I was at the launch at about 7:00am. Yey, they have fixed the ramp. Long and slow descent and no longer sloping to one side! I always try something new when I go out. Today it would be a new/used 55lb, 50 Amp max thrust electric Minn Kota on my 12’ aluminum. I built an AWG 8 power cable with quick disconnects to a beefy Cabelas battery, positioned near the bow. I was hoping the additional thrust would get me to the Kokanee zone from the launch. FAIL! Same slow boat travel. Argggh. OK, let’s fish. The East side has produced Kokanee and Cutthroat for me before, so that is where I went. Right away I lost my gold/silver God’s tooth lure on a snag, 20’ down in ~70’ of water. Bad start. Never snagged that one before in about 30 previous passes last year. There were no fish marking in my usual area (40-80’ deep) so I headed out to join the majority of boats out in the deeper water. I found some nice schools in session and was able to land 3 of 4 to my net. The first two kokanee were caught at 1.2 mph with an Ace dodger and gold and silver custom wedding ring, two red #4 hooks, one with corn and kokanee super dipping sauce. I was pretty much done, but I thought it would be fun to target some cutthroat on the way back. Speed was increased to 1.7 mph and switched to a worm on the on the downrigger. Lead core went bouncing again. Fish #3. All my fish were caught on the lead core line with 3 colors out. None on the downrigger, even though I set it up with the same and chased markings up and down. The key was targeting schools and caught every fish at 15-20’ down. There were fish surfacing, especially in the calmer waters, but I could not entice them to bite. Several people mentioned fish taking aerials and lost. I had one significant drive by bite, otherwise they all stayed on. I think the lead core kept the line in the water. Happy Fishing!