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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 1, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Plenty of fishing choices on tap east of the Cascades

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. Sockeye continue to be available in the Brewster Pool, albeit up one day and down the next.

Lake Trout continue to bite trolled flatfish in the lower basin. Big fish continue to show 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. We fish them close to the bottom off 100 feet behind one pound balls, while working squid rigs off the downriggers with a 40 foot setback. This is working best between 5AM and 10AM as well as from 6 PM until dusk. Later in the morning and the middle of the day we hit piles of smaller fish down in the trench or over by the monument. Troll Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders or Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies in depths of 185 to 245 feet deep in these areas.

The Salmon Season in the Brewster Pool is in full swing. For us, it has been good one day and not so good on another. A suggested formula for Sockeye would be a big Mack’s Lures Double D Dodger. Then add a 12″ leader of 30 or 40 pound test mono back to a Mack’s Mini Cha Cha Squidder in Pink & White. Space the hooks about 2 inches apart. Then bait the hooks with one inch chunks of shrimp cured in Pautzke’s Fire Cure. Fish this ensemble about 15 down to start.

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. I would recommend no more than 20′ back off the downrigger ball. Strap on a big load of patience and enjoy this delightful if somewhat crowded fishery.

The kid’s tip of the week is to be flexible with what your kid’s needs to get them to the next step of angling. Some kids need just some encouragement. Others need a couple of fingers support to keep the rod tip from pointing at the fish. Other, usually younger children need the rod well supported while they use both hands on the reel. Other still younger kids will turn the handle some and leave the rest to you, but, it’s still their fish! It’s part of the art of mentoring that future fishing partner.

The safety tip of the week is to really take a deep breath and exercise patience when docking and trailering your boat now on Lake Chelan. Don’t get hurt from fatigue.

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

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