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.
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We Fish Utah Staff