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River: South Platte - Dream Stream
Fish: Kokanee

Well I can check that off the list.

Post By: Bubba02STi      Posted: 11/12/2017 7:15:40 PM     Points: 386    
Went to the dream today. The bite was pretty slow most of the day and the one good hole I managed to find I kept screwing up hooksets and jumping the gun. However I went up with the intentions of targeting the Kokanee. We started at the middle section and I spot a couple and they werenít interested after about 30 or so minutes so I moved on. I wanted to catch something. Fished a few more hours and then had lunch. In the afternoon we went down to the lower section and the bends were filled with schools of them. Sadly there were a lot of dead ones too. I should have gone up sooner. But I did manage to catch my first one. Man these things look ugly and mean. Wasnít expecting that. It was kind of a shame that he was at the end of his life cycle as he didnít put up much of a fight. I did handle him gently and released him near a bank where he went under the ledge. Felt bad sending a fish back that I knew was going to die in the next day or so. Rules are rules though.

I wish I would have gotten a better pic though. It was late afternoon sun and he wasnít as red as Iím sure he would typically be earlier in the year.
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Nov. 14, 10:02:53 AM     Points: 3807    
That's a good picture of the late phase of a salmon, those teeth are kinds cool, a little shark looking. It's a good sign for the rebuilding of a kokanee population in the reservoir, maybe ice fishing for them will improve this winter.