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Lake: Gross Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Any luck with Kokanee @ Gross?

Post By: Jonny_two_shoes      Posted: 10/26/2020 11:00:13 PM     Points: 0    
Hey all, looking to get in on the Kokanee action and saw that Kokanee have been caught in Gross. Is this near the inlet the best spot for snagging some? Also anyone have bait recs? Started fishing this summer and I'm trying to learn as much as I can. Thanks in advance!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/27/2020 2:43:15 AM     Points: 8568    
There are Kokes in Gross,but snaggings not the way to catch Kokes (leaves a bloody hole in the fish) Visit the CWP office and do some homework/ask some questions.They might have some ideas.We used to go up to Dillon and catch Kokes through the ice (jigs and grub)
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: 10/27/2020 3:57:34 PM     Points: 454    
The USFS has issued a Stage 3 Closure on National Forests lands in that area. The closure is currently set through Nov. 15th.

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 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/28/2020 7:35:13 AM     Points: 8568    
Snagging for Kokes is kind of "A day late and a dollar short" the Kokes for the most part are past their prime and are poor table fair . . . .there's way's to get fresh Kokes,but you will need to do your homework.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 10/28/2020 7:46:07 AM     Points: 1382    
Freestone303,

I was at Gross yesterday which I think Denver water manages, if i'm wrong someone correct me but fishing is definitely allowed there.

I didn't see kokes but caught plenty of Lakers!
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: 10/28/2020 8:25:37 AM     Points: 18    
From the map, it looks like the dam area is outside the restriction zone?
 Reply by: bouldertrout      Posted: 10/28/2020 8:28:22 AM     Points: 18    
FishHuntNow, great to hear you had a productive trip there. May I ask where in the from range you buy frozen sucker for lakers? I am assuming that's what you used. Would be fun to meet you up at one of the front range lakes at some point! I live in Boulder area.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 10/28/2020 8:55:43 AM     Points: 1382    
Bouldertrout,

You will be happy to know no bait/lsucker was used to catch my lakers. They are in the spawn aggressive feeding mode right now so all it takes is a spoon of some sort like a little cleo, kastmaster or even a tube jig to get em. I think a blade bait would do the trick too. I wouldn't mind meeting up, bit should be good well into November.
 Reply by: NoahsArk      Posted: 10/28/2020 9:27:31 AM     Points: 0    
Had a few good days back in September.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/28/2020 9:43:02 AM     Points: 8568    
NoahsArk . . . .them thar fish don't look to be snagged . . . .how did you catch them . . . .they also look way pre spawn . . .
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 10/28/2020 9:43:04 AM     Points: 1382    
Nice kokes Noah. Thanks for sharing.
 Reply by: NoahsArk      Posted: 10/28/2020 11:13:44 AM     Points: 0    
Early September, trolling with a downrigger from 28-62 feet down. Flesh was orange and tasty, earlier fish still had some digested plankton in their stomach's, later ones were empty.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 10/28/2020 2:37:53 PM     Points: 8568    
Noah . . .thats much better than snagging!
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: 10/28/2020 4:03:13 PM     Points: 454    
FishHuntNow, the area from the boatramp back to the inlet appears to all be on National Forest managed land, not Denver Water property. DW does own the property around the dam, but not the entire lakefront. The highlighted area in the attached map is Roosevelt National Forest.

 Reply by: NoahsArk      Posted: 10/28/2020 7:00:55 PM     Points: 0    
Last 2 of the season on Sept. 30. Really cool to see the morphological difference between a spawning male (4th year fish?) and a 3rd year female. The flesh on the spawner still had a great consistency and taste, but was several shades darker than that of the younger fish.
 Reply by: Trailerman      Posted: 10/28/2020 7:36:09 PM     Points: 709    
Such cool fish and such a weird experiment around here. Iím always shocked how mad people are when they donít work out. Itís a good environment for them but maybe not optimal? Seems like CPW is always criticized for this but we really donít have that much data to go on. 100 years in the grand scheme of things isnít that much.
 Reply by: FishHuntNow      Posted: 10/29/2020 9:45:58 AM     Points: 1382    
Freestone. Thanks for the education, I truly appreciate that sir. I fished the area near the parking lot it was allowed, chatted with the officer. One of them was flying drones over the forest areas to make sure people were not lighting fires. I didn't have the ability to hike around and fish anywhere else. I laker fished in deep water.
 Reply by: droolr      Posted: 11/20/2020 10:24:21 AM     Points: 2105    
Gross has mysis shrimp / bad for kokanee and good for their major predator lake trout. Chasing the kokanee spawn is pretty pointless. Good luck showing up when they are where you can target them. Snagging? Gross is a flooded granite canyon . trying to snag there is going to be expensive and frustrating. Go bullshit with there sales people at sportsman's warehouse they will sell you anything needed to catch kokanee.
 Reply by: 3wayfisha      Posted: 11/20/2020 2:56:18 PM     Points: 268    
droolr,
i wish gross had mysis! lol

but i believe it does have gill lice which isnt good for the kokes

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