It was a beautiful sunny day on Lake Stevens with no wind. However, fishing was slow. It was my first day of kokanee fishing this year and I was not a particularly efficient fisherman.
I measured the water temperature down to 80 feet. Interestingly, it was roughly 46° from the surface to about 55 feet. Then the water warmed to about 49° around 75 feet. I saw some big schools at the deeper level but could not entice them to bite even after trolling through them with different combinations of lures, dodgers, leader lengths and speeds.
There were fish hitting the surface early in the morning. Trolling on the surface to about 15 feet I had some bites but only one in the boat. A God's Tooth spoon and a green 'v' spinner with green glow beads got the hits. My set backs were 100+ feet due to the mirror like water.
I tried something new with corn which, in retrospect, I wish I had not done the first time out of the gate for the year. Instead of my usual kokanee kid/Sam Baird concoction with garlic I substituted pro cure anise fish oil. Anise is probably fine but I have more experience with the garlic and thus confidence.
Maybe there was a reason I was the only boat on the water at sunrise! All in all, it's hard to beat a beautiful day on the water.