I had a few hours unaccounted for so the boat and I decided to go fish kokanee at lake Samish. We (the boat and I) arrived at the launch around 6:30 and the Whatcom County AIS team was set up and inspecting boats. I had already taken the AIS course and had the certificate with me so I got 10.00 off my annual AIS sticker fee. The AIS personal and I yakked it up for a while but I was still on the lake by 7:00. I started fishing just out from the ramp. The lake was flat and glassy and there were kokanee jumping all over the place. It was going to be a good day!
I started and finished the day with a painted Arrow Flash dodger on one side of the boat and a hammered 50/50 Arrow Flash dodger on the other. I ran a small double hooked spinner set up off the painted dodger and a 50/50 God’s Tooth with a double hook set up off the 50/50 dodger. Both rigs were baited with plain tuna corn. For the most part I flat lined one rig and chased meter marks with the other. My trolling speed varied between 1.2-1.4 mph (my kicker in gear at an idle). It was kind of an odd day; all of my downrigger fish were at 26’. But that said, between the two poles it was game on coming out of the box, it was like fishing in a barrel. I had multiple drive-bys, doubles and although I only kept 1 fish I had a limit by the time I put the boat back on the trailer.
Most of the fish caught were a nice recruitment of fat 13” cutthroat. In Lake Samish the cutts have to be a minimum of 14” and I weeded through a lot of fish before kept a 18” cutty. Although cutthroat were the main fish on stage this is a kokanee report. I figure that most of the drive-by were kokanee, I had a number of kokanee on that ended in a long release and released 4 smaller kokanee.
With the water temperature hovering at around 56-57 degrees the lake conditions were ideal. A couple of the pictures show meter marks. I would have said that they were kokanee but as it turned out they were schools of cutthroat, very strange for Lake Samish. It was a fun few hours chasing kokanee and good use of my unaccounted-for time.