By Chris Henderson
One of the things I like about the Wavewalk is the ability to load it up and go. No fuss, no trailer just can’t be beat.
I had an afternoon birthday party to go to but rather than watch football I decided to hit American Lake for a couple of hours in the morning and try for some Kokanee (landlocked sockeye salmon). They are starting to change into fall spawning form and are basically as big as they are going to get.
Got there by 8:45 and in the water by 9. Couldn’t seem to find the fish, thought maybe something was wrong with my depth finder. But it was working I just wasn’t where they were.
Finally found some that were interested. 58 feet of water with the downrigger at 24′. Picked up these two and lost one that I had only briefly. The buck (17.5 inches) put up the best fight I have ever experienced with a Kokanee. 4+ reel screaming runs. It was awesome. The hen (15.5 inches) was a jumper. Got them around 11am, and had to hit the road by 12:45. Quick but fun!
The Northwest downriggin configuration we created allowed me to fish two poles trolling one deep and one shallow. Net is easy to get to and with the fish finder and the ease of paddling means I can troll with the best of them. Great way to rig your boat.
Enjoying the Wavewalk!