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Don Pedro kokanee action keeps getting better

By DAVE HURLEY/WON Staff Writer Published: Aug 09, 2018

MOCCASIN — Kokanee action continues to improve on a weekly basis at Don Pedro, and experienced trollers are finding limits of both kokanee and rainbow trout.

WON Field Reporter Andre Fontenot of San Francisco has been on the lake three times in the past week, and he said,I’m starting to like this lake, as this was my third time there this week. It is hard not to like when you come away with limits of kokanee and rainbow trout over the previous two trips. On my last trip, I kept a five-fish limit of kokanee from the 12 landed along with releasing 7 rainbow trout, keeping three rainbows. I fished the Graveyard and just north of there at depths from 40 to 60 feet with a variety of pink or purple hoochies or Shasta Tackle’s pink/purple Humdingers. The kokanee have averaged from 14 to 15 inches up to a high of 16 inches with the rainbows to 22 inches.

It’s nice to find a lake with decent-sized kokanee without having to travel up to Whiskeytown or Stampede. On my last trip, I moved out into the coves.”

Monte Smith of Gold Country Sport Fishing confirmed the solid bite, saying, “It has been pretty much the same deal with 15 kokanee and 10 rainbow trout on my last trip with clients. I have been running solely kokanee gear of pink or orange micro-hoochies behind a Shasta Tackle Sling Blade along with a few Apex lures at depths from 45- to 60-feet. I will be on the lake three times this week and will stay on Pedro until the Sacramento River salmon season heat up.”

Don Pedro dropped from 85 to 83 percent.

DON PEDRO KOKANEE were biting well for WON Field Reporter Andre Fontenot last week, when he and a fishing partner caught 5 nice kokanee and 5 nice rainbows in the Jenkins Cove and Graveyard areas on homemade pink micro spinner/hoochies, Brad’s Kokanee cut plugs and homemade J-Pex at 40 to 60 feet.

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