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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 15, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Triploid trout biting at Rufus Woods, and lakers lurking in Lake Chelan

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

What’s still hot is bait fishing for Triploid Rainbows on Rufus Woods. On Lake Chelan bigger fish are becoming more available as they transition out of the spawn. There continues to be more triploids than steelhead caught on the Columbia River below Chief Joe Dam.

This is getting to be prime time for catching Triploid Rainbow Trout on Rufus.

As the water temperature descends through the fifties, the bite should only get better. You can run to the pens and slip sinker Pautzke’s Fire Bait or find places from Brandt’s landing and down where you are seeing plenty of activity on the surface and work those fish. If there is plenty of current when you are fishing bait with a slip sinker try adding a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade in front of your bait as an added attractor.

Try casting a quarter ounce Worden Lures Black Roostertail or, if you are fly angler, a Mack’s Lures “Smile Blade Fly” to get those fish on artificials. A slower irregular retrieve worked best.

Lakers continue to bite on Lake Chelan. Work the trench or the Yacht Club for some bigger fish. As usual, your best bet is trolling Worden’s Flatfish or Silver Horde’s Ace-Hi Fly within 10 feet of the bottom for best success.

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep in mind that current flow and weed length should dictate your leader length when you are bait fishing at Rufus. The more current pushing your bait down and the higher the weed growth, the longer you need to make your leader to keep that bait where it will tempt a fish. Five or even six feet long is not out of the ordinary.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to make sure their winter clothes are comfortable for those cold winter outings. Winter wear that they have outgrown will make for an unhappy trip.

Your safety tip of the week is to get your chains, shovel and sand ready for winter boat launching at Rufus.

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. Pictured is James Cato of Selah with a 9.2-pound Rufus Woods triploid trout.)

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