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    Has anyone been to Koocanusa lately? Thinking about taking the Wife and two babies up for a few days and we have never been there before. I really want them to have a good time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTmountainman View Post
    Has anyone been to Koocanusa lately? Thinking about taking the Wife and two babies up for a few days and we have never been there before. I really want them to have a good time.

    Thanks
    I heard that the crested 1.5' below full pool and just started dropping yesterday. Fishing has been off a little, but should be picking up. Fish are larger than normal this year. I think I will be up later in the week and will post a report.

    Can anyone recommend a good area of the lake to fish this time of year? Preferably one with a campsite nearby :)

    Any secret lures or baits to make sure to bring? I will have the downrigger (1, stacked) and a couple of leadcore rods. I hear the magic depth is 30' right now. That's a little deep for my leadcore rigs. Maybe some snap-weights?

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    I don't fish for the Kokanee but know lots of folks who do and the are all doing well up by Rexford Bench. I believe most are jigging them or running wedding rings out the back of the boat. If need specifics let me know and will see if I can find out more.

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    Thanks buddy! I would love to know more. We did not make it up there yet, but have tentatively planned our trip for the first week of August.

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    Everything's tentative with two babies

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    Where are you coming from and do you have a boat?

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    We're near Missoula. Have a boat with one downrigger we stack two lines on along with leadcore, planers, etc.

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    The rainbow fishing has been slow but the Kokanee fishing is supposed to be on fire. The fish are running 10-12" and are around 40-45' deep. You can try using lead core line about 6-7 colors or your down-rigger. Flashers with a wedding ring tipped with a maggot. Try north of rocky gorge. If you haves fish finder and can locate a school of fish you can jig them. Good luck.

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    Thanks! We leave tomorrow and are very excited :)

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    Any new info? I will be heading there next weekend.

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    Pretty much the same, just 10' deeper.

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    It was on fire. Now of to Noxon.

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    Default Koocanusa Kokanee

    The Lake Koocanusa is producing a few nice sized kokanee uo to 14". Recently the water level was significantly raised and the fishing was pretty darn good.

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