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Reel Time Fishing Northwest

Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 11, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lake Chelan fisheries mix it up with lake trout, rainbows and wily chinook salmon

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(Sara Nesbitt caught this elusive Lake Chelan landlocked king on Oct. 6 while fishing with her husband Gabe on their wedding anniversary. Photo courtesy of Anton Jones.)

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

What continues hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. The odd landlocked Chinook is a bonus. Heating up is fishing Mill Bay and other near shore areas for rainbow trout.

We are looking for lakers from 165 to 205 feet deep early in the mornings. Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 210 to 250 feet works best. Counter to conventional thought the later morning / mid-day bite has been the strongest. 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 continue to be 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.

Those Rainbow trout are averaging a chunky 15 inches. They can be caught from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig. You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.

Your fishing tip of the week is to rinse grit out of your reels and lightly oil them if you are putting your gear to bed until spring. That will prevent those reels from “seizing up” when you go to use them again.

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember that fishing is supposed to be fun. When a kid is on board and loses a fish, I always say: “that’s a good thing”. When they give me the “huh?” look, I tell them: “ that fish can be as big as you want it to be”. That dulls the disappointment and adds a bit of humor to the day. If they made a mistake, I give them the correction later after the anguish is dulled by time…

The safety tip of the week is to go through your first aid kit to replace and / or replenish the items that need it. For us, that’s usually band aids and Ibuprofen.

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

 

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