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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 8, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Triploid trout, steelhead and lake trout top the list on east side fishing activities

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

What’s hot is still fishing for triploid rainbows on Rufus Woods. On Lake Chelan the monument continues to be consistently productive for eating sized Lakers. There continues to be more triploids than steelhead caught below Chief Joe dam.

There are plenty of two to four pound triploids to be caught in the lower end of Rufus Woods Reservoir. We did not get a trolling bite to kick in, but once anchored up; we were able to catch fish casting flies and slip sinkering bait. Find places from Brandt’s landing and down where you are seeing plenty of activity on the surface and work those fish. Pautzke’s Fire Bait is a good choice for slip sinkering. Try casting a Mack’s Lures “Smile Blade Fly” to get those fish on artificials. A hand twist retrieve worked best.

Lakers continue to bite on Lake Chelan. For numbers of eating sized fish, the area by the Monument can’t be beat for those that aren’t faint of heart. Try Worden Lure’s F7 Flatfish in there. Try for bigger fish, albeit a slower bite up at the Yacht Club. For this area, troll T4 purple glow Flatfish at 1.5 mph within 10 feet of the bottom. Silver Horde’s Ace Flies in Splatterback glow colors baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow will work too.

Your fishing tip of the week is to try Silver Horde’s Sam’s Pro Releases here on Chelan. This entry in the set tension downrigger release market is a winner. It is simple, compact and easy to use. It allows you to get very tight between your rod tip and downrigger ball without false releases.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to apply a different clock in your head when you are fishing with little kids. Normally, I require a minimum of 3 hours on the water for every hour of travel time for me to feel it’s worthwhile. My granddaughter asked to go fishing, for a couple of hours. It’s difficult for an old man to be flexible, but I’d sure like to cultivate her as a fishing partner. So off we went. Forty minutes here, forty minutes there and back on the trailer in two hours. Five little fish and she is as happy as a clam. She didn’t get bored to tears. She wants to go again!

Your safety tip of the week is to really have a “stay awake” plan for that return drive on these fall fishing trips. Nothing brings out the “z” monster like fishing all day in brisk late fall weather and getting in a nice warm truck for the drive home. Make it a priority to keep that driver awake and alert. Make stops and walk around or switch drivers when it starts to happen.

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

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