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    Kokanee, landlocked red salmon, has anyone ever fished for the Kokanee in eklutina lake or hidden lake durring open water? If so what did you use for a fly, lure, or bait? I think I might give the ones in Eklutina lake a try this weekend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garnede View Post
    Kokanee, landlocked red salmon, has anyone ever fished for the Kokanee in eklutina lake or hidden lake durring open water? If so what did you use for a fly, lure, or bait? I think I might give the ones in Eklutina lake a try this weekend.
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    This info might or might not help. I used to fish Kokanees in B.C. from the boat. We used to troll 'willow leaves' with a 'wedding band' at the end. We would sweeten the band with a bit of nightcrawler at the tip of the hook.

    It worked wonders!! We would catch 10-20 every day out.

    Not sure if thats the type of info you were looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by garnede View Post
    Kokanee, landlocked red salmon, has anyone ever fished for the Kokanee in eklutina lake or hidden lake durring open water? If so what did you use for a fly, lure, or bait? I think I might give the ones in Eklutina lake a try this weekend.
    Thought this was about the beer. You catch it at the liquor store as for bait, I use my bank card! Sorry, just couldn't help myself.

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    I used to use cocktail shrimp in the reservoirs in WA. Cook em in the microwave for a minute before you head out to firm them up. Worked better than most baits.

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    Terrible beer though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sodabiscuit12345 View Post
    Hi,

    This info might or might not help. I used to fish Kokanees in B.C. from the boat. We used to troll 'willow leaves' with a 'wedding band' at the end. We would sweeten the band with a bit of nightcrawler at the tip of the hook.

    It worked wonders!! We would catch 10-20 every day out.

    Not sure if thats the type of info you were looking for.
    Have you got a picture of theis rig? I don't know what a 'willow leaves' or a 'wedding band' is, at least relating to fishing.
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    willow leaf:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SILVER-SCALE-WIL...QQcmdZViewItem

    Wedding ring/band:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Macks-New-Weddin...QQcmdZViewItem

    The willow leaf is just 4-5 or 6 blades without hooks. It makes it look like a school of small fish. The wedding ring/band is attached to the end and is usually smaller. I was told its supposed to look like the smallest/weakest/slowest fish in the school so the Kokanees go after it.

    I just put a bit of worm on the hook of the wedding band.

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    On skilak lake loop road has them. i have fished for them out of there since 79. I use my ultra light spinning gear and 0 and 1 mepps. I thought they were landlocked silvers though. Either way I have had great results over many years at this lake
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    Thanks Soda. I don't think I can get a hold of that rig before this weekend. So far I have shrimp and night crawlers to use for bait. What about flies? Has anyone ever had luck catching them on say a polar shrimp pattern or maybe a leach pattern? I will be at the fly casting seminar early Saturday and would like to practice what I learn with the chance of catching a few fish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskachuck View Post
    On skilak lake loop road has them. i have fished for them out of there since 79. I use my ultra light spinning gear and 0 and 1 mepps. I thought they were landlocked silvers though. Either way I have had great results over many years at this lake

    Fish and game stocks land locked silvers and kings, but Kokanee are reds and can reproduce in medium sized lakes. The silvers and kings can not.
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    I thought kokanee were landlocked silvers as well. Oh well, a fish biologist I am not. We used to fish for them at night which would not work very well here, but I'll still tell you how we caught them. A Glo-hook tipped with white shoepeg corn and a maggot fished under a floating light. The key was using a camera flash to get the Glo-hook glowing bright.

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    Garnede is correct, Fish & Game stocks landlocked silvers and kings but kokanee are landlocked sockeye. Perhaps Fish & Game has stocked kokanee in the past, or still does....? I do know kokanee are reared and stocked by some states in the lower 48, however, kokanee can occur naturally as well. I know of one lake in SW AK that has some giant kokanee. Most kokanee are planktivorous in nature, but the kokanee in this particular lake are piscivorous (and thus grow to large sizes on that fish diet). I won't reveal the name of that lake, too much trouble getting to it anyways

    Last time I fished Little Campbell Lake this winter, I caught a bunch of landlocked kings. They pretty much bit on anything shiny I had on the end of my line. Nothing over 10" but would have been great fun for kids.

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    I watched an old "silver hair" from the lower 48 come in at the campground with several good sized kokanee when I was a kid. He caught them all on little jigs with night crawlers. He said he fished them like he did walleyes back home. This was a long time ago, but it worked for him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sodabiscuit12345 View Post
    willow leaf:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/SILVER-SCALE-WIL...QQcmdZViewItem

    Wedding ring/band:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Macks-New-Weddin...QQcmdZViewItem

    The willow leaf is just 4-5 or 6 blades without hooks. It makes it look like a school of small fish. The wedding ring/band is attached to the end and is usually smaller. I was told its supposed to look like the smallest/weakest/slowest fish in the school so the Kokanees go after it.

    I just put a bit of worm on the hook of the wedding band.
    Soda, if you bring one of those rigs with you we can run out to eklutina lake one afternoon when you get into town and give it a try.
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    I forgot about the glo-hooks. They do help.


    We used to troll the wedding bands too.

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    A willow leaf blade is just a single blade - we call what soda is referring to as a "Cow Bell" rig.

    You can also use some new technology to catch them - a small lure that has an "eChip" in it. Called a Kokanee Killer by Pro-troll. http://www.protroll.com/products/kokanee-killers/

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    Quote Originally Posted by garnede View Post
    Soda, if you bring one of those rigs with you we can run out to eklutina lake one afternoon when you get into town and give it a try.
    Sounds good my man.
    The ones we used to catch in BC were scrappy little buggers. They were great steamed with ginger too and cilantro too!

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    I think the biggest Kokeanne F&G has ever netted in Eklutna Lake was like 7 inches, they are small...
    I choose to fly fish, not because its easy, but because its hard.

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    Has anyone ever Icefished Eklutna Lake? I was never successful catching Kokanee durring the summer and would like to fige it a try. Anyone know of another lake in SC besides Hidden and Eklutna that has a population of Kokanee?
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    What is a kokanee's meat like?

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