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Lake Chelan Report From Anton Jones For 3/9/15


    Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and Kokanee on Colyar Ledge.  Roses Lake is still producing relatively easy limits of planter rainbows for shore and boat anglers. 


    Trolling for suspended Kokanee continues terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange 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 or yellow.  We have caught these landlocked sockeye anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep. 


    Laker fishing has been terrific in the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to .9 mph.  Silver Horde 3.5” Needlefish Squid rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 


    Rainbow trout are being caught on Roses Lake from the shore.  Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30” leader on a slip sinker rig.  You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.  Bait those mini cha cha’s with a piece of worm or a small nugget of Pautzke’s Fire Bait. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember the key component of your presentation.  On Lake Chelan it is vibration for lakers and visual for Kokanee.  There are other aspects to every presentation, but in almost every fishery, there is one key component to the presentation.  On the Columbia in winter for Steelhead it is visual.  On the Columbia in the summer for Salmon, it is vibration (although scent is a pretty close second).  Focus on that and you will be on your way into the 10% of the fishermen that catch 90% of the fish. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to use the time that fishing provides to shape competency’s.  You’ve got to love farm kids that know how to do useful stuff by the time they are teenagers.  They can drive, handle stock, manage the irrigation of a field and fix a lot of things around the ranch or home.  In fishing, using that quiet time to teach them a knot or the tricks in managing the motor trim or throttle, discussing how the clouds help you predict the weather are a few of the things that can be more easily accomplished during a fishing trip. 


    The safety tip of the week is to watch for black ice on our sloping docks early in the morning.  I’ve encountered it when my phone told me the air temp in Manson was 41.





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