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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 17, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Lake trout and steelhead are the choice catch east of the Cascades

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

What’s hot is trolling on Lake Chelan all over it’s Lower Basin for Lakers. This is a great time of the year to fish the Methow or the mainstem of the Columbia for steelhead. Check out our picture of a Black Drum from the Avon Pier on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for something different.

Fish Chelan with Worden Lures U20 Flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse or Purple Glow all over the lower basin for eating size lakers. Speeds of 1.4 mph will work best. Also try Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies with a big glow Smile Blade by Mack’s Lures. Fish the Trench, Minneapolis, the Bar or even all the way up to the Yacht Club to catch nice numbers of Lakers. What a great time to fish Chelan. Crisp mornings and pleasant afternoons make this our favorite time of the year.

This is a great time to fish the lower Methow for Steelhead either by flyfishing or jig and bobber fishing.

Your fishing tip of the week comes all the way from Avon, NC. I had the opportunity to watch the Big Black Drum guys work their magic while on vacation on the Outer Banks. A dozen guys with a ten foot stretch of pier to cast 100+ feet from. They caught drum that ranged from 40 to 55 pounds plus a number of skates, some of which went over100 pounds. This takes an incredible amount of skill and cooperation. Everyone moving their lines, coaching, using a large drop net. Everyone congratulating the angler. The big splash of releasing a monster fish. The camaraderie in fishing can be amazing! No complaining or anything negative. It’s a model for us as some of our fisheries become more and more crowded.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to remember those layers this time of year when you’re taking little ones out to fish. The mornings can be a bit winter like, but by mid-day, it can be very mild. Put them in peel-able layers to keep them happy and engaged.

Your safety tip of the week is to get ready for our first freezing weather. Don’t get caught with broken gear. Make sure things are drained and freeze protected before the weather hits. Cracked manifolds can be expensive if you have a sterndrive. The pre-cursor to all this will be frost. Watch out for that in the early mornings on the docks.

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

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