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Lake Chelan Fishing Report For 8/28/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service


    Our summer pattern of trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar with a sprinkling of big fish continues hot even as we approach Labor Day.   Also, hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay later in the mornings.  The good news as I write this is cooler damper weather has entered the area and swept most of the smoke out of the Chelan Valley, at least for the moment.   


    On the Bar, look for depths from 118 to 150 feet deep.  That lower hump is still covered with fish during the first hour of light.  Later in the morning it is best to troll in Manson Bay at depths of 110 feet near Wapato Point and up to 270 feet deep in the center of the bay.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed from 1.1 to 1.4 mph.  Jeff’s drift rig in green has worked quite well.  Similar in profile, the Needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde / Goldstar has also worked.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  Scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice. 


    I am going to continue to dispense with our normal format to update you on the fire fighting and recovery efforts here in the Valley.  Near the end of last weekend the new Type I incident team steered the First Creek Fire up Slide Ridge and kept it up there as it burned it’s way past the Narrows.  That greatly reduced the likelihood of burning embers making it across Lake Chelan to Manson.  The Chelan Complex Fire was kept up on the ridge as it worked it’s way past Manson to the North.  With that accomplished, it looks like Manson is pretty safe from direct fire danger. 


    Up until the afternoon of the 27th, the big story had become the loss of business in the Valley primarily due to smoke.  It had been rated unhealthy to hazardous most days.  With shifting winds and changing weather that is changing.  All of us in the hospitality and recreation business are hoping the smoke will continue to dissipate and allow visitors to return without risking their respiratory systems… 


    We still had a few hardy customers that wanted to fish and the fish have really been cooperating.  See the attached pictures!  Thank you for your kind words of concern and support!


Pictured:  8/25/15 - Andrew and Drew (12) Hennen of Newberg, OR with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


Also Pictured: 8/27/15 - Chance Rudiger (7) of Woodinville, Wa with her 15# 14oz Bar Mack.


Finally Pictured:  The Belarde's and Rudiger's with their mornings catch




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