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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

July 19, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Upper Columbia teeming with chinook and sockeye

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

What’s hot is hitting specific spots trolling for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Occasionally hot is fishing for Chinook and Sockeye in the Upper Columbia.

We have found that while hitting groups of fish that we have located and marked has been productive, trolling broader areas looking for marauding fish has not been productive.  Specifically, the edges of the Bar, the upper end of the Trench and the face of Manson Bay provide those spots that have produced our fish.  Whether it is food or cover, those locales have consistently and held fish that will bite.  Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders, Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies and Worden Lures U20 purple glow have gotten fish to bite during the reporting period.  Speeds around 1.4 mph will work best.

As the salmon move up the Columbia and the thermal barrier builds at the mouth of the Okanogan, we have gotten reports of some nice catches of Sockeye and Chinook Salmon.  Super Baits and Hot Spot Flashers work for our Upper Columbia Chinook.  Stuff the Super Baits with oil based tuna and dunk them in Pautzke’s Krill Juice.  Use those Mack’s Lures Mini-Cha Cha Squidders for a shot at our Upper Columbia Sockeye.

Your fishing tip of the week is another oldie but a goodie…  Check your line for wear.  Abrasions, nicks and worn spots can cost you fish.  The expense of new quality line is an inexpensive investment in the grand scheme of things.

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember the ancient proverb:  “idle hands are the Devil’s workshop”, when it comes to managing school age boys.   I’ve noticed over the decades of deepwater trolling that boys between 5 and 11 can be quite interested in catching fish while having zero patience when it comes to waiting for fish to bite.  The result of this can be a litany of annoying behaviors that drive the adults on board, buggy.  Give them something to do.  Constant corrections and “don’t do this” tend to make the experience less fun for everyone.  Enlist their help.  Experiment with “help me by doing this” until you find something they will stick with that doesn’t drive you crazy.  I’ve had them wipe up fish goo, tighten up reels in the rod holders, bring people bottles of water and other things to re-direct them.

The safety tip of the week is to remember that sunscreen when you get here.  Sunburn is more than just painful.  Enjoy the heart of our beautiful Lake Chelan Summer!

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

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