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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 29, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Troll Lake Chelan for lake trout and chinook


What’s hot is trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for Lake Trout. A landlocked Chinook is a beautiful and tasty bonus. Fishing for Triploid Rainbow Trout on Rufus Woods Reservoir should continue to be great. Roses Lake will get it’s annual ice fishing plant this week.

The Mackinaw on Lake Chelan have put on the feedbag. The fish are scattered throughout the lower basin. Do not be disappointed if you don’t see loads of fish on your depthfinder. They are traveling from outside the sonar to attack lures now. Try Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in green and glow colors. Worden Lures U20 Flatfish in purple glow are also very effective. Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies in glow colors with a Mack’s Lures glow Smile Blade in front have been catching some fish too.

The Chelan Falls hatchery crew delayed the Roses stocking a bit to finish feeding up those rainbows. They should be in there by Dec. 3.

This is prime time for catching Triploid Rainbow Trout on Rufus. If trolling around pump station #1 doesn’t get you fish, you can always run to the lower pens and fish bait to get these delicious fish.


Your fishing tip of the week is to study up a bit to improve your repertoire for fishing at Rufus. I have contributed to an article in Northwest Sportsman’s Magazine on Rufus as well as a bait fishing blog that is posted on Pautzke Bait’s website, and our own website. There should be something new and informative for most everyone between those two articles.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to remember to alter the duration of fishing trips to suit the kid’s temperament. This usually means being alert to end the trip at just the right time. It’s funny, you sometimes have to cut a trip short because the fishing is too slow and sometimes because the fishing is too good. It’s ironic that sometimes when you catch a bunch of fish, the kids attention span is shot almost in the same way that happens when you can’t get the fish to bite. Of course, if the weather is deteriorating, you don’t want the lasting memory of the trip being how cold and wet they got. Squeezing that last hour could lose you a long term fishing companion.

Your safety tip of the week is to add to that emergency trailer repair kit for those inevitable problems. Spare bulbs and fuses are the most important and easiest. Having a tester to locate that elusive ground short can save you from having an aneurism.

(Photos by Anton Jones with Darrell & Dad’s Guide Service in Manson. Photo is Melanie Frey of Seattle University with a mornings catch of Mackinaw trout and a chinook. She fished with her dad, Jeff Frey; her brother, Rhyce and his buddy Bryce Todd. Other photo is Bryce Todd with that lovely chinook that he brought to the net.)



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