Back out to Stevens this morning. The morning though did not start like I had hoped. After the 3am wake up, I got dressed, ate and headed out, and left all of my bait at home. Ugg. Turned around and headed back home. I got to the lake about 5:15am, and was greeted by a light mist, hoping the rain would hold out... it did!
Had my lines in the water right at dawn. Ran both lines at 5 feet. One line with a 50/50 brass Elgin Fishing God's Tooth spoon with a Dick Note clown dodger, and the other line with a green top Elgin Fishing God's Tooth spoon paired with a Elgin Fishing Prototype dodger. There was action in the early morning, but not as much action as I thought I should have been getting. A friend was on the lake, and got on and off in 2 hours with his limit. Started trying to figure something out. I knew fish were on the surface, so depth wasn't my issue. I started playing around with set back lengths. That didn't work. Got a text from Elgin Fishing to see how my morning was going. Relayed that it was ok, but not what I expected. He asked if I had tried changing leader length......... I have been running 16 inches so far this spring, but the fish have been deep. I shortened up my leaders to 12 inches and BINGO. Pretty quickly got my last 6 for my limit. Learned a lesson I already knew today. Most of the time kokanee fishing, it's not what you have in the water that is the main factor in success, it's how you are presenting it. Change speeds, troll in a figure 8 pattern, change set back lengths, and, change leader length :)
In the end, 50/50 brass and 50/50 blue were the hottest pattern, I did pick up 1 or two on green. Surface water temp is up to 56, so the fish should be on the surface early mornings for a little bit longer. As the water temp warms, they will slowly start working their way down.
I ended my day with 10 kokanee and a bonus cutthroat. Video shows the action from this morning. First 2 clips there was a light mist in the air that played a little havoc with the GoPro. The rest of the clip are clean.