Stampede Kokanee

June 6th 2016 The Stampede Kokanee bite has busted wide open!!!!

Today started off slow as we were on the lookout for schools.  Marking a few Stampede Kokanee here and there and catching a few we continued to search in all our usual areas.  Was getting disappointed because I had 5 clients on board and after 2 hours searching, we only had a couple Kokanee.  Lost a few too.  Started searching in some other areas and found a massive 300 yard long school.  Ran through the school for 2 hours back and forth only catching a few.  The rule is you don’t leave fish to go find fish so we stuck it out.  Then around 10am, it was like the dinner bell rang.  Doubles, triples, even a quad hookup.  By 1pm, we caught 20 quality Kokanee to almost 16″.  Most of them being in the 13-14″ range but fat like footballs.  After 5  clients caught their limits and knowing that I was gonna be filleting fish for a while, we decided not to go for my limit.  All the usual baits were not working very well which was very odd, but I was given a tip from another angler from a previous trip to try Vance’s Sockeye Slammer of which I have never used at Stampede.  For all those that believe guides know everything, for todays trip, I learned a thing or two.  A big thanks to Richie Hight for the hot tip.  Although his location to find em was wrong! lol  It sure did pay off.  With all the information I give out, it sure is nice to get something in return.

Top presentations were Rocky Mountain Tackle 4.25″ dodgers trailing a small Dick Nite spoon with ProCure Garlic scented white shoepeg corn.

Trolling speed was 1.2 gps speed

Depth was 30′ to bouncing the bottom in 50′ of water or less

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Folsom Kings


Spent half a day on another clients boat as he hired me to teach him several techniques and a little on his Lowrance unit.  We tried many techniques, most of them unsuccessful today.  What worked for us today was a 3″ Berkley Gulp minnow behind a large ProTroll flasher.  Trolling speed was 1.5 mph on the GPS down 40′ in less than 80′ of water.  We were risking the shallower water with Shark cannonballs.  There are bait balls all over the lake, mainly down 60-80′.  What I was searching for were bait balls a bit shallower and we found a couple in the flats next to the dam.  They were down about 20′.  We tried them at 4 different depths and only the 40 footer caught one.  What was not big numbers, a fat 22″ King made up for.  This lake is unusually slow for this time of year but after talking to the biologist for this lake, I understand.  Due to the drought and warm water, the American River hatchery was forced to close last year so they did not have the fish to stock the lake this year.  A plant was made last week but it was smaller than normal and fish size was well below normal.  This being a State Park lake, they do not purchase fish from private hatcheries.  The biologist believes the plant of sub catchable Eagle Lake Rainbows and sub catchable Kings is still on schedule.  We’ll hope that happens.  To book a trip with Capt. Fishin James with Tight Lines Guide Service, click on the link  or call 888-975-0990