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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 6, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Eastside fishing expert points to Brewster for salmon, and Methow for early steelhead

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

What’s hot is fishing the tail end of the salmon season above Brewster. Also hot is fishing the Methow for early season steelhead. Lake Chelan continues to provide great fishing for Lakers in the lower basin.

Fish Super Baits and Plug Cut Super Baits behind big rotating flashers for Salmon until Oct. 15. The fish are getting uglier, but they are big and pull hard. An extra bonus is their meat is still good.

On the Methow, fly fishing is king, but jig and bobber guys can do well too. If you’re fly fishing, drift a glo bug under a strike indicator. If you’re a “swinger” throw big woolly buggers and leeches. Jig and bobber guys can choose between Mack’s Lures Glo-Getter jigs or Worden Lures Maxi Jigs. Try the brightest colors you can get. Fish the same jig and slip bobber combos in the mainstem of the Columbia, but bait them with a chunk of shrimp cured with Pautzke’s Fire Cure. Remember wild steelhead release rules are in effect. Pinch those barbs.

Continue to troll Chelan with Worden Lures Flatfish and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies. Front those Ace Hi’s with a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade or an Action Disk by wiggle fin.

Your fishing tip of the week is to try the NorthCentral Washington trifecta. Or the slam. Or if you don’t mind driving a bit, the quintella! Catch shinook and steelhead below Chief Joseph dam, then go above for a Rufus triploid for the trifecta. Loop up to Omak Lake for a Lahontan cutthroat for the slams! If you’re completely nuts, start at Chelan, get a laker then loop up and get the other species for a quintella.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to go to a bit of trouble and arrange some individual time with each of your kids or grandkids. With my dad working two jobs for most of my childhood and having three other siblings it must have been hard for him. But he found a way to spend some individual time with me. Some of my great life lessons were absorbed during that time. In this era, it’s easy to miss that because of how busy we are combined with the frenetic pace of our lives. Simply a lunch or even an ice cream cone can provide that time. Of course, fishing is perfect to have an activity that allows the time for conversation.

Your safety tip of the week is to watch those weather reports as the weather chills. Getting hammered with waves when it’s 90 degrees outside isn’t too bad. Getting soaked when it’s 50 with the wind blowing can be darned uncomfortable and possibly dangerous.

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

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