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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 27, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Lake trout still on the bite in Lake Chelan, but kokanee are scattered

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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 for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan near Mill Bay early in the morning and late in the evening. Kokanee are available in the lower basin of Lake Chelan but are scattered and collecting more at the Narrows.

Lake Trout continue to bite trolled flatfish in the lower basin. Big fish are showing up with enough regularity to keep things exciting. Use Worden Lures T4 or U20 Flatfish in either Luminous Chartreuse or Purple Glow near the bottom in depths of 120′ to 160′ for best success in getting these big fish to bite. This is working best between 5AM and 10AM as well as from 4 PM until dusk.

This season’s nice sized Kokanee on Lake Chelan are getting more difficult to locate. These fish are moving in big schools all over the lower basin now. Anglers have been catching them off of Rocky Point and around Wapato Point, but it has been very inconsistent during the reporting period. I expect them to be concentrated in the Narrows by the 4th of July getting ready to begin their uplake migration to the Stehekin River and its tributaries. Putting Pautzke’s Fire Corn in either Natural or Yellow onto the hooks of Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidders has been effective for us. Using Mack’s Lures Double D Dodgers in front of a 22″ leader completes the formula.

This would be the time to begin preparation for the Summer Salmon season in the Brewster pool. A supply of rotating flashers with Super Baits and oil based tuna to stuff in them is a beginning for the Chinook. For the expected run of Sockeye, cure some shrimp with Pautzke’s Fire Cure and lay up some 0 chrome and chrome scale dodgers as well as Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidders. Now everybody, keep your fingers and toes crossed that we get a thermal barrier built up at the mouth of the Okanogan.

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to keep those setbacks short in the Brewster Pool. That’s the best way to keep you from tangling with others in that dense fishery.

The kid’s tip of the week is to anticipate when they are done and time the end of the fishing trip to just before that. It will be more enjoyable for everyone.

The safety tip of the week is to use extra caution for floating debris. As Lake Chelan gets its last foot of water, loads of woody debris enters the lake.

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones with Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service. Pictured is six year-old Catherine Acerbi with her 10.3 pounds Lake Chelan mackinaw.)

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