We have also been busy talking to fishermen at the ramps this spring. While not everyone is coming in with fish this year, most anglers are. We are also seeing more limits of kokanee than empty coolers. In April, catch rates averaged 7.6 fish kept per fisherman and 2.8 fish per hour of kokanee fishing. In May, it picked up to 10.3 fish per person and 3.9 fish per hour. We don’t have many interviews so far for June, but right now catch rates are 12.3 fish per person and 3.5 fish per hour. These are great catch rates for Kokanee fishing. The Kokanee we’ve seen in the creel recently are around 10 inches long, but there are occasional fish over 13 inches long. Right now most people are fishing between Canyon Creek and Dent Bridge, but we have marked good densities of kokanee farther up the reservoir during our research work.
Not a kokanee fisherman? We also interviewed 38 bass anglers over the past month who spent 117 hours to catch 463 smallmouth bass and kept 45. This works out to a little over 12 bass caught per person and four fish per hour. Harvested bass have averaged about 13 inches, but a couple larger fish have been brought in, with the largest right at 20 inches. Recent surface temperatures are in the mid to upper 60’s with a thermocline at 10 to 15 feet. As the water has warmed and spawning has wrapped up, larger bass are moving into deeper water. Some bass anglers I spoke with over the weekend reported that smaller bass were plentiful, but larger bass were down 40 to 50 feet and tough to come by.
Summer is just getting started, but it won’t last forever, so take advantage of the nice days that come our way to get out and catch some fish. Good luck!