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Catch and Cook Kokanee Fishing on New Melones

Updated: May 31, 2022

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Alex and I (Austin) headed to New Melones this week to target Kokane. Alex has been to this lake once a long time ago and it was my first time ever being there. I did some research and watched some videos before we went on this trip, but I had no clue what was in store for us when we got there. I just stuck with what I know and what worked for me and it paid off.

Just like our other Kokanee trips we used Scotty electric downriggers, Okuma SST Pro kokanee rods with line counter reels to know how far my setbacks were behind the boat. Our main line was 8LB P-line. We used Double D kokanee tackle dodgers and spinners, also used J&J tackle dodgers paired with Double D spinners and Paulina peak flutter bugs and spinners as well tipped with Pautzke fire corn. Kept my trolling speed around 1.5 which seemed to be the best for me.

Alex and I started trolling around 6:30 in a general area I did some research on and started putting rods in the downriggers and we had fish on right away. It was steady action for us all morning and we had our two limits by 8:30 in the morning. I was not expecting to have a day as we did but as you'll see in the video we had an amazing day. We kept our tactics simple and did what we knew how to do and just fished and it worked out for us. It's amazing seeing new lakes and traveling. All the gear we use in the video you can find at Sweeney's Sports in Napa.

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