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Old 08-19-2016, 09:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone. My wife daughter and I started fishing this year as a way to do a family activity that doesn't involve tv to bring us closer. Turns out it's really really been great. My girl would really like to catch a Kokanee and her dad is horribly seasick, I can hardly look at a boat, let alone be on one. We generally fish with fly on bobber (spinning setup) or crank baits. Is there a river location or lake shore and time of year that you would particularly recommend that's a bit more kid friendly for Kokanee? We are in Denver but are happy to make a trip out of it to just about anywhere in the state. 2-3 hours is a happier drive.

Also, do spawning Kokanee taste any different than non spawning? We prefer to eat anything we catch.
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Spawning Kokanee truly taste terrible. I'd wait until after spawn if you plan on eating them.
If you love eating what you catch I'd definitely spend some time learning the South Platte that runs through Denver. The running water is like a natural filter and the fish taste so much better.

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Wolford dam or boat ramp in october.
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Spawning Kokanee truly taste terrible. I'd wait until after spawn if you plan on eating them.
They are DEAD after they spawn----
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They are DEAD after then spawn----
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If you love eating what you catch I'd definitely spend some time learning the South Platte that runs through Denver. The running water is like a natural filter and the fish taste so much better.
To date I've avoided eating/catching much of anything that runs through Denver. All of the oil, fertilizer and other nasties go right into the water which is less of a filter and more of a collector. I try to catch waterways before they hit a major metro area. Mostly we catch the
Lil rainbows in small mountain lakes or Wyoming and they are absolutely delicious. Have a pair of Browns from granby going in the smoker today. Did get one delicious walleye from chatfield.

I've not had much success finding a good river place for spin casting, also haven't put much effort into looking.

Thanks for all the info so far! Love to hear others opinions on eat or don't eat spawning Kokanee.
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spawning kokes are great in a smoker, the snake river inlet of Dillon is a good bet in the fall. also a tiny red and white daredevil slow behind a bubble is good for trout and kokes
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To date I've avoided eating/catching much of anything that runs through Denver. All of the oil, fertilizer and other nasties go right into the water which is less of a filter and more of a collector.
He knows that... after all the high hopes of dallas not joining the little dick clique on the forum that gets their jollies by chasing off new posters, I am begininng to think he is a lost cause.
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He knows that... after all the high hopes of dallas not joining the little dick clique on the forum that gets their jollies by chasing off new posters, I am begininng to think he is a lost cause.
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Didn't know it was frowned upon to razz the new guy... literally "Thenewguy76"

If he can't read into the joking nature of recommending eating out of the DSP he isn't going to last long on here.

The site's archives and current threads are loaded with useful info.

Thenewguy76 I definitely recommend utilizing the search function. You should get some good ideas on where to go from there and then you could be more specific in your thread question and will get more specific answers and help you find some koke.

Good luck!
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