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September 25, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Autumn is time for good Lake Chelan lake trout opportunities

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(Cynthia Denny of Seattle with a 10 pound, 4 ounce “big”! She fished with Joe Dobyns of Renton. Photo courtesy of Anton Jones.)

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 the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.

Working depths of 160 to 220 feet between the Bar and the trench at 1.1 to 1.4 mph within 5 feet of the bottom has been very productive.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish hootchies and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders in glow green rigged with a Mack’s Lures glow Smile Blade and baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow have produced numbers of fish off the downrigger rods.  Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies have also gotten fish to bite.  The big fish have come Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in GPLF off the outrigger rods.

Your fishing tip of the week is to look for staging areas for the spawn to locate those biting Lake Trout.  The eggs and milt are really ripening in our fish as they prepare for their annual reproductive frenzy.  I would suggest areas around the State Park Bay and the Narrows to start your search.  Look in a bit deeper water than what you would expect them to spawn in.  Look for pre-spawn fish in depths of 160 to 230 feet of water.  It seems that the majority of our fish will spawn in rocky rubble from 60 to 140 feet deep.

The kid’s tip of the week is to use the ever shortening block of after school daylight hours to enjoy the fall fishing bounty and the beauty of our area.  A couple of hours on the Lake or dunking bait at Roses or Antilon is always fun.  Although it would mean a drive back in the dark, this is a great time to take them to the Tumwater Canyon of the Upper Wenatchee to watch the spawning Chinook.  A huge push of Fall Chinook are expected up the entire Columbia system.  A hearty after school snack will get them through until a later dinner.  Remember to keep it short.  Minutes for a school age child are like hours to an oldster like me.  Acceptance of that fact is necessary to make it enjoyable for them.  Resistance is futile.

The safety tip of the week is to read your local weather report and be aware of incoming weather when fishing Lake Chelan in the fall.  This is the time of transition in the Valley.  When the colder low pressure systems collide with those lovely high pressure ridges that give us our typically beautiful fall weather, violent albeit short lived wind and lightning can result.  If we are expecting one of those patterns, plan your proximity to the launch site accordingly.

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

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