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Lake Chelan Fishing Report From 8/17/14



    What’s hot is trolling the fringes of the Bar for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan early in the morning.  Later in the morning, fishing the Barrens has been productive.  Trolling the face of Manson Bay in the afternoon has also worked. 


    During the first two and last two hours of light trolling the area from 135 to 155 feet deep around the Bar has gotten the biggest fish to bite.  Later in the morning, move downlake into the indeterminate flat (aka:  The Barrens).  Late in the afternoon and into the evening, work the face of Manson Bay in depths of 165 to 255 feet deep to find biters.  On the Bar, Worden Lures U20 and T4 flatfish in purple glow have produced most of our big fish, fished off the outrigger rods.  Silver Horde’s Needlefish hootchies in glow green rigged with a Mack’s Lures glow Smile Blade and baited with a strip of Northern Pikeminnow have produced numbers of fish off the downrigger rods.  Fishing the ledges at the upper end of the trench and the face of Manson Bay entails some rapid depth changes so the outrigger rods become more difficult to manage.  We are catching our fish in those locations with those needlefish and Mack’s Lures cha cha Squidders.  We put a Mack’s Lure big glow Smile Blade in front and smear everything with Pautzke’s Krill juice as a cover scent.  This pattern has been softening as the summer ripens so we are hunting and pecking for fish more. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is to look for subtle shifts in location to get the bite back on.  Rather than make a big move when you come up blank on a known trolling pattern, troll parallel to your previous path on one side or the other.  Then shift to the other side on a parallel track if that doesn’t work.  It is part of the art of trolling.  


    The kid’s tip of the week is to remember those little bodies have less of a fluid buffer than adults.  That means more frequent drinking is in order to prevent all the issues that come with dehydration.  The volume of fluids can be much less, but the frequency of intake has to be greater during this hot Chelan summer weather.  We do not want fussy, headachy and nauseous kids. 


    The safety tip of the week is to keep a very sharp look out for floating debris.  The torrential rains during this reporting period added some new “boat busters” out there.  Now that we are into August, the wood is more waterlogged and set very low in the water.  Look for little disturbances in the wave pattern to save you from big repairs. 


Pictured:  8/15/14:  Igor, Slavin, Rustam (7), and Nazar (5) Mimalo of Seattle with their fish.  Coats in August...  Crazy weather. 



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