Lake Chelan is one of the country's premier kokanee fisheries and while most lakes do not offer wintertime kokanee fishing, Chelan provides a fantastic opportunity to catch limits of these highly sought after landlocked salmon.
Predators of any kind are opportunistic. They key on an easy meal and do not waste energy on chasing healthy prey. The fall of a SBF is that easy meal — it mimics an injured, helpless baitfish. It is the best action in all of sport fishing that triggers fish to strike!
Night temperatures will begin to fall at the end of August and that’s a sure sign that fall is just around the corner. It also means that fishing for kokanee and landlocked chinook is coming to an end — in some parts of the country. On a brighter note, however, late August and early September are times when you can catch some of the biggest fish of the year. Catching these big fish, however, can be a challenge.
Downriggers are obviously the most proficient way to work the thermocline effectively. They put you at the exact depth you require and with downriggers, you can fish multiple rods and lures at the same time.
Fishing for kokanee in the spring can be one of the most productive periods, while at the same time, anglers can struggle to get a fish in the cooler. Due to the elements, kokanee fishing in the spring is a much different game than fishing for them during the summer months.