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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

December 14, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Lake trout in Lake Chelan biting, and fresh trout plant goes into Roses Lake

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

What’s hot is trolling Mackinaw in the lower basin of Lake Chelan. Roses Lake has received it’s plant of catchable rainbows. It should provide fast fishing until ice up.

Fish Chelan with Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in glow colors and bait them with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow. Also, Worden Lures U20 Flatfish in Purple Glow or Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies will catch those lakers. Speeds of 1.2 to 1.6 mph will work best. Trolling downlake of Wapato Point in depths of 150 to 200 feet was productive.

This is a great time to fish Roses Lake for planter rainbows. For plenty of catch and release action you can troll #4 or #6 Conehead Muddler minnows 12 to 15 feet deep about 60 feet behind the boat at about 1.8 mph. Add a small Mack’s Lures smile blade in front of your fly.

While Jeff has been holding down the fort in Chelan, Sandy and I have been on a long planned for vacation in Cabo San Lucas. The Dorado fishing offshore and the Roosterfish inshore provided most of our action. It has been the vacation of a lifetime.

Back in North Central Washington your fishing tip of the week is about dressing to keep warm. Some of our best fishing in North Central Washington is during the winter months. It’s cold out there… You don’t have to be cold. Remember to dress in layers. Polar fleece material has replaced wool to a large extent. A base layer, a mid layer and a hoodie can take the bite out of winter. Have an oversize hardshell coat available to knock down the wind if it comes up. Use the same principle on the bottom. I use heavy wool socks and Sorels on my feet. Add those chemical toe warmers and you’ll do fine. Don’t put those warmers on until you’re outside to prevent excess sweat and cooling. I like a balaclava on my head when it’s cold. I’ll add a stocking cap over it when it’s really cold. Bring plenty of gloves. I prefer neoprene gloves and I bring more than one pair as I tend to get them wet. The feet are usually the most difficult to keep warm. If your feet sweat a lot, bring an extra pair of socks to change into.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to get out to Roses before ice up to enjoy those ‘bows.

Your safety tip of the week is to let your outboards set in the water a couple of minutes at the dock before starting them. That will allow any ice that has formed around the impeller to melt so you don’t tear that impeller apart making that water pump repair necessary.

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



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