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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 13, 2011 at 3:19 PM

Lake Chelan good for lake trout, but kokanee action slowed down


Here is the latest fishing report from the Lake Chelan region by Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service:

What’s hottest is continuing to troll the Bar early in the morning for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan. Troll for Lake Trout in depths of 115 to 145 feet on the Bar before the sun gets “two hands” above the horizon on Lake Chelan.

Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in either Luminous Chartreuse or Purple Glow on the Downriggers worked great. Another Flatfish pattern to focus on big fish is the M2 in Chub. On the outriggers try big Cha Cha Squidders by Mack’s Lures, purple glow Rushin’ Salmon Wobblers by Critter Gitter or Chartreuse Splatterback Kingfisher Lite spoons by Silver Horde.

After that early morning shot on the Bar fade your troll over to the South Shore by pulling through the deep holes between there and Minneapolis Beach. We have had consistent success pulling U20 Flatfish in Purple Glow at 1.3 to 1.6 mph through there. Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies are a great alternate choice along there.

The kokanee fishing has thinned out some but can be productive if you concentrate on them. This is the time of the year that the face of Mill Bay from Rocky Point to Wapato Point is best. The hot ticket should continue to be Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidder in pink behind their Flashlites. Bait those Squidders with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in Natural or Orange. One to 1.3 mph is the best trolling speed for them, but don’t be afraid to vary that to trigger them when the bite goes cold.

For you shore anglers, this is a great time to throw little Worden Lures Roostertails or Mack’s Lures Promise Keepers for a potpourri of fish with smallmouth bass, northern pikeminnow or trout all being possibilities. Flinging them around dock complexes is the strategy.

Your fishing tip of the week is to “match the hatch” on Lake Chelan right now. Big plugs on the Bar can produce nice trophy sized Lakers early in the morning or late in the evening this time of the year. Use plugs that imitate Kokanee or Northern Pikeminnow for best effect.

The kid’s tip of the week is to make sure the little kids life jackets are comfortable to head off fussing on the boat. It can make the day a lot more enjoyable.

Your safety tip of the week is to stay focused for floating debris on Lake Chelan to save your prop and lower unit. It is really loaded in the Narrows and scattered widely elsewhere. Also, if you’re trolling out there on Lake Chelan, remember our outrigger lines here can be four to six hundred feet behind the boat.

(Picture courtesy of Anton Jones with Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. John Endresen of Kingston and Fred Berryman of Granite Bay, Calif. with their days catch of Lake Chelan mackinaw trout.)



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