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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

November 15, 2014 at 8:28 AM

No chill on hot Lake Chelan mackinaw and rainbow trout fishing


(Adrian Sinkey with Geoff, Grant and Garrett Harrington of Seattle with their days catch of Lake Chelan mackinaw on Nov. 8. Photo courtesy of fishing guide Anton Jones.)

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

The weather is getting colder but our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan continues hot. 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 these mostly eating sized Lakers from 195 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.

These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp. This in turn makes the meat especially delectable. While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our 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 test the “living fire” out of your leaders before fishing them.  You should be especially vigilant to do this when you re-tie a leader, after you catch a fish and when you have dragged your line on a bottom.  You spend a lot and work a lot to get that nice fish on the line.  Having a knot slip or a frayed leader break is an unnecessary hazard.  I run fine leaders through my lips to search for frays my old eyes can’t see.

The kid’s tip of the week is to listen to them.  Just a few minutes of asking a couple of open ended questions and actively listening to your kid or grandkid is a real relationship builder.  It can be hard to put all the distractions aside and listen, but I think it is worth the time and effort.

Your safety tip of the week is actually not a safety tip.  Take moment and reflect on the freedoms and lifestyle that you enjoy.  Then thank a Veteran for their service that has preserved those things for you and your family.

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




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