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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 18, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Good numbers of lake trout and rainbows milling in Lake Chelan


(Local writer Terry Rudnick of Olympia, wife Roberta and buddy Darell Midles with their bunch of Lake Chelan Lakers. 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 the upper end of the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Fishing the lower basin of Lake Chelan over the next few weeks for planter rainbows will be a nice way to keep kids entertained.

Working depths of 180 to 210 feet between Minneapolis Beach and Rocky Point at speeds of 1.1 to 1.4 mph within 5 feet of the bottom has been very productive.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish squiddy’s and Mack’s Lures Fat Cat 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.  Fish have also come off of Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in GPLF and LUCH off the outrigger rods.

If you are a rainbow trout aficionado, try all the normal ways to catch the loads of planter rainbows that WDFW was kind enough to plant.  From the shore, throwing Worden Lures Roostertails or dunking Pautzke’s Firebait on slip sinker rigs will be productive for a while.  From a boat, troll Mack’s Lures Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind their 0000 Double D Dodger.

Your fishing tip of the week is to stay alert for new wrinkles in the fishing industry that can help you.  For a few years now we have surmised that Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons with sickle hooks tend to hold onto more hooked fish than other lures with standard “J” shaped hooks.  Jeff’s initial experiments with Matzuo sickle hooks in our squid rigs tends to confirm that.  Their shape seems to keep those fish lips down at the deepest bend in the hook.  This converts more “fish on” into “fish in the boat”.  Don’t be afraid to experiment.

The kid’s tip of the week is to involve your photography kid or budding artist in the slower times of fishing. Even young ones enjoy snapping a picture of their fish, or something interesting on the shore. Silly pictures of each other add to the fun of the day.  With the ease of digital cameras, a few extra shots keep them engaged and might even produce that memorable shot.

The safety tip of the week is to be sure that everyone on board knows exactly where all safety equipment is located. That includes not only the life jackets of proper size, but the fire extinguisher, first aid kit and a throwable floatation device. In the excitement of starting a trip, it’s easy to skim over this and these few moments of instruction can be a life saver.

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






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