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Thread: 2022 Lucky Peak Reservoir Kokanee Report

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    Default 2022 Lucky Peak Reservoir Kokanee Report

    Best of luck to all this year.
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    Default Anyone know if there is still ice on the reservoir?

    Anyone been up to Lucky Peak or Arrowrock Reservoirs? Is there ice on the water?

    Pauli

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    Default Arrowrock last week

    Drove up to Arrowrock last Thursday; really wanted to try some early-year trolling. Road was really quite bad; portion near top of dam was a moonscape. I mean the truck was bucking like a rodeo bull even at very low speed. The road was icy enough that pulling a boat could be a challenge. There was lots of ice throughout reservoir. There was a decent pool of open water around the federal boat launch; no ice out to the far shore. You would probably have needed chains to launch and recover that day as the pavement to the launch was quite packed and icy. Drove road up to past mouth of South Fork; there was a decent area of open water there too; ice in between SF and federal launch though.
    Last edited by pollackoke; 02-02-2022 at 01:25 PM.

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    Thanks for the reply....Probably should just keep the boat in the garage for a while.


    Pauli

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    Default Feb 13th

    Drove up to Arrowrock again early last Sunday: road has continued to degrade (but mud was frozen). More ice everywhere. Spring Shores launch was iced over. There was somebody trolling the dam pool on Lucky Peak (Turner Gulch launch open). On Arrowrock, the BLM launch area was completely iced, no chance for launching there, and pool beyond the launch was frozen all the way across. Sad thing, I saw a couple guys coming back from Arrowrock pulling a boat. Looks like they went all the way up there not knowing conditions. I tipped my hat to them anyway, the stalwart buggers.

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    Oh well....Winter is still here. Time to hit the Columbia for some Springer fishing.


    Hoping that the Kokanee fishing rebounds this year. It's been 2 years of just so so Koke fishing.


    Pauli

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    Has anyone been able to launch at Turner yet? Iím assuming the water is still really low. I am just itching to get out and drag some balls.

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    Default arrowrock

    Quote Originally Posted by sawtooth View Post
    Best of luck to all this year.
    is the ice gone at arrowrock? Heard still some Sat the 12th

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    Quote Originally Posted by G3 longliner View Post
    is the ice gone at arrowrock? Heard still some Sat the 12th
    That road is probably horrible already. Fish are being caught out of LP though. So probably not much need to destroy a boat trailer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dustyjohns View Post
    That road is probably horrible already. Fish are being caught out of LP though. So probably not much need to destroy a boat trailer.
    Road is in good condition. Drove up to Arrowrock Thursday. Road was graded recently. Ice is completely gone from Lucky Peak, and Turner gulch is launching boats. State park launch is open too. Ice on Arrowrock has retreated all the way up to within 1/2 mile of south fork. A few boats were plying the waters. One cool spot for kayaks: there is open water at that rough launch spot about across from the south fork mouth. The motor boats could not get to that open spot (blocked by the main ice). But this seclusion won't last long in our warm weather - there were risers in that secluded pool. Go get'em kids!

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    Default Where are the Kokes?

    I fished lucky Peak yesterday (Wednesday). Disappointed not to have caught even one Koke...there were a few others out on the lake of those I talked to, not one Koke was caught. I did catch 2 nice trout...but one was just covered with parasites. He didn't make it to the dinner table. I fished from Lucky Peak dam area and made a run down to Spring Shores and to the Silver Pipe area......Nada. All of the folks I talked to said that they didn't mark many fish. I marked one small school and that was it. Water temp was 45 to 46 degrees.

    Pauli

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    Default Poor amount of koks

    Quote Originally Posted by Pauli View Post
    I fished lucky Peak yesterday (Wednesday). Disappointed not to have caught even one Koke...there were a few others out on the lake of those I talked to, not one Koke was caught. I did catch 2 nice trout...but one was just covered with parasites. He didn't make it to the dinner table. I fished from Lucky Peak dam area and made a run down to Spring Shores and to the Silver Pipe area......Nada. All of the folks I talked to said that they didn't mark many fish. I marked one small school and that was it. Water temp was 45 to 46 degrees.

    Pauli
    I had the same problem last year. Got very discouraged and quit fishing LP. Something has happened to all the Koks in Boise river drainage, F&G has not given a good answer. I would also like to know after F&G planted 90,000 koks in CJ Strike if one has been caught. It has been two years they should be of a good size now. I thought it was a waste of koks.
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    I have not caught any. But I have talked to 2 different guys on the water there who said they had caught one or two.

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    Default Lucky Peak is on FIRE!!

    We've fished LP a half dozen times the last month or so and, as the water temps have risen, so has the catch numbers. On Friday, the 3rd of June the surface temps were near 60, 54 at 20' depth and fish were hitting consistently all the way from the surface to 20'. Flashers were steel/green/chartreuse with pink dots. Lures were mostly green and some pink. Caught a couple of dark blue/steel/pink dots during cloudy periods. Have caught mostly limits, sometimes an incredible number of rainbows have been on the bite at kokanee speeds, no less. For 2 days we experienced almost nothing but "bump and runs" from the kokes, and I mean dozens of hits with no takes. Those were real head-scratchers. We've been really happy with the size this year. It's been nice to be able to go somewhere close to home, catch a bunch and get home before the idiots took over the lake in the afternoons. Oh yes, weekdays were most pleasant. Nice to be retired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Westwindsraider View Post
    It's been nice to be able to go somewhere close to home, catch a bunch and get home before the idiots took over the lake in the afternoons. Oh yes, weekdays were most pleasant. Nice to be retired.
    Some days I really miss retirement. Being 40 and retired though I fished by myself a lot. All my friends had jobs still hahahaha. Thank you for the great report. I have been wondering if the fishing was going to be good like last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sawtooth View Post
    Best of luck to all this year.
    any one been on the road to arrowrock in last couple days whats condition?

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    Default Lucky Peak

    Fished about 4 hours yesterday the 15th, late start. Was putting out a pink and silver dodger with pink and silver bug and tuna soaked corn, when I was hooking up the line to the down rigger, a 15 incher ripped the line out of my hand. We never got another bite after that, nothing, tried everything and different depths. Water was 59 in main channel, almost 62, in coves, marked fish mostly at around 15 feet at mouths of coves. But the weather was perfect, only a few boats out, had a great time

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    Default Lucky Peak

    Also fished lucky peak with 3 downriggers and 1 highline on June 15. Very slow day but perfect weather for fishing...spent 4 hours trolling from 0800-1200 catching only 1 14" rainbow. Marked very few fish...not sure where the koks have gone.

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