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August 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lake trout bite heating up at Lake Chelan

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(Ken and Amy Webert with Area (age 9) and Stanley (age 9) of Seattle with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw. 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 the morning bite for Mackinaw on Colyar Ledge. What continues hot is trolling the tip of Wapato Point on Lake Chelan in the morning for Mackinaw. Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  Additionally hot, is the middle of the day bite for Mackinaw in the trench. Heating back up with the weather is the early morning bite on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw on the “Bar” on Lake Chelan.

Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evenings.

Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to scent when fishing Lake Chelan.  I smear all my lures with Pautzke’s Krill Juice mixed with petroleum jelly.  I consider it a “cover scent” vs and “attractant”.  At the depths we fish, the Lakers find our lures by using their lateral lines to home in on the vibration.  When they attack, they are swimming right up the scent trail.  We don’t want them shying away because of non-fish food smells, ie:  nicotine, sunscreen, gasoline, etc.

The kid’s tip of the week is to re-direct those hyper boys rather than trying to stop them from doing anything.  I liken it to squeezing a balloon.  The energy has to come out somewhere.  If you direct in useful directions, you build self-esteem and self-worth.  It can try an adult’s patience, but it is worth it in the long run.

Your safety tip of the week is to not get in a hurry at the ramp when launching and retrieving your boat.  Most of the easily avoidable damage done by boaters to their boats is right there.  When launching, DO NOT unhook the trailer strap and the safety chain at the top of the ramp.  Wait until the rear of the boat is well into the water.  Having that boat hit the ramp can be expensive.  Remember to tilt the motor into the water before starting it up.  When retrieving the boat remember to hook both the trailer strap and the safety chain up before pulling it out.  Then, remember to trim the lower unit up before dragging the boat out of the water.  Enjoy “high summer”  in Chelan!

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

 

 

 

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