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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I have caught 2 Kokes while fishing for trout at Pardee over the years. I want to target them this year. I have a nice smoker and want to check them out smoked. In my experience rainbows aren't that flavorful. I don't have a lot of experience using a down rigger so I'm hoping fishing for Kokes will improve my downrigging skills and at the same time provide some nice fish for the smoker.

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    As most have said, kokanee are probably one of the best tasting freshwater fish on the west coast. Trout and bass IMO do not come close in taste (back country brooks and goldens are very close though). Crappie is good and Sacramento perch fried up and thrown in a taco is hard to beat, but kokanee fillets just have the ability to absorb and be garnished by so many other flavors that do not work with other types of fish. Again my opinion.

    Yes they fight better than most at that size and really are not to difficult to catch during the summer months. Again, information already shared on this thread.

    A different perspective I will throw out is the "cult like" following that surrounds kokanee fishing. Even though rainbow trout are the #1 fish planted in the state, most west coast tackle mfg's make gear primarily focused at the kokanee trolling fishermen. Why? Koke fishermen are a group that has shown that they will spend lots of $$$ for gear. Look at all of the kokanee rods on the market that can only be used for downrigging and cost over $100. Why buy a expensive rod that sits in a rod holder? Why not, I have the money. Ask to see a kokanee angler's tackle boxes. Hundreds of dollars in lures to catch a fish that maybe gets to 16". And then before dropping one of those lures down, one "has" to put a specially formulated scent on their corn or the fish will disappear. Why? I have the money to buy the lures and corn is the gospel in kokanee fishing. Then there is the boats. Why does anyone need a 22' Northriver with full canopy, four downriggers and a small kicker (costing around $50K) that will only see freshwater lakes? Why not, I have the money. To me, there are many similarities I see between the attitudes by some in the fly fishing community and those who fish for kokes......it's like a status thing. Again all this is my opinion.

    Want to stir up the ire of a "hardcore" kokanee troller? Ask them about jigging and watch their reaction

    Yes, I am a kokanee jigger and proud of it
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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    Very simply, it's the cold beer in warm weather!

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    In my 55 years of fishing I never complained about any fish I caught, (I think). Each one is a blessing. That's why we call ourselves anglers. With that said I get my agits off hunting down double digit German Browns...and for that reason this is something you will not do ever time you go or maybe even every hundred times. 🙄

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    I grew up fishing in the south, where choices were pretty limited. .bass, catfish, crappie, once in a while we'd go fish out in the gulf of mexico. So living here opened up a whole range of fish to target..salmon, trout, macs, stripers and land locked salmon. I have been fishing for kokes for abt 4 years, always have a blast with the family, and its fun to target a specific fish with pretty specialized gear and techniques. Sure they dont fight like a striper but they are challenging in their own way. And good eating. Not sure why people want to knock fishing for them but whatever, more left for the rest of us.

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    It's just like any other fishing addiction there's always something bigger or harder fighting, but it's the pressure on the rod that gets us all. There is no combat fishing for one, for me I don't like fishing shoulder to shoulder or boat to boat for most salmon/steelhead. I do go after both, but away from most crowds. Take the kids for kokanee and they have a blast. Here in Oregon we have lakes with 25-30 limits, for those who want to stock up on great eating fish. What I like is jigging for them on light rods it's a lot of fun.
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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    On Stampeed fishin for browns in November we get a few big Kokes on the jig in 20' to 35' along the shore.
    Some at 3# and hooked jawed. Workin big Rapalas, #13 and #18's
    They spawn on the ramp and cover the cement ramp in 10' of water.
    That must be where they were released years earlier

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    As an avid salmon and steelhead angler, I've wondered the same!

    I've been out for kokanee a few times in the past couple of years and they certainly are a real "thing". Lot's of great people with nice boats chasing them. I do prefer the anadromous fish, but it's nice to target the landlocked sockeye during the summer doldrums.

    I think that because you can go out to a lake and almost expect to get into fish is the real driver for the fishery's popularity? A newbie trying to get into anadromous steelhead or salmon will have a steeper learning curve than the new koke angler.

    I know there is lots of skill involved to slay the little chromers, but it seems if you put the time in and have corn and an assortment of scents, an angler can reasonably expect to have some action on most lakes where they were planted.

    I say more power to koke fishing, any angler participation is good.
    Here they come!

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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    Thanks everyone for enlightening me about Kokanee fishing!
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    Re: What is the Charm of Kokanee

    My dad and I used to be on the koke craze for a few years. I think the relaxing nature of targeting them and having like a family getaway for a day with the ability to come back with limits for 4 is what did it for us. They are amazing smoked up.

    They don't fight terribly well, I'll say that the average holdover bow or landlocked king fights way harder than a kokanee. When we would fish pardee and bullards it wasn't uncommon for us to troll around with a dink on the line unknowingly.

    The biggest we ever put in the boat came from Berry and Whiskeytown. Whiskeytown gave up a 2 person limit of 3lbers. Other than that, it was business as usual when out there trolling. Hum of the downrigger and the potential to catch holdover trout and bass fishing after limiting was always what I really looked forward to.

    Also, I recall having an eye opening moment at bullards when I was reeling in a dink koke that had just popped off the downrigger. Something else grabbed it and burned line off then snapped the leader. Impressionable to say the least on 10 year old me. To think that there were other fish in the lake that were straight up murdering what we were spending time and effort into catching.

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