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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

May 29, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Lake Chelan lake trout action still tops, but kokanee bite improving

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

What continues hot is pounding piles of eating size lake trout on Lake Chelan between Minneapolis Beach and the trench. Also hot is hitting big Lakers on the sunken ridge we call Mack Bar, just out from the Mill Bay boat launch. Heating up is kokanee fishing on Lake Chelan for some quality kokanee. Finally hot, is Channel Catfishing on little Roses Lake.

We play “whack a pile” by using our GPS to mark the piles of Lakers then trolling through them playing connect the dots. These fish are concentrating on ledges and slopes from 110 feet all the way down to 245 feet deep. Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies in glow colors work best. Bait them with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow. The sunken ridge just out from the Mill Bay boat launch that we call Mack Bar has been producing some nice quality fish early in the morning. Worden Lures, T4 Flatfish in either Purple Glow or Luminous Chartreuse work better here.

Kokanee, here on Lake Chelan are averaging a robust 14 inches. Catching them has been tough. Bobby Loomis of Mack’s Lures reports that starting to troll 45 to 80 feet early in the AM then fading to over 100 feet later is the ticket. Mack’s Lures mini-cha cha’s in hot pink and orange with Mack’s Double D dodger baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn was the ticket there.

Finally, anglers in the know have been hitting some channel catfish up to 20 pounds in Roses Lake lately. Fishing cut bait off the weed lines is the ticket there. Given the small size of the lake, I do not expect this to hold up long.

As I write this weekly report on Memorial Day, I’ll dispense with the normal format to remember some of the war dead from my youth. I was fortunate to have served in the 2nd Ranger Battalion during the peacetime years of ’76 to ’80. During that time I had the opportunity to serve with some “super stars” who died in action. I want to remember two. First, Terry Gilden was the finest young leader I have ever seen. He died in one of the first salvos of the war on terror in the Beirut Embassy bombing of 1983. His family and this country have been deprived of his many talents ever since. Second, Randy Shughart died in Somalia in the action made famous by the movie, Blackhawk Down. His partner and he were posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for the actions. Appreciate their sacrifice.

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

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