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Lake Chelan Report From Lake Chelan From Anton Jones For 4/12/2015


    Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and Kokanee uplake of Mitchell Creek along the North Shore.  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, yellow or pink.  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.  Keeping in depths of 220 to 248 was most productive.  Jeff’s rigs made from Mack Lures pill beads and stack beads in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern during this reporting period. 


    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 use the “hesitation” move to trigger those Lakers to bite.  I will see a bite, not get hooked up and immediately idle the motor for 10 seconds or so.  Then I resume our normal trolling speed.  This pause and go really triggers those re-bites to generate more fish in the boat. 


    The kid’s tip of the week is to make a record of those adventures.  Videos are so easy to do now days.  I just received a DVD that my older brother did from our old family super 8 movies.  We really did catch epic numbers of walleye and pike on Lake Nippising in Ontario.  I am eternally grateful to my dad for making those movies.  It gives a genuine sense of history.  Remember our job as parents and grandparents is to give those kiddos roots and wings.  Recording some portion of those fishing trips as a reminder is part and parcel of giving them roots. 


    The safety tip of the week is to make sure all your safety equipment is in good repair as you embark on another great fishing season!



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