Don’t Count Out September – 2018

With everyone concentrating on Hunting and Fall Chinook, it leaves Odell Lake wide open this time of year.  

We have had great weather, with full sized fish and very little boat traffic.  Odell Lake’s Kokanee are the latest spawning kokanee in the entire state.  This is because of colder water temperature and a super high altitude.  

With other lakes showing signs of the spawn as early as the first part of August, Odell Lake’s fish don’t tend to spawn until Mid October this leads to full sized kokanee later in the season.  The fish are running in the upper 12″ – 14″ and they are weighing three times the size as those caught in May or June.

 With the dry hot summer we had the feed really came out and it’s obvious at the cleaning station.  The water temperature is starting to cool with the temp’s in the low 60’s, but the fish are still concentrated between 40 to 70 feet.  The first three weekends in September we boated more fish than one will ever want to clean.  We used mainly Twisted Hoochies and Super Miss Bugs in pink and orange along with Silver and Gold Moon Glow Wing Arrow Flash Dodgers.  

Even though the water temperature is starting to get colder the fish are super aggressive and are still wanting a fast troll speed 1.4mph – 1.6mph.  Using 30 degree turns has been very effective when you know your gear is in the middle of fish.  This lifts and lowers your gear plus speeds up and slows it down at the same time making kokanee more likely to attack.  We have been using a shorter set back of 30′ or less so we can attack fish while making quick turns to go back over them again and again.

 The weekend of the 7th, all four rods went off three different time within 10 minutes because we stayed on them.  Pro-Cure Ocean Mess and Garlic Sand Shrimp have been working fantastic so don’t forget to use the magic stuff on your corn before heading out.  Also fish have been concentrating west of Princess Creek in the middle of the lake, and also in-between Breezy point and Roosevelt.  

They are moving around but if your not marking fish then you haven’t found them yet your screen should be solid fish…

So don’t count out September for some of the best kokanee fishing in the world up at Odell Lake Resort.  The rest of September and most of October should be EPIC just trust me “We can’t wait for next weekend”!!!

Fish On Jeremy Jahn

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Odell Lake July 27th Thru July 29th

When is “Prime” Kokanee Fishing?

Just like every Salmon Species, Kokanee are full sized toward the end of August thru first part of September, depending on the lake temperature and elevation of the lake. I’m not saying you can’t catch kokanee year round, but to be honest with you I’m a fair weather fisherman.  If I can catch a “Full Sized” fish in August while wearing shorts, a tank top and flip-flops, that sounds like a winner to me. 

With all the pictures of kokanee being caught in the winter months, I think people are getting the wrong idea of when is the best time to catch these Land Locked Sockeye Salmon.  There are a few fisheries were earlier season is better because they are shallow fisheries. Wickiup is a great example of this because the fish can’t get into the ideal 53 degree water temperature later in the season and in my opinion they start tasting like mud by Mid-June.  When you have a deep cold lake where kokanee always have the ability to get in that ideal temperature, the later you fish the better.  I love seeing the fish get bigger and bigger every week, the end of July thru the first part of September is my favorite time to target this fishery. First, the surface temperature is in the upper 60’s to low 70’s so all the fish are stacked into that thermocline. Second, the fish are super aggressive and fight like they are trying to break out of Jail.  Third, they are way bigger, super fat with blood red meat, and did I tell you about the fantastic weather.

Ok, let’s talk about Odell Lake, the fish are smaller than last year, but there is a ton of feed in the lake so they are starting to catch up.  The Kokanee are really stacking into the ”45 – 75 feet” depth, with the thermocline right at 55 feet.  Because the fish are so active and aggressive, your going to want to pick up your troll speed to 1.5mph – 1.7mph.

Remember early season slower troll speed, later in the season get that boat moving with the fish.  Also, don’t fish in the normal spots like the west bay, once the algae bloom hits the lake those fish move with it right to the east end of the lake and trust me they are stacked in like cord wood with no one fishing on the East End, until you all read this post.  Fish are running 11 to 13 inches with some next year’s fish running 6 to 9 inches.  Each day is different but Twisted Hoochies, Spin N Glo’s, Super Mysis Bugs and Mysis bugs catching all our fish this last weekend with either Silver or Gold Moon Glow Wing Arrow Flash Dodgers. 

We boated 170 kokanee in three days with Pro-Cure water soluble Garlic/Sand Shrimp and a custom mix I call “Ocean Mess” being our top Corn Scents for the weekend.   I’m taking this next weekend off, but I’m super excited to fish the first part of August because it’s going to be EPIC… 

If you see me on the lake and your not sure what’s going on, troll by me and ask, I’m more than happy to point you in the right direction. You can also stop in at Odell Lake Resort, I’m normally in at the boat docks or I’m up helping out at the Resort and I love to talk fishing.

It’s Prime Time…. Catching is way batter than Fishing so Get out there and catch a limit or two..

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Odell Lake July.

Ok people have been wondering why I haven’t been fishing very much this year, and to be honest with you sometimes life gets in way of your passion.  With my son getting married, a dog with back issues, one dog with cancer, a deer with a arrow in it, and two acres to manage I’m finding myself staying home more than I would like to. 

Ok for Odell Lake Report, Fishing isn’t fantastic but if you work your gear you’re still going to catch way more fish than your wanting to clean.  Fish are on the west end of the lake, but don’t fish in the cove until the Mirada leaves in search of fish.  I’ve been fishing from Breezy Point to Shelter Cove and back until the cove clears out.  Most of the mature fish are on the west end and they are running all over the water column but most of the biters are 40 to 70 feet.  Don’t forget when the water temp warms up your trolling speed needs to go up 1.4mph – 1.7mph was the magic number.  Also with the algae bloom don’t forget Chartreuse.  Super Mysis Bugs and the Twisted Hoochies boated most of our fish and with most people Struggling and catching very few to no fish take some advise and buy the right tackle and use it to produce a catch worth the trip. Garlic Shrimp and Ocean Mess were our top scents with a short setback and fast troll speed seemed to get a consistent bite. 

We did some Mackinaw fishing but it isn’t red hot we got 6 in two days in the afternoon with Mag Lips 3.5 from Yakima Bait Company.  Put them down 120 in the 120 to 140 foot line by the View Point.  But it isn’t Red Hot but Debbie’s Uncle Jim had a blast bringing them in with Lamiglas KokaneeKid Rods.  

Kokanee are starting to pick up some size almost pushing into the 13inch range and should be growing ½ inch per week they are eating really well and the meat is blood red!!  If your looking for a weekend to fill up the freezer get up here and limit out.  They sell my gear up at the resort and are willing to give you the up-to-date information to catch way more than you’ll want to clean. 

Algae is here but already starting to go away in the West End I’m thinking it will be gone in a week or two, not that I mind fishing in it… It keeps the boats away!!!

 

Fish On Jeremy Jahn  

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Start Of The 2018 Season…. Odell Lake

With fishing reports not being very positive this year at Odell Lake, and with June being inconsistent at times the wife and I decided to pre-fish the lake before our first guided trip of the year.  We started our morning on the east end of the lake and headed west.  I wasn’t marking very many fish until we hit Gull Point where we got our first fish of the morning.  By the time we had made it to Breezy point we were really questioning what was going on, as we were only 1 for 5 at 9:00am.  I decided to keep going west even though I hate fishing in the crowds but it didn’t take very long and we were marking a ton of fish.  My Garmin unit was solid fish but nothing was biting and the wind was starting to pick up.  I had heard reports that the jig bite was slow but all the fish were coming right off the bottom of the lake so I decided to “GO DEEP” and fish right off the bottom.  As soon as I dropped my gear to 110 feet we got a double and soon after a triple and with-in an hour we caught another 12.  I felt confident that if we started our day in the west bay I could catch enough fish and with reports coming in that evening of very few fish being caught and that the bite really shut off at 9:00am I was feeling good.

We started our day at 5:00am in the west bay and we had a hard time even getting our gear in the water.  The West bay was alive with fish jumping all over the place.  I will warn you most of the fish we caught on the surface were next year’s fish and the ones jumping looked small.  So we stuck to fishing deep 80 to 110 feet.  We had a great time with Betsy and Joe on our boat and ended our day at 9:30am with 30 kokanee and released about another 10.  Pink and Orange Super Mysis bugs with Gold and Silver Arrow Flash dodgers got it done for us.  Troll speed was 1.2mph with Pro-Cure Garlic Sand Shrimp and Ocean Mess being our top corn scents.  The fish are running smaller than last year but It looks like there is more feed in the lake than last year because of the warm spring we are having.  So they should be nice sized by July.

After cleaning the fish we caught I talked Debbie into going Mackinaw fishing in the East Bay. With the fantastic weather and no wind I was expecting a relaxing boat ride with the wife and our dogs.  I went out to the 120-foot line and started marking Mack’s right off the bottom.  I had picked up some smaller Mag Lips in Gold and Black that I thought they looked like a white fish.  Odell Lake has native Mountain White Fish that is the favorite food source for Mack’s. We just got the rods in the water and we were ON!  We fished for one hour had hooked five Mack’s three smaller ones and two really nice ones before the wind really picked up. We went 4 for 5 using my Lamiglas XCC 762 UL-GH kokanee rods showing everyone they are soft enough to catch kokanee but you still have enough control to land a “Monster”.  We released the four Mack’s we caught because it takes them forever to get to that size and they keep my kokanee population healthy.

 

We had trips planned for Saturday and Sunday but a cold front was supposed to come in Friday night so we rescheduled our trips and got home before the snow and cold rain came in. It’s crazy but remember this lake is at 4700 feet and the snow can fall in July so make sure you keep an eye on the wind and weather.  I always check it out daily so I don’t get caught in a situation I don’t want to be in. Also the cabins and campsites are booking out fast at Odell Lake Resort so if you planning a trip this year book ASAP. “(541) 433-2540” Fishing should be fantastic July thru September and with the amount of fish I was marking there are plenty for everyone to fill a freezer or two.

See you guys on the Lake

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2018 Tradeshows & Seminars

Fish-Field 12540 SW Main St #120 Tigard, Or 97223 – April 19th @ 6:00pm

We will Be talking about Kokanee Fishing in the 21st century and will be covering how to use these new tricks to catch more fish.

For more information visit http://www.fishfield.com

Hope to see you there!!

Fish On Jeremy Jahn…

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