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Catch Limits Suspended For Bass, Walleye & Channel Catfish On Columbia River

posted by Mike on 03/02/2016

WDFW suspends fishing limits for bass,
walleye, channel catfish on Columbia River

 

 

OLYMPIA – Starting March 3, anglers can fish for bass, walleye and channel catfish without daily catch or size limits from the mouth of the Columbia River 545 miles upstream to Chief Joseph Dam.

An emergency rule approved by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) removes the remaining limits for those species on the Columbia River downstream from the Washington/Oregon state line, 17 miles above McNary Dam.

It also lifts fishing limits for those species on nearly two-dozen tributaries flowing into that section of the Columbia River.

The new rule is consistent with fishing regulations in effect since 2013 on the upper Columbia River and with those approved last year for boundary waters shared by Washington and Oregon further downstream, said Bruce Bolding, WDFW warmwater fish manager.

“The immediate purpose of this emergency rule is to bring the fishing regulations into alignment on both sides of the big river,” Bolding said. “Oregon’s rule deregulating these fisheries has been in place since Jan. 1, but Washington’s new permanent regulations don’t take effect until July 1. This emergency measure bridges the gap so that both states have concurrent regulations.”

Tributaries affected – all or in part – by that action include Camas Slough, Chinook River, Deep River, Grays River, Skamokawa Creek, Elochoman River, Mill Creek (Cowlitz Co.), Abernathy Creek, Germany Creek, Coal Creek, Falls Creek (Cowlitz Co.), Kalama River, Cowlitz River, Lewis River, Salmon Creek (Clark Co.), Washougal River, Hamilton Creek, Rock Creek (Skamania Co.), Wind River, Drano Lake, White Salmon River, Klickitat River, and Rock Creek (Klickitat Co.).

Fishing seasons, boundaries and other rules for those rivers and streams are described on WDFW’s website at https://fortress.wa.gov/dfw/erules/efishrules/

The main goal of deregulating the fisheries for bass, walleye and channel catfish is to increase the harvest of those non-native species, Bolding said.

“All three species are abundant, and prey on juvenile salmon and steelhead that are listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act,” he said. “These new rules are designed to help address that issue.”

Lake Chelan Fishing Report For November 4th, 2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 11/04/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 11/10/15

    The weather is getting colder but our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan continues hot.  Also continuing hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Roses Lake.   The fall planting of rainbow trout into Roses Lake has created some great“small water” action.  The odd Channel Cat is a bonus. 

 

    We troll for the mostly eating sized Lakers on Chelan from 195 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan.  Put those in front of a 4 inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.  While we find those mysids in our Lakers all year, this late fall / early winter time really concentrates that feed in the lower basin to fatten up our fish. 

 

    Rainbow trout on Roses Lake can be caught by a variety of methods.  Catch them from  the shore 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.  Use a chunk of your Pikeminnow on a slip sinker rig to see if there are any big Channel Cats in the area. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to test the “living fire” out of your leaders before fishing them.  You should be especially vigilant to do this when you re-tie a leader, after you catch a fish and when you have dragged your line on a bottom.  You spend a lot and work a lot to get that nice fish on the line.  Having a knot slip or a frayed leader break is an unnecessary hazard.  I run fine leaders through my lips to search for frays my old eyes can’t see.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to listen to them.  Just a few minutes of asking a couple of open ended questions and actively listening to your kid or grandkid is a real relationship builder.  It can be hard to put all the distractions aside and listen, but I think it is worth the time and effort. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is actually not a safety tip.  Take moment and reflect on the freedoms and lifestyle that you enjoy.  Then thank a Veteran for their service that has preserved those things for you and your family.

 

10-31-15:  Lawrence Nyugen of Lynnwood and family with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

11-3-15: The intrepid Pepe' Hernandez with his wife Tevi and their grandson's (Xavier and Isaac) with their limits of Roses Rainbows and Jeff's Channel Cat.

 

11-3-15:  Jeff with his Kitty (5#). 

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Lake Chelan Area Fishing Report For 6/23/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 06/23/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/23/15

    What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning at Colyar Ledge.   Also hot is trolling the face of Manson Bay in the evenings for Lake Chelan Lakers. 

 

    When the wind lets you fish the early morning bite at Colyar Ledge, it is very good.  We were able to boat a quad on Lakers one morning.  The best depths seem to be between 220 and 270 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.  Bait this rig with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  T4 Purple Glow Flatfish and Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons have also been productive. 

 

    Omak should still remain quite good for Lahontan Cutthroat.  However, it can get hotter than… well, really hot down in there when we get 100+ in Chelan. 

 

    Also, Wapato Lake has still been kicking out nice limits of rainbows. 

 

    Finally, Roses Lake has become an early summer mecca for Channel Catfish.  One of 25 pounds was recently caught. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember scent.  I use Pautzke’s Krill Juice on everything as a cover scent.  You don’t want those fish to shy away as they charge your lure. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to keep the fishing foray’s short this time of the year.  A couple of hours is plenty.  With the first big hot spell of the summer rolling in you don’t want to make it a survival test out there.  Work the hours of low light and cooler temperatures.  Mid-days this time of the year are good for swimming and staying cool inside. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to keep a sharp look out for floating debris.  The lake has filled those last few inches floating some really big logs.  You don’t want to hit them!

 
 
 
 

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