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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 30, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Lake Chelan still giving up some lake trout

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

What’s hot is trolling on Lake Chelan’s Mack Bar for Lake Trout early in the morning. Later in the day fish the South Shore or up at the Yacht Club. If all else fails you can pound little fish on the face of Manson Bay. The Bar is slowing down, but it is great early in the morning. Later in the mornings the South Shore has been good. We did some prospecting up by the Yacht Club with pretty good success. A couple of mornings were iffy so we pounded out good numbers of little Lakers along the face of Manson Bay. I have heard the Columbia River has been starting to kick out decent King numbers, but we have been too busy on Chelan to do much about it. I anticipate getting up there after Labor Day.

On Lake Chelan, fish Worden Lures T4 Purple Glow Flatfish off the downriggers. Off the outriggers present a combination of Silver Hordes Ace Hi Flies and Mack’s Lures mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.

Your fishing tip of the week is to sharpen hooks to be more effective. Handling your hooks with pliers and banging them into rocks on the bottom can dull them or even “turn” a point. This can result in missed or lost fish. Take a few minutes with little fine file to sharpen those hooks to catch more fish.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to build the confidence and competence of those kids as they get older. I see all too often, parents stepping in and “rescuing” a 14 year old kid that is struggling with a bigger fish or a slightly more difficult task. I know you don’t want them to fail, but you’ve got to let them work through some adversity to build confidence and competence. We had an eleven year old that handled a 20 pound fish on a heavy outrigger rod. It was difficult for him, but you could see him mature a bit more in that moment.

Your safety tip of the week is sharpen your knives regularly to be safer. I had the pleasure (not!) of using another fisherman’s knife to filet some fish a while back. I’d forgotten what a hassle it is trying to push a dull knife through the ribs of a fillet. You are much more likely to cut or puncture your hand or other body parts with a dull knife. There are any number of ways to sharpen knives. We touch up ours daily on a Cabela’s electric sharpener to keep a hair shaving edge on our knives. This allows us to cruise through a lot of fish with a minimum of mishaps. One of those Kevlar gloves on your fish holding hand can be a band aid saver too.

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

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