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Stevens Lake Report
Snohomish County, WA

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10/18/2018
71° - 75°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Kokanee
Corn
Pink
Sunny
Spoons
Morning
56° - 60°
10/18/2018
4
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My first time trying fall kokanee fishing. I thought I had a good plan as to where the fish would be, but after a bit of seeing just about nothing on the sonar, I needed to move. I knew the fish were somewhere, I just needed to find them.

Started along the eastern shoreline figuring this is where the fish would be. I actually wound up finding them near the old aerator closer to the northern shoreline. I ran through a bunch of different Elgin Fishing God's Tooth Spoon pattern before finally finding that pink was what they wanted, and it was all they wanted from me as every fish came on it. I was fishing about 30 feet down, and once I found fish, it was consistent action until it just got too hot for me. Odd to get too hot in mid October! I was though wearing a full dry suit with thermals underneath as it was cold in the morning. Once it heated up though, I was cooked, almost literally.

Speed was around 1.2 mph. Only a few others out on the lake. Fish are still in good shape and cutting nicely.

Video shows some of the action today.




Comments

FishingTenor
10/19/2018 6:52:06 AM
Thanks JoshH for the fine report. Did you use a Dodger with your God’s tooth lite? If so, what colors? We’re you using fast or slow action setting? Corn nd sauce? Always appreciate the insights. I hope to head out there in the next few days. Only kokes, no cutts?
JoshH
10/19/2018 8:50:04 AM
Yes, i was using 4in dick nite clown patterned dodgers. Gods tooth spoons were kokanee rigged. Russ has a video on how to rig them for kokanee. I ran 12 inch leaders. I am lazy with corn, i dont make my own. I buy pautzkes fire corn, natural color, and dye it orange with bad azz dye. Then i soak it over night in pro cure garlic bloody tuna oil. I keep it in a small tupperware type container in the fridge, and i keep it in a cooler while i am fishing. If you keep the corn cold it will last months. I get about 5-6 trips out of 1 jar of the fire corn. No cutthroat, but when i was cleaning the fish at home I did notice 1 of the smaller fish was a landlocked coho. Ive been told a few are in there, but have never noticed one in my catch until now. When they are small line that its hard to tell the difference. 2 ways i use to tell the difference arw the tail and the eyes. Good luck out there if you go!
BigBadBri
10/19/2018 7:26:51 AM
I was thinking of trying for Kokanee with the great fishing weather. It’s late enough I was leery of meat quality.
Still some shiny fish?
JoshH
10/19/2018 8:53:45 AM
Meat is still firm and red. This years spawners are starting to turn, and when you land one its still pretty bright. After they are on ice a bit the color does darken a bit, but still great quality. You will catch some of next years spawners that will be bright, just smaller. Good luck if you head out!
Ben Eggertsen
10/19/2018 10:03:47 AM
I really enjoy your report and videos Josh. They are fun and informative. Tight lines!
JoshH
10/19/2018 12:17:32 PM
Thanks Ben!
ElginFishing
10/19/2018 10:42:46 AM
Glad to see you got dialed in before suffering heat stroke:) Great report and fun video. Crazy warm October for sure!
JoshH
10/19/2018 12:24:20 PM
Uea, started the morning in the 40's, end at 70. I bet I sweat off 10lbs :)
The Quadfather
10/19/2018 8:10:45 PM
Haha.. I feel your pain (sweat). I too recently bought a dry suit. I went out with not even the thermal under garments, and I was dying. Then the Kokotat is literally impossible to remove your arms, in order to take off a shirt... so you just are Stuck in the sweat machine until you give in.

But it will be awesome in December.
(-:
JoshH
10/19/2018 8:58:11 PM
Yes, come winter the dry suit definitely lets you keep fishing! I called it quits when the sweat started stinging my eyes :)
Markin' Fish
10/19/2018 11:39:01 PM
Great report Josh. Love the video and those are some beautiful Kokes! Hopefully will be out there next week.
JoshH
10/20/2018 4:30:00 PM
Good luck!
tightlines68
10/21/2018 8:43:39 AM
Have you fished the afternoon for kokes here? Particularly this time of year as wondering if it's just an early am bite.
JoshH
10/21/2018 2:48:57 PM
This was my first time fishing Stevens for kokes in the fall. In the spring and summer rhe morning is best, but there usually is a decent bite around noon. This day my fish all came closer to noon, but I dont know if thats always the case.
tightlines68
10/21/2018 5:48:34 PM
Hey thanks, may give it a shot next weekend b4 too late and spawned out. Might as well since coho so poor. You gonna fish it again this year?
JoshH
10/21/2018 7:43:10 PM
I might this weekend, not sure yet.
N E 1 FISSION
10/21/2018 10:40:52 PM
Thanks for posting, great educational tool,...
JoshH
10/22/2018 8:15:59 AM
Thanks!
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