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Monday, July 8, 2019
By Dave Graybill
My fishing buddy James Lebow is also my local expert on the fishing at Billy Clapp Reservoir, near Ephrata, and he invited me to try for kokanee there last Friday. We met at the launch at 6 a.m. and headed up lake on a clear and calm morning. We soon saw fish on the depth finder all the way from 60 feet to 30. When we put out our gear, we noticed that there were rainbow surfacing all around us. He knew we could have caught a limit using side planers and plugs. Although we didn’t have immediate success the first fish we landed was a 19-inch kokanee. We got four more that were either 15 or 16 inches. We had five other good hits that just didn’t hook up. The set up that worked the best was the Kokabow Sunburst Tail Feather, trailed by a Ravisher spinner. There were two kernels of white shoe peg corn on each hook, and the corn was scented with Graybills Guide Formula Kokanee flavor. James was keeping his speed from 1.5 to 1.8 mph. We did make a final pass with a side planer and landed a nice 16-inch rainbow, even though it was pretty late in the morning.