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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 12, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Lake Chelan decent for lake trout and other Eastern Washington fishing areas picking up steam

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Here is the latest report from Anton Jones with Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service at Lake Chelan.

What’s still hot is trolling Mack Bar early in the morning and late in the evening. Also hot is trolling the trench for lakers and the odd landlocked chinook.

On the mainstem of the Upper Columbia try drifting Mack’s Lures Rock Dancer bucktail jigs in purple and black under slip bobbers baited with purple shrimp for steelhead. Pautzke’s Fire Cure is a great method to cure those shrimp and eggs for your fall and winter steelhead fishing.

In the Methow River drift glo bugs under strike indicators or swing woolly buggers for steelhead.

Rufus is still tough as the surface temp is hovering in the mid 60’s. Hopefully, this cooler weather will chill the water and turn the triploids on. For now, some fish are being caught at the net pens.

Those T-4 Purple Glow flatfish on the downriggers and purple glow Rushin’ Salmon Wobblers by Critter Gitter on your outrigger rods continue to work well for those early and late fish on Lake Chelan’s Mack Bar. Size down to little F-7 flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse off the downriggers in the trench and continue to hammer away with purple glow Rushin’ Salmon wobblers with 16 ounce snap weights off the outrigger rods during the middle of the day.

The fishing tip of the week is a simple one. Slip bobbers are a great way to present bait or a jig for steelhead on the Columbia or triploid rainbows on Rufus. You want to make sure that you have the correct amount of weight on. You want to add split shot above your jig or bait until all of the float is submerged except the bright top end. This way the float is still visible to you, but it is able to be pulled down by a fish with very little resistance. That will allow the fish to hang on long enough for you to set the hook.

(Photo courtesy of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service in Manson)

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