Big Kokanee Kalamalk Lake

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fishing Forum' started by FishDoc, Jun 15, 2020.

  1. FishDoc

    FishDoc Well-Known Member

    Kalamalka Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes on earth and resides in the Okanagan area of British Columbia. It is known to most people for it's spectacular coloration in the summer months, and excellent weather for plenty of swim suit days on the boat. Less know it for it's excellent quality of fishing. Now don't get me wrong it is not necessarily the easiest place to go and catch fish in the area but it definitely has some of the biggest fish in the area. For one the Kokanee that spawn in the stream grow the epic proportions. While the shore spawning kokanee numbers are much higher they do not impress most fishermen. Spring time is a great time to get out as the fish are closer to the surface and there isn't much boat traffic out. Trolling will get you on the fish and your chances at a giant world record size kokanee are always a possibity. So without any further hesitation check out the video and see some beauty kokanee first on Kalamalka Lake and I explain how we catch them. Then we head over to Wood lake before loading up the boat and also catch a few nice fish. The size difference is no comparison though. I hope you enjoy this video!
     
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  2. WoollyBugger

    WoollyBugger New Member

    Nice work. Was actually heading out to Kal tomorrow for first time. See if I can’t catch a couple big Kokanee.
     
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  3. donnie d

    donnie d Active Member

    make sure to launch at Kal...the canal is not navigable due to the high water under the bridge (what i was told) I always send off from Kekuli. Kokes have been awesome this year. Great fun with the kids and nice size!
     
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  4. WoollyBugger

    WoollyBugger New Member

    Was able to squeeze under the bridge. Caught a couple on Kal before moving back to Wood for a few more, but the Kal kokes weren't giants. Next time!
     
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  5. FishDoc

    FishDoc Well-Known Member

    Yeah you can get under the bridge. There is room unless you have a tower or a high roof. Otherwise should fit under. We went back and forth under the bridge.
     
  6. FishDoc

    FishDoc Well-Known Member

    Too bad. It takes time to find the bigger fish. Changing depths and locations till you catch one. Usually once you catch one you're in business.
     
  7. donnie d

    donnie d Active Member

    yup. Was out Sunday morning and other than having a fish on that didn’t stick it was a skunker for me. They move around a lot following the food and changing water temps, not always where ya last found em! Hopefully I can beat the wake crowd for another day or two before going to the island with the boat.
     
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  8. FishDoc

    FishDoc Well-Known Member

    Yeah they sure do move around a lot. I've trolled many miles out there on that lake. I find as summer goes on and temps rise they tighten up on the thermocline like around 45 to 60 feet and in a smaller area of the lake. Makes them easier to find. Earlier in the season they really can be anywhere from surface down to 100 feet probably. I was just out on the island and had a great time.
     
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  9. WoollyBugger

    WoollyBugger New Member

    Exactly. Things should be getting pretty good about now and into August. Fun when they are stacked, bit tougher when they are scattered and the surface temps are still in the 50-60 range.
     
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  10. FishDoc

    FishDoc Well-Known Member

    Is that what the temps were when you were out there? Still cool surface temps. This is a wierd year. My garden here in Langley sucks. Too wet, not enough heat.
     
  11. WoollyBugger

    WoollyBugger New Member

    Kal was high 50's when I was there. Wood was pushing 62 if I remember correctly.
     
  12. donnie d

    donnie d Active Member

    Father’s Day I was getting 63 for surface temp.
     

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