Catching kokes can take a lot of trial and error before you figure out what to do on your own. I suggest going with a guide and get the most out of the trip by seeing how he does it. I learned a ton of information on how to fish for them on my trip last year. I have another trip scheduled with sportfishcolorado for the end of June to brush up on Kokanee skills.
I hit Blue Mesa for an hour Monday night and got 3. Then Tuesday I pulled in 5 3 year old Kokanee along with a couple of rainbows and a brown. I use a down rigger off of my kayak to fish for them. Trolling for Kokanee off of a kayak is difficult to say the least. I missed a lot of fish due to being rusty on skills from last year.
Reply by: MathGeek Posted: 5/31/2012 5:28:19 AM Points: 351
The Kokanee at Elevenmile have been hit hard by gilll lice the last few years and there simply are not very many of them left in the lake. Elevenmile is great for trout. If it is Kokanee you want, head for Blue Mesa.
man that sucks! i make it to blue mesa once or twice a year and i no the kokes are fairly easy to catch with the right equipment , down-riggers etc. but 11 mile is 45 minutes away! we caught one kokanee from 11 mile this year it was small, well thanks guys !