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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 7, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Lake Chelan is the place for lake trout and kokanee fishing

What’s hot is hitting big Lakers on Mack Bar early in the morning. Also hot is kokanee fishing on Lake Chelan for nice sized kokanee. Continuing hot is pounding piles of eating size lake trout on Lake Chelan between Minneapolis Beach and the trench. Finally, it is pretty hot fishing along the shoreline of Lake Chelan now for a pot pourri of species.

Big fish are concentrating on Mack Bar. Worden Lures, T4 Flatfish in either Purple Glow or Luminous Chartreuse work best here.

Kokanee here on Lake Chelan are on the bite now and AVERAGING a robust 14 inches. Troll at 1 to 1.4 mph at depths of 45 to 80 feet early in the morning then fade to over 100 feet deep later in the day. 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. Mack’s Lures Wedding Rings with Flash Lites in front have also been effective when baited with Natural colored Fire Corn.

We are still finding nice piles of lakers concentrated on ledges and slopes from 110 feet all the way down to 245 feet deep between Minneapolis and Rocky Point. Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in glow colors work best. Bait them with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.

Finally, working the dock areas and shoreline of Lake Chelan can provide a multi-species bonanza this time of the year. We have been catching Rainbow Trout and Smallmouth Bass throwing Worden Lures Roostertails and retrieving them slowly. We have also caught Rainbow Trout baitfishing from shore using Pautzke’s Firebait in the American Wildfire flavor. We are also beginning to catch Northern Pikeminnow using cut bait and a hook. Finally, some anglers were reporting catching suckers from 2 to 5 pounds from the shoreline around Wapato Point on worms. There’s more, get here and find your fishin’ niche.

Your fishing tip of the week is to make the time NOW. This is the big fish time of the year for Lakers on Chelan. See the picture of our big fish caught on the 3rd of June. This is absolute prime time for Lahontan Cutthroat on both Omak and Grimes Lake. This is the peak time for catching the biggest kokanee I’ve ever seen on Chelan. Triploids on the Upper Columbia. The best ever Sockeye run getting ready to commence.

The kids tip of the week is to get them out now. This will be the time for making memories.

The safety tip of the week is to get ready for the woody debris here on Lake Chelan. As the lake finishes filling, it will get dense and eat props.

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