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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 16, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Lake Chelan offers decent lake trout action while Omak Lake is place to be for big cutthroats

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

What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan. Also hot is trolling for Lahontan Cutthroat on Omak Lake.

On Lake Chelan we have been running up to the Yacht Club to catch our fish. Worden Lures venerable T4 Purple Glow Flatfish has been productive as well as Mack’s Lures, Cha Cha Squidder. Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies have also worked. Speeds of 1.2 to 1.6 mph worked best.

On Omak Lake, the launch bay at the north end of the lake worked for us. We got bit on Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Cookies and Cream as well as Chartreuse Silver Horde Plugs. Speeds from 1.6 to 2.4 mph worked there. The fish varied from 12 inches to 5 pounds with catch rate around 10 per hour once we located a concentration of fish.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use your electronics to fine tune your presentation to increase your catch rate. During this reporting period we used our Depthfinder and GPS to have great days on both Chelan on Omak. On Omak, I expected the fish to be from the surface to 20 feet depth with a surface water temperature of 55 degrees. Then I noticed a line of fish at 80 feet deep. I marked the fish as a waypoint on my GPS, dropped my lures down there and got bit.

Had my partner drop his ‘rigger down, he got bit. I marked the end of the line of fish. We flipped the boat around, dropped our gear to the depth and doubled up again. The fish were concentrated in a narrow band in a small area. We pounded that area at that depth to have a Banner Day. Without the Depthfinder and GPS it would have been a much slower day. Similarly on Chelan we identified a narrow band of fish on the depthfinder and marked it with the GPS to give us trolling pattern that made for a great trip.

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep your ear to the ground for the annual fall stocking of Roses Lake. This usually provides a couple of weeks of great angling before ice up right around the Thanksgiving Holiday. My grandkids have some nice memories of this. Maybe yours can get some memories too?

The safety tip of the week is make sure you are ready for towing in the winter here in Eastern Washington. A snow brush, a shovel and chains are a good idea. A can of that deicer spray has come in handy over the years for a variety of things.

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones. Pictured is Vic Doperalski of the Lake Washington Chapter of Puget Sound Anglers with a nice Omak Lake Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.)



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