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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM

Top fishing choices in north central Washington are Rose Lake and Lake Chelan

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

What continues hot is ice fishing on Roses Lake for Rainbow Trout. Also hot is trolling for Lake Trout below Wapato Point on Lake Chelan.

On Roses Lake, ice anglers were dunking a variety of baits through the ice to catch some chunky ‘bows. Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire is our favorite for this work. Use a bare 1/16th ounce jig with these floating baits to keep them down. Or better yet use sinking baits like Pautzke’s Balls ‘O Fire or an old-fashioned worm to entice those fish.

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, Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow were the lures that worked. Speeds of 1.2 to 1.7mph down within 5 feet of the bottom triggered the bite.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use your two pole endorsement to help locate and catch those Roses Rainbows. An energetic teenager to drill multiple holes would be a help too. Try your first rod in the deeper water close to an edge. Try your second rod in shallower. Start fishing your baits two feet off the bottom, then work them up through the column to locate fish. I’ve stuck my face right over the hole and gotten a read on how deep the fish are. Fish are relatively lethargic in the winter. They will not chase food a long ways. Put it right on their nose! Another tip is for your comfort. Everyone kind of knows that a chair and pad is a big help when you are ice fishing. A lot of people don’t know that a pad you put under your feet can really increase the time you can stay out there comfortably.

The kid’s tip of the week is to use sloppy verbal praise as a field expedient positive reinforcement to shape behaviors. If you vary your words just a bit to keep it fresh and effective, you can make your life easier. An example is when I have kids checking the fish in the box constantly. If they let the lid slam a lot, it is annoying for the adults. I demonstrate how to ease the lid down silently. Then, when I catch them doing it correctly, I praise them for it. It really saves on my Aspirin bill.

The safety tip of the week is to carry a couple of spikes on a lanyard around your neck when ice fishing. If worse comes to worse those spikes can save your life by allowing you to pull yourself out or at least to hang on until help arrives.

For details or to get Graybill’s weekly report visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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