Kokanee salmon are hitting right now and they taste so good

Print Article

Five Reasons to Like Kokanee Salmon

• They’re easy to catch right now. Matter of fact, with all the rivers still blown out and water too cold for most insect hatches, kokanee salmon are pretty much the only game in town!

The only negative is you’ll need a boat, preferably with an electronic fish finder.

Look for groups of boats or motor slowly until you locate a school of kokes, then anchor.

Traditional set-ups of a Glo-hook about 6 inches below a Swedish Pimple works fine. Sweeten the hook with a maggot or kernel of corn, then lower the bait to the same level as the fish.

Jigging, sometimes subtle, sometimes wildly, will attract fish and when you feel a bite, jerk hard.

• You don’t have to get early to catch them. This time of year the kokes can bite anytime during the day.

One of the mysteries is why they will refuse to bite for hours, then suddenly it seems like every fish in the lake wants your maggot.

• You don’t have to drive across the state to find them.

Many area lakes have fishable populations of kokanee salmon.

Good choices are Little Bitterroot Lake, Ashley Lake, Lower and Middle Thompson Lakes, Lake Five, and Lake Mary Ronan.

• You can keep a bunch. Limits are liberal, ranging from 10 to 35, depending on lake.

Be sure you check the current fishing regulations.

• They taste fantastic! And they contain plenty of those good-for-you fish oils.

Popular ways to prepare kokanee salmon range from just placing them on the barbecue grill, to smoking and canning. Salmon tacos are awesome.

Regardless of how you like to eat kokanee salmon, now is a good time to get out there and catch a bunch.

Jerry Smalley’s Fishful Thinking column appears weekly in the Hungry Horse News.

Print Article

Read More Outdoors

Close calls on the famed Rock Creek, as it lives up to its name

June 20, 2018 at 7:06 am | Hungry Horse News Recently we floated a section on Rock Creek, east of Missoula. Reason was the prolific salmonfly hatch which generally happens in early June. At one point we floated next to some very high, steep r...

Comments

Read More

Tally Lake District welcomes new ranger

June 20, 2018 at 7:05 am | Hungry Horse News As the new Tally Lake District Ranger, Bill Mulholland says he enjoys wearing a variety of hats. “Rangers do a little bit of everything,” Mulholland said recently. “Rangers are some of the busiest ...

Comments

Read More

Next river meeting is June 20 in Kalispell

June 13, 2018 at 8:16 am | Hungry Horse News The next comprehensive river management plan for the three wild and scenic sections of the Flathead River is June 20 in Kalispell. The meeting will be held in the lower level of the Arts and Technol...

Comments

Read More

You’ll catch more trout if you keep that line nice and straight

June 13, 2018 at 8:03 am | Hungry Horse News Keeping the fly line straight is one of the most important keys to catching fish. When the line has curves or waves, it only makes sense that a fish could actually pick up the fly and move it withou...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X