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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 21, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Rufus Woods very good for triploid trout, and Lake Chelan giving up lake trout

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

What’s hot is fishing for triploid rainbows up by the net pens on Rufus Woods Reservoir. Also hot is fishing for little lakers by the Monument on Lake Chelan. Finally, hot is throwing spinners for recently stocked rainbows on Lake Chelan.

On Rufus, troll flies with action disks by wigglefin, spinners or plugs. You can also cast Worden’s Super Roostertails for some great action. Fishing eggs cured with Pautzke’s Borx O’ Fire or simply Pautzke’s Fire Bait on a slip sinker rig up by the pens can get you some pigs.

On Lake Chelan, try the early mornings up at the Narrows for some quality fish. However, the hottest thing on Chelan has been to fish around the monument for scads of small lakers. At the Narrows, the best combo has been to put a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade in glow colors in front of a Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Fly. Tie them up with a two hook rig. Number two 00’s are about right. Bait the front hook with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow. Around the Monument, fish Worden Lures F7 Flatfish at 1 to 1.2 mph. If you can keep from hanging up, you should generate seven to ten fish per hour although they are mostly 13 to 20 inchers.

It is also a great time to cast one eighth ounce Worden’s Roostertails for little recently stocked rainbows in the lower basin of Lake Chelan.

Your fishing tip of the week is to start curing bait for Steelhead on the Upper Columbia and for winter triploid fishing on Rufus. Cure your skeins of eggs with Pautzke’s Bor X O’ Fire. Cure your shrimp with Pautzke’s Fire Cure. Get ready for the “bobber down” season!

Your kid’s tip of the week is to use questions to direct those teens in early rebellion. Instead of telling them what to do, ask them how they should handle a situation or dilemma. You’d be amazed at the amount of good judgment hiding in there if you can just tease it out of them without triggering the reflexive rebellion or sarcasm. Like most people, they “own” a solution more if they believe it is their idea.

Your safety tip of the week is to use a spotter when handling trailered boats, RV’s and other larger less familiar vehicles, especially when you are maneuvering in a tight or unfamiliar situation. Take your time, use a spotter to watch your blind spots and you would be amazed at what tight places you can stick that trailer into. It becomes especially important when you are putting things away for winter storage! Indian Summer is coming!

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



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