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Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Wayne Kruse’s Pick of the Week

Lake Samish Kokanee
The kokanee bite has picked up on Lake Samish in Whatcom County, one of the better waters in the area for the increasingly popular landlocked sockeye. Kevin John at Holiday Sports in Burlington said fishing has been pretty good for a week or so, and that the only drawback is that Samish kokes tend to be on the smallish side. Still, fish averaging 10 or 11 inches — with a few up to 14 inches or so — ain’t half bad.
It’s pretty much a trolling show, John said, pulling a small dodger followed by a Wedding Ring spinner. Pinks, red and orange have been the most popular colors.
The kokanee have been holding at 30 to 40 feet, so most fishermen have been using downriggers to target the right depth, John said. Launch on the east side of the lake, then head straight out from the ramp to the middle and get your gear down.
Lake Samish has a five-fish limit on kokanee.

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