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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 15, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Lake Chelan still giving up some nice Mackinaw trout

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

What’s still continuing hot is trolling on Lake Chelan’s Bar for Mackinaw. Also, hot is the morning bite on Lake Chelan’s Minneapolis Beach for nice numbers of eating sized lakers.

Salmon fishing on the Upper Columbia has been spotty but determined anglers are getting a few jacks and smaller Chinooks in the Brewster Pool.

On Lake Chelan’s “Bar”, fish Worden Lures T4 Purple Glow Flatfish at 1.3 to 1.7 mph for your best shot at a wall hanging Mackinaw.

For numbers present a combination of Silver Hordes Ace Hi Flies and Mack’s Lures mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow affixed to the front hook of a tandem hook array.

Fish these combos at 1.2 to 1.4 miles per hour. The fish have been concentrated in water from 135 to 155 feet deep. Worden Lures U20 flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse should be exchanged for those T4 purple glows when fishing the Minneapolis Beach area. Move into water deeper than 180 feet when the sun is high.

For people with little kids that want to simplify things, try Roses Lake fishing under a bobber with worms or throwing a little Worden’s Roostertail for a potpourri of Bluegill, Sunfish, Perch, Crappie, little Bass and even a shot at a Big Channel Catfish.

I’ve received reports of some jack chinook and smaller chinook up to 10 pounds or so being caught in the Brewster Pool. It is still spotty at best.

Your fishing tip of the week is about fish care. Please immerse your fish in ice if you are keeping them. Dragging them in 70 degree water or in a bucket of water is a recipe for soft and yucky fish. Keep them cold and don’t overcook ’em!

Your kid’s tip of the week is to interact with the kids at their level to show ’em a good time. We have one granddaughter that is a terrific cloud formation interpreter. The little one is heavily into feeding herself and you snacks. Another 5 year old really wanted to describe the fish he saw in the bubble trail of the kicker when all I saw was … well bubbles. Lighten up.

Your safety tip of the week is three-fold. The first two are familiar nags. Remember to stay hydrated and to use sunscreen. The third is a reminder to exhibit patience at the ramp and in the congested parts of the lake as we grind through the last quarter of our busy summer season. Slow down, give way, help out and stay patient with our less experienced or slower learners out there. Nothing good can happen when we hurry up and get impatient.

For more information go to Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service website or 866-360-1523.

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