July 18, 2020
Derby day has finally arrived! I have been looking forward to this for sometime now. The derby rules forbid releasing kokanee, so all I can do is hope that one of my five fish are as big as last Monday.
The derby started a 6 am. I arrived at the lake at 4:45am, launched on the highway side then proceeded across the lake to the rec site where the derby was set up to await the horn blast that signaled the derby start. It was great to see so many eager fishers, all hoping for the big one!
From there, I headed back to the northeast end of the lake where I had caught my 3lb 2oz kokanee last Monday. I repeated my technique by trolling at 1.3 mph and at 35 feet deep, dragging Dogtail Dodgers with 12 inches of leader to a pink and chrome Chrome's single spinner. In the first hour I caught one small rainbow that I was able to quickly release. I changed one of my pink Chrome's spinners out for a pink Chrome's wiggle hoochie and over the next two hours I caught one kokanee on the wiggle hoochie and lost one on the pink spinner. I changed my other Chrome's spinner for a pink and glow Chrome's spinner with a pink scale blade and caught a nice kokanee almost immediately. That was the key!
I switched the wiggle hoochie to the same, and in the next 2.5 hours I caught four decent kokanee and lost three others. Some of the kokanee are starting to turn to their spawning colours, as you can see in the photos, but still tasted delicious! By 12 pm I had my limit of kokanee and just relaxed on my boat until the 3 pm weigh in time.
The derby was a success, it was a great time! My biggest kokanee was 2.63 pounds falling a little short of the prizes. The first place kokanee weighed in at 2.83 pounds and the first place rainbow was a whopping 8.77 pounds!
A huge thank you to Kokanee Kings for hosting the derby!
Rod one: A Gibbs Dogtail Dodger 12 inches of leader and a pink and glow Chrome's spinner with a pink scale blade tipped with shoepeg corn scented with garlic and anise oil
Rod two: A Gibbs Dogtail Dodger 12 inches of leader and a variety of Chrome's custom lures tipped with shoepeg corn scented with garlic and anise oil.
Fun was had by all at the derby! The pink and glow Chrome's spinner with a pink scale blade worked best for me today.
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July 13, 2020
Today was the final preparation day for the Kokanee Kings fishing derby on Stump Lake. I went out with a friend today to try and get everything dialed in.
We arrived at the lake at about 9:30am and proceeded to the northeast side of the lake. From there, we started marking kokanee in a fairly small area and if we trolled off that mark too far, the fish finder would not mark any fish.
Over the course of four hours we caught six very large kokanee between us by circling the small area where the fish seemed to be packed in. The biggest kokanee exceeded 3 lbs and is my personal best! We trolled at 1.3 mph and at 35 feet deep dragging Dogtail Dodgers with 12 inches of leader to a pink and chrome Chrome's single spinner.
What a day! We caught a personal best kokanee weighing in at 3 lbs 2.2 ounces
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July 10, 2020
I arrived at Stump Lake at about 9:30 a.m. and found that it would be another windy day on the water, white caps and all- but getting out today was worth the effort! I headed towards the north end of the lake and fished along the east side. There was one boat fishing the area when I arrived, but seven boats by the time I left.
I started off with my line down at 25 feet and began setting up my second rod when I happened to notice that the fish finder was marking fish at 35 to 40 feet. I dropped what I was doing and dropped the first rod to 35 feet- and landed my first kokanee of the day within 30 seconds. It was a hog!
I battled the wind for the next two hours but managed two more nice kokanee and one small one. The pink Chrome's spinner with shoepeg corn is definitely my go-to on this lake. I caught three of the four kokanee on it.
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