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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Lake Chelan lake trout bite picks up, and Roses Lake ice now safe for fishing

What continues hot is trolling for Lake Trout near the Yacht Club and below Wapato Point on Lake Chelan. Ice fishing on Roses Lake has commenced.

On Lake Chelan we caught fish in the deep water above the Yacht Club and in the indeterminate flat below Wapato Point. A Rushin’ Salmon Wobbler in Purple Glow worked well. Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Orange Splatterback Glow, Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow were also good choices. Speeds of .9 to 2.1mph down within 5 feet of the bottom worked.

On Roses Lake, the first bunch of hardy ice anglers were at it, dunking a variety of baits through the ice. Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire is our favorite for this work. Put your split shot fairly close to the hook to prevent those floating baits from tangling back up you line. Or better yet use sinking baits like Pautzke’s Balls ‘O Fire or an old-fashioned worm to entice those fish. The morning bite was reported to be best by the anglers out there.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use the topography around Lake Chelan to help guide you to tolerable fishing locations. With the recent high pressure gradient causing that statewide inversion we have had a pretty stiff cross lake breeze in the morning at the Mill Bay boat launch and throughout the lower basin from the mouth of Navarre Coulee downlake. So, to avoid the trolling struggles and chill that accompanies that weather pattern, I pointed the boat towards the Yacht Club and fished up there. The bite was good, the big fish are starting to accumulate and the breeze was much lighter as well as more tolerable because Slide Ridge forces the wind up and over the lake.

The kid’s tip of the week is to consider attendance at these winter shows to whet their appetite for outdoor activities. There are kid friendly activities as well as many booths marketing products and activities that will get you excited for the upcoming seasons. Come by and say “hi” to us at the Western Washington Sportsman’s Show, the Spokane National Boat Show and the new Wenatchee Sportsman’s Show.

The safety tip of the week is to be cautious of thin ice around the edges of Roses Lake. With that last cold front, we have a nice solid ice layer on the majority of the lake, but you still need to be cautious, particularly around the cattails close to shore and the springs at the East end of the lake.

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