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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 31, 2009 at 11:28 AM

Lake Chelan producing some nice chinook salmon

Quang Burns with a vertical 13 pound Chinook.jpg

The Lake Chelan chinook fishery continues to produce some nice fish in the trench area of the lake as reported by Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service in Manson.

“Early in the morning, we have trolled T-4 Purple Glow flatfish off the downriggers and the new Purple Glow Rushin’ Salmon Wobblers off the outriggers,” Jones said in an e-mail. “Later in the morning, from about 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. is when we have really done well fishing the trench off Rocky Point for lakers with little F-7 flatfish in luminous chartreuse off the downriggers and those Rushin’ Salmon Wobblers in purple glow color off the outriggers. Those Wobblers have produced a number of our larger Mackinaw and most of our chinook.”

The Lake Chelan land-locked summer chinook salmon fishing will continue because there are sufficient numbers of stocked sterile, triploid chinook.

Art Viola, a state Fish and Wildlife biologist reminds anglers there is no fishing allowed within 400 feet of the mouths of all Lake Chelan tributaries, minimum size is 15 inches, and the daily catch limit is one salmon.

“[State Fish and Wildlife] is trying to maintain the abundance of chinook in Lake Chelan at a level that minimizes predation on kokanee and cutthroat trout but still provides fish for harvest,” Viola said.

The fishery will also help control the numbers of some naturally reproducing diploid chinook.

In the picture is Quang Burns of Portland, Oregon with a 13 pound Lake Chelan chinook. Burns was fishing with his 10 year old son Quenton.

Photo taken by Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service.

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