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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 25, 2014 at 10:58 AM

Lake Chelan lake trout still on the bite, plus Roses Lake stocked with trout

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(Rich Neal from Glenns Ferry, Idaho with brother Rich Neal from Shelton with their mornings fish on Oct. 16. Photo courtesy of guide Anton Jones.)

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

Continuing hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. Pay attention to the WDFW website for fall stockings in Lake Chelan and Roses Lake for their fall plants to get on those 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 1.3 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 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.

Those Rainbow trout can be caught by a variety of methods. Catch them 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 check the terminal end of your gear periodically. When you re-tie your knots, test the heck out of them before getting them wet. Run your leaders between your lips to check the line for nicks and frays. Test your hook points on your thumbnail for sharpness. Or just enjoy telling the “big one that got away” story.

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep the duration of these colder weather trips short. More trips of shorter duration will be enjoyed by younger kids.

The safety tip of the week is to recheck those trailer lights. With the shorter days of late fall & winter, you will be depending on those lights for safety traveling to and from your favorite fishing hole.

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

 

 

 

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