Here is the latest fishing report from Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service:
What’s hot is trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for Lakers. Also hot, is bait fishing on Roses Lake for Rainbow Trout and Perch. Rufus should continue to “perk” along for still fishers. For something a bit different, try the edges of Lake Chelan for some big rainbows.
On Chelan, fish the deep water in the lower basin of Lake Chelan for nice numbers of average size fish. You can “gamble” on catching a big fish by trolling on either side of the Narrows near the Yacht Club.
Our “go to” lure in the Basin was a Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Fly in double glow Splatterback colors baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow. Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in glow colors similarly baited also worked. Near the Narrows the same lures have worked, but our “go to” lure is a T4 Purple Glow Flatfish.
Fishing with Pautzke’s Fire Bait near the lower pens on Rufus has caught some fish. American Wildfire worked best. We continue to be able to get fish to bite jigs for some catch and release action.
Roses Lake remains frozen over with safe ice during the past reporting period. The days are getting longer and warmer so I’d be very cautious as we approach early spring.
Some anglers have been scoring nice big rainbows shore fishing on Chelan. Dunking Firebait and being patient could pay off with a three to four pound rainbow. Don’t expect fast action.
Your fishing tip of the week is to use Washington State’s two rod endorsement and the scientific process to determine your best presentation. It’s hard to know if your “favorite” is best, if that’s all you use. Run “experimental” lures against your favorite in a head to head comparison. Remember, control and variable. Try to keep track of the variables.
Your kid’s tip of the week is to use these upcoming mid-winter and spring breaks to create some fishing memories and family traditions. We developed our passion for the Lake Chelan Valley by bringing Darrell to the Lake Chelan State Park over Spring Break in the RV. The weather was manageable, there were very few other people and the Valley was beautiful as always. Involve them in the planning phase to get the maximum benefit.
Your safety tip of the week is to have a “stay awake” plan after fishing in cool or cold weather all day. After an early wake up, a drive to the lake and all day on the water in energy sapping weather, the drive home can be a struggle to stay awake.
For more information go to Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service website or 866-360-1523.
(Prato Barone of Mill Creek and Willie Kahn of Snohomish with their catch of lower basin Lake Chelan mackinaw. Photo courtesy of Darrell & Dad’s Guide Service in Manson.)