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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 15, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Lake Chelan good for lake trout, and home to a possible new state record

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

What’s hot is trolling between the Bar and Rocky Point on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw. The big news is that Phil Colyar of Wenatchee broke the State Record for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan with a 35 lb. 14 oz. Monster on February 4th. Roses Lake continues to provide opportunities for hard water anglers seeking rainbow trout and panfish.

Fish Chelan with squid rigs such as Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders and Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies rigged with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow. Also, Worden Lures U20 Flatfish in Luminous Chartreuse or Purple Glow will catch those lakers. Speeds of 1.2 to 1.7 mph will work best.

The big news on Lake Chelan was the new State Record Mack caught on February 4th. Phil was fishing above the narrows and got the big fish to bite a Worden Lures U2 Flatfish that was purple with a Chartreuse bill in about 270 feet of water. He took quite a while bringing the fish to net keeping his drag loose and applying steady pressure. This was not one of the short pot bellied monsters that Chelan can produce. It measured 44 1/2 inches long with a 28 inch girth. Most of our other 30 pound plus fish have been around 40 inches with a girth in excess of 30 inches.

Your fishing tip of the week is about reaching that ultra deep water above the Narrows. If you are a steel cable aficionado spool up with a full 500 feet of cable. We switched from steel cable a number of years ago to 200 lb. test superbraid. We found that about 650 to 700 feet works about right. The advantages are you do not have to be concerned about how deep you are fishing, you can splice the braid with a nail knot, you do not have to be concerned about electrical transmission and you eliminate that annoying hum. Additionally, you can tie your snap swivel on instead of crimping sleeves on cable.

Your kid’s tip of the week is to use this slower paced time to explore those kids world. Because things are happening much slower and much less of your focus needs to be directed out you can explore that kids imagination and interests. What cloud shapes and patterns on the water surface look like can provide endless imaginative fodder. Don’t be afraid of being silly.

Your safety tip of the week is to make sure your safety gear, like life jackets are back on board as you rush to Chelan and try to get that next record fish.

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones who took the picture of the possible new state record lake trout at the Mill Bay boat launch.)

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