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March 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Very good action still on tap for Lake Chelan kokane


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

What’s hot is trolling the edges of Lake Chelan for jumbo Kokanee.  Also hot is trolling the trench on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  Finally, Roses Lake is hot for rainbow trout fishing.

On Chelan, the word is out that we have some dandy kokanee being caught.  Most of these dwarfed, landlocked sockeye salmon are from 15 to 17 inches.  They are absolute acrobats on light gear.  Continue to work the edges of Lake Chelan in depths of 50 to 100 feet.  Look at your sonar and troll a Mack’s Lures Double D dodger trailed by one of Mack’s Lures orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with some Pautzke’s Fire Corn just above the fish.  Speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph will work best.  The bite is getting more consistent as spring progresses, but the fish will move around.  Look around on the same contour once you find them.  Depths in the 70’s have been the most productive for us.

Lake Trout continue to bite trolled presentations in the trench.  Worden Lures U20 Flatfish in purple glow and Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Chartreuse and Orange Splatterback, both in double glow were the most productive lures.

Roses Lake is producing easy limits of winter hold over rainbows.  Fish from the bank with a slip sinker rig and Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire or cast Worden Lures Roostertails.  If you are trolling, try a combination of Mack’s Lures mini Cha Cha Squidders and Wooly Bugger flies with an action disk by wiggle fin.

Your fishing tip of the week is to make small subtle shifts to stay on those kokanee.  They are roaming a bit, searching for their food.  I have found that sliding along the same depth contour that I originally found them at is better than slipping into deeper or shallower water.

The kid’s tip of the week is a combination of two oldies but goodies from repertoire of managing primary grade school age kids.  Kids from 5 or 6 to 8 or 9 will use misbehavior to get attention illegitimately.  It is hard-wired into them.  Step one is to ignore the behavior for a short bit then catch them doing something on task and praise that behavior.  Step two is to use distraction to get them off the misbehavior.  Step three is to then redirect them back on task.  Unless the misbehavior is dangerous, responding to it reinforces it, even if the response is negative.

The safety tip of the week is to inspect your lifejackets for rips, tears and other winter wear.  Boy, the weather has been nice!

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

(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones. Pictured are three generations of Varrelman women with their mid-day catch of Lake Chelan Kokanee.  Grandma Janet of Pateros, daughter Tara Gokey and granddaughters Drew (16) and Dane (6) of Ellensburg.)




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