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Lake Chelan Fishing Reports From 4/24/2015 From Anton Jones


    Trolling for Lake Trout is hot on Lake Chelan in Manson Bay and along Colyar Ledge.  Kokanee Fishing is spotty, but can be quite productive in locations as far flung as Moore Point to Rocky Point. 


    Laker fishing has been terrific early in the morning along Colyar Ledge.  If the wind is blowing too hard up there to fish effectively, work the face of Manson Bay to get your 2 to 3 fish per hour.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.2 to 1.4 mph.  Our guide Jeff Witkowski has developed a Mack’s Lure Bead and Blade combo that has been very productive.  Bait this rig with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow. 


    Trolling for suspended Kokanee can be hot and cold.  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 anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep.  Locations have ranged from Moore Point, to Prince Creek, down to Fields Point, across to Mitchell Creek and all the way down to the Trench out from Rocky Point. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is to know when to have a sense of urgency.  Sometimes fishing can be hours of grinding away trying to get uncooperative fish to bite interspersed with moments of sheer pandemonium when the fish bite eagerly.  You have to recognize when that happens.  For whatever reason the “bite” can turn on and off like a light switch.  When that bite is “on” you need to get your gear in the strike zone at the correct speed to capitalize.  There will be time later for pictures and messing with the gear.  It can be the difference between a one fish day and a ten fish day. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to use patience, humor and demonstration to get kids over that (seemingly) inevitable squeamishness.  This does not always work, but most of the time you can take a dyed in the wool city kid that is afraid that touching a fish will be fatal to an old hand in a four hour trip.  I keep explaining what to do and demonstrate how to do it.  When I see the reticence, I always ask “what are you afraid of”?  I then show them where the teeth are, both in the mouth and on the tongue.  I explain the purpose of the slime as a protection against infection and show that it doesn’t hurt me.  I show the correct and sure way to hold a fish for pictures.  I’ll offer gloves.  I’ll show how we wash our hands after handling a fish.  Trying to force or even hurry a hesitant kid into handling a fish will make them dig their heels in even more.  I also let them know that the picture of them out fishing with their family and the memory of it will be the longest lasting part of the day.  Usually it works pretty good… 


    The safety tip of the week is to start being more vigilant for floating debris.  Especially near the Narrows.


Pictured:  4/21/15 - Sam Clark of Hirum, GA with friend Ralph Stewart of Cookeville, TN with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


Also Pictured:  4/22/15 Bruce and Jean Holliday of Beaverton, OR with their catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.


Finally Pictured:  4/20/15 - Our own intrepid guide, Jeff Witkowski with his limit of Lake Chelan Kokanee. 



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