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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

April 24, 2013 at 9:08 AM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill looks for Lake Chelan kokanee

One of the first things I wanted to do when I got back from my trip to Belize was to get back to Lake Chelan and catch some more of those big kokanee.

I had visions of filling my freezer with prime fillets.  Well, I fished Chelan last Thursday, and things didn’t quite go as planned.

The weather was fine, and there was a big fleet of boats in the lower basin, all trolling for kokanee.  Where the kokanee were I don’t know.

We tried our favorite fishing areas and spotted a few small schools, but couldn’t get the fish to bite.  We tried some areas that I hadn’t fished yet this year, and still couldn’t find any fish.  We tried different depths, different lures, speeds and other tricks without any success.  It seemed like a perfect day to be on Chelan for kokanee but it wasn’t.

We only managed to get two bites and land one fish all day.  I think anglers that got on the water at first light had better success, but we only saw on kokanee landed the whole time we were fishing.

I haven’t given up, though.  I know I’ll do better next time.

 

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