In our July issue of California Sportsman, we chatted with Rick Kennedy of Grass Valley-based Tight Lines Guide Service (888-975-0990; fishtightlines.com), who told us about some underrated kokanee fishing at Stampede Reservoir near Truckee.
Kennedy had this Stampede report from earlier today:
We had a great day on Stampede today. Ben Stern took his two sons Cole and Luke on their first fishing trip. The bite was a little slower than it has been. The best part of this trip was the fact Ben was making this a learning trip for the boys. Not just about fishing but how to respect the outdoors. They learned only to keep what they were going to eat; Ben explained the whole circle of life in the outdoors to the boys. They watched a Osprey take a fish for lunch, the Seagull’s eat the carcasses of the fileted Kokanee. We also talked about the life cycle of a Kokanee. Ben plans to bring them to one of this years egg takes. They ended up keeping seven for dinner tonight. Our fish were all caught once again on Copper Sep’s Side Kicks and Radical Glow Pink Tubes tipped with pink Pautzke Fire Corn.