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Lake Chelan Report For 5/13 / 2015


    What’s hot is fishing for 11 to 15 inch Rainbow Trout on Wapato Lake.  Trolling for Lake Trout continues hot on Lake Chelan in Manson Bay and along Colyar Ledge once again.  Kokanee Fishing continues to be spotty, but can be good at times from Fields Point to Rocky Point.    


    Wapato Lake continues to produce Rainbow trout at a phenomenal rate.  Fishing Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a slip sinker rig with a 30 inch leader from an anchored boat will work.  We pulled a Mack’s Lure Wedding Ring baited with Pautzke’s Fire corn behind a Mack’s Double D Dodger at 25 to 35 feet deep at 1.6 mph to trigger loads of bites.  A green 1/8 ounce spinner also worked. 


    Laker fishing continues to be terrific early in the morning along Colyar Ledge.  I would suggest staying until you are blank for an hour.  Some days that happens by 9AM.  Others the bite can last until noon.  Manson Bay has been my secondary location working depths of 175 to 225 feet deep.  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. 


    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 37 to 120 feet deep.  Locations have ranged from Fields Point, to the Yacht Club all the way down to the blue roof condos. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is an oldie but goody.  Periodically check your hook points when banging the bottom for Lakers on Chelan.  Pounding the wood and rocks can turn a hook point and cost you fish.  Twenty seconds with a file and you’d be back in business. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to pick your battles.  Taking on every single misbehavior of a toddler can be exhausting and counterproductive.  Sometimes ignoring minor misbehaviors can extinguish it better than corrective action.  Sometimes, the function of those behaviors is to get attention.  Even negative attention is attention… 


    The safety tip of the week is to really start keeping a lookout for woody debris as Lake Chelan fills.  Manson Bay has a lot of debris in it now.  It looks like another foot of water will float a load of logs in the Narrows.


Pictured:  5/7/15 - The Graves and Graham bachelor party from 84, PA with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


Also Pictured:  5/9/15 - Sebastian "tiny" Romiti of Manson with Mike Wilson from the bustling metropolis of Spangle, WA holding the 3 guy limit of Wapato Lake Rainbows.


Finally Pictured:  5/12/15 - Don and Jill Day of Poulsbo with their mornings catch of Mackinaw.



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