Back when I used to run a 6-pack charter on Lake Tahoe, I always liked the late season kokanee salmon fishing. The fish would be stacked up for a few miles in either direction of the mouth of Taylor Creek, the lake’s main spawning tributary. The fish would usually be out in 350 to 500 feet of water and 75 to 90 feet below the surface. Often, the kokes were so thick that the fish finder couldn’t get a signal through ’em and would show a bottom depth of say 84 feet when the actual lake bed was 200 plus feet below that..
The late fish always looked cool…in various stages of coloring up. As you can see, some would be chrome bright, while others were a little blushed up. Others still would be in full-fledged river spawning dress. Anyway, I just always thought this was kinda a cool pic. If you’d like to see photos of the fish up inside Taylor Creek, take a look at this Photo Essay I did last year.
Okay, this is getting ridiculous. In March, Oregon’s Wallowa Lake gave up the U.S. record kokanee, an 8.23 pounder…and then in May, it surrendered an 8-pound, 13-ouncer in May.. Now, this: On June, 14 Ron Campbell of Pendleton, OR caught what should be the new all-tackle world record koke, a 9.67 pounder! WTF???
Pendleton’s Wallowa beast measured 27 3/4 inches long and had a girth of 17 3/4 inches and just topped the current IGFA World Record, a 9.6 pounder caught in British Columbia back in 1988. After the paperwork goes through, it should be recognized as the new record…that is until somebody catches a 10 pounder!
Read more about this from our friends at Northwest Wild Country.
Trolling for kokanee salmon on Montana’s Lake Koocanusa with an ultralight rod and 4-pound test, Jeff Gould hadn’t planned on nearly getting his ass handed to him…but that’s exactly what happened when this 10.6-pound bull trout came calling.
Gould said that the fish nearly spooled him and there was even some talk of backing the boat up and chasing it like a big blue marlin. Eventually, however, he was able to slip the net under the huge char. After a quick photo session, the fish was released…much to the dismay of the kokanee population of the lake! As the latest entry into our Hawg of the Month Contest, Jeff will have a chance to compete for a free fishing trip.
On March 24, a giant, king kong sized kokanee that weighed 8.23-pounds (yes, that’s pounds, not ounces!) was taken from Wallowa Lake in northwestern Oregon by Wan Teece of Enterprise, OR..and I swear this is not an April Fool’s joke!
Teece hooked the ridiculously large koke while trolling a flasher and blade rig. The 26.25 x 16 incher crushed the Orgeon state record by over a pound and is believed to be the largest kokanee ever taken in the U.S. (the world record 9-pound, 6 ouncer was caught in Canada).
For more details on the story, check out Northwest Wild Country
Okay, so maybe California’s Pacific salmon have gone into the tank…but at least there’s one population of salmon in the state that seems healthy — the kokanee of Taylor Creek. I was there a week or so back and snapped a few pix…Click here to read more…