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Friday, January 17, 2020
By Dave Graybill
When I fished Lake Roosevelt late last week I didn’t land a single kokanee. My hopes for a limit of these big fish were dashed. I blamed the full moon and the weather change. Still believing that the fishing for giant kokanee is worth the effort I called Austin Moser, who I know is on Roosevelt almost daily. He told me that the fishing was actually poor last Saturday. He said it blew pretty good and snowed about six inches while he was on the water. He just couldn’t move around to look for fish. He said that is the key on Roosevelt right now. You have to find the fish, and sometimes that means running around and trying a lot of different spots. When you find them the standard gear, like Kokabow blades and spinners, will catch fish. The schools of kokanee are scattered all over, from above Keller down to the dam. The last time I fished with Austin we got a 19-inch kokanee not too far above the dam. So, check the weather, and if we have had a couple of days of consistent conditions, fishing for big kokanee and rainbow is still very good on Lake Roosevelt.