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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Sockeye in Upper Columbia, and big lake trout biting in Lake Chelan

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

What’s hot is the Sockeye fishing in the Brewster Pool. What continues to produce big fish is trolling for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan near Mill Bay early in the morning and late in the evening. For those that are looking for a bit of dock action to keep the kids interested we have been getting nice numbers of Northern Pikeminnows in Mill Bay.

The Salmon Season in the Brewster Pool is in full swing. The early morning bite can be particularly hot. Again, the 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.

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. We have been catching some nice Northern Pikeminnows from the docks in at Mill Bay. For best effect we use Lake Trout livers on slip sinker rigs while we are prepping for and breaking down after Lake Trout trips.

Your fishing tip of the week is an oldie but a goodie. Sharpen those hooks. They should be sticky sharp.

The kid’s tip of the week is to have them wear something that they can get wet in this mid-summer heat. Evaporation will help keep them cool and lead to many fun games.

The safety tip of the week is to signal your intentions well ahead of time to allow the other party to react in that head on aspect. A general rule of thumb is both parties should veer to the right. Nobody wins in an accident!

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

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