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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 13, 2011 at 7:23 PM

Lake Chelan still very good for lake trout

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

What continues red hot is trolling for big Lake Trout on the Lake Chelan “Bar” early in the morning. We are still trolling for those Mackinaw in depths of 120 to 150 feet on the Bar just out from the Mill Bay boat launch.

The uplake half of that piece of structure has been absolutely loaded with quality fish the past few weeks. I thought the previous reporting period was the absolute peak for numbers and big fish, but we have continued to have banner days.

We have had consistent success pulling T4 and U20 flatfish in Purple Glow at 1.2 to 1.5 mph. Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in glow colors with a purple blade also worked fine.

Additionally Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Fly in glow colors baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow also worked great.

Although early and late in the day are best, we have continued to catch nice numbers of fish throughout the day.

Fishing a chunk of laker entrails from the dock can be an entertaining way to catch Northern Pikeminnow that you in turn can use to catch lakers. The great circle of life at work.

The dam counts for our Upper Columbia reservoirs are finally showing that some numbers of chinook salmon are finally getting here.

Your fishing tip of the week is to prepare spare fishing rigs at home instead of waiting until you are on the water. Your fishing time is so precious, it’s a shame to waste it bobbing around retying. Have spare leaders prettied.

Rig spare rod and reel set ups so when you lose line or terminal gear you can get right back in action. That will make it a fishing trip instead of a long slow boat ride.

Your kids tip of the week is to employ those kids to keep them involved, engaged and out of trouble. You’ve got to trust them to handle gear. You can have them serve water. I have them use their young eyes as lookouts for woody debris here on Chelan. Use your imagination. It’s a very productive management tool.

Your safety tips of the week are to remember to stay hydrated and watch out for that woody debris. With the lake level having finally achieved full pool, there are some big busting logs out there to you’re your day. Summer in Chelan! Another day in paradise!

For more information go to the Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service website.

(Photo courtesy of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. Pictured is Andrew Lumpe of Seattle Pacific University with the big fish of the year so far, a 22 pounder.)

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