Luhr Jensen Kwikfish Xtreme
9X Xtreme Kwikfish Diving Plug
The Luhr Jensen Kwikfish Xtreme is a diving plug lure featuring bright color finishes and solid hardware. The Kwikfish Xtreme is a trolling plug that is primarily used for Trout, Salmon and Steelhead . The Kwikfish lure is a trolling plug employed by salmon and steelhead anglers using a number of trolling techniques including: Flat-lining, backbouncing or used in deep, open water with a trolling planer. The wide, wobbling action of the Kwikfish draws aggressive strikes from the largest trout, salmon and steelhead. The effectiveness of the Kwikfish is realized when retrieved both slowly or quickly in still water or current. The difference between the regular Kwikfish and the Xtreme lies in the bright paint finishes possesses by the Xtreme series - some of which offer a UV finishing process for additional attraction. We carry the 9X size of the Kwikfish Extreme which is typically used for lake trout, small steelhead and lake silver salmon or kokanee.
Fishing the Kwikfish Xtreme
Backcouncing with the Kwikfish
Backbouncing with a weight is the most productive way to fish Kwikfish in deep (even roily) salmon holes that lack the right current to fish your lure on a flat line or in combination with a Jet Diver. The technique is much like backbouncing bait, as the amount of weight you use is critical. Use too much weight and your lure won't bounce out below your boat. Not enough weight and you may not feel the weight hit the bottom or you may not be sure where the bottom is in relationship to your Kwikfish. Once you’ve selected the right size sinker, you'll want to back-bounce or walk your outfit downstream from your boat until your line is at a 45-degree angle. With your weight suspended off the bottom 6 to 12 inches, backtroll your outfit through the slot. Since the depth can change, you will need to check for bottom occasionally. Backtrolling Kwikfish is identical to backbouncing bait except that once your Kwikfish is in position, it’s important to hold your rod steady and let your Kwikfish work.
With your boat headed upstream above the area you wish to fish, row or run your motor just fast enough to hold even with the current, as though you were anchored. Work your lure downstream below your boat. When you stop letting out line, the current will cause your lure to dive and wiggle. Then allow your boat to slowly slip downstream, keeping the lure actively working in the current as you back your boat and trailing lure downstream through the holding water.
When trolling or backtrolling in water less than 10 feet deep, the standard Kwikfish can be fished without any additional weight. Simply let out 30 to 50 feet of line behind the boat and allow your lure to work in the current. Current speed and the distance your lure is behind the boat will affect how deep your Kwikfish will dive. Slow current or a short trolling distance (30 feet) produces a shallow dive, while strong current or a long trolling distance (50 feet) will produce a deeper dive. Remember, you want your lure to work close to the river bottom.
Besides trolling, plunking Kwikfish is growing in popularity. Your outfit can be rigged with dropper line for your weight should be longer, usually 18 to 30 inches. Plunking can be particularly effective for fall Chinook in the upper ends of bays or tidal areas when there is sufficient current to work stationary lures. Try plunking for spring or summer Chinook as they migrate upstream, especially where bottom structure will funnel fish into a narrow traveling zone. When water conditions are clear, the 9x size of the Kwikfish is best, and although these small sizes won't carry a sardine fillet, they can be scented with a strong fish attractant like Smelly Jelly or Pro-Cure.
Kwikfish Xtreme Specs: