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Chelan Fishing Report For 2/17/2105 From Anton Jones Of Darrelll & Dad's Family Guide Service


    And the beat goes on…  Lake Chelan continued hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens, Kokanee on Colyar Ledge and dock fishing for Rainbows in Mill Bay. 

Trolling for suspended Kokanee continues terrific.  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 landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 

Laker fishing has been terrific in the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to .9 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 and Roses Lake from the shore.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  On Chelan, 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.  The further uplake you go, the more likely you are to get a Cutthroat to bite. 

Your fishing tip of the week is to keep track of small details when fishing kokanee.  The most important of these is depth.  You see the fish on your sonar at 115’.  How do you know your gear is there?  If you don’t have your downrigger ball showing on the screen it might be a challenge to know.  Sometimes the balls being in the sonar cone can be too much and obliterate fish signals.  So you adjust your transducer to eliminate the downrigger balls you better “zero” your downriggers.  Maybe touch the balls on the bottom at a known similar depth and change your counter to match your depth.  Then you only have “Kentucky Windage” to adjust for as you increase depth or speed…  To be precise can be difficult. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to use the open discussion time that fishing affords to help them explore their problem solving skills.  Doing it with open ended questions also develops critical thinking skills.  These are both things that modern life rarely affords us the time to develop appropriately.  For example asking the 8 year old how we should steer around that log up ahead.  Then asking follow ups like,” What do we do if the wind changes, or what about that outside fishing line?” “ Would it catch the log doing that? “ The simplest of life’s situations can be very teachable moments. 

The safety tip of the week is to remember to unplug those electric downriggers before working on the cable.  The cable moving unexpectedly while your hands are on it can be a very unwelcome surprise.

Pictured:  2/7/15 - Mark Wendt of Tukwila and Wayne Kangas of Edmonds with their days catch of Mackinaw from the trench.

Also Pictured:  2/12/15 - Stan Johnson and John Strand of Chelan with their Lake Chelan Kokanee that was oh so "Special"...



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