Hayden Lake: There has been quite a buzz in the area lately about some great kokanee fishing on Hayden Lake.
Anglers have reported consistently catching kokanee this spring ranging from 14-16 inches, a meaty size for eating
not to mention large enough to be a thrill to catch. Anglers have been asking why the Hayden kokanee fishery has become so good of late.
Idaho Fish and Game stocked 100,000 kokanee fry into Hayden Lake for the first time in 2011. The intent? To enhance fishing opportunity at the 4,500-acre lake just north of Coeur dAlene. So far the results have been outstanding.Though the planted fish are only two years old, their growth has been impressive. The growth has resulted in those frequent reports of kokanee up to 16 inches (and still growing) this spring.
Fish and Game stocked another 100,000 in 2012, and a few of the one-year-old kokanee are showing up at 9 to 11 inches, so anglers can expect those to be providing the fishery next spring and summer.
The majority of the angling effort has shifted from open water trolling to shoreline-oriented bass, northern pike, and crappie fishing over the past 20 years, fisheries manager Jim Fredericks said.
He attributes that change to an inconsistent trout fishery over the past 20 years.