This was my first time fishing on lake Stevens, and there have been nice reports about the Kokanee there. By some minor miracle my morning was open, so off I went to try my luck with the Kokanee. My fishing time was 10:30am-2:30pm. I was armed with a downrigger and a couple of setups, assisted by other reports, and hit depths of 40-45', then 5' increments down to 90'. Setup#1) Pink speckled dodger and pink wedding ring- caught one 6" rainbow at 80'. I was wondering what that little guy was doing down so deep. Setup#2) pink tipped, silver dodger and pink hoochie - no bites. Now, if I did not have my fish finder, I would have thought the lake had no fish. Sorry dude. Most of the time, especially in water over 80' deep, the finder showed fish all over the place! Sometimes there were schools in the 40-45' range. Usually they were in the 60-80' range. So I tried adding shrimp oil, added a worm. Not sure what I was doing wrong. My Scotty lake troller downrigger makes a lot of hummmmm. Could that be the problem? I have never before seem so many fish on my finder, but went home without....?
Any helpful advice?