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Friday, January 19, 2018
By Dave Graybill
I am finally getting some reports of big kokanee being caught on Lake Roosevelt. Not a lot, but some. The bite on these beauties, I believe, is being delayed by a mild winter. Two years ago we had very cold weather, a lot of snow, and the level of Lake Roosevelt was being drawn down much earlier. This year the water level continues to be high. When the water level drops it draws the phytoplankton that the kokanee feed on, down to the lower end of the reservoir. This really gets the bite going, and it just hasn’t happened this year. Last year my brother Rick and I limited on big kokanee in early February. We were fishing with Austin Moser and we got all of our fish right off the can line above the dam. There was a huge ice flow floating around near here at that time, too. We just haven’t had those conditions this year. They will be coming though and big kokanee will show up, just later than last year. The good news is that the rainbow fishing is fantastic. Multiple limits are possible while pulling the same gear that you would for kokanee. There are small kings showing up in the catches on Roosevelt now, too.