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CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 10/21/2016

 

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 10/20/16

    Continuing hot is our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Also hot is trolling for Lahontan Cutthroat on Omak Lake. 

   We troll for lakers from 185 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1 mph.  Jeff Drift’s with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow will keep you consistently into the fish. 

    WDFW will soon make it’s annual fall Rainbow trout plant on Roses Lake. They will put in about 20,000 fish that are 2.5 fish to the pound.  They can be caught by a variety of methods.  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. 

   Also, smokin’ hot, as usual is trolling for Lahontan Cutthroat.  Jeff and his buddy Jim caught and released 227 Cutts in about 2.5 days of fishing.  An unbaited Jeff drift was the most successful of the twenty some presentations that they caught fish with. 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to make a plan and WORK the plan.  Making those changes when your first presentation or location doesn’t work is the hardest thing to do.  You know, “it worked yesterday”…  Maybe something changed.  On Chelan, somewhere between 45 minutes and 1 hour and 15 minutes without a bite is my limit.  Then you have to change something.  Don’t cross over that line from being appropriately persistent to just stupid / stubborn. 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them to those shoreline locations on Roses Lake for those planter trout between school and dinner.  You’ll make memories and stave off early cabin fever onset. 

    Your safety tip of the week is to take a minute and check your hose from the gasoline fill to your fuel tank.  Over time it can develop cracks and allow gasoline to pour into your bilge.  Not good…  Enjoy the fall wildlife viewing opportunities in the valley this time of the year.

 

Lake Chelan Report From 6/15/2015

posted by Mike on 06/16/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/8/15

    What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan.   Also hot is trolling the south end of Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat.  

 

    Lake Trout fishing on Chelan is still transitioning.  Early mornings have been best up at Colyar Ledge.  The big fish are just beginning to show on the Bar.  Evenings are best in Manson Bay  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. 

 

    On Omak the fish are coming off the spawn and biting like crazy!  This year it appears that the bite rate is somewhat less than the previous couple of years, but drumroll… the average fish is much better.  We have trolled Jeff’s drift rigs (unbaited, to be consistent with the regs), squid rigs and spoons.  Fish have averaged about 20” or so.  Trophy sized Cutts are always a possibility here.  Dan Beardslee caught one over 18 pounds!  Next to Pyramid Lake in Nevada, this may be the best Lahontan Cutthroat Trout lake in the world.  Working speeds of 1.4 to 1.6 mph seemed to work best for our presentations, but vary it a lot to see what works best for you. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to make small changes to increase your productivity.  I am loathe to change presentations, typically.  With me, the changes are usually location.  Sometimes, small changes in location can greatly increase catch rates.  Sometimes concentrations of fish move just a few hundred feet.  Think about the cover and food requirements for fish and make your adjustments accordingly.  Similarly, a small change in the profile of a lure (ie:  sizing up or down) can make a big difference in bite rate.  Too big a change can have you come up empty or at least unable to tell which variable was important.  

 

    The kid’s and safety tip of the week is to really pound down the fluids now that hot summer weather has arrived.  Long sunny days can really dehydrate you.  Most nausea, headaches and behavioral issues in the summer can be tied to dehydration.  A bottle of water in light activity and more if you are playing or working hard is a general rule of thumb.  Also, maintain that layer of sunscreen.  Blistering sunburn hurts and is dangerous.

 

6/14/15 - Chris Connell of Bellingham  with Doug Connell of Manson with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.

 

6/13/15 - Mr. Ta of Seattle with a 16.4 lb Lake Chelan Laker

 

6/7/15 - A beautiful Omak Lake Cutt just before Jeff put the net under it.  (Photo courtesy of the Fitzgeralds)

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Chelan Fishing Report From 6/8/2015 From Anton Jones Of Darrelll & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 06/08/2015

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/8/15

    What’s hot is trolling Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.  Trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan is in transition, but can be quite productive if you keep moving. 

 

    The Mission Bay launch on Omak Lake opened June 1st which makes launching less of a heroic effort than putting in and retrieving at “Beer Can Beach”.  In early June the fish are coming off the spawn and biting like crazy!  This year it appears that the bite rate is somewhat less than the previous couple of years, but drumroll… the average fish is much better.  We have trolled Jeff’s drift rigs (unbaited, to be consistent with the regs), squid rigs and spoons.  Fish have averaged about 20” or so.  I was lucky enough to get a 10.1 lb fish to the boat last week, so trophy size Cutts are a possibility.  Working speeds of 1.4 to 1.6 mph seemed to work best for our presentations, but vary it a lot to see what works best for you. 

 

    Lake Trout fishing on Chelan seems to be in transition.  We can get some fish early in the Potholes, at Colyar Ledge and in Manson Bay, but then we have to dance to keep the action going.  Currently, the best secondary location seems to be near the Monument or over in the State Park / Watson’s Resort area, but if something doesn’t work, keep moving to find biters.  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.    

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to try that new presentation when the bite is good, to gather useful information.  If your “old standby” isn’t working and you try something new that doesn’t work, what have you learned?  If you are getting bit steadily on the “old standby” and you try something new that gets not better or worse, that’s information you can use.  Remember the scientific experimental model.  The use of a control and variable in concert is the key. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to let them talk.  Asking questions that encourage critical thinking is important.  When they make a silly pronouncement, don’t say “that’s stupid”.  Ask, “Why do you think that?”  You’d be surprised at the answers you get.  Play devils advocate.  Ask “What about this”, or “What about that?”  You will learn a lot.  They will learn a valuable life skill.  

 

    The safety tip of the week is to watch for floating debris and check “your 6” before swerving.  There are lots of debris and loads of boaters out there now.

 

Pictured:  6/6/15 - The Ted Gray group from Kent with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Also pictured:  6/4/15 - the old man with a personal best, 10.1 pound Lahontan Cutthroat trout from Omak Lake.

 

Finally pictured:  6/4/15 - Sometimes the bite is so hot at Omak you get 4 at a time in the net before you can release them! 

 

Finally, finally pictured:  6/7/15 - A couple of bucks in velvet out for a morning swim at Omak Lake!

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Chelan Report From Anton Jones - Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service 6/8/14

posted by Mike on 06/09/2014

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/8/14

    What’s heating up is fishing the “Bar” in the mornings for Lake Trout.  Also, finally heating up is Kokanee fishing in the lower basin.  Additionally, Omak Lake is blistering hot for Lahontan Cutthroat. 

 

    While Colyar ledge continues to provide good action in the mornings on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw, the “Bar” is heating up.  June is normally the time where the Bar will kick out some nice double digit fish.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the go to lure for enticing those big fish.  However, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer.  Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay is a great way to while away the evenings and catch a bunch of 1.5 to 3 pound Lakers. 

 

    We have finally had some success with Chelan’s Kokanee.  Fishing 60 feet deep in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite. 

 

    Omak Lake is producing 10 fish an hour using Kingfisher Lite spoons in glow green color.  While some fish are 12 to 14 inches, every trip produces a bragging size cut.   

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to check your gear periodically when trolling.  Towing around lures that are fouled up with weeds and sticks is a waste of that valuable angling time.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them ready for life by allowing them to struggle some.  After telling a kid how to play a big fish, sometimes you have let them lose a few before they connect the directions with their actions.   While we always want to see our grandkids and kids succeed, bumps in the road make us pay attention more and improve our technique to better prepare for what comes later in life.   And that is not just about fishing. 

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to strap on our patience, helpfulness and friendliness as we welcome the crowds of visitors to our beautiful valley!  

 

Pictured:  5/24/14 - The Jackson Clan of Sumner, Issaquah and various other Western Washington locations with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

Also Pictured:  5/28/14 - The old man with a 12# Laker.  Photo courtesy of grandson Jesse Ryan who reeled in a double while I got to play with this fish!

 

Finally Pictured:  6/6/14 -  Darrell & Dad's CFO, Sandra Jones of Manson with a nice 3 pound Omak Lake Lahontan Cutt

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Lake Chelan Area Fishing Reports From Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 06/19/2013

Continuing hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout. The face of Manson Bay has also been productive at times. This is a great time for trolling on Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat Trout.

On Chelan, Lake Trout continued to bite trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.5mph very close to the bottom. We are fishing in water that is 240 to 340 feet deep. Worden Lures T4 Flatfish in Purple Glow and Mack’s Cha Cha Squidders as well as Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in Glow Splatterback colors continued to rack up the Lakers during this reporting period. The bite between 6 AM and 8 AM is still very good.

Troll the face of Manson Bay in the evening with the same lures that work above the Yacht Club in the morning.

This is prime time for fishing Omak Lake. We troll Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons around 1.6 mph to catch these Lahontan Cutthroat trout. This is a fishery renowned for its numbers and the potential for extraordinary size. Our last trip up there resulted in catch and release of 61 Lahontan Cutthroat trout. The state record of a bit over 18 pounds was caught there.

Your fishing tip of the week is to use this beautiful late spring weather to fish from the shore on Lake Chelan. This is the time of the year that throwing Worden Lures 1/8th ounce Roostertails or Mack’s Lures Promise keepers from shoreline areas can result in nice catches. The great part is you never know what it might be. Recently planted jumbo triploid rainbows, holdover rainbows, northern Pikeminnow or even smallmouth bass are possibilities. If you’re not quite that energetic, dunking Pautzke’s Firebait off of a slip sinker rig will work for the trout. Worms are good for everything…

The kid’s tip of the week is to remember, praise loudly, and criticize softly with an alternative. When you catch that kid doing something right, praise them loudly. They might be embarrassed on the outside, but inside, their glowing. When you need to criticize them, do it quietly and privately. Also, remember to give them an alternative to the wrong behavior. Its teaching we’re after, not humiliation.

The safety tip of the week is to remember to be prepared to avoid erratic direction changes from other boaters when you are cruising on Lake Chelan. Other boaters avoiding wood or just looking over their shoulders at a wake boarder can make them change direction suddenly.

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

509-687-0709 and www.darrellanddads.com

Pictured: 6/13/13 - The Camozzi gang with their catch of Lake Chelan Mack's and a landlocked Chinook.

Also Pictured: 6/12/13 Mitchell Godred's grandson, Blaine (13), up from Texas with a nice Omak Lahnotan.

Finally Pictured: 6/17/13 - Jennifer Feldtz (17), of Chino Hills, CA with her Dad, Burt's 11 pound Lake Chelan Mack.

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