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Lake: Lake Hattie
Fish: Kokanee

Whatís the deal with the kokes in Hattie?

Post By: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 10/31/2018 7:49:54 PM     Points: 82    
Fished Hattie today from shore, unfortunately the trout bite was not happening. Caught a few kokes and my buddy wanted me to keep a couple so he could smoke them, when I filleted them they had white flesh? Anyone know what that is all about? Iíve caught tons of kokes over the years, never seen them with white meat, any knowledge?
 Reply by: catfishking      Posted: 11/1/2018 5:52:53 PM     Points: 17
When the salmon are spawning and turn red the meat isnít as good you want the salmon when there silver thatís when the meat is orange
 Reply by: NerkaNerd      Posted: 11/2/2018 5:37:01 PM     Points: 648
Yes, well said catfishking. I caught several "sliver" kokanee back in mid September, but by early to mid October, most of the adult sized kokanee I caught this year were partially to mostly red. November is pretty late to be catching adult salmon that aren't in spawning condition. It can be done, and I have done it as late as December, but from a boat, not the shore. The reason the salmon are even close to the shore in such numbers now is because they are in spawning behavior, or they are already reaching their "post spawn" condition where they hang around for a few weeks or months, then die.

Fly fisherman seem to enjoy standing near the dam at Hattie this time of year and haul in salmon every few minutes. I definitely go for the trout this time of year rather than the salmon.

Are there any reports or thoughts on whether the lake will ice up soon? Weather report looks pretty cold for the next couple of weeks, and I'm assuming the open water season is coming to a close on Hattie. I fished through the second week of December last year, but I'm not sure I'll get that lucky this year.