It wasnít spawned out. Look at the fins tale and jaw. itís a male and was caught with a whole pile of chrome ones over 100 feet of water. Probably a 4 year old that just didnít fully go in to spawn mode but just enough to color up all weird. It had pink meat like the chrome ones. Limits of chrome ones can be caught right now. There are millions of little kokes in Dillon, they can be caught just about any where you punch a hole over deeper water. Massive schools are swimming around between 20 and 60 feet in the water column. If there were less Kokanee in Dillon, they would be a lot bigger.. Dillon has nothing to prey on the kokes. And since the population reproduces naturally it has grown out of control over the last 35 years since they were last stocked. Fishing for rainbows is excellent, fair to slow for the Arctic char, and we are picking up a nice brown here and there like this one caught on Friday.
Ski, extensions are on all of our augers. 30 inches of hard ice and about a foot of crust on top of that.
Hunter yes. The kokannee are in direct competition for daphnia zoo plankton with the Mysis shrimp and that is the biggest problem.But the reason I have my mostly anecdotal educatied guess of less kokannee resulting In larger average size at Dillon, is that less Kokanee leaves more zooplankton , in the same manner less Mysis does. Take a look at Granby during the days the Kokanee fishing was good. The salmon are not known to reproduce there, so populations were controlled by how many were stocked as well as lake trout predation. It had abundant Mysis shrimp, yet the Kokanee were good sized. The same goes for Taylor and a couple others.
Reply by: just wanna catch Posted: 3/28/2019 10:58:37 AM Points: 208
***Fordo /or anyone else willing to give some input... i don't need honey holes or anything like that, I'm just looking for a general starting point to ICE dillon. I have fished the snakeriver inlet before, so I'm familiar with that whereabouts. Would that still be a good starting point to make my way out to deeper waters?? I just like to fish, don't care what i catch..catch &release. Thank you
Hey Fordo, doing little more reading and research, seems you might be part of guide service. So nevermind, no worries, I'm sure you probably don't want to give me much info. My mistake....thanks anyway😃
There are millions of little kokes in Dillon, they can be caught just about any where you punch a hole over deeper water. Massive schools are swimming around between 20 and 60 feet in the water column.
Give him more than 2 hours before you write him off lol.
Reply by: just wanna catch Posted: 3/29/2019 8:21:07 AM Points: 208
Thanks Redleader i appreciate the input as i know so many members, including yourself are very helpful and willing to share tips here ..BUT i wasn't writing FORDO off at all...i was actually trying to apologize, because i felt like i waas being rude for asking for "free" info from someone who does this for a living.
Reply by: skiman Posted: 3/29/2019 10:45:15 AM Points: 2332
Slayem, I donít think thatís true at all. Dillon offers several opportunities for a variety of species. Information is available from folks that fish it regularly, including Fordo. I donít ice it that often, so all I can offer is to start in a place like the Snake inlet and work your way out to deeper water to find the fish. Spring and fall fishing can be really good as the conditions change. If youíre in need of some specific information, feel free to ask. Iím sure someone will have an answer for you. Good Fishing! Ski
Dillon is doing fine how it is. !5 years ago they all were snakes and looked emaciated. The big fish caught now have big bellies and are healthy. The browns that made the jump to feeding on the small kokanee are 28 inches +. The char are coming along nicely. Big fish must be released to continue Dillon's upswing.
Yes sir. Constantly I am in contact with the state biologist asking for protective regulations on the brown trout. As of now, itís legal to keep 4 browns of any size and that just ainít right, The browns have a hard time ambushing and chasing Kokanee in the deep and open water but I do see a fair amount of Kokanee with slash marks on them from narrowly escaping death. Right now, there are more char under 10 inches then you can shake a stick at and that has helped the browns. The small char stick closer to the bottom and are easier for browns to ambush than the salmon. The main reason for the rebound of the browns is the fact that over a half a million fingerling rainbows are cstocked throughout the open water season.
During runoff lots of char press up into the inlets and are caught pretty commonly on flies and casting and retrieving lures. By the time first of July rolls around and the water clears up and warms up and they move out. The inlets during spring is where I first I started getting the char in open water. Now Iím able to catch them somewhat commonly all season long with some simple deep water techniques I picked up mid summer last season. Deepest catch so far is 189 feet and Iím looking forward to seeing what happens this season. Being able to fish that deep has opened up lots of un charted territory. Tha Ptarmigan inn is a great place to stay. Ask for a room that over looks the water front. Dillon Marina has two nice courtesy docks. One right by the boat ramp. And one just west of the Amphitheater.