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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 14, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Lake trout still active in Lake Chelan, and triploid trout action rising in Rufus Woods

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

What’s hot is running and gunning by trolling for Lake Trout in the lower basin of Lake Chelan. Additionally, fall fishing for triploid rainbows on Rufus Woods is heating up.

No particular area has been super productive, but we’ve had some nice days by working the Yacht Club, the Bar, the Trench as well as Minneapolis and Rocky Point. Work Worden Lures Flatfish off your outside rods in U20 or T4 sizes and use glow colors. Our favorites are Luminous Chartreuse and Purple Glow. We like Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies off the downriggers. We rig the Ace Hi’s with a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade. Bait those with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow if you can get it. Otherwise use whatever fish you can get. We use a 2″ triangle that is about a half inch across the base.

At Rufus we haven’t had much success trolling. Most of our fish have come by vertical jigging after locating the fish. Boy, those are good eating fish! Remember, precision is the key with these fish. You have to put your presentation right on them. They are used to being fed, not chasing food. Think hog, not tiger.

Your fishing tip of the week is to match your Rufus presentations to the day. On bright days muted presentations are more likely to work. On cloudy days, brighter presentations are more likely to work.

The kid’s tip of the week is to relax a bit. The reality of our society now is that we are becoming more urbanized and incredibly sanitation conscious. Part of the fishing experience for kids on a “catch and retain” fishery involves touching and smelling. When you’re taking those kids fishing dress them in clothes they can get messy. Don’t worry about fish slime. It will wash. Don’t force it on them, but if they are so inclined, let them handle the fish. I really enjoy the little kids that can overcome their squeamishness to touch and sniff the fish. That usually leads to questions and experience based education. The best kind…

The safety tip of the week is to be wake and distance conscious. The most simple rule is that when you are running up on plane never come closer than 100 feet to another craft. A rule of thumb is that the closer you are to another boat, the more effect your wake can have on them. Another rule of thumb is the smaller that other boat is, the more effect your wake will have. Slow down as both a courtesy and safety consideration to minimize the effect of your wake on others.

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

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