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Chelan Report For 5/29/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrel & Dad's Family Guide Service


    What’s hot is trolling for Kokanee in the lower basin.  Trolling for Lake Trout is hot on Lake Chelan in the Potholes area of the Barrens.  Also hot is bank and dock fishing in Mill Bay for rainbow and cutthroat trout.


    Trolling for suspended Kokanee has gotten much more consistent in the Lower Basin.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange or Pink 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, pink or yellow.  We have caught these dwarfed landlocked sockeye twenty to seventy feet deep.  We have been finding these fish from Wapato Point to Pat & Mike’s. 


    We have had good success trolling the somewhat deeper “Potholes” area in the Barrens for Lake Trout.  The biters were located in 210 to 225 feet of water surrounded by water in the 180’s and the 190’s.  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.    


    Bank anglers and small boat guys have been doing pretty good around Mill Bay for Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.  From the bank and docks try Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire on a 30" learder and a slip sinker.  In a row boat one of Mack’s Lures Double D Dodger with a wedding ring baited with a piece of worm should work fine. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is another “oldie but goodie”.  When you tie those knots, wet them before you pull them tight.  Then test them hard before fishing them.  Having a knot pull out on a big fish can be disheartening. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to let them struggle… appropriately.  They will learn more if they do more.  They will have more confidence, the more they do.  For example tying a knot incorrectly, being show how to do it correctly then retying will teach them more than just tying the knot while they watch.  When the fish is too difficult for them to fight, risk losing the fish by encouraging the kid to keep on with the fight.  If they can’t, try just doing a few cranks while demonstrating rod angle, reeling speed and hand placement when you take the rod from them.  Then give it back to the kid to finish the fight.  You are trying to get a fishing partner for life, not just catch one fish. 


    The safety tip of the week is to really keep “your head on a swivel” as we get more and more inexperienced boaters out there.  I know my blind spot is not checking over my shoulder often enough before veering off my line of travel.  There are some fast pleasure boats out there now.  Stay alert, America need more lerts.  Sorry, I heard Paul Harvey use that once and tickles me no end.


Pictured:  5/23/15 - The Tobey clan, Tom and Carolyn of Manson, WA with Greg, Nicole and Ara (8) Price of Lake Forest Park, WA with their mornings catch of Mackinaw. 


Also Pictured:  5/27/15 - Our guide, Jeff Witkowski's limit of lower basin Lake Chelan Kokanee



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