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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

February 7, 2015 at 8:08 AM

Warm weather on east side lakes could have ice fishing options melting away

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

I had heard of good ice and great fishing for perch at Fish Lake, near Lake Wenatchee, so I ran up there last Saturday to see for myself. The first angler I encountered showed me that the ice was a least four inches thick and he had a few perch.

The next group was doing much better. This family was working their way to 25-fish limits of perch a good clip and landed some while I snapped a few photos.

There were groups of anglers scattered from one end of the lake to the other and it appeared that they were all catching good numbers of perch. Those that I talked to were having good success with Swedish Pimple lures, baited with perch eyes.

The ice was good last Saturday, but warmer weather is in the forecast, and caution everyone that plans an ice fishing trip to check on conditions before going out on the ice. Things can change quickly.

Some other lakes that should have safe ice are Patterson, near Winthrop and Bonaparte Lake near Tonasket. Patterson has both kokanee, trout and perch, and Bonaparte is know for kokanee, triploid eastern brook trout, tiger trout and lake trout.

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

 

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