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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

East of Cascades head to Roses Lake for trout and Lake Chelan for big lake trout


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

What’s hot is still fishing Roses Lake for over wintering Rainbow Trout. Also, continuing hot, is trolling the upper trench of Lake Chelan for nice numbers of Mackinaw. Additionally, the deep water above the Narrows has had a resurgence.

It has been good fishing for rainbows on Roses Lake. Try trolling cone head muddler minnows with an action disk up front or Mack’s Lures Smile Blade Fly for some catch and release action. Look for areas that are holding numbers of fish to drop an anchor and still fish. Pautzke’s Firebait in the American Wildfire on a slip sinker rig with a 30″ leader worked best.

On Chelan, fish the upper end of the trench by working water from 200 to 240 feet deep. Troll at speeds of 1.3 to 1.6 mph as close to the bottom as you can. Worden Lures F7 Flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse and Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite Spoons in Chartreuse double Splatterback glow worked best. Out in the deep water above the Narrows, Worden Lures T4 Purple Glow Flatfish and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders were the most productive Lures.

Your fishing tip of the week is slow down when you start making mistakes. Here on Lake Chelan, fishing a lure out of tune or a bit of a head wind turning the nose of your boat can create some crazy line angles that result in line twist or monster tangles. Instead of hurrying up and redeploying your gear after a “cut and paste” operation, slow down and examine the minute details. Things like a clogged bead, a swivel that isn’t swiveling or a turned screw eye can make your life miserable. Fix that, and your problem goes away. Hurry up, and suffer a recurrence.

The kid’s tip of the week is to make a game out of fishing to sharpen their interest. Electronic media has created a competition for outdoor activities like fishing that is hard to overcome. One thing you can do is create tangible rewards for fishing success. Remember to bring up all the other things around you, but a small tangible reward can really sharpen the interest of mercenary grade schoolers. When the Northern Pikeminnow are swarming in the shallows, I pay $.25 a fish for my bait. It keeps them invested in their success. Let the kid that catches the biggest or most fish choose the location for the going home meal. Be creative, you get the idea.

Your safety tip of the week is to check and replace worn out lifejackets and safety gear as you get back out on the water this spring.

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones. Pictured is Alexander (age 9) and Jane (6) Raffetto of Bellevue with their mornings catch of Roses lake rainbows trout.)



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