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Lake: Wolford Mountain Reservoir
Fish: Kokanee

Wolford Average Kokanee Size?

Post By: ESB1975      Posted: 1/23/2023 8:53:34 PM     Points: 486    
Has anyone caught many pre-spawn (i.e. still silver) kokanees larger than 15" at Wolford? I have fished Wolford a number of times in the last few years both open water trolling and ice fishing and I cannot seem to find anything other than small kokanee. Ten to thirteen inch kokanee seems to be what I find at Wolford. Curious to hear what other people are catching.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 24, 4:28:15 PM     Points: 10681
The best person for this is the biologist that runs the kokes egg collection at Wolford . . . .try "jon.ewert@state.co.us" . . . .if you really want a close up of the kokes at Wolford,vollenteer with Jon to work the Koke egg collection in the fall . . .its a Blast!!!If nothing else get on Jon's email list for the daily updates when he is running the egg collection . . .the numbers will amaze you.
 Reply by: ESB1975      Posted: Jan. 24, 8:37:46 PM     Points: 486
I love your volunteer idea! Thank you! I was unaware of the volunteer opportunity. Sounds like a great way to make a contribution and also learn more about the reservoir. Excellent idea. Will also reach out to Jon.
 Reply by: mrpike16      Posted: Jan. 24, 11:22:02 PM     Points: 27
I've fished Wolford multiple times in summer. Always caught fish, hardest part was finding the depth, color and speed. SIZE was always small-ish. as in 12" was average, 14" was huge, caught some 8-10" we would put back.
 Reply by: RockyMountainFlyGuy      Posted: Jan. 25, 8:04:35 AM     Points: 124
Here's Jon's latest report on Wolford: [log in for link]
Looks like you are catching what's there. Nothing listed on Jon's report bigger than 14".
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jan. 25, 9:47:44 AM     Points: 7644
Interesting report from Jon, thanks for the link. I wonder why the koks don't get bigger, they look healthy in the picture.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jan. 25, 7:16:18 PM     Points: 10681
Having worked the egg collection,I must say the Kokes don't get much larger than 14 -16 inchs at best . . . .remember . .landlocked . . . Kokes just don't get super large here. I remember fishing for Kokes at Dillon back in the 80s and all the Kokes were 12 in or smaller.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Jan. 26, 9:26:15 AM     Points: 7644
Years ago Green Mountain Reservoir produced 18+" Kokanee every year when we snagged in the Blue river above the reservoir. Granby produced different sized koks almost every year but were generally 14-16 inches. This was back in the 60's and 70's before the lake trout took over.
 Reply by: eholm      Posted: Jan. 26, 11:56:16 AM     Points: 3033
That was an interesting report to read, and I found the discussion about northern pike especially interesting. According to CPW it has cost them hundreds of thousands, and threatens the viability of the entire fishery.
 Reply by: IceAngler86      Posted: Jan. 26, 2:04:38 PM     Points: 101
MN kid here .... The Pike will eat anything and everything .. including their own ... similar to the Tiger muskie ... they dont care and wont stop. Would love to get up there and catch a couple in the summer to help out the lake! Haven't caught a good "hammer-handle" in a while!
 Reply by: ESB1975      Posted: Jan. 27, 1:50:36 PM     Points: 486
These are the kokanee I catch at Eleven Mile (this year). The rainbow is 18" for perspective. Not every day is like this however and there have been days where I went home empty-handed! I find that the fish are easier to locate and catch at Wolford but they tend to run small.

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