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Online BayWolf

Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« on: October 18, 2021, 03:51:08 PM »
I’m looking at my boat and am wanting to get out fishing.  Can anyone provide some guidance and information on the possibility of fall/winter Kokanee fishing in western wa?  Or even some other good lake fishing opportunities?  I know most trout stocking is done, and most lakes are fished out, so I’d like to try something different. 

Thanks for any and all suggestions.

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Offline Omega3

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2021, 04:47:14 PM »
Kokanee junkies on Facebook
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Online BayWolf

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2021, 05:31:02 PM »
Kokanee junkies on Facebook

I don’t have Facebook.  Did a search and didn’t see “Kokanee Junkies”.  Is it called something else?
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Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2021, 05:38:11 PM »
I bet it is a Facebook group.  Lake Washington and lake Sammamish could be fun options.  Perch and cutties. 

Angler west with salt patrol fishing south lake Washington for cutties.  https://youtu.be/GxqBia9sObo

NW fishing reports Sammamish cutties.  https://youtu.be/C0oqnECKp5s
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Online BayWolf

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2021, 07:14:23 PM »
I bet it is a Facebook group.  Lake Washington and lake Sammamish could be fun options.  Perch and cutties. 

Angler west with salt patrol fishing south lake Washington for cutties.  https://youtu.be/GxqBia9sObo

NW fishing reports Sammamish cutties.  https://youtu.be/C0oqnECKp5s

Cool!! Looks like fun. And both close enough for a day trip. 
Thanks. 

I’ve fished LW for sockeye back in 08.  Never fished cutts or Lake Sammamish.
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Offline DARice

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #5 on: October 23, 2021, 01:25:27 PM »
Kokanee are easy and fun, at least for those who don't stress at not filling the 10 fish daily limit. iFish community has up to date info, and fishing reports often include the depths people are finding fish. I'm in SW WA, and typically fish Yale and Merwin while I dream of calm ocean conditions. Happy to provide more info. It's getting close to spawning time, but the latest reports are that fish are still bright; as they take on color, they aren't very good eating. Here's a map to popular trolling locations on Merwin:  https://deadly-venom-tackle.myshopify.com/products/lake-merwin-kokanee-fishing-map

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Online BayWolf

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2021, 02:46:13 PM »
Kokanee are easy and fun, at least for those who don't stress at not filling the 10 fish daily limit. iFish community has up to date info, and fishing reports often include the depths people are finding fish. I'm in SW WA, and typically fish Yale and Merwin while I dream of calm ocean conditions. Happy to provide more info. It's getting close to spawning time, but the latest reports are that fish are still bright; as they take on color, they aren't very good eating. Here's a map to popular trolling locations on Merwin:  https://deadly-venom-tackle.myshopify.com/products/lake-merwin-kokanee-fishing-map

Dave

Thanks Dave,
I was looking for a window to fish Merwin, but the weather and winds don’t want to cooperate.  When is the latest it worthwhile fishing for them.  I heard there is some controversy about fishing in late winter because of the fish being small and people want to give them a chance to bulk up a bit. 
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Offline XO

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2021, 01:25:58 PM »
Might want to try Lake Stevens.  Haven't been there in years, but at one point there was some good kokanee fishing.  Troll by the aeration pump out in the middle.
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Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2021, 01:39:42 PM »
Might want to try Lake Stevens.  Haven't been there in years, but at one point there was some good kokanee fishing.  Troll by the aeration pump out in the middle.

I started fishing for kokanee in Stevens the last couple of years.  Only gone out a few times. I think the hot time is mayish.  That said we caught a few in early April.  I haven't seen much as far as fishing in the winter but I guess there is only one way to find out:)
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Offline FishBio

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #9 on: October 25, 2021, 07:03:19 PM »
Might want to try Lake Stevens.  Haven't been there in years, but at one point there was some good kokanee fishing.  Troll by the aeration pump out in the middle.

I started fishing for kokanee in Stevens the last couple of years.  Only gone out a few times. I think the hot time is mayish.  That said we caught a few in early April.  I haven't seen much as far as fishing in the winter but I guess there is only one way to find out:)

Picked up a few Kokanee last winter in Lake Sammamish. The real fun was trolling up 15-20” cutthroat after catching a bucket of perch. Trolling while filleting perch makes the fish cleaning chore go quick.
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Offline DARice

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2021, 08:04:03 AM »
Kokanee are easy and fun, at least for those who don't stress at not filling the 10 fish daily limit. iFish community has up to date info, and fishing reports often include the depths people are finding fish. I'm in SW WA, and typically fish Yale and Merwin while I dream of calm ocean conditions. Happy to provide more info. It's getting close to spawning time, but the latest reports are that fish are still bright; as they take on color, they aren't very good eating. Here's a map to popular trolling locations on Merwin:  https://deadly-venom-tackle.myshopify.com/products/lake-merwin-kokanee-fishing-map

Dave
Sorry for the delay… this is a hatchery fishery, Pacific Corps’ quid pro quo for putting dams on one of the best steelhead streams in the region back in the day. Yes, the fish will get bigger, but I don’t have any reluctance to take them now. What they call ‘next year’s fish’ won’t be in spawning phase so will be great eating.

Thanks Dave,
I was looking for a window to fish Merwin, but the weather and winds don’t want to cooperate.  When is the latest it worthwhile fishing for them.  I heard there is some controversy about fishing in late winter because of the fish being small and people want to give them a chance to bulk up a bit.
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Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2021, 10:58:55 PM »
Thanks guys for all the great information..
Going to get out there and give it a go.
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Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2021, 07:58:09 AM »
Google  "kokanee fishing washington'  LOTS of information there.  I suspect there is a group Kokanee Power of Washington or some such.  The KP group in Oregon is very helpful to members and others.

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Offline Redhawk

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #13 on: November 24, 2021, 11:49:02 PM »
Very late to the party but Riffe Lake is a good kokanee spot. Troll 50-70 feet down (depending on water depth, it can get low) by the dam and you are bound to hook something up. I was up some years back with a buddy and we caught 15 or so in 3 hours and kept the 10 nicest ones. Cannot for the life of me remember what exactly we caught them on, but I am thinking it was either small squid skirts with flashers or #2 spinners.
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Offline Salty Dangler

Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #14 on: November 25, 2021, 10:08:48 AM »
There are no Kokanee in Riffe, but they do have a pretty good coho fishery. Tacoma Power puts a bunch of coho adults up above Cowlitz Falls every year to spawn naturally and the resulting juveniles often end up in Riffe. There isn’t any real passage for them through Mossyrock dam, so they stack up in Riffe.

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Re: Fall/Winter Kokanee in WA Question
« Reply #15 on: November 26, 2021, 05:21:10 PM »
There are no Kokanee in Riffe, but they do have a pretty good coho fishery. Tacoma Power puts a bunch of coho adults up above Cowlitz Falls every year to spawn naturally and the resulting juveniles often end up in Riffe. There isn’t any real passage for them through Mossyrock dam, so they stack up in Riffe.
I probably ID'd them wrong then. This was 3 years back so I was still a trout guy and the guy I was with handled everything but the catching...

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