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02/19/2021
26° - 30°
Trolling
Kokanee
Corn
Orange
Cloudy
Dodger
All Day
Under 40°
02/20/2021
4
2206

Started early from Spring Canyon. Hit the water at 7:30am and it was cold. Went out and targeted Kokanee, but as those of you know from fishing Roosevelt, some days just don’t go as planned. We caught 11 very nice rainbows and 9 of them were wild and released. A few pushed over 5lbs. Didn’t mind in the slightest that we had to release these tanks. So fun on lightweight gear. We did manage to catch a lone 16” Kokanee around 2:00pm. Not huge but a great eater. The lake was beautiful and I enjoyed the day with my brother-in-law. Will be back again!


Comments

Froggie
2/20/2021 8:48:30 PM
Nice!
hewesfisher
2/21/2021 5:36:53 AM
Awesome way to spend the day. ;)
nerka nailer
2/21/2021 7:59:58 AM
Looks like a fun trip!
Part-Time
2/22/2021 10:43:50 AM
That's what I call downright encouraging! Thanks for the report.
apex
2/23/2021 9:07:49 AM
Was your kokanee adipose fin clipped?
Yakhusker
2/23/2021 9:28:52 AM
No it wasn’t. Although the fish checker took the head and waved the magic wand over it to find a micro chip it. Which tells me there are many “native” kokes that truly aren’t.
Guitarfish
2/24/2021 12:10:54 PM
I think the number was 3 this year for me, of unclipped coho out of Shilshole that had the chip. We also see unclipped salmon with the chip pretty regularly in the commercial trawl salmon bycatch. Clipping the fin on a 2-5" smolt is a tricky business and it should not be surprising that many of them get missed. Not to mention, some hatcheries had entire year classes that did not get clipped, either intentionally or not. For example, after the Elwah dams were removed, most Elwah hatchery chinook were intentionally not clipped, to ensure they were released in the sport fishery. But, until we come up with a better way of quickly identifying wild fish while still in the water so they can be safely released, it is all we have..
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