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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 25, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Lots of fishing action east of the Cascades for lake trout, sockeye, bluegill and crappie

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

What’s hot is Sockeye Salmon fishing at the mouth of the Okanogan River at Brewster. Also hot is the early morning “big fish” bite on Lake Chelan, just below Wapato Point. For a change of pace, Wapato Lake is pumping out bull bluegill around a pound a piece.

The Sockeye are in the Upper Columbia. And boy, are there a lot of people fishing for them! Fish the edge of the old channel just above the depth you mark them on your sonar. Pull big chrome dodgers with a short heavy leader back to a big Mack’s Lures Wedding Ring baited with a piece of Pautzke Fire Cured Shrimp. You can also get some Chinook fishing Super Baits behind a rotating flasher. Fill those Super Baits with oil based tuna and dip them in Pautzke’s Krill Juice. Strap on your patience as there were 345 boats on Saturday on the Columbia at the mouth of the Okanagon.

Lake Trout continue to bite trolled Worden Lures T4 purple glow flatfish on the Bar early in the morning on the outrigger rods. By about nine or so 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.

Fish Wapato Lake near the weedline for a shot at some bull bluegill. I saw one angler with a bucket of one pound bluegill as well as some jumbo perch. A worm under a bobber will work here.

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep your set backs short when you are in that combat fishery at the mouth of the Okanogan. Twenty feet back is plenty. More setback will lead to tangles with other anglers. Yes, that does have a double meaning.

The kid’s tip of the week is to bring their favorite snack and drink along. It will help to keep them happy and hydrated. This summer weather can parch them otherwise.

The safety tip of the week is to really keep a sharp lookout when running now. You’ve got to have your head on a swivel. Otherwise, you could find yourself swerving into the path of a passing boat when you are trying to miss one of the many pieces of floating woody debris out there.

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

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