Kokanee rigs can be as complicated as Chinese Algebra with all the flashers, wedding rings, snubbers, down riggers and… you name it. But it doesn’t have to be that way all year.
For the past two months or so (May – June) Kokanee have splashed along the surface of my favorite lake and I have trolled through the schools with flashers, wedding rings and all the usual stuff but the number one producer might surprise you.
A single (size number 1 or 0) red and white Mepps Spinner running just below the surface and relatively close with less than 50 feet of line has out performed every other lure hands down. Recently I put the spinners to the test again with a flashy dodger set up with a red and gold spinner along with two plain red and white Mepps – both Mepps produced kokanee and the “kokanee rig” failed to produce any fish.
I’m not going to throw away all the flashers, dodgers and wedding rings just yet because they do produce and at different times of the season variety is necessary for success.
But I will keep things simple until they stop filling my freezer with kokanee.