The Fish Sniffer - Oct. 8, 2012 Landlocked Kings Get Lockjaw, River Salmon On Bite
Oct. 8, 2012 Landlocked Kings Get Lockjaw, River Salmon On Bite

Written By: Dan Bacher, October 8, 2012
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Location: Trinity Lake, Trinity River, Whiskeytown Reservoir,

(Trinity Center) Fishing for rainbow trout, kokanee and landlocked king salmon is tough at Trinity Lake, but Whiskeytown Reservoir is yielding solid kokanee action.

“My last trip to Trinity on Thursday, September 27 produced one 3 lb. rainbow, but no kings,” reported Mike Elster, fishing guide. “That fish hit an anchovy at 60 feet deep in the Stewarts Fork.”  

On a solo adventure that week, he caught and released two limits of 4 to 7 inch kokanee while fishing Apex Lures and Wiggle Hoochies at 80 to 120 feet deep. 

A previous fishing adventure to the reservoir produced one 6 lb. 7 oz. king salmon on a “skunk” Apex at 80 feet deep. “The fish’s belly was empty,” Elster noted.

A trip to Whiskeytown Reservoir on September 28 yielded very good kokanee action.  “The two anglers fishing with me bagged limits of kokanee in the 13 to 15 inch range,” he stated. “We also released 10 fish that were developing their kypes (hook jaws).”

They enticed the fish with Apex lures and pink hoochies behind Sling Blades at 40 to 60 feet deep.

Salmon fishing is good in the Trinity River. “The best area is from the North Fork to Del Loma,” said Tim Brady at Trinity Outdoors in Weaverville.  

“The fish average 8 to 12 pounds,” he noted. “Bank anglers are catching the fish mostly on roe, while the boaters are getting fish on Kwikfish with sardine wrappers. A few steelhead are also starting to show.”

Trinity Lake is holding 1,810,386 acre-feet of water, 74 percent of capacity and 106 percent of average. Releases to the Trinity River below Lewiston Dam are  2,047 cfs. 

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