Spring Kokanee Fishing with Jeremy Jahn
Spring is here and I hope you’re all geared up for the 2013 Kokanee Season. The boat is de-winterized; you’ve picked up the latest in kokanee gear, you’ve attended a couple kokanee seminars, you’re reading the latest Kokanee article on FISHWIRE.net and you’re all ready to hit the lake for some spring kokanee fishing. Here are some things to keep in mind when targeting those early season kokanee that will help you locate and fill the cooler this spring.
Kokanee are very sensitive to water temperature and prefer hanging out in the lakes thermocline layer which is around 54 degrees. The biggest issue with fishing lakes in the spring is the water temperature is still cold and as a result, most of the kokanee are going to be hanging out on the surface of the lake. Logically this is the first area of the lake to warm up and it’s the first area of the lake that will start producing food for the fish to feed on.
Targeting surface fish can be very productive, but one of my favorite places to fish is the shallows. This would include lake flats, shore lines, or in arms of the lake these areas of the lake will be the first to warm up. If the Lake has a dam avoid it at all costs, the reason you want to avoid that end of the lake is because the surface water which is the first to warm up is the first to go over the spill way of the dam. This will cause that end of the lake to be around five degrees colder than the rest of the lake. By taking advantage of the areas in the lake with shallows and full sun you’ll set yourself up for a successful day of spring kokanee fishing.
Ok, let’s talk about how to troll for kokanee early in the season. On my boat I still take advantage of my downriggers even though I’m not fishing very deep. You’re going to want to run your gear 50 to 100 feet behind your boat, you’re going to want to work your gear in the top 15 feet of the water column, and you’re also going to want a slow troll, .8mph – 1.1mph. The reason you want a slow troll is because the fish are going to be lethargic due to the cold water temperature. By working your gear in the warmer areas of the lake with the largest food source, running your gear at a slow speed, and fishing your gear away from the boat you’re putting yourself in a position to put a load of Kokanee to the boat while others are still scratching their heads.
One of my favorite early season items to use is a Mack’s Lure Double “D” dodger. This dodger has four different settings which allow you to fish multiple rods out the back of the boat with tangle free worry free fishing. I like to fish my bottom rod on the downrigger 100 feet back with a normal type dodger and drop it five feet down with the downrigger and then use a Mack’s lure dodger on setting “4” for the right side of the boat and setting “1” for the left side of the boat. Run your top rod 75 feet back attach it to the downrigger and drop it till your main line is just under the water surface. Your bottom rod will be running 6 to 7 feet down and your top rod will be running 3 to 4 feet down. You’ll be able to fish four rods way back behind the boat, with a narrow spread, all without tangle issues. I used this technique in November at Green Peter with great results where the fish where all caught in the top ten feet of the water column.
I hope everyone has a safe and successful kokanee season if you are looking to gear up for the 2013 kokanee season checkout KokaneeKidFishing.com for all your kokanee fishing tackle needs.
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