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Chelan Fishing Report From 6/8/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrelll & Dad's Family Guide Service


    What’s hot is trolling Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.  Trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan is in transition, but can be quite productive if you keep moving. 


    The Mission Bay launch on Omak Lake opened June 1st which makes launching less of a heroic effort than putting in and retrieving at “Beer Can Beach”.  In early June the fish are coming off the spawn and biting like crazy!  This year it appears that the bite rate is somewhat less than the previous couple of years, but drumroll… the average fish is much better.  We have trolled Jeff’s drift rigs (unbaited, to be consistent with the regs), squid rigs and spoons.  Fish have averaged about 20” or so.  I was lucky enough to get a 10.1 lb fish to the boat last week, so trophy size Cutts are a possibility.  Working speeds of 1.4 to 1.6 mph seemed to work best for our presentations, but vary it a lot to see what works best for you. 


    Lake Trout fishing on Chelan seems to be in transition.  We can get some fish early in the Potholes, at Colyar Ledge and in Manson Bay, but then we have to dance to keep the action going.  Currently, the best secondary location seems to be near the Monument or over in the State Park / Watson’s Resort area, but if something doesn’t work, keep moving to find biters.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 mph.  The Mack’s Lure Bead and Blade combo our guide, Jeff Witkowski has developed has been very productive.  Bait this rig with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.    


    Your fishing tip of the week is to try that new presentation when the bite is good, to gather useful information.  If your “old standby” isn’t working and you try something new that doesn’t work, what have you learned?  If you are getting bit steadily on the “old standby” and you try something new that gets not better or worse, that’s information you can use.  Remember the scientific experimental model.  The use of a control and variable in concert is the key. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to let them talk.  Asking questions that encourage critical thinking is important.  When they make a silly pronouncement, don’t say “that’s stupid”.  Ask, “Why do you think that?”  You’d be surprised at the answers you get.  Play devils advocate.  Ask “What about this”, or “What about that?”  You will learn a lot.  They will learn a valuable life skill.  


    The safety tip of the week is to watch for floating debris and check “your 6” before swerving.  There are lots of debris and loads of boaters out there now.


Pictured:  6/6/15 - The Ted Gray group from Kent with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


Also pictured:  6/4/15 - the old man with a personal best, 10.1 pound Lahontan Cutthroat trout from Omak Lake.


Finally pictured:  6/4/15 - Sometimes the bite is so hot at Omak you get 4 at a time in the net before you can release them! 


Finally, finally pictured:  6/7/15 - A couple of bucks in velvet out for a morning swim at Omak Lake!



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