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Lake Chelan Report For 1/16/16 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service




    What’s hot into the middle of January is trolling the Barrens for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Heating up is catching Kokanee uplake from the Narrows, trolling in depths of 100 to 500 feet deep.  Also hot, for those of you longing for a warmer climate is trolling for multiple species out of Cabo San Lucas. 


    Working depths of 185 to 210 feet in the Barrens at speeds of 1 to 1.2 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be very productive.  Jeff’s Drifts and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds as well as a monster Mack. 


    Up above the Narrows, fish Colyar’s ledge with Mack’s Lures mini cha cha Squidders in orange and pink for nice kokanee.  Bait those lures with Pautzke’s Fire Corn.  The odd suspended Mack or fin clipped cutthroat is a bonus.  You should fish just above or through suspended schools from 50 to 220 feet deep over bottoms from 100 to 500 feet deep. 


    Slow trolling live baits on either the Sea of Cortez or Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas produced 13 species of fish in a week of fishing.  Dorado and wahoo were the most common fish, with a whopper Striped Marlin and an ultra light gear Rooster fish thrown in for good measure.  It was a great break from winter!  


    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember scent when fishing.  We like to smear all our hard lures with Pautzke’s Krill Juice for trout and salmon.  We believe this works as a cover scent so fish committed to biting will not shy away at the last moment. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is plain common sense.  Since kid’s bodies have less mass than ours, they are less tolerant of cold than adults.  Give them an extra layer.  Build a warming fire where safe and legal.  Take warming breaks in the vehicle where fires won’t work.  Keep the sessions short.  Make sure it is fun so they will want to do it again.  Especially pay attention to their fingers and toes. 


    The safety tip of the week is to use this slower time of the year to make sure your safety gear has been checked and is in shape for the peak boating season.  Fire extinguishers need to be recharged and inspected.  Replace used or worn items.  For us that is usually band aids and anti-inflammatories like aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  Check lifejackets and throwable cushions for worn spots and tears to be repaired or replaced as needed.  Make a list and check the items off.


Pictured:  1/7/16 - Guide Jeff Witkowski with his 27.6 lb Barrens caught Mack!


Also Pictured:  1/9/16 - Mack's Lures, Bobby Loomis with Jeff and his catch of Lakers, Kokanee and a clipped Cutt.


Finally Pictured:  1/8/16 - The old man himself with son-in-law Mike Wilson of Spangle with a 20 lb Rooster Fish caught on ultra-light tackle on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas.


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