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January 2, 2015 at 8:16 AM

Guide Anton Jones reports Lake Chelan good for kokanee, lake trout and rainbows


(Yarisbel Espinoza, age 9, of Manson with the first limit of kokanee this winter that she caught on Dec. 24 with her grandfather Pepe’ Hernandez. Photo courtesy of Anton Jones.)

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

Winter fishing for Mackinaw continues to be hot on Lake Chelan during the Christmas holiday period.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan.  Heating up is winter Kokanee fishing around Colyar Ledge.

We troll for these Lakers from 180 to 245 feet deep in the Barrens and the Trench.  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.  Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons have also been productive.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.

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.  Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout.  WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound.  Those are about 9” fish.  Roses should soon be freezing over with this latest cold snap.

Trolling for Kokanee in the mid-depths has worked pretty good.  Your basic rig is a Mack’s Lure’s Double D Dodger in 00 to 0000 sizes with a short leader to a Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidder.  Sizing up the hooks to #4 or even #2 might improve your fish retention percentage.  Bait the hooks with Pautzke’s Fire Corn to complete your ensemble.  Spot mid depth arches on your sonar.  We have found them from 50 feet deep to 175 feet deep.  Then troll just above them at about 1.1 mph.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use de icer to keep your gear functioning during these cold snaps.  Having reels lock up and downriggers stick are among the many “joys” of the season when a cold snap hits.  Sometimes a touch of oil on the rod eyes will help you out to.

The kid’s tip of the week is to dress them in layers and have warm liquids to fight off the winter chill.  Plan on shorter trips so the little ones will want to go fishing again.

The safety tip of the week is to leave your lower unit in the water a minute or two before starting the engine.  It will let any ice layer that has formed around the impeller to melt.  That way you won’t shred your impeller and have to pay for repairs.

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






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