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Thread: 2019 Anderson Ranch Reservoir Kokanee Fishing Report

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    Default 2019 Anderson Ranch Reservoir Kokanee Fishing Report

    Hoping for another good year at the lake. Dust off the rods as the fish and weather will be heating up soon.
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    Soon as the conditions are good to launch, I'm in. I can't wait, I'm hoping we get a full tank again this year. Seems like the water level is way off from last year, and this dry weather is not helping much either.

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    I think Anderson will be late this year due to run off and murky water conditions early. There is a bunch of snow down low and and there will be high water early this year. I think the best fishing will be in the fall creek area early if it is not muddy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JagerR View Post
    Soon as the conditions are good to launch, I'm in. I can't wait, I'm hoping we get a full tank again this year. Seems like the water level is way off from last year, and this dry weather is not helping much either.
    You are correct regarding the amount of water in the reservoir last year vs. now - check it out: https://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/wyg...daily=and%20af

    And there is a lot of snow in the high country now. Most of the Boise Basin is well above 100% of normal (except Trinity Mtn. notably) https://wcc.sc.egov.usda.gov/reports...+Update+Report

    Plus a lot of precip. is predicted for the end of Feb., beginning of Mar. http://wxmaps.org/outlooks.php Select precip. as the "parameter" in that little drop down menue.

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    Looks like I spoke too soon on the weather, pollackoke that is some serious data. Looks like we are going to get the water, I just dont like it muddy. I'm ready to see how big those chinook got over the winter.

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    I fished for chinook until the first part of January at anderson--I would normally catch 6+ per trip--From early October on I caught over 50 I think--Almost all the fish were 6 to 15" I caught one 8.5 and a few around 3-4 pounds--I will start fishing for them again in March--It seems the 6 to 15" fish are very easy to catch and anything over 2 lbs is very few and hard to catch
    I fished 50 to 100 ft deep mostly in the Dam area and around Fall creek---Most of the fish were in good shape and fat--I didn't keep any other than the 8.5 pounder
    Last edited by rem40xb1; 02-25-2019 at 11:16 PM.

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    Dang you hammered them! I never targeted them, I would only pick them up fishing for kokanee. I only caught around 8 (all about 14-16inch), all around the power lines next to Fall cr. Not sure how to target them specifically, but I quit fishing at end of Aug when the spawn really hit and the bite stopped and to get my hunt on. Sounds like that was prime time.

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    I live in Mtn Home so it is real easy for me to fish by the dam. I just can't seem to catch the chinook in the 3+ range for some reason. I know there are several in there but I can't get them to bite---I encountered the same thing at Deadwood this last year

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem40xb1 View Post
    I live in Mtn Home so it is real easy for me to fish by the dam. I just can't seem to catch the chinook in the 3+ range for some reason. I know there are several in there but I can't get them to bite---I encountered the same thing at Deadwood this last year

    Me too, but Im a newbie at targeting the big ones up there LOL.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rem40xb1 View Post
    I live in Mtn Home so it is real easy for me to fish by the dam. I just can't seem to catch the chinook in the 3+ range for some reason. I know there are several in there but I can't get them to bite---I encountered the same thing at Deadwood this last year
    I have yet to land one of the big ones in Anderson in 3 attempts targeting them exclusively. I donít think they are there in truly fishable numbers because I didnít see that many on the finder. Few and far between to say the least. When I was banging the big ones at deadwood they were stocking 5k+ per year and and all the fish were congregated in one relatively small area of the lake. The anglers that I spoke to were throwing the 3-5 lbs fish back.

    The most they ever stocked in Anderson was about 35k and they havenít come close to that in recent years. Add in the fact that the lake is relatively huge and people are keeping the babies and itís no wonder you canít buy a big one. Iím not trying to shame anyone for keeping a 22Ē fish or even a 16Ē fish for that matter. That is what they are there for, but if anyone is keeping them, there will never be enough left over to catch the 10 lbs fish.

    I have never seen more than maybe 20 marks of 10 lbs fish on Anderson in a day and I couldnít get them to bite. Consider the fact that I used to see a few hundred marks of 10 lbs fish on deadwood to maybe catch 4-5 on a good day. Seeing 20 big fish is never going to cut it.

    On a side note, while trying for chinook in Anderson, I have never caught so many huge squaw fish in my life. 5-7 lbs squaw fish put up a good fight. Released them rapidly off of the swim deck. :-)

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    I have made 20+ trips last spring and fall targeting chinook at anderson and I have only caught 1/2 dozen over 3 lbs and only one 8.5 pounder there is never a problem catching fish 6 to 15 inches but the larger ones is a different story. There should be some 2nd and 3rd year fish somewhere in the pond. I have caught them from Deer creek to the dam on a variety of lures and bait. I primarily fish with Herring as it is always the best bait for results for me---I have been fishing for them for 3 years with only one bigger fish--There are some very large Rainbows in anderson and I plan to work on them this year along with the chinook

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    When I fished a local lake, we target land lock Chinook. The go to bait was herring we called them firecrackers. The small 16/20 inches also were hooked on fire crackers that 4/5 inches herring color coded yellows my largest was 10# at the time a state record but Oregon didn't recognize the species. Did use a stinger threbble also If the water you fish is very clear loose your flasher. Acted like a Repellent. Productive went way up
    We did land a few from 8/10# range. Believe or not I caught 16 inch trout on herring. Just food for thought hope it helps, they were deep on DR.

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    I use yellow and green coded herring. I also use a pro troll lighted flasher if I fish below 50 ft. I don't have any problem catching fish but they are mostly all small 6-15 inches. It seems like the fish don't bite after they reach 15 inches plus--I have been catching the same size fish for the last 3 years. I can just about get a fish for every bait I take sometimes 2 on the same bait

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    The fish stocked were are Spring Chinook very aggressive fish green label 6/7 inch bait awful big. We used Yellow label 3 1/2 To 4 1/2 inches hard to fine then Orange label 4 1/2 / 5 1/2 then reds 5/6 inches green 6/7 inches blues 7/8 inches purples 8/9 inches blacks 9/10 . Didn't plug cut them trolled whole. I don't know much about your lake but the larger fish are there good luck.
    Last edited by mrmike; 02-28-2019 at 12:38 PM.

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    I also caught a 5lb rainbow on Herring along with several large Bull trout--And a few monster squaw fish--I fished with the Yellow and Green size herring and both worked very well---I will try it without a flasher and slow my speed down to 1 mph

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawtooth View Post
    Hoping for another good year at the lake. Dust off the rods as the fish and weather will be heating up soon.
    as of today there is still ice at the dam out about 100 yards

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    There is ice at the dam in anderson or at curlew?

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    curlew was iced up when I drove by Wednesday and looked like it was gonna be that way for awhile yet. Between 4 and 5 feet of snow in spots after the rain. Roads were good though.

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    Default Elk Cr. boat launch 06Mar19

    Fished the SFB yesterday, and made a quick stop on the way out, thought you guys you like to see what the dock looks like. looks like its going to be a while before we can launch. There is a good 2-4ft of snow in the way, and the ramp is still way out of the water.
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    That answers my question about chinook fishing--It is going to be a while before I can launch--The river is going to run very high this year and make the fishing later--I thinking mid june before the kookanee fishing is real good--It is going to be very murky early around the curlew area
    Maybe middle of june before you can go to Deadwood

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    Down fishing the BSF again yesterday, a lot of snow has melted around the river since my last trip on the 6th. Last trip the roads were a snowy/muddy mess, everything is dry and the graders are working on the roads. I think the warm days are starting to help us but the cold nights are not. It was 19 deg's @ 1000, I didn't think I would be worth looking at the dock yet, but I will on my next trip.

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    Thank You for the update

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    Iíve heard there is open water near the dam. Problem was the ramp being covered in ice and snow. Does anyone know if the ramp is useable yet?

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    The regular ramp has snow and ice on it and is out of the water--The low water ramp still has snow on it

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    Quote Originally Posted by rem40xb1 View Post
    The regular ramp has snow and ice on it and is out of the water--The low water ramp still has snow on it
    As of when?

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