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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Winter fishing options for lake and rainbow trout happening in northcentral Washington

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

What’s hot is trolling for planter rainbow trout on Roses Lake. Continuing hot is trolling for Lake Trout near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan.

On Roses Lake, we pulled flies around for the majority of the fish. We used #6 cone head muddler minnows with a small Mack’s Lures smile blade in front for an attractor. We found that 1.5 to 2 mph was most effective and getting down to 15 or 20 feet produced the most strikes. However, this is all relative. Everybody there seemed to be catching fish. We averaged a bite every 2 or 3 minutes for over 4 hours. The fish are very eager and would probably bite any decent presentation. We saw a number of bank anglers having success using dough baits on slip sinker rigs. I would recommend Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire to do this work.

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.

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember the very productive trolling technique of idle / resume in response to a bite that doesn’t hook up. On Roses and Chelan this was very effective the last time out. Remember that trout and salmon try to disable their prey before eating it. When you get a bite that does not result in a hooked fish, idle the motor for five to ten seconds so your presentation appears to have been stunned or crippled by the fish striking it. This frequently results in the fish returning to eat your lure. Then when you resume your trolling speed again it appears that your lure is trying to escape, once again triggering the predatory response in the fish.

The kid’s tip of the week is to get your kids to Roses before the thin ice period kicks in. The Chelan Falls hatchery crew planted about 12,000 catchable size fish recently and the fishing is excellent. These are nice twelve inch footballs that are very plump and healthy. Dress them up warm and watch for signs of discomfort, but the hot action kept my 4 year old granddaughter and 6 year old grandson in the game for quite some time. The bag of Trail Mix didn’t hurt either.

The safety tip of the week is to remember sand for launching boats at Rufus and Chelan now that we are entering winter.

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

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