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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 5, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Kokanee and lake trout fishing on tap at Lake Chelan

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

What’s hot is trolling for big Lake Trout on the Bar on Lake Chelan early in the morning. Later in the morning, the trench provides nice numbers of eating sized lakers. Kokanee on Lake Chelan are scattered and collecting more at the Narrows. We are really getting jazzed for the Upper Columbia summer salmon season.

Lake Trout continue to bite trolled Worden Lures T4 purple glow flatfish on the Bar. This bite is best before 7AM. Fish near the bottom in depths of 120′ to 160′ for best success in getting these big fish to bite. Speeds of 1.2 to 1.5 mph are most effective. Later in the morning fish Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow in the trench in depths of 175 to 245 feet deep at 1.1 to 1.4 mph.

This season’s nice sized Kokanee on Lake Chelan are getting even more difficult to locate. These fish are moving out of the lower Wapato basin now. Anglers should focus their efforts between Wapato Point and the Narrows during the first half of July. 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 in the latter part of July or first part of August. You can continue to chunk out fish in the traditional spots, but it’s not easy anymore.

WDFW is predicting that large numbers of Chinook and Sockeye will be returning to our part of the world. They aren’t arriving above Wells Dam in numbers yet, but they are coming. Keep your fingers crossed that we get a thermal barrier built up at the mouth of the Okanogan.

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember not to toss your corn into the lake when you are finished Kokanee fishing. Even though it makes a great bait on the hooks, kokanee cannot digest it or pass it. If they load up on loose corn it will kill them.

The kid’s tip of the week is to create that game within the fishing activity to make it interesting. Then stack the deck so they can’t lose. One dad kept his kid happy and engaged the whole trip by doing $1 bets on first fish, biggest fish and smallest fish. Then he let him fight all the fish! The kid was thrilled at the prospect of the $3. That’s just an example. Be creative. Remember it is supposed to be fun.

The safety tip of the week is also an additional kid’s tip. Really take your time when fitting small children with life jackets. It will be way easier to keep them in a life jacket that is their favorite color and doesn’t chafe.

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

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