Post By: JimmyRig Posted: 10/9/2012 12:55:54 PM Points: 252
Went to Green Mountain yesterday till noon and didn't see any kokes. Caught about 10 rainbows. So after lunch I went to Wolford to check it out because I've never been there. Hiked around and ended up on the dam and Salmon were porpoising everywhere. Since snagging isn't allowed and I've never "caught" salmon except through the ice it took me a while to figure it out. Tried the pink jig under the slip bobber and no dice. (trout loved it btw but all stockers). tried lures of every kind and no dice. Finally I had the brilliant idea of combining the 2 and put my pink jig on my kastmaster and BAM, first cast. Unfortunately my next cast I lost my lure and that was my last jig and kastmaster :( 4hrs of driving for a beautiful day of hiking and 1 giant wolford Koke. It was worth it.
Also the ranger came by and said they have had a big problem with ppl snagging. He said they have been through 3 years of testing and this will be their first year of harvesting. They just bought new nets and will be netting as soon as the boats are completely closed. If you can get down their in the next few days with the right gear your in for a treat.
I've never been to Granby. I've always wanted to go and done some homework but I've found that using these forums to try and get info about a lake is iffy at best and flaming at worst. I've found, like this experience, you just have to take a day off work and go exploring :) . I did the same last year with green mntn and very happy I discovered the area.
I went fishing for kokanee last year and had a great time. I was using one of the methods televised on a local television show and it was working pretty well but the guys next to me had another system that worked far greater. They were using a white jig approx. 3" in length.They were tearing them up. I asked them what they were doing and they said just cast the jig out til it hits bottom and retrieve. If you feel resistance set the hook. Most of the fish were caught in the jaw. They were gracious enough to provide me with a jig and I gave it a try and it changed my whole day which I appreciated due to the 2 1/2 drive in the snow that it took to get there. I know what snagging is all about but I often wondered how this method would have looked to the game warden had I been checked. Was this method acceptable/
you are right about the method. I started getting many more bites when I would let it fall to the bottom then retrieve with a bounce. I think it gets into their "nests" and aggravates them. Only problem with this at wolford is the fact that the dam is very rocky (hence why I lost my lure quickly). This method works very well for icing kokes at late spawn lakes like antero. Also as far as the ranger goes. He might say something to you about the jerking, but as long as the fish in your basket do not show signs that you snagged them they really won't do anything if you explain it to them. They aren't out to nail people but there is a clear snagging issue they are aware of.
Thanks for the reply Jimmyrig. I just thought it may be a little to close to the snagging method and I didn't want to push my luck. I have to admit that when I saw how these guys were catching them I was mumbling and grumbling to myself thinking of them as %%&%*& right up to the point one of them offered to help me out. What a jerk I was and how dare I. If you find yourself struggling or your method doesn't work just ask someone. These guys provided me with the jigs, the instruction and allowed me to fish in their spot. Saved my day and made it a great memory. I certainly didn't deserve it.
This time of the year salmon are done eating so they are hitting out of aggression not hunger. Most of the time they swipe at the bait and get foul hooked - this includes flies. You can fish for them any way you want except a bare treble or snagging hook. If you foul hook one which you defiantly will just release it and you are good. It's when you keep one that is hooked somewhere other than the mouth that you are poaching. My preference is to only keep males but that is not a regulation, just the way I like to do it as the females eggs are being used in this lake.
Reply by: JimmyRig Posted: 10/11/2012 8:02:59 AM Points: 252
I agree, I usually only keep the males unless it is a slow day. My reasoning is more so that the males produce better filets though. I fish to eat :) but yes, in response you have to hook the fish in the mouth. So long as you can prove to the ranger you did then it doesn't matter the method (with the exception of the bare snagging hook).
Reply by: Abel1 Posted: 10/11/2012 11:55:11 AM Points: 99
Oddly enough everything I caught were males. You still need to be careful though because you will find some of them have been hooked more than once. Everyone on shore except for 3 that were caught were abiding by the rules. Most everyone was fishing for the fun not keeping anything. Its pretty cool because you will be able to see schools of them right at shore however mine came from further out in the lake. They still have a lot of fight left in them. If you happen to be there when a boat comes through that smokes and sounds like a freight train its probably the dow.