The Lake Stevens Kokanee Derby is this Saturday (May 18), and the fishery has started to improve with good catches in recent days.
“Overall the derby has had a little less interest, but the kokanee fishing has been pretty good, and most of the regulars are getting their limits,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “Most of the kokanee are 11 to 13 inches with an odd fish up to 16 1/2 inches.”
The fish have been caught from the surface down to 30 feet, and right now anglers have fared better using blades with white corn or maggots. Usually the preferred choice are small sized pink hootchies laced with anise scent.
Cost for the derby is $20 for those over age 15, and free for kids 14 and under.
First place is worth $1,000 sponsored by Dick Nite Spoons; second is $500 sponsored by Ted’s Sports Center; third is $250 sponsored by John’s Sporting Goods; and fourth is $100 sponsored by Triangle Bait and Tackle.
The largest trout -is worth $500 sponsored by Trout Lodge, and biggest kokanee limit is $500 sponsored by Three Rivers Marine and Tackle. Largest Kokanee caught by a gamefishin.com member is worth $100. Largest kokanee caught by active military member is $100 sponsored by gamefishin.com.
In the kids division the largest kokanee is worth $100; second is $75; and third is $50.
Tickets are available at Greg’s Custom Rods; 3 Rivers Marine and Tackle; John’s Sporting Goods; Ted’s Sports Center; Holiday Sports; and Triangle Bait and Tackle.
(Photo by Mark Harrison, Seattle Times staff photographer)