We were super excited about coming to the lake this weekend. We knew with all the warm weather throughout the week that the water temperature was going to start to rise and the kokanee would start to school up. Water temperature went up 7 degrees by this weekend, which caused two things to happen, there is lots of feed and the kokanee have dropped in the water column.
Saturday we took Tim and Victor out for a day of fishing and filming. Tim is putting together a show about Odell Lake and Shelter Cove Resort. He had a film crew out in a pontoon boat following us around and filming us. Even though film crews have a tendency to slow the fishing and catching down, we ended up boating 40 really nice kokanee. We fished almost the entire lake, but the majority of the fish were by Princess Creek. We were using Pink Mysis Bugs with Silver blades and a proto type lure that will be released next year. We caught fish 20 – 85 feet in the water column, but the best production was at 40 – 60 feet with a slow troll of 1.1 – 1.2 mph.
Sunday, we took Mark and Dana out on the lake. This was a birthday present from Dana to Mark. Mark shared an item on his bucket list, which was to catch a Mackinaw, we helped him fulfill his bucket list and I think he had a memorable birthday! We started fishing at 6:00 AM by Princess Creek.
Fishing was off the hook. Mark got a Mackinaw on, after fighting and landing his Mack, we decided to take a break at 9:30, with 42 kokanee already in the cooler. The Mysis Bugs were the hot ticket and we were catching them on Pink and Orange with Gold and silver. After a 45-minute break, we ended the day at noon with 65 kokanee and some great memories for our crew and us.
Fish are gaining weight every week because of the abundant food source in the lake. I am expecting some really nice size fish by July. If you are looking for a lake to fish in Oregon, Odell Lake is your ticket.
For reservation at Shelter Cove Resort & Marina on Odell Lake, call (541)433-2548
Fish On Jeremy Jahn AKA Kokaneekid