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    im just curious if any of you fish for lake salmon?

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    if you fish any stocked lake for trout, your also fishing for silvers... in the interior atleast... dont know bout the valley

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    I've caught them in a couple of valley lakes. The stocking reports tell you which lakes get them. From what I understand they don't get very big (the fish I have caught were less than 14").

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    so they're just little juveniles i see.. thanks for the info.

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    not so from what ive found at one lake in the interior... a few years back almost every one was aproaching 20"

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    Well on the board for the first time in a while. But i caught a few that were about 16" but FAT. Fun to catch
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    I've cussed these bait robbers many a time but not since I've become a grandpa. One sure way to turn a kid off to fishing is to go out and continually get skunked. The the beauty of landlocked salmon is its easy to catch em.

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    Yeah I catch them all the time while icefishing. We call them Kokanees.
    An average size for the Kenai Peninsula lakes is 9"-14".
    We have found one lake though that has produced Kokanee as big as 2.5-3 lbs. We caught 6 of them over 1 lb a couple of winters back in this lake in one day.
    They are fun and fairly easy to catch and good eating as well.
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    Went out and played with some Kokanee yesterday in the valley. Fish were very agressive and most were 10-12inches but did get some larger. I kept three cause I had heard they were good on the plate and they were. These fish were spunking so that tells me they wanted to spawn. Most were males but did get some hens but didn't bonk any of them. Here are a couple photos.
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    Hi George, Sorry to say but your photos don't seem to work on your post

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    How's this Drifter?

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    they sure look weird lol. i've never seen a lake salmon

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    Kinda reminds me of December Jack Kings. Every once in a while on the Naknek you would have a bunch of Jacks that hang around for quite some time. This was a buck but the hens were chrome.

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    Thanks George! Much better view. Looks like fall fun in the valley.

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    George, thats not a Kokanee, its a landlocked king, kokes are specifically non anadromous sockeye... Pretty cool anyway, I've never seen them colored up like that.
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    Pretty cool. I don't think it matters if you keep hens or bucks since these are stockers and Fish and Feathers only drops sterile fish in the local lakes.

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    ak powder,

    My 30 plus years in Bristol Bay I had always heard that kokanee were sockeye but here in the valley that is what everyone I have talked to call these fish kokanees. Like I posted earlier they looked like small jack kings. I didn't look closer as I wasn't trying to ID these fish.

    lujon, the males I kept, just because they were the first fish I caught to keep. I had only a few hens. But the males were spunking so at least were looking for love...

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    I believe that ADF&G stocks different kinds of Kokanees in different lakes depending on what they have.
    Some lakes get kings some get cohos and possibly some get reds. I was always told the ones on the peninsula were cohos.

    And Lujon I do know they can spawn successfuly. I fish one lake that has not been stocked in over 12 years and there are still plenty of Kokanees in there of all sizes.
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    ADF&G stocks only kings and coho into landlocked systems. They never deal with sockeye/ kokanee in lakes or rivers.
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