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Epic Day At Ririe
I took my father in law and nephew to chase Kokanee today. We where the first people in the gate at Black Tail at 6:00 am, after launching we ran to my favorite spot where the lake turns north past the power lines going towards Juniper. We caught 6 there in the first hour, the largest of the day 18” and the smallest 5” then the bite died and we went searching, we ran back to the power lines and didn’t mark any fish so on a hunch I ran towards the Juniper boat ramp where we came across a giant school of fish, where we started hammering the kokes at 70’ going 1.1 mph on pink RMT sling blades and pink hoochies with and without blades tipped with corn soaked in garlic and anise. Final count for the day, 44 Kokanee, we could have caught more but we had to go to a family reunion and we where nearly limited out.
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Re: [obifishkenobi] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Wow, glad I am the first to be able to post after that catch. OMG, what a load. Haven't seen that in a very long time. You just opened the flood gates to every person that owns a boat. Katie bar the door. And with the forecast for cooler weather this week, that should really bring people out and coat the water. Again, what a great catch, I guess the Kokes are still there.
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Great report and pic, after all the poor reports this year from Ririe, it's good to finally read a good one, thanks for sharing with us. That is a long drive up to Ririe from here, how many hours did it take you to make it up there?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
My in laws live in Idaho Falls, I fish Ririe several times a year, we attended a family reunion at the day use area at Black Tail yesterday. Going the speed limit Ririe is less than 3 hours from Ogden. If anybody is interested in harvesting some of the kokes while they are still edible you can send me a pm and I would be willing to give you the exact location of the school I was hammering.
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Re: [obifishkenobi] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
3 hours isn't bad. How far is Ririe from Idaho Falls?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
The Black Tail launch At Ririe is 10 miles east of Idaho Falls and the Juniper Launch is 22 miles east of town they are at opposite ends of the reservoir. It takes 2 hours 15 minutes to travel from my house in Roy to Idaho Falls.
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Re: [obifishkenobi] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Really, for some reason I thought it was farther East. I guess the area around the
Black Tail launch hasn't been fishing as well?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Black Tail is the shallower end of the lake most Kokanee fishermen fish towards the north or Juniper end of the lake and until this last winter the Black Tail end of the lake was closed to fishing and access in the winter because elk and dear use that area for winter range. I’ve been reading the same post as you and other boards my take is that with fewer fish in this year class they have been more scattered making it harder to catch but they are fat and larger this year. But now that they are getting towards the spawn they are schooling up near where they where planted at the Juniper launch ramp because there are no suitable spawning areas at Ririe so they will probably swim around the ramp area until they die.
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That is the best I've ever seen the fish at Ririe look by the second week of August. Usually they would have turned in a lot greater numbers by now. I wonder if it's because of lack of competition of sheer numbers of Kokes vs. other years?
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Re: [obifishkenobi] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Well that's too bad about them having no place to spawn and it's kind of surprising they would even stock them in a lake with no suitable spawning areas. My guess is the lake is deep enough on the Juniper for them to do well but how shallow is the Black Tail end of the lake?


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
The Juniper end is around150' and the Blacktail end is Around 50'. It is strictly a put and take fishery for the kokanee, that is why I'm not worried about hot spotting the school I found over the weekend, the more that get harvested the better.
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Re: [obifishkenobi] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Went out Monday with a friend and found a large group south of the Juniper dock. We ended up with 15 nice heavy fish. Sorry we didn't take a picture. We caught one red koke and just returned it to the water. The kokes are definitely schooling. Pink hoochies were the ticket.
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All I can say is WOW!!! What an awesome day for you! Agree with MMDon... Have not seen a haul like that this late in the season! Thanks for sharing!!!
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Re: [obifishkenobi] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Wow, that is a big difference in depth.


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
wiperhunter2 wrote:
Wow, that is a big difference in depth.

Over 5 miles difference.
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Re: [MMDon] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Hey Don, I know you fish a lot, have you ever caught any kokes on the Blacktail end of the lake? I know I've caught kokes in less than 50 ft of water, so it seems to me in the Spring or early Summer they might be on that end of the lake but I don't have any first hand experience on Ririe.


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(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Aug 14, 2019, 7:28 AM)
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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Quite a few years we follow the ice melt up the canyon and fish for Kokes next to the sheet ice. When the water is cold for most of the spring we run our lines on the DR at 5' and 95' back. The fish will be all the way up to the boat ramp on the upper end. Most people fish the dam end because there is a lot less debris in the water but the fish will be along the entire lake.
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That makes sense, thanks for the info Don.


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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
We have caught slot of Kokes on the Blacktail end of the lake.
Suspicious
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We have caught alot just north of Meadow Creek.

The dam is good as they go back to where they were released attempting to spawn. That is why Blacktail is as they release a bunch there .

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Re: [VNCowboy] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Thanks for the info, good to hear other are catching them on the Blacktail end of the lake. Is it earlier in the Summer or Spring when you catching them there?


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We catch them all year in the willow Creek and and the bay on Blacktail. We troll into willow Creek and make a circle there and out the big bay and back to willow Creek.


Running the downriggrs at at 14 to 25"feet

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Re: [VNCowboy] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Wow, that's amazing. I've never been able to catch the kokes that shallow in the Summer when the water temps get around 70 degrees, they always seem to be deeper than 25 ft, good to know others are able to catching at that depth. Thanks for the info.


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You have put on when catch them. I lost a few by putting them in the livewell as it basically it par boiled them. When I cleaned they turned to mush.

We catch trolling pop gear and anchored a and throwing ours into the bank and retrieving the lure jus off the bottom and poed them into striking the lure.

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Re: [VNCowboy] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
OK, good to know. I never put kokes in my live well, I always put them on ice in my cooler as soon as I get them in the boat. I use to put them on ice too and after losing a few fish, from them being too mushy, I gave that up and went to the ice, I haven't lost one since.


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(This post was edited by wiperhunter2 on Aug 29, 2019, 6:42 AM)
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Re: [wiperhunter2] Epic Day At Ririe In reply to
Caught 15 on Tuesday with the largest at 16 inches. Been using ice chest since the water temp hit 65. Fish stay nice and firm and are easier to clean. Six of the fifteen were hook-jawed but no red color, males of the northern stock batch. As the Fish & Game said they are spawning a month later, at least it appears that way.

Great day on the water and still big schools around the Juniper area. 70 to 75 fow with dark pink billed hoochie. Slow troll around 0.8-1.2 mph worked the best.
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