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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 8, 2014 at 8:08 AM

Lake Chelan anglers are doing the cha cha for rainbows and lake trout


(Geoff Corso of Tacoma with his mornings catch of Mackinaw “lake trout” at Lake Chelan on Oct. 29. Photo courtesy of Anton Jones.)

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

Just keeping on week after week of being hot is our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan. The occasional holdover triploid rainbow is a bonus. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming fall planting of rainbow trout into Roses Lake for some “small water” action.

We troll for lakers from 165 to 245 feet deep. Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 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.

Rainbow trout on Lake Chelan 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. Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait.

Your fishing tip of the week is to dress in layers and protect yourself from getting wet to make yourself a better angler. If you have cold hands or toes you tend to “hunker down” and let the important details slip. Details like retying a frayed leader. Not re-baiting is another cold finger tendency. When you let the cold get to you, you are slower to respond to a bite. Wear enough layers to protect your head, your toes and especially your fingers. I carry a number of pairs of gloves for the day so when one pair gets wet I dry my hands and put a dry pair on. It really improves your attitude too.

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them out to see nature during the upcoming Holiday breaks. Bald eagles are hunting coots, deer are coming into the rut and other raptors are more visibly and actively hunting quail with the leaves dropping.

Your safety tip of the week is to get ready for winter boating. Having chains for your tow vehicle, sand or cat litter for traction as well as a shovel are all prudent precautions. A pair of water proof coveralls can increase your comfort when it is time to put on chains.

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






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