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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 25, 2011 at 1:15 PM

Lake trout, triploid trout and steelhead on the fishing menu east of the Cascades

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

What’s hot is trolling on Lake Chelan up at the Yacht Club for mackinaw (lake trout). This is a great time of the year to fish Rufus Woods Reservoir for triploid rainbow trout. The Methow or the mainstem of the Columbia should also be good for steelhead.

Fish near the Yacht Club with one of three presentations for consistent success. Worden Lures U20 Flatfish in Purple Glow, Silver Horde’s 3.5 inch Kingfisher Lite spoons in Chartreuse Splatterback or Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in Glow Colors baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow. Remember to smear all those lures with Pautzke’s Krill Juice. You can actually get better numbers of fish working the South Shore all the way from Sunnybank past Minneapolis to the Pleasant Point Condos albeit smaller fish. We have also had nice success early in the morning on the Bar. Lately, it seems the Yacht Club area has produced a bit larger fish on average.

Cooler weather is closing in which means that the fishing at Rufus will be heating up. Troll the can line; troll and cast by pump station number one or cruise up to the lower pens to still fish for triploid rainbows with Pautzke’s Fire Bait.

Your fishing tip of the week is to “run and gun” this time of the year to achieve success on Chelan. With the Mackinaw in the spawn, yesterday’s fish might be non-biters, but a shift in location can put you on the fish again when you find an area where they are in a pre or post spawn feeding mood. Don’t go much over an hour without a bite before moving. There are biters out there. This is one of the few times of the year where the “suckers bet” of leaving fish to find fish makes sense.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to lighten up when you are fishing with your pre-school and grade school aged kids. The amount of fun you can have is amazing. I even do it with adults and get them to be younger. I like to find out about their favorite music, their favorite TV show and even their favorite video game. Maybe even their favorite book. What do they like about it? What gets them excited? Discuss that. Relate their interests to what you are doing there in the great out of doors. You just might kindle a life-long interest.

Your safety tip of the week is to take your time or use a spotter when you are backing that boat trailer up in tight confines. Especially watch the side that is not clearly visible in your mirror. Use that spotter or get out and look at it. It will avoid some expensive mistakes.

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

(Photo is Evan Holzknecht of Stanwood, Andrew Kerr of Lakeside, Montana, and Willy W. Weyers of Stanwood with their afternoon catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw. Photo taken by Anton Jones with Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service.)

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