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18 - Lake Roosevelt South End to Spokane Confluence Report
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11/17/2017
Trolling
Kokanee
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11/18/2017
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Working in fishing retail usually gives me access to the latest and great reports. However, I have not heard one positive Kokanee report from Lake Roosevelt in months. This is reflected on NWFR's report page as well. I thought I might try and change the tune. I fished the Spring Canyon area trolling over 60-350' feet but the fishfinder was blank. I assumed with a blank screen that most fish were running shallow.

I was flat lining one rod and using another with a 1.5 oz dropper both at 100' behind the kayak. The Rainbows certainly came out to play and at least kept me interested. After several hours of fishing with no Kokanee I decided to drop one rod deep and through on a 6 oz cannonball despite having marked no fish at depth. After another hour or so the deep rod goes off and I get a 16 oz Kokanee just under the kayak and it spits the hook....ughhhh.

I didn't get touched the rest of the morning and the wind started to roll up by noon. Heard of a few fish caught further up river. Hopefully the big boys will show up again this year but I'm losing faith.


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Part-Time
11/18/2017 7:27:47 PM
Thanks for the report. Same as you, the Rainbow are more that willing but the Kokanee just seemed to have left. Alien abduction?
samntrllr
11/19/2017 7:41:53 AM
Out-migration over dam(s). I read a kokanee study many years ago with tagged fish, caught in lower river and had surgically placed chips. Data was relayed several weeks. Out of the 80 or so caught and released, some died soon, others roamed around, some went over the dam and were pinged with devices below the dam. They anticipated this, and there is out-migration over the top. Last year was epic flows, maybe there was a big loss.
uplandsandpiper
11/19/2017 11:28:43 AM
Yes I agree. There was some great Kokanee fishing in Rufus Woods last spring. I wonder why?
Fish Dawg
11/19/2017 1:07:09 PM
Thanks for the report. Maybe Roosevelt will get a Kokanee deposit from PO in exchange for the fish that went down river to Rufus.
outtheresomewhere
11/19/2017 1:07:10 PM
The past two years the Kokanee catching has been almost non-existent on Roosevelt and it's not for trying - I keep looking for reports from the pens
but the last one that I can find re- the Kokes is '07, so it's difficult to know what is happening from that source. The last report I've found re- the Kokes
was '09 and that addressed only the plants/releases in Banks - wife and I fish banks several times a year and have yet to catch a Kokanee and we spend
a week to 10 days each time we go. The years before '15 we've had moderate to great success at Roosevelt and have caught them at least 8-9 months of
the year - every time I filet one I always look for signs of reproduction, as well as stomach contents, and not once in all these years have I ever seen
any sign of getting ready to spawn, so I suspect that they must be GMF's (genetically modified fish) AKA triploids, but finding out for sure has been
a dead end - It looks like we're asking more questions and no wise men have an answer - I intend to keep asking though, maybe one of these days
a DFW and/or a Tribal biologist will respond - persistence is omnipotent.
Part-Time
11/19/2017 5:05:47 PM
Interesting what you said about no sign of reproducing, I have wondered about that. I personally have never boated a Kokanee on Roosevelt that looked like it was going to spawn anywhere but then I still a newbie with this being my 3rd winter on Roosevelt. If they were some sort of Triploid wouldn't they likely be clipped? I talked with one fishery person who said they believe they have been releasing the Kokanee plants to small and have a very low survival rated. All I know for sure is I miss them.
outtheresomewhere
11/21/2017 8:19:02 AM
According to the "mission statements" from Lake Roosevelt net pens and hatcheries, the Kokanee are raised by the Spokane Tribe and
released as fry and fingerlings at various locations - since the first law of fish dynamics is "big'uns eat little ones" the Kokanee being
released are at the bottom of the food chain and an easy meal for the big guys - the net pen guys release the 'bows in the spring when
they're about 8-9" and in the fall we have something to fish for - and by then they're pretty good at getting something to eat without
getting caught. Also, part of the work the tribal hatchery performs is to clip the adipose fin, so it looks like you've hit on a a couple of
reasons why things are the way they are - lets hope somebody realizes what is happening and possibly why.
Billm
11/20/2017 10:00:02 PM
I too hope the kokanee fishing picks up on Roosevelt. Hopefully the few fish I hear about in the various reports is promising for future fishing. It is still a bit early in the 2018 kokanee season for that lake.
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