After many years, Kokanee Salmon return to Fish Lake! Last month the Division of Wildlife Resources planted over 200,000 young Kokanee Salmon in Fish Lake. These fish have been absent in this lake for many years and anglers are excited for their return. Kokanee Salmon are the only Salmon found in Utah. They are a land locked Pacific Sockeye Salmon. They are an elusive fish and generally difficult to catch but beautiful and delicious to eat.
Kokanee Salmon are silver in color but as spawning season approaches their bodies turn orange and the males develop a hook jaw.
Fishing for Kokanee Salmon can be good all year but improves as fall approaches. You fish for Kakanee much like you would for trout. Still fishing, jigging and trolling are all common ways to fish for Kokanee. Still fishers can use worms, flies and other traditional bait. Jigging with traditional jigs can be effective if you can locate the fish. Most anglers troll for Kokanees using dodger blades ahead of brightly colored spoons or spinners that have lots of silver, red, or orange in their finish.
Over the next several years, Fish Lake will certainly become a fun Kokanee Salmon fishery as these fish grow.
Fishing at Red Fleet Reservoir has not been the same since Walleye were illegally introduced in the lake several years ago. The predatory nature of these fish changed the whole ecological system of the reservoir.
Bering this year, the DWR will enlist their plan to return the reservoir back to its former glory. Several species of fish, including sterile Walleye, will be introduced into the reservoir over the next several years. Biologists hope that the new mix of fish, including several sterile spices will help them balance the ecosystem and help them maintain a unique and healthy fishery.
In addition to sterile Walleye, the DWR plans to introduce sterile Tiger Trout as well which will help balance the ecosystem of the reservoir and are a very popular game fish.
Colorado River Cutthroat Trout, Yellow Perch, Black Crappie Mountain Whitefish, the Fathead Minnow and the Bonytail Chub will also be included in the future of Red Fleet Reservoir, many of which are native to the area.
This plan will take several years to complete. It is hoped that over time this plan will allow anglers more fishing opportunities at this beautiful reservoir and will help return Red Fleet Reservoir to the great fishery it once was.
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We Fish Utah Staff