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Lake: Dillon Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Check it out Kokanee Fans

Post By: Fordo      Posted: 3/26/2019 4:50:09 PM     Points: 67    
Caught today at Dillon
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 3/26/2019 4:56:35 PM     Points: 1816    
Hard to tell the size, but looks like a minnow Kokanee... )
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/26/2019 7:31:36 PM     Points: 2332    
You sure itís a koke? (Lol)

Howís the ice? Ski
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 3/26/2019 9:43:43 PM     Points: 852    
A spawned out koke this time of year howís the silver bite there
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 3/26/2019 10:45:25 PM     Points: 67    
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.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 3/27/2019 9:25:20 AM     Points: 2656    
Fordo _ I've always heard that the lack of size of Dillon kokes is because of the scarcity of plankton caused by mysis shrimp. I had never heard that it was because of an overpopulation of kokes.
 Reply by: TeamGR3      Posted: 3/27/2019 9:37:47 AM     Points: 1537    
WTG- nice fish, good vittles...
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 3/27/2019 12:32:25 PM     Points: 67    
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: walleyed66      Posted: 3/27/2019 11:45:29 PM     Points: 105    
Thx for sharing this!! Out of curiosity when you say smaller ones how big are you talking? I got onto them on Wolford I'd say in the 10 to 14 inch range.
 Reply by: wingman13      Posted: 3/28/2019 7:10:09 AM     Points: 806    
Nice Brown!
 Reply by: MOLOTOV_02      Posted: 3/28/2019 9:25:14 AM     Points: 220    
Add some Lakers = Problem solved...
 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
 Reply by: just wanna catch      Posted: 3/28/2019 12:58:26 PM     Points: 208    
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😃
 Reply by: redleader      Posted: 3/28/2019 10:26:55 PM     Points: 557    
Here's what he posted before you asked for help.

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: Slayem6464      Posted: 3/29/2019 10:12:31 AM     Points: 5    
Dillon res is such a weird place to find info on
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/29/2019 10:45:15 AM     Points: 2332    
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
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 3/31/2019 7:38:43 AM     Points: 67    
Just call or email, Iím always happy to spread some love at Dillon. Itís a fishery on a slow but steady rebound. You wonít get any 20 pounders but the opportunity for some 20 inchers is there.
 Reply by: Whooly boog!      Posted: 3/31/2019 7:53:41 AM     Points: 92    
"Fordo" That last picture you posted... Wow, probably one of the most prettiest colored trout Ive ever seen. two thumbs up buddy.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 3/31/2019 8:56:16 AM     Points: 1281    
Fordo, that last pic.... is that a Char?
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 3/31/2019 10:00:41 AM     Points: 67    
Yes it is a Char. They are quite the spectacle
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 3/31/2019 10:07:37 AM     Points: 67    
Lots of variety of colors through out the year
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/31/2019 2:27:50 PM     Points: 2332    
The pic of the gal in that the state record char sheís holding?
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 3/31/2019 7:02:00 PM     Points: 67    
No sir. This one is the current state record
 Reply by: skiman      Posted: 3/31/2019 9:50:12 PM     Points: 2332    
Thanks for clearing that up Fordo. The pics were very similar. Ski
 Reply by: Sailfish7      Posted: 4/2/2019 8:23:44 PM     Points: 22    
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.
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 4/4/2019 4:36:34 PM     Points: 67    
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.
 Reply by: smitchums      Posted: 4/13/2019 2:13:28 PM     Points: 51    
What are the chances of catching a Char on a flyrod after ice off? Any particular spot on the lake that they concentrate on? I am dying to catch one of those.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 4/14/2019 7:36:36 PM     Points: 1281    
I'm with SmitchumsÖ.. I'm gonna be in the Silverthorne area in July.... any chance they can be caught in the shallows early in the AM by that time?
 Reply by: marsh      Posted: 4/16/2019 1:50:51 PM     Points: 530    
Justwannacatch, try behind the school on 10 mile
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: 4/17/2019 6:33:06 AM     Points: 0    
Fordo, if the wife and I fish Dillon in June does the Dillon public boat ramp have a courtesy dock? What about the Ptarmigan Best Western,is it a decent place to stay?
 Reply by: Fordo      Posted: 4/25/2019 6:52:56 PM     Points: 67    
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.
 Reply by: lund1700      Posted: 4/26/2019 11:56:51 AM     Points: 0    
Thank You. We're planning on June 24 - 27
 Reply by: smitchums      Posted: 5/8/2019 4:28:08 PM     Points: 51    
Thanks Fordo! I may try early June to catch one on a flyrod. I will fish every inlet until I get one!

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