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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

March 12, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Lake Chelan still producing lake trout, and Roses Lake ice finally melting

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

What continues hot is trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for Lakers. Roses Lake is finally clearing it’s rotten ice portion of the year.

On Chelan, continue to fish the deep water in the lower basin of Lake Chelan for nice numbers of average size fish. Our “go to” lure in the Basin continues to be 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. Drag these lures in 200 to 220 feet of water at speeds of 1.2 to 1.6 mph within five feet of the bottom for best success.

If you want to try a combination of extreme trolling for scads of little fish work over by the monument. This is for the advanced troller with anglers on board that are after numbers of small fish. Slow down to 1 to 1.2 mph. Use Worden Lures Flatfish in the F7 size. I prefer Luminous Chartreuse in this location. There are loads of fish, but the bottom is treacherous with rapidly changing depths and random rock spires that will devour gear.

We did not get out on Rufus again during this reporting period.

Roses Lake is finally shedding its ice. Still fishers are already working the public access area from shore for rainbow trout and perch. Soon, boaters will get into the act too.

Your fishing and kids tip of the week is to gear up for Roses Lake. This is a great place to fish with kids in the early spring. You can fish from shore and have an impromptu picnic or take a boat out for some fast action. From shore, slip sinker rigs with 3/8’s of an ounce of weight and 30″ leader to a small treble hook baited with Pautzke’s Fire Bait should get you in the rainbow trout. For perch, start out with worms and move to perch eyes after you catch one. If the ice fishers experience is any indicator, it should be a great perch jerkin’ year. From a boat, we love trolling shallow presentations for loads of fast action. Our favorites are Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders baited with a piece of Fire Corn or a #4 black wooly bugger with an Action Disk from WiggleFin.com in front of it.

Your safety tip of the week is a repeat to remember that Lake Chelan is in its low water time of the year. As the lake level drops towards 1084.5 you have to be cautious at Mill Bay so you don’t bang the bottom with your prop in certain situations. If you want the Manson Bay launch opened, call the Manson Parks and Recreation Department to open it for you.

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

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