Follow us:

Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 4, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Many spring fishing activities happening in north central Washington

LakeChelanMacks2012.jpg

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

What’s hot is trolling the upper trench of Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Mackinaw. It has been fair fishing on Roses Lake for rainbows. Rufus has been producing nice triploid rainbows, but it is relatively “tough sledding.”

On Chelan, fish the upper end of the trench by working water from 185 to 215 feet deep. Troll at speeds of 1.2 to 1.5 mph as close to the bottom as you can. Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite Spoons in Chartreuse double Splatterback glow worked best. Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders were productive. Also, Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies rigged with a smile blade and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow caught fish.

On Roses Lake, trolling cone head muddler minnows with an action disk up front caught a few fish. When still fishing, Pautzke’s Firebait in the American Wildfire caught some fish.

On Rufus we caught a few fish near the lower net pens. The best fish came by jigging.

RufusWoodsTrip2012.jpg

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember “set tension” downrigger releases to keep your presentation “in the zone” when trolling on Lake Chelan. Set tension releases will stop the false releases. We prefer Sam’s Pro Releases by Silver Horde. They are simple and effective. An additional tip if you are just bringing your gear out of winter layaway is to change out the line. Memory laden / checked line will make that first trip a frustration instead of the joy it should be.

The kid’s tip of the week is to carve bigger blocks of time for outdoor pursuits during Spring Break. This is a great time to plan an all-day fishing expedition. It can start with the night time exercise to catch nightcrawlers for bait. Then, packing the lunch and snacks. Don’t forget your bird book while you are fishing. Our wetland birds are raucous with spring activity. Snacking is always a welcome respite. Maybe even a campfire if the area you are going to permits it.

Your safety tip of the week is a legal warning. Remember, your old fishing license expired at the end of March. You’ll need a new one. Also, now that spring has sprung, plan to deal with the typical short blasts of wind that accompany this time of the year. If your craft is weatherly, point your bow into it and ride it out. If it isn’t, get yourself to shore before the squall hits.

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 Vic Doperalski and John of the Lake Washington Puget Sound Anglers with their catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw from March 31, and John again with PSA contest leading triploid rainbow from Rufus Woods on March 30.)

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►