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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 9, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Lake Chelan the place to be for big lake trout

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

What continues hot is trolling the deep water above the Narrows on Lake Chelan for big Mackinaw early in the morning. Also hot is working the shoreline of Lake Chelan for a variety of species. On Chelan, fish the deep water above the Narrows early in the morning. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse, Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies were the most productive Lures up there during the reporting period. Depths of 310 to 350 feet worked best.

Working the edges of Lake Chelan is not something that I normally do, but, it has been good lately. Smallmouth Bass, Cutthroat Trout and Rainbow Trout are all accessible casting from docks and shoreline. I even got a rare Lake Chelan Largemouth during the reporting period. Finding pieces of structure to hit while casting is the ticket here. I mostly cast Worden Lures Roostertail Spinners in black and brown to catch these fish. We caught smallies to 2 pounds, Cutthroat to 16″ and Rainbows up to 21″ during the reporting period. This is not one right after another kind of fishing, but it sure produces some nice quality fish on ultra- light gear.

Your fishing tip of the week is to gear up and get ready for our early summer Lahontan Cutthroat bonanza in our region. Grimes Lake will open to fishing on June 1st. At the same time the Omak Lake boat ramp in Mission Bay will re-open. Both of these lakes are excellent for Lahontan Cutthroat. Grimes is best fished with chronomids and Omak is a plug and spoon lake. Both of these bodies of water produce quality Lahontan Cutthroat fishing. Omak Lake has produced the State Record Lahontan of over 18 pounds.

The kid’s tip of the week is to check those growing children for life jacket fit. They grow! Take them out in a life jacket that is too small and they will fuss at you the whole time. If you let them pick the new one, they will welcome wearing it. Your choice, but keep those kids in a life jacket.

Your safety tip of the week is to use a check list when launching and retrieving your boat, at least the first few times that you use it in the spring. I watched a couple almost fill their boat full of water and stick their truck at the ramp by forgetting the transom straps. Then, while flustered they almost removed the straps on the steep part of the ramp with the front end unhooked. A near disaster!

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones. Pictured is James Yuasa and gang from the Seattle area with their mornings catch of deepwater Mackinaw trout. The two big fish were between 10.5 and 11 pounds.)

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