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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 3, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Fishing very good in Chelan and Roses lakes in north central Washington

Lake Chelan Lake Trout.jpg

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 and below Wapato Point on Lake Chelan. Continuing hot is trolling for planter rainbow trout on Roses Lake.

On Lake Chelan we caught fish in the deep water above the Yacht Club and in the indeterminate flat below Wapato Point. Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Orange Splatterback Glow worked well. Mack’s Lures, Cha Cha Squidder baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow was a good choice. Speeds of 1.2 to 1.6 mph down within 5 feet of the bottom produced best.

On Roses Lake, we pulled flies and spinners for the majority of the fish. We used Worden Lures 1/6th oz black Roostertail spinners or #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. 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. Our last time out we caught and released 33 rainbows in 2.5 hours work. The fish ranged from 11 to 16 inches.

Your fishing tip of the week is a repeat 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 on our last trip.

The kid’s tip of the week is to get your kids a bird book so they can identify what they observe and pay attention to the birds. As I write this, there are 6 species of birds in our feeder. With the foliage gone and snow on the ground the birds are easy to see and identify. Watching the falcons work our feeder and the eagles attacking the rafts of coots on the lake are additional bonuses. I saw a Northern Loon on the lake recently. Those are a few of the benefits of wintering in the Chelan Valley.

The safety tip of the week is to be cautious of thin ice on Roses Lake. Ice should form with temperatures staying below freezing throughout the day and night, but remember it takes 4 inches of clear ice to safely support ice fishermen.

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones. Pictured is Jared and Trevor (9) Franson of Kelso, and Ethan Hamil (15) and John Franson of Rigby, Idaho with their days catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.)

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