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Name: tquindt Date: July 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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We finally had a break through after three days of fishing. All of a sudden the Kokes started hitting on worms, eggs, and corn. Unfortunately so did a medium sized Northern Pike. We ended up with three Kokes, but lost at least that many. Keep trolling along the shore from the campground to the cabin with the brown roof past the snag. They are about 110-200' down.
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Name: tquindt Date: July 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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We finally landed a small Koke today. We were using red wedding rings with corn and eggs. One of the locals we talked to caught 13 using red gulp worms, corn, and garlic scent. He was using 6 oz of weight and going down 50' trolling in front of the cabin with the green roof.
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Name: tquindt Date: July 14, 2014 Rating:
 
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We put in around 1000 and were using wedding rings, worms, rooster tails, etc. Nothing seemed to work, but we both had hits on our flashers that cut the cable in two. Another guy caught two Kokes and a large trout using similar gear. He said he was using eggs and powerbait maggots and was getting hits on both.
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Name: Yakivegas Date: July 28, 2013 Rating:
 
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Launched with my buddy Chris from Cle Elum,about 9:30am.No sooner get out on the lake and the wind starts to pick up.Went straight out in front of the launch and started trolling for some kokes.First fish of the dayof course had to be a friggin pikeminnow.As the wind picked up we moved to the upper part of the lake where the wind was more bearable.We picked up a few kokes(8-11 inches)1 -16 inch cut and a couple more pikeminnows which became bird fodder as they are such a problem in this lake.I don't think I've ever fished here without catching at least one.Don't forget your sunscreen as I did.Caught a nice burn too
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Name: freerock Date: July 22, 2013 Rating:
 
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I just fished Kachess for 3 days this last week. The Northern Pikeminnows were dominated the game all around the campground area of the lake. I pulled in probably a dozen of these guys each day I fished, ranging between 8" to about 14". The shallows were chuck full of planted trout/kokanee fry that these fish were no doubt feasting on.

Mostly trolled with Rooster Tails and Dick Night spoons. Also able to catch a few from shore right at the boat launch using balls of fire salmon eggs.

WDFW better start paying attention to these guys, otherwise all their hard work to plant this lake is going to be lost. Just my 2 cents...
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Name: oneshot Date: July 28, 2012 Rating:
 
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Packed up the boat and family and headed to Lake Kachess for a camping, hiking and fishing weekend.. having never caught a Kokanee or put much effort into it yet, that was going to be my main target.. when we woke up friday morning the lake was pretty breezy already by 8am so we opted for a hike up to Baker lake which is a very small lake up in the hills of the Gold Creek area below the microwave tower. we hiked in and i started casting a mepps and within minutes had my 1st good size brown trout on, 10 minute later another 14" beauty.. both released in water and set back for another day.. after a little bit longer we hiked back out and down to camp for lunch..

the winds died down by the afternoon so the boy and I set out to go find where the kokanee were hiding.. we launched the boat and started to head south. about 1/4 mile from the boat launch I was spotting schools of fish around 120 to 160ft deep.. so i setup a long lining setup with 5oz banana weight, dick nite dodger, and wedding ring with some shoepeg corn (all techniques learned on youtube) fish were around 130ft so i gave the line about 120 to 150 12" pulls and trolled varying speeds, fwd, neutral, fwd, zig zags.. etc... not a nibble. I switched up wedding ring colors and nothing again after another hour or so.. So we headed back in, still smiling cuz we made a fun little boat ride out of it on the glassy afternoon water.
we got back, ate dinner, and then walked to the beach where my son fished with a worm and bopper and caught a few of the small, tiny small 5 to 6" shakers.. super stoked and happy both the boys got fish for the day we went back, had a campfire, played geetars and sang songs and eventually went to bed a little tipsy.. :)

Saturday morning I woke up early around 6am, by 7am i was on the water solo, it was nice and glassy and i charged back south to where i spotted fish the day prior.. i started out by trolling a wedding ring setup, then switched to a krokodile spoon, and even a squid type hoochie (all techniques i saw on youtube). i did this for about 3 hours, solo, until i called it quits on Kokanee (for now)

so i went to the beach got the wife to bring some lunch over and picked her and the kid up and headed up to the north end of the lake.. once up at the far north end we anchored up after spotting some fish on the finder closer to shore in 30 to 10ft water.. must be some smaller trout i'm thinking.. this mission was about getting the wife and son into some fish and they wanted a worm and bopper (my son caught a few real small shakers on that setup a couple nights before from shore).. So worm and bopper it was.. after only a little while my wifes bopper on a reel in, sinks fast and deep! whammo! fish on! she's freaking out, i have to get her to calm down a little and concentrate on landing the fish. after a couple nice runs on her light gear and some aerials i got the fish in the net and it was 'high fives'.. she just started fishing this summer with me and hasn't caught a fish yet.. and this was a legit fish! so we snapped a couple picks and fished a little while longer until the wind started picking up again.. so we headed back, the crossing from the north end point by the campground to the boat launch was a wet one, but we laughed the whole time.

so, not a ton of fish caught but each person in my family caught something and that's worth writing a report to me.. :)
the campgrounds were nice to camp in and the boat launch was right next to our camp. there was a group of Owls every night that would start out with a hoot hott here and a hoot hoot there, after awhile and on into the wee hours of night they were making the craziest sounds i have ever heard a bird up locse make.. they sounded more like crazy monkeys on the prowl.. but they were owls.. sometimes with in feet from our tent.. the ranger when asked said "they are hunting" really? and they have to make all that ruckus? haha. it was interesting to say the least.

we dropped the boat in Kachellus on the way home yesterday just to cruise around and hang out some more on the water before heading home and to complete the 3 lakes in the central cascade string.. Cle Elum, Kachess & Kachellus - all marked off the check list... not a lot of fish on the finder on the north end..

pics..

-alpine lake - baker lake, trout
-the wife with her 1st trout/fish of the summer and i think ever...
-fish finding
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Name: ArrowNaughtic Date: August 20, 2011 Rating:
 
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Spent the weekend on the lake and didn't see much action. First time in 30 years I have not taken at least one limit if not limited the boat. We were using Jack Lloyd flahers with a wedding ring. A small piece of worm and tipped with white shoepeg corn (which has always been a producer) showed slow results. Fishing anywhere from 10ft to 30 ft we only caught a few small kokes and did end up with one 15 inch cutthroat. No chance to set Burbot lines as the trot line gear was forgotten at home.
I am unsure of why the fishing was so slow but the fishfinder was showing the water to be littered with schools of kokes and yet no action seen.
Still a fun weekend with lots of time for playing in the water pulling the tube and playing on the wakeboard. Next time will take up on of the RC Float planes and get in a little play with those also.
Funny things is........... The Lake is still at full capacity and they have not released any water but have lowered Lake Kacheelus a bunch. This is different than what I have seen in the past. Ususlly by the end of August Kachees is down a fair amount and boat camping spots open up which makes for some great shore fishing for us.
Will try again in a couple of weeks ( I have a season pass for parking at the boat ramp at the kachees campground so will need to get at least 3 more trips in to make it pay for itself.
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Name: Yakivegas Date: August 07, 2011 Rating:
 
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Took a friend from work to Kachess for some Koke action.We trolled various colors of wedding ring harnesses tipped with gulp maggots.Caught several fish but they were pretty small.So back in the lake they went.Switched over to leadcore and rip n minnows and kicked the speed up to around 2.2 mph. Caught and released one beautiful hook nosed westslope cutthroat about 16 inches and lost another before the sun set,then called it a day.
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Name: Yakivegas Date: July 06, 2010 Rating:
 
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Had to make a trip to E-burg today so I took the boat and headed up to Kachess afterwards.I decided on Kachess because it usually is the least windy of all the lakes in that area.The fish werent real cooperative today.Must have been all the weather changes in the past few days.I did find one good sized school of Koks right smack in the middle of the lake just down a couple of hundred yards from the boat launch.I went back and forth through them for about an hour picking off several off a downrigger at about 15-25 ft down.They were about 9-10 inches in size and put up a pretty good fight when using smiley blade attractors off a downrigger.I moved on down south toward the dam later on to try to find some bigger fish but never even had a bump after I left that school of fish.Alot of big fish down deep I assume they are Mackinaw.
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Name: Good To Go Date: August 02, 2009 Rating:
 
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Lady and I hit Kachess around 9am for a couple of hours. Had 12 hook ups in that time, landed 7. There small, all consistantly small. We were down rigging at about 40 - 45' in water that was over 100' deep (at the north end of the lake). She was using a single hook green wedding ring with red powerbait; I was using a red double hook wedding ring with red corn. Pretty much split the hook ups, so doesn't seem to make much difference.

Saw some larger fish hanging around 150', but didn't have enough line on my light rod to get down there. Next time.
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