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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 12, 2012 at 10:35 AM

North central Washington heating up for lake trout and trout, and soon for sockeye and chinook

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

What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan in the trench. For a change of pace, Grimes Lake is pumping out nice numbers of Lahontan Cutthroat trout with many over 20 inches. The Sockeye and Chinook are on their way to the Upper Columbia. Kokanee have been getting a lot more difficult to catch during the last reporting period.

Lake Trout continue to bite trolled Worden Lures T4 purple glow flatfish on the Bar early in the morning, albeit inconsistently. Later in the morning look for groups of fish in the trench. Then troll Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow through them. Look for those groups on your sonar in depths of 175 to 245 feet deep. Hit one group of fish a couple of times then go find another group to entice.

Fish Grimes Lake with either Chronomids or Woolly Buggers for best success. As the surface temperature warms, you’ll have to present those flies deeper in the water column.

Our Upper Columbia Chinook and Sockeye are getting closer. They aren’t arriving above Wells Dam in numbers yet, but it is starting. Continue to keep your fingers crossed that we get a thermal barrier built up at the mouth of the Okanogan. This warmer water is needed in order to keep the Sockeye from running up the Okanogan making them available to us anglers.

Your fishing tip of the week is a reminder of the three most important points to be consistently successful in fishing Lake Chelan; maintain a 5′ to 10′ depth off the bottom of the lake, maintain a steady speed to match your lure, and use a scent that covers up human smells.

The kid’s tip of the week is to create a game with a mister or raw water wash hose by squirting small amounts of water at them. This is always fun as well as keeps them cooler during these hotter days of summer. Tuck a small spray bottle in your bag and let the kids start their own fun.

The safety tip of the week is to keep a close eye on the weather reports as well as a purposeful look at the horizon. Friends this past week were caught in a sudden storm that resulted in two damaged boats. Luckily all the people involved were okay, but rightfully frightened. It’s always best to be aware of your surroundings; boats, jet skis, people and mother nature. Remember safety is the most important part of an enjoyable day on the water.

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

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