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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

January 25, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Lake Chelan generating nice-size lake trout

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

What’s continues hot into the second half of January is trolling the trench for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Finally heating up is catching bigger fish up lake 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.  Anglers have stayed off of Roses Lake’s ice during the reporting period.

Lake Chelan’s deepwater trolling for Lake Trout has been a model of consistency.  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.  Instead of fishing through the ice on Roses, try the shoreline and docks of Lake Chelan.  Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire using a slip sinker rig will work great.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use this time of the year to change line on your reels.  Older monofilament can be frustrating to cast with the memory that it develops.  Additionally and more importantly, old checked line is prone to break at the most inopportune time and could cost you that fish of a lifetime!

The kid’s tip of the week  is to let them try.  Don’t take the rod away when you see it’s a nice fish.  It will so much cooler if they are the one to bring it in.  Let them struggle with tying that knot.  Their sense of accomplishment will be way more valuable than the lost minutes while they overcome the learning curve.

The safety tip of the week is to remember to keep flammable clothing away from those propane heaters on board the boat.  Also, remember to review the location of all the safety gear with new passengers before getting into the days fishing.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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