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Lake: Wolford Mountain Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Wolford Kokanee

Post By: Toon      Posted: 5/28/2019 1:21:19 PM     Points: 112    
I took the first trip of the year to Wolford last weekend, water is pretty stained which is typical this time of year. Unfortunately we only got out one day due to the wind conditions. Saturday was nice, we kept 9 that were big enough to smoke/eat (seemed to be running a little small this year). We net released around 10 more that were in the 6-10 inch range. Lost about another dozen bringing them into the boat.

Only a couple were caught deeper (20-30 ft). The fish were all caught very shallow, suspended over deeper water. Most fish were caught between 8-15 feet.Since I found them so shallow, I stopped stacking my rods on the down rigger and I tried using my planer boards with a diving "Tadpole" to get the lure down to about 10. I hooked more on with the planer boards than the down riggers. Problem was, getting the boards in without losing the fish due to the weight and size of the boards.

All in all it was a good weekend. Kids had a ball catching them. Used the usual Pink or White Hoochie skirts with either a dodger or Kokabo flashers.

 Reply by: RPG      Posted: 5/28/2019 8:54:13 PM     Points: 6932    
Thanks for the report.
 Reply by: hunter creek      Posted: 5/29/2019 9:49:20 AM     Points: 2486    
Good report. Much appreciated since most people don't bother to give a report. Hopefully the size will pick up as we get in to the summer months. Were there quite a few boats on the water?
 Reply by: Toon      Posted: 5/30/2019 8:45:59 AM     Points: 112    
It wasn't crowded at all. I was surprised, especially for Memorial Day weekend. I would guess there was no more than 8-10 boosts on the lake. I'm going back up tonight. I'll update after the weekend....
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 5/30/2019 9:44:15 AM     Points: 231    
Thanks for that report, that sounds like fun times to me.
 Reply by: FastLayne      Posted: 5/31/2019 1:43:36 PM     Points: 2420    
Great report - thank you !!
 Reply by: Toon      Posted: 6/2/2019 9:18:08 PM     Points: 112    
I went back up again this weekend. Unfortunately, we smoked and ate all the kokanee from last weekend. We almost limited out over 2 days. We spent about 4-5 hours each day. Same pattern, almost all were caught 12-15 feet deep. We only kept the ones over 11 inches. Biggest was 14 inches. Still quite a few small ones that were net released. They were still fun for the kids to catch!

For those that go up, good luck!