Post By: Bubba02STi Posted: 11/12/2017 7:15:40 PMPoints: 404
Went to the dream today. The bite was pretty slow most of the day and the one good hole I managed to find I kept screwing up hooksets and jumping the gun. However I went up with the intentions of targeting the Kokanee. We started at the middle section and I spot a couple and they werenít interested after about 30 or so minutes so I moved on. I wanted to catch something. Fished a few more hours and then had lunch. In the afternoon we went down to the lower section and the bends were filled with schools of them. Sadly there were a lot of dead ones too. I should have gone up sooner. But I did manage to catch my first one. Man these things look ugly and mean. Wasnít expecting that. It was kind of a shame that he was at the end of his life cycle as he didnít put up much of a fight. I did handle him gently and released him near a bank where he went under the ledge. Felt bad sending a fish back that I knew was going to die in the next day or so. Rules are rules though.
I wish I would have gotten a better pic though. It was late afternoon sun and he wasnít as red as Iím sure he would typically be earlier in the year.
Reply by: not too old to fish Posted: 11/14/2017 10:02:53 AM Points: 4046
That's a good picture of the late phase of a salmon, those teeth are kinds cool, a little shark looking. It's a good sign for the rebuilding of a kokanee population in the reservoir, maybe ice fishing for them will improve this winter.