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Thread: 2021 Dworshak Reservoir Kokanee Fishing Report

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    Get a map of the reservoir that the Corp puts out. They have all of the dispersed campsites listed on the map. Of course for a campsite with amenities you'll have to go to either Dent Acres or Freeman Creek. Like others have said the reservoir is down, so you'll have to hike through some sand/mud from the water to either camp or hunt up from the boat.
    While not extremely popular, turkey hunting from a boat is a fairly common technique people do the first 2 weekends of the season. And of course hunters gravitate to the more milder terrain. That being said roosting a tom from a boat before dark with a boat can allow you to cover lots of ground. Don't overlook fishing in the morning along the shoreline until you hear one, and then changing pursuits.
    If you can go during the weekdays you'll have a lot of ground to yourself. I'm not giving away any secrets here, so try Canyon creek, Freeman Creek, and Elk creek for both fish and fowl.

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    Launched at 6:00 fished canyon Creek until 2:00 landed 57. Lots of short strikes fish were really picky but once we figured out what they liked we chipped away at them.

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    Thank you Kate. I have a bunch to learn and appreciate your advice.

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    Thank you Big Mack - great suggestions here.

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    Default Any info on the latest fishing at Dworshak

    Quote Originally Posted by eschmit04 View Post
    Launched at 6:00 fished canyon Creek until 2:00 landed 57. Lots of short strikes fish were really picky but once we figured out what they liked we chipped away at them.
    Checking to see if you had any kokanee fishing reports for Dworshak?
    looks like some good weather on Thursday so wanted to go try some kokanee fishing.
    Thanks
    Whatadeal

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    4/15 57, 4/18 25 with my 5 year old in 2.5 hours. Buddy caught 44 on sat. I'll be out there Thursday and headed further up the lake on Friday.

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    thanks for the info!!!
    going to start at Mary's Bay on Thursday then to Canyon Creek later in the day.

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    Went up for a few hours last Friday.

    Found some in Marys Bay, but action was slower for us so we moved. Other boats were getting them there just fine, don't know what they were using.

    Moved to Indian Creek and found them. Some were schooled up, but mostly scattered. Biting on top and down to 30'+ Action was steady there and picking up, but had to head back before getting limits, don't doubt we would have if we stuck around. Smallest was 8", largest was over 11", I'd say average was almost 10"

    They seemed to like pink best, but pink and yellow was a close second.

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    Me and my cousin are headed up to do a combo trip next weekend with kokanee fishing and turkey hunting. We have grown up in boise but have never hunted that area. Do the birds usually gobble this late in the season? I saw a fellow koke fisherman mention doing this type of trip earlier in the season and was wondering how the trip ended up!

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    Last week and the weeks prior, I had been getting limits in Canyon Crk. Fish were 50 - 60' deep the last two weeks, and there were a lot of them on the finder. It seemed good all the way to the dam too, but I was sticking to Canyon Crk. Yesterday there were significantly fewer fish on the finder in Canyon Crk than before. I only caught a handful and had to search for them. Surface temp was 52, which seems like an increase. Went to Drift Crk later in the day to see if I could find some, and there were a few schools that were difficult to pin down. I also took a quick look in Indian Crk and didn't see any. It was a nice day to start, but turned stormy in the afternoon.

    The most notable differences to me are the amount of debris from runoff and how fast the water is rising. Lots of logs and slash, and the water is a little gray too. Anyone think this has caused the change?

    My other theory is that the increased surface temp has them on the surface now. I did see them jumping on the surface a bit. However, I ran a flatline for an hour and didn't get a bite.

    I'm stumped. Maybe it was just an off day.

    On another note, has anyone noticed that the average fish size in canyon crk is a bit smaller than in the main channel? I feel like there's a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maxdgard View Post
    Me and my cousin are headed up to do a combo trip next weekend with kokanee fishing and turkey hunting. We have grown up in boise but have never hunted that area. Do the birds usually gobble this late in the season? I saw a fellow koke fisherman mention doing this type of trip earlier in the season and was wondering how the trip ended up!
    They're still gobbling.

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