Like many of you I attended the NW Sportsman’s show in Portland a few weeks back which only served to whet my appetite for my favorite sport. No folks it isn’t Springer fishing even though that is a highlight of my year. The fish of choice for me is KOKANEE! Every spring, I end up spending long hours out in the shop, going through the boat, getting everything in order for the upcoming season. Reels are lubed, line is changed, old leaders are discarded and replaced with new. My boat is washed vacuumed and rewashed. The motors are tuned and the tranny oil is changed. I even changed out the oil in my TR-1 autopilot. One of the most common questions that I am asked is when I start pursuing kokanee.
To be quite honest, that all depends on my workload and my withdrawal symptoms. One of the keys as to how bad my withdrawal is just happens to be my wife. My season usually starts with my wife telling me that if I don’t get out and get my kokanee fix, she is either going to murder me or divorce me and take my boat with her… Needless to say, that is when I make my first trip to the lake! My first trip has in the past normally taken place in late January or early February. Living here in the Willamette valley; I am afforded the opportunity to fish much earlier than when I was living on the East side, waiting for ice out. Granted, when I do get to the lake this early in the year, the water is down a major amount and requires a check to see if there is enough water on the ramp to launch. That info if you are wondering is available on my home website under the appropriate lake map page: http://nwoutdoorwriter.com. One of the things which has been a great investment for these early trips is my propane heater. I have spent many days out on the lake in relative comfort when the weather was less than ideal by simply putting up the top and firing up the heater. Some days I get so busy catching fish I forget to even turn it on.
My dog usually reminds me that it needs to be done be standing in front of the heater and barking until I get the clue. The fish may not be overly large, but that is not the only reason for fishing! There is nothing like trolling across the lake in the early morning, drinking a cup of coffee waiting for the tell-tale bobbing of the rod tip. Even if the fishing is slow, the fish are still small or any other excuses that you may have used in the past, there is nothing more relaxing than spending the day unwinding from our stressful life enjoying God’s creation trolling slowly across the lake. Kind of puts the whole time continuum thing in a whole new light! I hope to see you out there!