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Wednesday, December 27, 2023
By Dave Graybill
One of my best sources of information for what’s happening on Lake Roosevelt is Kevin Witte, who lives in Kettle Falls. In the winter he chases kokanee and rainbow all the way down to Grand Coulee Dam. We did a video on the rainbow fishing out of Spring Canyon a couple of years ago and caught a bunch of nice rainbow. Kevin said that fishing for rainbow that are averaging 17 or 18 inches is even better this year. Keller is where he is launching right now, as the lake level hasn’t been dropped at all. He is trolling Kokabow blades and with either orange or pink hookies at about 1.2 to 1.4 mph. Flicker Shads in the size 5 or 7 are also working well. He has heard of some kokanee being caught, but not in great numbers. The kokanee fishing will really get rolling when the lake level is being lowered and the daphnia that the kokanee feed on are drawn down into the lower end of the big reservoir. Remember trout anglers, only clipped rainbow can be kept. All trout with an adipose fin must be released. They are native red band rainbow, and are protected.