Got to the launch at 5:30, but broke my pump hose terminal while inflating my boat, so I had to do some goofy hose holding and took longer than I like to get everything ready to go. Got it done though and splashed in by 6:05. Lots of boats launching. I'd say there were 5-7 trailers when I got there, and another 6-8 showed up while I was monkeying around. This was my first outing alone in this boat, so I had to learn a couple of lessons in solo netting Kokanee the hard way.
I started trolling North as soon as I got beyond the no wake bouy. Just as I had got both lines baited and fishing, and was happy with the orientation of my fish finder I had the first take down of the day. After a short fight I slipped the fish into the net and over the side and thought to myself "this is going to be an easy day", whoops! I trolled for the next hour with 4 takedowns. 2 short bites, 1 long distance release, and 1 fish that turned and got off just as I was getting ready to scoop the net. After that things slowed down for a while, the sun came up and the schools I had seen on the sonar earlier seemingly dispersed into smaller pockets. I added some weight to the lines and tried a few different patterns with no luck. Finally, around 9am, some of my trademark motor thrusting coaxed a fish to bite, and after getting him to the surface I promptly bonked him right on the head with my net, not to be seen again. Using the same technique I got another bite shortly after, but being gunshy after knocking the last one off, I waited too long to use the net and the fish made a run and popped off. 9:30 came and it was time to head back in. I talked to the boat right behind me and they had just 1 takedown and no fish in the box.
With a buddy in the boat to help me net it probably would have been a 3 or 4 fish day, still nothing to write home about, but better. I don't know what it takes to keep these Kokanee buttoned on, but I have lost more fish right at the boat than I have put in it this year. Sure can't complain about the weather though, after a short period of cloudy, breezy dawn, the sun broke through and I was treated to one of the most pleasant, calm mornings on a lake that I can remember.