This is the secret weapon for catching kokanee. Some people like to refer to it as kokanee candy, or kokanee crack. You can catch kokanee with regular kokanee lures, but when you tip the hook on your lure with shoepeg corn you will catch more fish. When you add pink dye to the corn, and some other ingredients, your kokanee bite will be on fire! These kokanee are crazy for bright scented shoepeg corn. It drives them crazy, Kokanee love this bait. A few simple ingredients will make your shoepeg corn irresistible to kokanee. Pink Dye, a good kokanee attracting scent, you can also add some salt to the mix if you feel that the corn is not tough enough, though some of the dyes on the market have salt in the mix already.
Kokanee Bait Recipe Ingredients
•Can of Shoepeg Corn •Pink Dye •Kokanee Attracting Scent •Salt (if your dye does not have salt in it already)
Kokanee Shoepeg Corn Recipe Corn Selection
Shoepeg corn is the corn of choice for use for kokanee fishing. The kernels of regular corn are short and large, but the shoepeg corn is skinny and tougher so they stay on the hook better. Type of Corn: Canned Shoepeg Corn
Kokanee Shoepeg Corn Bait Recipe Color Dye Selection
Kokanee like bright colors. My top go to color is a brilliant fluorescent pink called Pro-Cure Wizard Kokanee Killer Korn Dye. This dye does have the salt in it to toughen up the corn so it will stay on the hook better. Other colors that work great are white, chartreuse, yellow, and red. Any color you would choose for your lure will also work for your kokanee shoepeg corn recipe. But, the bright pink works the best!
When it comes to adding scent to your corn, any kokanee specific scents will work. My go to scent is Mike’s Kokanee Scent, the white one. For me, that’s all that I add, however there are other scents that can add additional magic to your corn. Some examples are bloody tuna scent, anise scent, shrimp scent, garlic powder or garlic salt, and the oil or water from your can of tuna. Some people like to keep it simple and just pick a few colors of their favorite scented fish attractant, but I find that adding the dye to the mix makes the colors much brighter and attract more fish. But, the white Kokanee Scent from Mike’s works the best!
Kokanee Bait Attractant Scents:
•Mike’s Kokanee Scent (White One) •Juice from your tuna can •Bloody Tuna •Anise Scent •Garlic Powder •Garlic Salt •Shrimp
Mix Up Your Kokanee Shoepeg Corn Bait Ingredients
Now it’s time to mix it all together. If you have several colors and several flavors, mix them separately. Drain the water out of the can of corn, and put half of the plain corn in the freezer for your next trip. Take the rest of the corn and separate it out into a few ziploc bags or small tupperware, if you want to make a few different flavors or colors. Mix one color dye, and one kokanee scent, or one colored fish attractant in each bag. This is where I drop another hint to put in the White kokanee scent, and the fluorescent pink dye, because this is the main one that works for me. After you mix the corn and the ingredients that you prefer, be sure to refrigerate the corn or it will go bad. Make your corn the night before your fishing trip. If you keep it in the ice chest, it will last for several days of fishing.
Kokanee Corn Bait Mixing Tips:
•Ziploc Bag, or Tiny Tupperware works great •Mix up a few batches in separate bags or containers with different mixes of dye’s, scents, and other ingredients •Drain the juice from the can and put half of the can in a ziploc in the freezer for your next trip •Mix it up the night before your trip for the salt to strengthen the corn and for the colors and scents to soak up good into the corn •Keep cold, refrigerate overnight, and keep it in the ice chest while you are out on the water so it will last longer and not get mushy
Shopping List for Kokanee Shoepeg Corn Bait
•Buy Pre Made Shoepeg Corn Bait for Kokanee •Buy ingredients to make your own Shoepeg Corn Bait for Kokanee
Pautzke's Fire Corn for Kokanee Bait
Pautzke’s scented and pre dyed Fire Corn takes the guesswork out of home curing and saves you time and money by delivering the world’s only real fishing corn. Fire Corn comes pre-colored, pre-scented and pre-cooked to ensure it lasts years right out of the jar. It’s tantalizing colors and strong scent properties make it like candy to trout, panfish and kokanee, and comes in five fish-catching colors. Whether tipping baits when trolling for kokanee, drifting it down a stream for trout, piercing on jigs and spoons through the ice for trout or dangling under a bobber when targeting panfish, Fire Corn has an endless number of uses for multiple fish species.
Make Your Own Kokanee Shoepeg Corn Bait
1) Purchase a can of Shoepeg Corn at the grocery store 2) Buy Mike’s Lunker Lotion Kokanee Scent 3) Buy Pautzke High Octane Fire Dye Bait Dye SystemAbout The Author Mike Mendenhall is the the founder of Mendenhall Outdoors. This website is an extension of the Mendenhall family’s lifestyle and passion for the great outdoors. Everything that they learn, and experience, along the way that they find may be valuable to our website visitors is on the site for you to enjoy. We highlight products and services that you might find interesting. We frequently receive free products from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. If you click a link on this page, then go on to make a purchase, we might receive a commission – at no extra cost to you, and does not impact the purchase price of any products that you may purchase. The Best Kokanee Bait and Lure Fishing Experience Awaits!