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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Lake Chelan good for lake trout

Here is the weekly fishing report from Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service in Manson:

What continues hot is trolling on Lake Chelan for numbers of eating size lakers along the face of Manson Bay. Also continuing hot is bait fishing the net pens on Rufus Woods for triploid rainbows.

Fish Lake Chelan along the face of Manson Bay with Worden’s Lures F7 flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse and Purple Glow. Look for depths between 175 and 200 feet to be productive here. The fish are really concentrated. You can troll along for 5 or 6 minutes without seeing a fish, and then just have your screen covered in fish. Really focus your stop and go to trigger those fish. Additionally, fish the indeterminate flat between the Trench and Mack Bar using Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in chartreuse splatterback glow or Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow. Stick an action disk by Wigglefin.com in front of that Ace Hi Fly to give it a tantalizing action.

Rufus Woods continued to produce nicely bait fishing near the net pens. Try rainbow colored Fire Bait by Pautzke.

We are firmly in the “thin ice” period of the year at Roses Lake. I’ll be watching it like a hawk for the next week or so. When Roses Lake opens up, some of the best rainbow trout fishing of the year will turn on. Depending on how they have “fed up” we can get nice limits of 12 to 13 inch football shaped ‘bows. Bait fishing works, but trolling flies behind action disks or pulling little Worden’s roostertails can be very exciting.

Your fishing tip of the week is to slow down when the bite slows down. As a guide, my tendency is to speed up to match the frantic feeling in my gut when the bite is slow. I have to resist that tendency and slow down to get more neutral to negative fish to bite. This can be subtle. I’ll be fishing at 1.6 mph with spoons and larger flatfish. If the bite slows, I’ll change to little flatfish and slow the presentation down to 1.2 mph.

The kid’s tip of the week is to not overstuff the footgear in cold weather. Adding multiple pairs of socks in cold weather can constrict the blood flow to the kid’s feet and allow them get cold faster. Of course, wool is the best for keeping feet warm when damp. Those chemical warmers from Costco are a great help too.

Your safety tip of the week is a simple reminder to stay off the ice on Roses now. It is just too late in the season to be uniformly safe.

Contact Anton Jones at Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service or call 877-360-1523.

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