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January 17, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Lake Chelan area guide Anton Jones reports fish biting in the big central Washington lake


(Photo courtesy of Anton Jones)

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

What’s hot is trolling for suspended Kokanee on Lake Chelan.Also hot is winter fishing for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan is also very productive. Roses Lake is a bit over half covered with skim ice.

Trolling for suspended Kokanee has gotten more and more productive as January has worn on.Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers in 00 to 0000 sizes.Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Pautzke’s Fire Corn in natural or yellow.We have caught these incredibly delicious fish anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep.

You can still catch numbers of 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.Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern.

Rainbow trout are still being caught on Lake Chelan from the shore and trolling.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.Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed.

Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout until the freeze up is complete.

Your fishing tip of the week is to be very patient fighting those deeply suspended Kokanee.They fight very well on light gear.There is a temptation to horse them in because they won’t break your line.The problem is, they will fight hard enough to tear the hooks free.When you feel them pulling and head shaking ease off and enjoy the tug.When they tire, reel ‘em in.

The kid’s tip of the week is to be the grown up out there.Raising a kid is an endurance contest, not a sprint.You must pick and choose your battles.If you are going to “take on” a correction think ahead to determine if you have the time, space and resources to follow through if you run into resistance.Nothing worse than starting to correct that small child’s behavior then giving in in the face of a tantrum.

The safety tip of the week is to watch those shady spots early in the day for black ice when you are driving to the boat launch.It is that time of the year.

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





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