Odell Lake May 30 & 31, 2015

We were super excited about coming to the lake this weekend.  We knew with all the warm weather throughout the week that the water temperature was going to start to rise and the kokanee would start to school up.  Water temperature went up 7 degrees by this weekend, which caused two things to happen, there is lots of feed and the kokanee have dropped in the water column.

 Saturday we took Tim and Victor out for a day of fishing and filming.  Tim is putting together a show about Odell Lake and Shelter Cove Resort.  He had a film crew out in a pontoon boat following us around and filming us.  Even though film crews have a tendency to slow the fishing and catching down, we ended up boating 40 really nice kokanee.  We fished almost the entire lake, but the majority of the fish were by Princess Creek.  We were using Pink Mysis Bugs with Silver blades and a proto type lure that will be released next year.  We caught fish 20 – 85 feet in the water column, but the best production was at 40 – 60 feet with a slow troll of 1.1 – 1.2 mph.

FullSizeRender-7

 

Sunday, we took Mark and Dana out on the lake.  This was a birthday present from Dana to Mark.  Mark shared an item on his bucket list, which was to catch a Mackinaw, we helped him fulfill his bucket list and I think he had a memorable birthday!   We started fishing at 6:00 AM by Princess Creek.

IMG_3684

IMG_3692

Fishing was off the hook.  Mark got a Mackinaw on, after fighting and landing his Mack, we decided to take a break at 9:30, with 42 kokanee already in the cooler.   The Mysis Bugs were the hot ticket and we were catching them on Pink and Orange with Gold and silver.  After a 45-minute break, we ended the day at noon with 65 kokanee and some great memories for our crew and us.

IMG_3694

Fish are gaining weight every week because of the abundant food source in the lake.  I am expecting some really nice size fish by July.  If you are looking for a lake to fish in Oregon, Odell Lake is your ticket.

IMG_3704

For reservation at Shelter Cove Resort & Marina on Odell Lake, call (541)433-2548

Fish On Jeremy Jahn AKA Kokaneekid

Posted in Fishing Reports, Odell Lake | Comments Off on Odell Lake May 30 & 31, 2015

Odell Lake May 23 – 25, 2015

We were really excited to go fishing for three days over Memorial Day weekend, after dialing in the lake the weekend of the 18th the expectation was to have three epic days of fishing.   This weekend we took our really good friend Barb Baxter, who helps us out a ton with our business.  The secret to early season fishing at Odell is finding fish and staying on them.  This weekend we marked some monster schools down by the East in.  When I say monster schools, I mean a Garmin screen full!

First day of fishing, orange was the color.  We caught them on a mix of orange lures, from R & K purple head with orange tail Hoochies, to orange and gold Super Mysis Bugs, Orange Spin N Glo’s and orange Mysis Bug with a smile blade.  On day one, we really worked for our limit but ended up in the early afternoon with 50.  A lot of the fish we caught were 40 – 60 feet and we trolled 1.2 mph.  We also used Pro-Cure Garlic Tuna scent mix and it worked as predicted.

IMG_3636

Day two, was what I like to call “easy breezy”.   We found fish in the same location on the East end of the lake and then dialed it in to a pink with silver blade Mysis Bug and paired it with a silver Arrow Flash Dodger.  This set-up was the hot ticket and even though it was breezy, we caught our 50 easy.  We did have a few set backs….. we caught three Mackinaws which took us out of the kokanee game for over two hours.

FullSizeRender-6

IMG_3642

FullSizeRender-5

Day three, Barb invited her friend Mark to fish with us.  It was the best day out of all three.  We had the location, we had our lure and dodger picked out and the East end of the lake is almost at that magic 50 degree mark which is causing the fish to school up deep, 50 – 85 feet.  We had our 50 before 11:00 with double, triples and quads all morning, oh my.

IMG_3655-3

This week I would expect the water temperature to move up with the warm weather and I also expect another great weekend of fishing for the 30th & 31st.

Hope you all had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and we’ll see you guys out on the Lake.

Fish On KokaneeKid

Posted in Fishing Reports, Odell Lake | Comments Off on Odell Lake May 23 – 25, 2015

Odell Lake 05-16-15 – 05-18-15

Early Season at Odell Lake

May 2015

 Now I remember why I told myself not to fish at 4700 feet until July….. It’s cold, windy and unpredictable.  The fish were scattered all over the water column.  We caught fish anywhere from 10 feet to 120 feet deep.  We struggled the first two days, but ended up finding some active schools of kokanee on the middle of the lake between Princess Creek and Roosevelt Point, also known as the entrance to Serenity Bay.  Normally this time of year everyone is jigging, however, because of the warmer winter and no snow, you are going to have to dust off your trolling gear in order to catch the kokanee.

IMG_3609

The fish are running 10 – 13 inches and we are already catching next years fish, which are running 6 – 8 inches.  We normally don’t pick up next years fish until August or September.  This leads me to believe that Odell Lake is going to have another epic fishery in 2016.  The fish were hitting everything from Pink and Orange Super Mysis Bugs to Pink, Orange and Chartreuse Spin N Glo’s.  The color changed frequently and the secret was finding the fish and staying on them.

IMG_3611

We used Arrow Flash Dodger and the color did not matter.  We also used the Mack’s Lure DD Dodger to catch the kokanee on the surface, this worked very well.  One of the drawbacks to fishing early season, besides the weather, is the Mackinaw are really active and have a tendency to attack your kokanee gear.   We ended up landing one small Mackinaw on a Super Mysis Bug and lost a whole set up to a large Mackinaw.

IMG_3606

Even with the wind, rain, thunder and lightening, we ended up catching 105 kokanee.  Even though I am a more fair weather kokanee fishing guy, it was still worth the time and effort to put fish in the boat.

IMG_3575

FullSizeRender-4

FullSizeRender-3

All three groups we took out on guided trips had a great time and learned a few tricks.  Plus, they took some kokanee home to put in the freezer or smoker.  I will keep you updated as the fish drop into a thermal cline.  I am still expecting an epic fishery at Odell Lake this year, with fish reaching 16 inches by August.

Fish On Jeremy Jahn

Posted in Fishing Reports, Odell Lake | Comments Off on Odell Lake 05-16-15 – 05-18-15

American Lake – May 17th & 18th

When you think about kokanee fishing, you think about getting out of the city limits driving for a couple hours and hitting the great outdoors.  When you look at American Lake, which is just south of Tacoma Washington, it is what I would call the greatest urban fisheries around for kokanee.  The main reason for traveling such a distance to fish for kokanee was because of a TV show that I was lucky enough to be involved in with Cody Herman and Day One Outdoors.  At first, the TV show was supposed to be Cody and myself fishing against each other on a local Lake, where we would show why I caught more kokanee than Cody.  I was very confused about this concept and ask Cody, “Why would you want to do a TV show where the local Kokanee expert has a total advantage on the person he is fishing against?”  If you don’t know Cody he is one of the most humble, down to earth individuals around who simply told me, “You learn from what goes right and wrong and I want the public to learn how to have a great adventure with the successes and failures of each episode of my show.”  With this concept in mind I told Cody if you ever want to show a failure in the Bass, Salmon, Steelhead, Walleye, or Sturgeon fisheries I’m your guy. 

Bill Herzog and Duane Inglin from Northwest Wild Country radio show on Saturday mornings from 6 AM – 8 AM on Comcast Sportsnet NW, IHEARTRADIO, and Sports Radio KJR, were at the Portland Sportsman show.  Bill and Duane got wind of this show and talked Cody into having me travel to Washington and fish Lake Chelan against them.  Now I’m the outsider fishing against the home group, I wasn’t too worried about fishing this lake because I knew a few people who fish it all the time.  I figured I could pull a few favors and get some inside information about the lake.  One of my biggest resources I had for this fishery was Bob Loomis from Mack’s Lures who has fished this lake since he was a kid, so with this ace of spades in my back pocket I was more than happy to take on the challenge.

  After months of smack talk from Bill Herzog and Duane Inglin on the radio and months of me looking over lake maps, talking to fishing guides and hours of research, they changed the location to American Lake.  American Lake is a completely different fishery with tons of zooplankton and a very shallow lake right in the heart of Urban Washington I had to make a few quick phone calls and completely change my game plan.  Chelan is a sterol Lake with the only food source for kokanee being Mysis Shrimp, the water clarity is 60 feet, so even though the water is cold the kokanee are very deep, you need a long setback for your downriggers.   American Lake is a Shallow Lake with tons of food sources for kokanee and about 12 feet of water clarity, this kind of lake is really what I’m used to fishing here in Oregon so I wasn’t too worried about not being able to produce fish for the show. 

My wife, Debbie and I drove up to Gig Harbor, Washington which was the home base for Cody Herman and his Television show.  After getting settled in we went over the plan for the weekend with Cody which included meeting Bill and Duane at Sportsco in Tacoma at the crack of dawn so we could do the live radio show in Seattle.  The Saturday morning Radio show was a blast and I was so impressed with the North West Wild Country crew, they were upbeat and made the experience something I will remember for a long time. 

 

After the radio show the plan was to fish American Lake with Cody and my wife to get some footage and film some tech tips.  Sunday, was the big event with my wife and I fishing against Duane and Bill.  Side note Bill Herzog has fished that lake for over 40 years so I knew he would have a ton of secret spots and could probably fish the lake in his sleep. 

Saturday afternoon, we hit the lake.  When we got to the boat launch, I looked out on the lake and I was wondering where to go, what to use, how to use it, what depth, what speed, what color, what scent, what lure action, what dodger, and about fifty other things.  As soon as we had the boat on the water and I turned on my New Garmin GPSMAP 1040XS (thank you Garmin!), which had the lake mapped out, I started to feel right at home.  I wanted to attack this lake like I would a kokanee Derby, so I headed for the north side of the Island which is the deepest part of the lake, got my gear in the water and started kokanee fishing.  We had a great evening of fishing which included us losing a ton of fish because we were trying to film them jumping out of the water and keeping them on the line way longer than I would normally.  I will tell you there is a natural bottle neck in the lake on the North East end, which when I saw it on my Garmin Unit we got a triple.  We ended the day with 9 in the boat and around 16 back into the lake, but I was super impressed with the size of these kokanee.  16 X 4 ½ X 2 ½ = a super big kokanee and I started to realize why Bill and Duane wanted to change locations for the show.

photo 4

 Sunday morning came super fast, we started fishing at about 6 AM and both boats limited out by 11 AM.  Cody had shot all the footage including underwater with the Go Pro and aerial shots with his drone, this will be a super exciting and educational show.  What I learned about the lake is even though I never got a “HOT” bite is seemed Pink was the hot color with an Arrow Flash dodger… a must.  We used  Pro-Cure Kokanee Killer Korn Magic, Garlic Slam-ola, water soluble Garlic Fish Oil Plus and a dash of water soluble Bloody Tuna in the mix of corn catching most of the fish for me and my crew.

 photo 1

Bill had a couple of secret spots to fish down by the VA hospital, of course he didn’t share those until we were done and off the lake.   My boat spent most of the time fishing the edges and keeping my boat in about 90’ of water.  We spent the morning fishing in about 30’ of water as the sun came up we dropped our gear to about 50’ and started catching more fish that had some good size to them.  We used a 25’ set back both days.  Even though pink was the hot lure color, they did not want pink corn.  I always bring colored corn based on the lake tendency, but they did not want it this time.  All the fish we caught were 15” – 16” and over 2 LBS. 

photo 4

photo 2

The show is scheduled to air on June 13th 2014 on Comcast Sportsnet for more information please visit www.dayoneoutdoors.com

Also make sure you tune into NorthWest Wild country on Saturday Mornings 6 AM – 8 AM or check out the replay on the NW Wild Country OnDemand Podcast.

Also thanks for all the support that I’ve received from Cody Herman,  my fans, friends, sponsors, and my wife Debbie without all of you, none of this would be possible lot’s of new stuff coming from KokaneeKidFishing.com this year so make sure you check back soon, and often.

photo 5

 

Fish On Jeremy Jahn

Posted in American Lake, Fishing Reports | Comments Off on American Lake – May 17th & 18th

Odell Lake 08/31/13 – 09/02/13 Late Season Action!!!

Looking for some late season kokanee action?  Then look no further than Odell Lake.   Odell Lake is located on hwy 58 in central Oregon and because of its extremely high elevation and extremely cold water tempature the kokanee take a long time to progress into the spawn.  Plus this year the fish are really nice sized and next year’s fish are really nice sized which means if you are looking for some kokanee fishing in October Odell lake will be a good place to fish.  My wife and daughter had great time fishing over the Labor day weekend with some absolutely fantastic fishing. 

Brittany White working a kokanee into the boat!!!

I wanted to take it easy this weekend so we all slept in and didn’t start fishing until around 8:00am and didn’t stay on the lake very long and still ended up bringing home 130 kokanee in three days of fishing.  Orange was the hot color with my Mysis Bug, and Orange Twisted Hoochie really taking most of our fish. 

Day One haul!!!  Showing off my Lamiglas Rod with Abu Garcia Revo STX – 50/50 Arrow Flash Dodger with a Orange Twisted Hoochie..

These are new lures for the KokaneeKid website that I will be selling for the 2014 kokanee season, and they have both been extremely effective at most of the lakes I have fished this year.  Ok here you go most of the fish are running 50 to 70 in the water column and they wanted a faster troll 1.3mph – 1.6mph with a short setback on the downriggers 20 feet on my bottom rods and 15 feet on my top rods.  Also when I saw I was going through a big mess of fish a quick 30 degree turn seemed to produce a lot of action on my rods.  I used Gold & 50/50 Arrow Flash dodgers on this trip, the 24k Gold Arrow Flash dodger will be for sale during the 2014 kokanee season I’ve been testing them out all season and they are working GREAT!!!..  

  Brittany and my Wife Debbie with another 50 kokanee on Day 2

I spent most of my time on the east end of the lake and I was trolling North to South instead of West to East like most of the boats on the lake.  This will put more reflection on your gear from the sun and the fish aren’t used to seeing gear running that direction in the lake.  “TRY IT OUT!!!!” 

Our goal was 25 kokanee on our last day, but by the time we did a fish count we had 27 in the cooler so we caught 30 in 2 hours of fishing… Orange Mysis Bug was killing them I had all four rods running them and couldn’t keep them in the water… Crazy Day of fishing..

This is what 260 boneless kokanee fillets looks like – What a haul!!! If your in the market for a new Vacuum Sealer check out http://www.qualitymatters.com/Vacuum-Sealers-s/54.htm I got a Vacmaster VP 215 and I love it.  I spend a ton of time taking care of my catch and want it to last so I picked up a Professional Sealer and it was worth every penny!!! Tell them that the KokaneeKid sent you…

Also If you are looking for a place to camp while fishing Odell Lake check out Shelter Cove Resort & Marina…  http://www.sheltercoveresort.com/  Make sure you tell them that the KokaneeKid sent you…

 If you have any question about this trip feel free to call me (503)302-5093

Fish On Jeremy Jahn

Posted in Fishing Reports, Odell Lake | Comments Off on Odell Lake 08/31/13 – 09/02/13 Late Season Action!!!