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Stevens Lake Report
Snohomish County, WA



46° - 50°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Mostly Sunny
41° - 45°

My first trip to Stevens this year to target Kokanee. Usually I wait until the water warms up just a bit more, but I had a terrible Kokanee itch that needed scratching. I intended to be there before sun up so my lines would be in the water right at dawn. Well...... I was a little tardy this morning and wasn't on the water with lines in until 8am.

Pretty quickly I got 2 on and landed both. Promising start. Then it died for me for about 2 hours, getting 1 more during that time. I ran into fellow NWFR member Isaiah from Reli Lures. He had started earlier than I did, and found a hot bite right at sun up. Just after 10 am I got right back into fish. Getting a double on twice, landing 3 of the 4. The first double I tried hoisting the 2nd fish in, and it popped off. 2nd double I used the net on the 2nd too :)

Cold morning, temps were just below freezing, and water temp was about 45. Typical spring day, some sun, followed by some wind, then overcast, then more sun. Water temp crept just above 46 when I finished.

In all, I had 12 fish on, landing 10, 1 being a Cutthroat that I didn't notice until I took a picture of my fish thinking I had landed 10 Kokanee. Sneaky cutt! Also had a couple of takedowns that didn't stick. I used Elgin Fishing God's Tooth Spoons in 50/50 brass/nickle and 50/50 blue/nickle, rigged for Kokanee by Reli-Lures. I also used a Reli Lures Diamond Flash Spinner. Both lines had a Dick Nite Clown Dodger with 16 inches of leader to the lure. Pautzke Pink Fire Corn soaked over night in Super Dipping Sauce Kokanee/Sockeye blend. Before the line went in the water, lure and all dipped in the sauce.

First fish came at 7 feet, 2nd fish at 50. The majority of my fish came either at 30 feet or 40 feet. I did get bit as deep as 65 feet when I was chasing meter marks. Fish seemed a little smaller than last year, but then again I am usually not Kokanee fishing yet.

Video shows all but 1 of the fish I landed, plus the 2 doubles I had on. The 1 fish I didn;t get on film I was talking to my wife on the phone, had to set the phone down to reel in the fish :)


3/26/2018 10:26:51 AM
Awesome job Josh! Great report and video:) Way to hang in there during the dead time! Love the limit:)
3/26/2018 10:39:04 AM
Even though a cutt was in there, I am still calling it a limit. I had already pulled all my gear up when I realized I had 1 cutt, otherwise I would have fished up that last koke:)
3/26/2018 10:34:53 AM
Nice fish. Been wanting to give lake Stevens a try myself but only having a small raft it can be tough in this kind of weather.
3/26/2018 10:26:05 PM
I've seen some rafts out there before, pontoons as well. But yea, even in my Hobie much nicer when the water is calm.
Ben Eggertsen
3/26/2018 11:39:54 AM
Your videos are really enjoyable and your advice excellent! Thanks for turning me onto reli lures - they work!

I have found that simply dipping my lure in the tuna oil (and chunks) soaked corn seems to work as well as Super Dipping Sauce and is a lot less messy. Do you find the Sauce works better than tuna and tuna oil (with maybe a little pro-cure krill oil)?
3/26/2018 12:32:17 PM
I've done tuna oil before, and I know lot of people do successfully. I just had my very first success with kokanee using the super dipping sauce. I think over half of kokanee fishing is confidence in what you put in the water :) later in the year when the fish become more aggressive I switch to pro cure garlic bloody tuna.
3/26/2018 3:56:54 PM
Seeing a lot of parasites on the fish?
3/26/2018 4:17:21 PM
A couple of Copepods on a few fish, nothing out of the ordinary from what I've seen at Stevens years past.
3/26/2018 5:43:55 PM
Great write up and video Josh. Kokes were also digging the pink God's tooth yesterday with a pink/green Kokabow dodger. I found they are averaging between 11 - 13" although my husband caught one that was closer to 6". Hope to see you out there sometime. My husband and I have a 16' red Lund with NW fishing reports sticker on the starboard side of the bow. =)
3/26/2018 7:21:14 PM
Yea I think most were 11-13 inches. I too found an 8 inch fish.
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