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    Play Taps for the Kokanee?

    Mark

    Sorry to hear your report. Since the headwaters of the Nantahala river remain pristine, I am assuming the problem is not there. The recent droughts and forest fires in the area may have...
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    Mark I am still in FL with some health issues...

    Mark

    I am still in FL with some health issues and looks like by the time I make it back to Nantahala(hopefully not in an urn:o) the kokanee season will be just about over this season. I did speak...
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    Stuck in Florida

    Doc

    I am still stuck in FL but hope to back at Nantahala Lake the end of the month to see whats happening with the Kokanee/blueback situation. I am looking forward to talking to some of the...
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    Nantahala Lake kokanee salmon are all naturally...

    Nantahala Lake kokanee salmon are all naturally reproducing. The kokanee at Nantahala have recently been plagued by drought and an infestation of plankton eating blueback herring. The pristine...
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    State of the Kokanee at Nantahala Lake

    To date I have only heard of 3 Kokanee being caught at Nantahala during the 2017 season(none larger than 14"). Most of the fishermen/fisher women who targeted the Kokanee, including myself are...
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    Reply from NC fish and wildlife/blueback herring

    Well here is the response we have been waiting for from NC fish and wildlife

    Mr. Lillie,

    We are very concerned about how blueback herring may affect the Kokanee Salmon population. It seems...
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    Kokanee RIP

    Sorry to hear that. It looks like the premier kokanee lake in the east is doomed as the herring will compete with the kokanee for the lakes plankton. The bluebacks will have a negative effect on the...
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    bluebacks

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    I did some research and found some more discouraging news about bluebacks. When established the blueback herring is almost impossible to eliminate in a deep lake like Nantahala. The blueback...
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    Bluebacks in Nantahala

    Another forum recently reported the discovery of blueback herring in Nantahala Lake. This might help explain the poor Kokanee fishing at Nantahala Lake last season. The kokes I caught were fewer...
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    No fires but plenty of smoke especially when the...

    No fires but plenty of smoke especially when the nearby gorge and Winding Spring road was on fire about 2 weeks ago. The lake was really down and not looking good for the kokanee. Wanted to stay up...
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    The kokanee would have spawned over a month ago. ...

    The kokanee would have spawned over a month ago. How quickly the eggs will hatch depends on water temperature colder water means slower development in the egg. At 7.8 0 C the eggs will hatch in 60...
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    The Nantahala river flowing into the lake is the...

    The Nantahala river flowing into the lake is the lowest I have seen. This will have an impact on any salmon trying to get up there to spawn. Very low at the RT 64 bridge at Standing Indian and...
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    Winter fishing Nantahala

    Nantahala Lake is very low this year because of the drought. Launching a boat can be very difficult as you run out of dock and ramp(and that pestilent wind). The drought goes on with no end in...
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    Cheoah Reservoir

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    Hit Cheoah yesterday and found this when I went to launch. Launching was very dicey and I am sure the ramp will be closed and removed by the state for safety reasons. Looked like arson...
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    Banner Day At Cheoah

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    Mark

    Tried to PM you but failed. Larry and Dale report they are still catching kokes in that area above the Nantahala river inlet @ 80+" down. I hit Cheoah lake on Monday and the bite...
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    Saturday

    The kokes seem scattered all over the lake and at various depths(60' to 100' down). I would try your normal spots. If that does not work head toward the inlet and try that large open area before...
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    Still Slow

    Glad the doctor released you to fish again. I fished on Monday and got one koke about 13" and 2 other strikes. Still slow and the fish are small. The local guide claims to have caught 8 last week...
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    Nantahala Kokanee

    I just got a report. Seems Slim from Fontana lake(you may know him Mark) fished Nantahala lake yesterday afternoon and caught 3 nice kokanee at 100' down in the main channel in about 180' of water. ...
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    2 in the Box

    The fisherman's almanac and last nights full moon said it would be a poor days fishing. I went out anyway. Had a slow day but did manage 2 kokanee in the 13+" range. One took a red hootchie the other...
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    3 Kokes and a Eye

    Had a decent morning at Nantahala. Caught 3 Kokes in the 13" to 14" range. Also got a walleye at about 15". All fish were caught 42' to 52' down and green/chartreuse hootchies took them all. Lost 2...
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    Nice map of Nantahala Lake stream beds and channels

    Nice map of Nantahala Lake stream beds.


    https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1BC-ccbAagBI9rxq-ihmr8nUk4hM
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    Hope You are getting better.

    Mark

    Hope your prognosis is good and you are making a fast recovery. Have not been out fishing lately as this is the worst time up here because of the 4th of July. Too many Jet skies,...
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    Welcome to the NC/Nantahala Lake Forum

    Welcome aboard. A very nice post. You sound like you know your kokes. Have you relocated to NC or are just on vacation? The fishing has been a bit slow this year but it could still open up. ...
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    Fairly Good Day

    I am back at the lake. Went out yesterday morning for a few hours and caught 3 kokes. The were all in the 13" range and seemed to be 3 year immature fish. These fish will be in the 18" to 20+"...
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    Nantahala Kokanee 2016

    I have not been up at Nantahala very much this season because of treatment for a long term health issueviolin. I was recently up at the lake for about 10 days and was able to get out 5 times to fish....
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