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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

Lake Chelan lake trout action still going strong

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 near Mill Bay early in the morning and late in the evening. Also hot, is trolling for Lake Trout in the early evening uplake of Wapato Point.

The early morning and late evening bite below Wapato Point on Lake Chelan continues to produce some nice fish. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in either Luminous Chartreuse or Purple Glow fished 100′ back with a one pound ball taking it to the bottom has produced the majority of our bigger fish. Mack Lures Cha Cha Squidders baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow off the downriggers has produced fish too. A speed of 1.4 mph has worked best.

Fishing just above Wapato Point later in the afternoon and focusing on those Cha Cha’s has gotten good numbers of eating sized Lakers to bite. Look for depths of 165′ to 195′ to locate those fish.

This is a great time to begin gearing up in anticipation of another fall on Rufus Woods. We usually prepare for three different methods to fish for those delicious Triploid Rainbows that have made Rufus one the more popular fisheries in the Northwest. First, we like to troll. Usually that means Action Disks by Wiggle Fin in front of a Wooly Bugger style fly. Second, we stock up on jigs in the 1/16th and 1/32nd ounce sizes to jig vertically on those fish. Third and last, we stock up on Patuzke’s Firebait to anchor up and catch fish when they just aren’t biting artificials.

Your fishing tip of the week is to rig your gear ahead of time. We usually have 3 set ups pre-rigged to sub in or to replace losses. We also have a spare rod and reel pre-rigged so that if we snag and lose a bunch of line, we don’t have “down time” re-rigging. You don’t want to lose valuable time on the water tying knots and re-rigging gear. Do it in the comfort of your home.

The kid’s tip of the week is to use “work arounds” to avoid unnecessary conflict with school age children. An example is the kid continually asking what time it is. Being a smart aleck, I normally say: “Time for you to buy a watch”. But then I usually follow-up and tell them to flip open my cell phone and look at the time any time they want. That helps the adults from getting annoyed and gets the kid what they want.

The safety tip of the week is to check that grease on trailer axle bearings. This the time of the year where water intrusion can create problems for you after a summer of highway trailering and lots of in and out of the water time. An ounce of prevention.

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

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