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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Lake Chelan lake trout action heats up in the chilly weather

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

What’s hot (even though the weather is getting colder) is trolling for Lake Trout near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan. Try fishing depths of 120 to 140 feet deep early in the morning by the Yacht Club. Then move to water that is over 200 feet deep as the sun gets up higher in the sky. This is a transitional period as our Lakers work through the spawn and move into winter habitat. As you are developing your own locations, look for areas that relate to chunk rock in depths of 60 to 130 feet deep. Our Lakers will spawn there and then hold in water that is a little deeper to feed and recover.

Work Worden Lures Flatfish off your outside rods in the T4 size and the purple glow color. Try either Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders or 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. As always, fish within 5 to 10 feet from the bottom regardless of how deep you are. The presentations that I recommend work best when trolled at 1.2 to 1.6 mph.

Your fishing tip of the week is to try a slip sinker rig with Pautzke’s Firebait in the American Wildfire flavor if you are unsuccessful with artificials on Rufus Woods Reservoir. Remember, the heavier the current, the longer your leader needs to be. Also, a simple formula that has caught a lot of steelhead is to take 1″ chunks of shrimp and sprinkle Pautzke’s Fire Cure on them and let it soak in overnight in the frig. Then bag them up in a Ziploc to fish on Worden Lures Maxi jigs.

The kid’s tip of the week is to shorten the fishing trips down a bit as the weather gets colder. I can remember taking my eldest grandson to Potholes Reservoir during some bitter weather. I, of course, wanted to catch fish. Tyler was in it for the pie at the restaurant. We caught some fish but ran in for a lot of pie and to warm up. He’s in college now and has deck handed for me on Chelan, but we both remember the “pie” fishing trip. As I get older, those memories get more precious.

The safety tip of the week is to start thinking about freeze protecting your boat. The force that water generates as it freezes is impressive. Don’t let it break your water pumps, manifolds or other expensive boat parts. Make sure things are properly drained and protected before putting the boat to bed for the winter.

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

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