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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

June 25, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Lake Chelan kokanee bite picks up

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

I had heard that the kokanee bite had picked up on Lake Chelan, and since I hadn’t fished there yet this year, I decided to give it a try.

My fishing buddy and I first made a sweep around Lakeside Park and found nothing. I noticed several boats off Rocky Point so I ran over there. I saw Austin Moser, of Austin’s Northwest Adventures, and he said it was very slow.

We saw just one fish landed, so I started looking further up lake. I spotted a few at Mill Bay but no biters. I ran all the way up to above the Yacht Club and only got a pike minnow.

Trolling through Monument Bay I did pick up one rainbow. This was a pretty poor day on Chelan kokanee for me. I talked to Moser on my way home, and he said that about a half hour after I left Rocky Point, the bite came on. He wound up with 15 kokanee, and lost a bunch.

I just should have been more patient and stuck it out. I would have had a cooler full of kokanee if I would have hung around. Oh well, I guess I won’t be in such a hurry next time.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

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