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January 18, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lake Chelan mid-winter trout fishing action heating up

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

What’s continues hot into the middle of January is trolling the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Finally heating up is catching bigger fish uplake from the Narrows, trolling depths of 220 to 380 feet deep.  Also, continuing hot is bait fishing off the docks and trolling the lower basin of Lake Chelan for rainbow trout.  Roses Lake’s ice has become questionable after the Chinook wind that blew on the 12th.

Working depths of 185 to 240 feet in the trench at speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be very productive.  Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds.  Up above the Narrows, fish Colyar’s ledge with Worden Lures U-20 Flatfish or Silver Hordes Kingfisher Lite spoons at speeds of 1.5 to 2 mph for a chance at a big fish.

If you like to fish for rainbow trout and are shore bound, this is a great time of the year for you.  Troll Mack’s Lures wedding rings behind their Double D Dodger to catch rainbows from 12 to 20 inches.  Dunking Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire off a  slip sinker rig with a 30” leader from the docks will work too.

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember scent when fishing.  We like to smear all our hard lures with Pautzke’s Krill Juice for trout and salmon.  We believe this works as a cover scent so fish committed to biting will not shy away at the last moment.

The kid’s tip of the week is plain common sense.  Since kid’s bodies have less mass than ours, they are less tolerant of cold than adults.  Give them an extra layer.  Build a warming fire where safe and legal.  Take warming breaks in the vehicle where fires won’t work.  Keep the sessions short.  Make sure it is fun so they will want to do it again.  Especially pay attention to their fingers and toes.

The safety tip of the week is to use this slower time of the year to make sure your safety gear has been checked and is in shape for the peak boating season.  Fire extinguishers need to be recharged and inspected.  Replace used or worn items.  For us that is usually band aids and anti-inflammatories like aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  Check lifejackets and throwable cushions for worn spots and tears to be repaired or replaced as needed.  Make a list and check the items off.

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

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