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Happiness is cold feet and hands and a big Koke

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This 14" kokanee, landlocked sockeye salmon, was caught at Mackay Resv. today. There is just something wonderful about standing on hard water, surrounded by 10,000 ft+ mountains catching these very tasty fish. Life is good in Idaho, all year long.

14 inch Mackay Koke.jpg

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Marc Ret

Those surroundings might convince me to try my hand at ice-fishing. Beautiful country. 

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greg jacobs

Looks like it's a little cooler there than here in central Washington. 

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dogrunner

What kinda rig did you catch it on and how deep?

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drummer's stump

A good friend of mine grew up in Mackay, he now lives up in Lenore. Kokanee sure are tasty morsels.

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SelbyLowndes

I'm a southern boy. That pic makes me cold...SelbyLowndes

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NW River Mac
18 hours ago, fishvik said:

 kokanee, landlocked sockeye salmon, 

14 inch Mackay Koke.jpg

 

That's a cool story in itself, a land locked sockeye.  

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Okhotnik

Nice koke

 

They smoke up great

 

 

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aje4

Looks like fun!

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fishvik
11 hours ago, Okhotnik said:

Nice koke

 

They smoke up great 

 

 

You bet they do.:D

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Okhotnik
11 hours ago, fishvik said:

You bet they do.:D

Using maggots, corn.?   

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martin9428

We used to catch Landlocked Salmon in RI but, they were more like 5 lbs. Also loved ice fishing but, living in Virginia now, ice fishing and ice hockey is out. On the other hand, we do have mts. close by and when it does snow, it's nice to get out and walk them

 

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fishvik
2 hours ago, Okhotnik said:

Using maggots, corn.?   

Meal worms and "fire corn"(canned nibblets dyed red)

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fishvik
2 hours ago, martin9428 said:

We used to catch Landlocked Salmon in RI but, they were more like 5 lbs. Also loved ice fishing but, living in Virginia now, ice fishing and ice hockey is out. On the other hand, we do have mts. close by and when it does snow, it's nice to get out and walk them

 

Kokes don't grow that big, but we have lots of hockey (my son is a goalie for the Helena Bighorns, junior team) and lots of mountains( usually within sight of ice fishing venues).  I grew up in southwestern CT but Idaho is home.

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fishvik
On ‎12‎/‎21‎/‎2018 at 11:48 AM, NW River Mac said:

 

That's a cool story in itself, a land locked sockeye.  

Sockeye, whether they go to the ocean or not, need a lake to brood in. This strain which is native to numerous lakes in the northwest just decides or has to stay in the lake. They probably evolved when some lakes lost their outlows that connected to the ocean. They have been introduced to a number of reservoirs and lakes throughout the west. Some have even established self sustaining spawning runs. But most of the waters in this area need to be augmented through stocking.

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