Tackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee by Kent Cannon

Tackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee
By: Kent Cannon

Joel's Jigs

I was introduced to these neat jigs by Richard Kennedy otherwise known as kokonuts. I fished these through almost the entire season at lakes in both Oregon and Washington. Not only did they catch my eye the first time that I saw them, they have also caught many a fish’s eye out on the water! These are deadly for kokanee!
These are hand tied by Joel, and a few of his friends in an assortment of styles of which only a few are shown here. I have used them with great success on Green Peter, Odell, Wickiup, and Crescent in Oregon and on Shannon, Baker, Stevens and Merwin in Washington. They come in an assortment of colors and all of them have glow and UV features which just enhances the bite.

Joel's Jigs

I tied them up on fifteen pound test leader and would use up to twenty pound test so as to provide a stiff link to the dodger. I had great success running these six to eight inches behind the dodger. I fished them with a variety of dodgers and at many different speeds between one half mile per hour and 1.8 MPH. They caught fish at all the speeds tried, depending on the day and the color used. We even had a forty plus fish day at one lake using these while long lining in the spring.
You can pick these up through Cabela’s and through Joel himself and a few other outlets in Washington. He started making these as a sideline and just cannot keep enough in stock the demand is so high.
You can contact Joel at 360-690-6192

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About Kent Cannon

My passion is fishing and hunting as well as traveling throughout the Northwest and writing about those adventures. I was separated from my job a few years ago due to the still ongoing economic downturn. I had spent years working, focusing on things that really were not near and dear to my heart all the while scrambling and climbing to what I perceived as the top. I of course did not realize what I was doing, because I was caught up in the moment, focusing on what I thought was the American dream. Crashing and pushing ever forward like a Lemming headed for a cliff, oblivious the world around me. I was more than a little bitter over loosing my job; it was a good job as far as jobs go and I was making a lot of money so I could live according to the manner in which I wanted to be accustomed. In the process of trying to find another job in an unfavorable economic climate I found something that I had left behind many years ago. I found me! That is how and why I started this website, looking for myself and sharing things that I found along the way. Even though I am older now, suffering a little from arthritis and my hair is now somewhat graying I still have fire in my belly for the next adventure. The more that I seek out my next adventure, the more excited I become!
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3 Responses to Tackle Review: Joel’s Jigs for Kokanee by Kent Cannon

  1. Joel Eckhart says:

    Hey Kent, the phone number has changed and is currently 360-690-6192. My jigs are found at Cabelas and a few local stores around the Woodland, WA area. The kokanee lures are called Wiggle Butts and are not currently in Cabelas but can be found in the same local shops where my jigs are found and also directly through me. Thanks

  2. GARY PRIDDY says:

    I AM NEW AT THIS. WHAT IS A DODGER? I AM GOING TO ODELL THE FIRST WEEK IN JULY AND WOULD LIKE TO TRY OUT YOUR STUFF

    • Kent Cannon says:

      Gary, check out this page on the main site. Dodgers run from 2 1/2 all the way up to about 12 inches. Typically they are a piece of metal with a bend on one end or a bend on both ends which gives them a fluttering action as they are pulled through the water. That action is an attraction to the fish.

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