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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 6, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Break the ice to catch fish on some lakes east of the Cascades

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

Ice fishermen are having a blast on several lakes here in Central Washington right now. Fish Lake, near Lake Wenatchee is producing good catches of rainbow and perch.

Roses Lake, near Manson at Lake Chelan is providing fast action for 11-inch rainbow, and Rat Lake, near Brewster is giving up limits of rainbow and some brown trout. Rat Lake rainbow and browns can be as large as 15 inches.

A lake that is available to anglers this winter is Leader Lake, not far from Okanogan on the road to Twisp. This has been a popular lake in the spring and summer for years, and for the first time it is open for winter fishing.

Bob Jateff, area biologist with the Department of Fish and Wildlife says that there is good variety of species available to anglers in Leader Lake that typically aren’t in others. There are very good numbers of large bluegill, crappie, yellow perch and bass in the lake, along with rainbow trout.

The parking area has been plowed to make it easy for winter anglers to reach the lake, too. It is hoped that the winter fishery is popular and the lake will become permanently open year-round after this season.

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

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