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September 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Guide Anton Jones finds ample lake trout action in Lake Chelan


(Spencer, Chris ( age 18) and Andrew ( age13) Braden of Fife with their mornings catch of lake trout caught on Aug. 31. 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 face of the State Park Bay in the morning for pre-spawn lakers. The face of Manson Bay continues to provide ample action in the evenings. The fringes of the Bar and the tip of Wapato Pt. have also been productive at times.

Mature Lakers are beginning to stack into the State Park Bay for their fall spawning ritual. We look for fish from 130 to 185 feet deep. Until they turn their activities to spawning, they are really putting on the feed bag. Likewise, fishing evenings along Manson Bay catches those feeder Mackinaw chowing down on scads of Mysis Shrimp. They will almost all have very bright red flesh and provide succulent fare on the grill. Jeff has done really well pounding the fringes of the Bar early and then fading into the Barrens to get his fish. We have also found those piles of fish located off the tip of Wapato Point to be susceptible to a well presented squid rig.

As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph. Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure are the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan. Put those in front of a 3 to 4 inch squid rig, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use a couple of beads between the Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and the squid rig. This allows the blade to turn freely to do it’s job as an attractor. Remember that Lake trout in this ultra deep fishery find our lures by vibration using their lateral line. The Smile Blade’s enticing action can bring them in from far away if it can turn freely.

The kid’s tip of the week is to use purposefully ignoring some things to extinguish the behavior. It is a judgment call. Obviously if safety is at issue you have to intervene. However, I have seen a lot of children, particular pre-school thru primary grades that are attention starved. They will try anything to get attention. Even negative attention reinforces this behavior. If the behavior is not reinforced, it will extinguish. Sometimes it increases in frequency and duration before it ceases, but ignoring does work if you have the persistence for it.

The safety tip of the week is to make sure your navigation lights are in order before needing them. These shorter days put us out there in fading light. Be safe!

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




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