt: Hi. Hope your day is as pretty where you are as it is here. Yes, I will try to take a picture of some of the things that have been working for me tomorrow if I can remember to charge up the battery in the camera. I'm taking the Samoan guy I gave fish to last week and his uncle up to Merwin for the day. Neither one has ever fished for kokanee in a lake, or salmon in the river, so it will be a real treat to see them fight some of those little rascals. I just hope there are some fish that want to play. I usually use a fly behind a sling blade off my downrigger at various depths, but sometimes I just use a hi-density fly line with a bare fly about 10-12 feet behind it. I try different things till I see what is working and then stick with that till the bite goes off. If I haven't had any bites after about 15-20 minutes I will switch to something else after trying different speeds, depths, direction of travel, ect. Anyway, I am new myself to this kokanee thing so I've got alot to learn. But this last year up there has been awfully good to me. I plan to stay at it. I've been having a ball up there and also at Coldwater.
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Holy cow David,
That is an incredible story. 9.67 lbs. Hope that fishery gets back to equilibrium between shrimp and fish etc. I see what you mean about, if I am excited about a 22" kokanee I need to set me sights a little higher. I am used to 11" average or thereabouts, although I don't really target "silvers" much anymore. The banks lake fish used to run about 16" average if I remember correctly. Then that fishery went away but I have heard its coming back.
Thanks very much for the intriguing info you shared.