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Lake Chelan Report From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service For June 30th, 2015


    What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar.   Also hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay in the evenings for Lake Chelan Lakers.  Finally, when the wind lets you fish the early morning bite at Colyar Ledge, it is very good.  There has been a nice sprinkling of bigger fish mixed in.  Roses Lake has been kicking out some nice Channel Catfish. 


    On the Bar, look for depths from 120 to 180 feet deep.  The best depths on Colyar Ledge seem to be between 180 to 320 feet.  Evenings are best in Manson Bay in depths of 140 to 270 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.  He uses a bead combo to give the rig about a 4” long profile.  Similar in profile, the Needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde / Goldstar has also worked.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  The T4 Purple Glow Flatfish seems to be the “go to” lure for bigger fish on the Bar. 


    Roses Lake continues to kick out Channel Catfish.  Our Pepe’ Hernandez got a 7 pounder the other day.  Use slip sinker rigs with Firebait for them as well as trout on Roses. 


    Your fishing tip of the week is to check your leaders for frays.  Since we pound the lures into the bottom here on Chelan, it is inevitable that you get snags and hang ups.  When you are successful in working a snag free without losing gear, check your leader for nicks and frays before congratulating yourself.  Retying a knot is easier than losing a big fish. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to use this relatively slow paced leisure time while you are fishing to give them appropriate attention.  Ask them open ended questions and listen to the answers.  Seek more detail.  Among pre-school children this will help with a myriad of “bad” behaviors that are an attempt to get attention. 


    Your safety tip of the week is to have those check lists in place.  You want to remember to take off the rear straps, put in the plug, unplug the lights to launch and plug the lights in to go down the road.  You don’t want to be everyone else’s source for funny stories about silly boaters.  Summer in Chelan.  What a privilege!


Pictured:  6/24/15 - Colin Attaway (8) out fishing with his Grandfather of Tsillan Cellar fame, Bob Jankelson with a 16.6 lb Lake Chelan Mackinaw.


Also Pictured:  6/25/15 - Cathy Glenn of Covelo, CA with Stephanie Derovin of Tacoma, WA with their mornings catch of Mackinaw.  The big fish was 10.5 pounds.


Finally Pictured:  6/28/15  Russ Groth of Stanwood, WA with a 12lb Lake Chelan Laker.  He was fishing with Marvin Ayres of Everett, WA.




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