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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

September 27, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lake trout bite in Lake Chelan still going strong heading into fall

2014-09-18

(Taylor Wilson, Elie Aboulafia and Audrey Aboulafia of Seattle with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw on Sept. 18. Photo courtesy of guide Anton Jones.)

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

What’s hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. We look for fish from 130 to 185 feet deep early in the mornings. Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 185 to 245 feet is the ticket.

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. Worden Lures Flatfish in U20 and T4 are very effective in the LUCH and GPLF color patterns. Also effective is Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use a pair of ball bearing swivels when tying up your squid rig leaders. Line twist is one of the primary enemies of anglers that ply the ultra-deep fishery of Lake Chelan.

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember the Boy Scouts simple teaching technique of “tell, show and do” to help kids learn the skill sets necessary to become accomplished anglers. Usually, all kids need to do to get over squeamishness is to get familiar with it. Handling fish is one of those skills. Tell them about what the fish feels like. Let them know what can and can’t hurt them. Then show them you handling the fish. Then encourage them to handle the fish. A recipe for success!

The safety tip of the week is to make sure you have a ditch bag with the gear necessary to survive a sinking. Flotation and a signaling device at a minimum are necessary. If you are headed uplake have a bag with minimal overnight gear in the event of a breakdown. It is remote up there…   Be safe!

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

 

 

 

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