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LAKE TROUT FISHING LAKE CHELAN

posted by Mike on 06/22/2019

image   Lake trout fishing in Lake Chelan has been very good recently, with fish in the 3 - 10 pound range being common. This catch was the result of a four hour evening trip with local guide Jeff Witkowski. You can get ahold of Jeff at (509) 860-7345.

KOKANEE FISHING GOOD ON LAKE CHELAN

posted by Mike on 01/15/2018

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If you are wanting to get out of the house and get rid of the Winter doldrums then a trip over to Chelan and a little kokanee fishing might be just what you need. Here's a really nice mess of Chelan kokanee that were caught with Jeff Witkowski this past weekend.

You can book at trip with Jeff at (509) 687-0709 or (509) 961-5342.

He has a very comfortable North River with canvas and a very good heater to keep you nice and warm and toasty!

LAKE CHELAN PUTTING OUT NICE KOKANEE

posted by Mike on 11/09/2017

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Lake Chelan is already putting out some of next years kokanee. Just a few years ago no one thought you could catch them in the winter. Jeff Witkowski of Darrell & Dad's family guide service proved them wrong.

 

If you have a hankering to do a little fishing this winter then a trip over to Chelan with Jeff might just be in the cards. You can set up a trip by calling Darrel & Dad's Family Guide Service at 1-866-360-1523 or (509) 687-0709.

LAKE CHELAN REPORT FROM 6/12/2017 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 06/12/2017

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 6/12/17
   What’s hot is fishing for Kokanee fishing in the lower basin.  Additionally, Roses Lake is blistering hot for Bluegill and Sunfish.  What is just beginning to heat up is the Bar on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  
 
   We are continuing to have great success fishing for Chelan’s Kokanee.  Fishing 60 feet deep in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite.  Pautzke’s Fire Corn has also been productive when baiting these rigs.  
 
   Roses Lake has been smoking hot for a variety of panfish including Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Pumpkinseeds by slip bobbering a worm.  The big Channel Cat is an odd bonus.  Try a chunk of one of the smaller bluegill as bait for these bonus fish!  
 
   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, Jeff’s Drift Rigs has been our most consistent bite producer when baited with with some Northern Pikeminnow doused in Pautzke’s Krill Juice.  
 
   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!  
 
   We have had a number of customers fishing with Jeff Witkowski the past couple of week and everyone has been very pleased with the quality of the fishing and the trip itself.
 
 

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FROM MAY14, 2017

posted by Mike on 05/15/2017

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/14/17

    What’s hot is Kokanee Fishing in Manson Bay.    Also hot is Laker Fishing around the State Park.  Finally hot, is fishing uplake for Cutthroat Trout.  BTW, Roses Lake is a great place to spend an hour and catch a nice Rainbow for Lunch. 

    Trolling for Kokanee has been excellent.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Kokanee Pro Wedding Rings and mini Cha Cha Squidders on a short leader behind their Double D Dodgers.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna.  We have caught these dwarfed landlocked sockeye anywhere from the surface to over 100 feet deep.  Manson Bay has been the location. 

   Laker fishing continues to be terrific in the morning near the State Park.  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. 

   Fishing for Cutthroat Trout uplake can be great when the weather lets you get there.  Casting Roostertails when you see surface action is the most effective technique for these widely scattered fish.  Remember to release all Cutts with unclipped adipose fins and stay at least 400 feet of the mouths of all the tributaries.  Bonuses include the most spectacular scenery in North America and the chance to view unusual wildlife like Mountain Goats, Bighorn Sheep and Bears. 

    Roses Lake is a very productive put and take Rainbow trout fishery.  Fishing Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a slip sinker rig with a 30 inch leader from shore will work to get you lunch.  If you are in a boat you can pull a Mack’s Lure Wedding Ring baited with Pautzke’s Fire corn behind a Mack’s Double D Dodger at 17 to 25 feet deep at 1.6 mph to trigger loads of bites.  Silver Horde 2” Kingfisher Lite spoons also worked.      

   Your fishing tip of the week is keep your rod angle and your fish reeling moderate for best success.  A too high rod angle gives the fish leverage to tear the hooks out.  A low rod angle doesn’t allow your rod to buffer the head shakes and twists of the fish.  Too slow a retrieve gives the fish too much time to shake off.  Too fast a retrieve allows the fish leverage to tear off the hooks. 

  The kid’s tip of the week is to get them ready for Lake Chelan’s late spring / early summer shore bonanza.  Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pikeminnow are all available in the next month from docks and other public access points on Lake Chelan.  This can provide some fast action for kids with a short attention span.  

  Your safety tip of the week is to really focus on the loads and loads of floating woody debris that is going to enter Lake Chelan.  Slow down!

 

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 5/6/2017

posted by Mike on 05/06/2017

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/6/17

 

    What’s hot is trolling for Kokanee within a mile or two of Wapato Point.  Also hot is trolling for Lake Trout in the State Park area.  Finally, Roses Lake is great, bait fishing for planter rainbows from the State access area. 

 

    Kokanee Fishing continues to be red hot for 11 to 15 inch fish.  Fish just above schools spotted on your sonar with Mack’s Lure’s mini Cha Cha Squidders in orange and hot pink.  Rig them on a 15” leader behind a Mack’s Double D Dodger in chrome.  Bait each hook with 2 kernels of white shoe peg corn marinated gently in Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna scent.  Pull that whole ensemble at a leisurely 1.1 mph.  The odd Landlocked Chinook jumping on for a ride is a very welcome bonus!

 

    Laker fishing continues to be productive albeit less consistent than previous years early in the morning along Colyar Ledge.  I would suggest staying until you are blank for an hour.  Some days that happens by 8AM.  Others the bite can last until noon. I pound the Ledge with Worden Lures T-4 flatfish in the GPLF pattern.  The State Park area has been my secondary location working depths of 125 to 225 feet deep depending on when I get there.  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. 

 

    Roses Lake continues to produce Rainbow trout at a phenomenal rate.  Fishing Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a slip sinker rig with a 30 inch leader from the shore works well.  These fish have mostly ranged from 11 to 14 inches.   

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is an oldie but goody.  Periodically check your hook points when banging the bottom for Lakers on Chelan.  Pounding the wood and rocks can turn a hook point and cost you fish.  Twenty seconds with a file and you’ll be back in business. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to pick your battles.  Taking on every single misbehavior of a toddler can be exhausting and counterproductive.  Sometimes ignoring minor misbehaviors can extinguish it better than corrective action.  Sometimes, the function of those behaviors is to get attention.  Even negative attention is attention…  It takes some thought to determine the source cause of the misbehavior. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to really start keeping a lookout for woody debris as Lake Chelan fills.  The Straits are beginning to collect lot of debris.  With the little burst of warm weather, I expect the Narrows to begin to load up. 

 

DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

509-687-0709

www.darrellanddads.com

 

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 2/27/2017 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 02/28/2017

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 2/27/17

    What’s heating up is trolling the edges of Lake Chelan for Kokanee.  Also continuing hot is trolling the trench on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  Finally, fishing through the ice on Roses Lake is hot for rainbow trout. 

 

    On Chelan, we have located schools of kokanee around the edges of the lower half of the lake.  They are varying in size from 9 to 14 inches.  They are absolute acrobats on light gear and their delicate flesh has unparalleled eating quality.  Work the edges of Lake Chelan from the surface to 200 feet.  Look at your sonar and troll a Mack’s Lures Double D dodger trailed by one of Mack’s Lures orange or pink Mini Cha Cha Squidders baited with some Pautzke’s Fire Corn or shoepeg corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna just above the fish.  Speeds of 1 to 1.5 mph will work best.  Look around on the same contour once you find them. 

 

    Lake Trout continue to bite trolled presentations in the trench.  This bite, that has been red hot since September has finally dropped back to a more normal 2 fish per hour.  I would expect big fish to show up around Colyar’s ledge now, if our previous year’s experience are any help. Jeff’s Drifts baited with pikeminnow, were the best lure to solidly hook those light biting trench fish.

 

    Roses Lake is producing rainbow trout through the ice.  Fish with a slip sinker rig and Pautzke’s Firebait in Rainbow. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to make small subtle shifts to stay on those kokanee.  They are roaming a bit for their food.  I’ve found that sliding along the same depth contour that I originally found them at is better than slipping into deeper or shallower water.  Also, using some of that new Mack’s tape to change things up can reignite a slowing bite. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is a combination of two oldies but goodies from repertoire of managing primary grade school age kids.  Kids from 5 or 6 to 8 or 9 will use misbehavior to get attention illegitimately.  It is hard-wired into them.  Step one is to ignore the behavior for a short bit then catch them doing something on task and praise that behavior.  Step two is to use distraction to get them off the misbehavior.  Step three is to then redirect them back on task.  Unless the misbehavior is dangerous, responding to it reinforces it, even if the response is negative.   

 

The safety tip of the week is to inspect your lifejackets for rips, tears and other winter wear.  Can’t wait for our first burst of nice weather!

DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

509-687-0709

www.darrellanddads.com

 

 

 

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 2/11/2017 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 02/11/2017

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 2/11/17

    And the beat goes on…  Lake Chelan continued hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Trench and Kokanee on Colyar Ledge. 

 

    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 the 7.6 size.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s Corn soaked in Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna scent.  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.  Jeff Drift rigs in glow colors fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

 

    Your fishing tips of the week is to keep track of small details when fishing kokanee.  The most important of these is depth.  You see the fish on your sonar at 115’.  How do you know your gear is there?  If you don’t have your downrigger ball showing on the screen it might be a challenge to know.  Sometimes the balls being in the sonar cone can be too much and obliterate fish signals.  So you adjust your transducer to eliminate the downrigger balls you better “zero” your downriggers.  Maybe touch the balls on the bottom at a known similar depth and change your counter to match your depth.  Then you only have “Kentucky Windage” to adjust for as you increase depth or speed…  To be precise can be difficult.  More importantly, keep your mind open to the “less is more” doctrine.  If you are trolling through an area that holds a large number of fish for an extended distance, fishing the maximum number of rods makes sense.  If you are trying to hit a small area very precisely, minimizing the number of rods could actually improve your catch.  Where we know certain small spots hold concentrations of fish, we will troll through working one rod precisely, and another rigged and ready to go.  Hook a fish on the one rod, make your turn and drop ready rod down.  Net the hooked fish, hook another fish, re-rig that one, etc.  Sometimes less rods can allow you to fish more precisely and effectively. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to use the open discussion time that fishing affords to help them explore their problem solving skills.  Doing it with open ended questions also develops critical thinking skills.  These are both things that modern life rarely affords us the time to develop appropriately.  For example asking the 8 year old how we should steer around that log up ahead.  Then asking follow ups like,” What do we do if the wind changes, or what about that outside fishing line?” “ Would it catch the log doing that? “ The simplest of life’s situations can be very teachable moments. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to remember to unplug those electric downriggers before working on the cable.  The cable moving unexpectedly while your hands are on it can be a very unwelcome surprise.

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2/8/17 - Sonny & Pat Clemmer of Springdale, WA with their friends Caroline & Don Renz of Loon Lake and their epic catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

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2/6/17 - The venerable Pepe' out with the intrepid Jeff to get their Kokanee fix.

DARRELL & DAD’S FAMILY GUIDE SERVICE

509-687-0709

www.darrellanddads.com

 

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 1/26/2017 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 01/27/2017

Lake Chelan continues to be hot, trolling for Mackinaw in the Barrens and for Kokanee along Colyar Ledge.

    Trolling for suspended Kokanee is terrific.  Pull Mack’s Lure’s Mini Cha Cha Squidders in Orange on a short leader behind their Double D Dodger in the 7.6 size at about 1mph.  Bait the Mini Cha Cha’s with Corn.  Jeff has a lot of confidence in Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna while Anton likes the color variation that Pautzke’s Fire Corn provides.  We have caught these silver bullets anywhere from 45 to 200 feet deep.  You may catch some Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout with this pattern.  Remember that unclipped Cutthroat Trout must be immediately released, unharmed.

   Laker fishing has been terrific in the Barrens and the Trench.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around .8 to 1.3 mph.  Jeff’s Drift Lures fronted with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has been our best pattern. 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to take it slow and easy when fighting Kokanee.  It is easy to overpower when reeling.  That is how you lose fish.  When they are thrashing, stop reeling and enjoy the tug.  Pulling hard against them will pull the hooks.  In general, if you are getting 2 of 3 or 3 of 4 you are doing fine.  If you are catching under 50% work on your technique.  Sizing up to #4 or even #2 hooks seems to help the landing percentage too.

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them on the rod when a fish jumps on.  They will be reluctant at first.  Fear of the unknown.  They will learn a lot from losing fish.  When they lose a fish, don’t make a big deal out of it, in fact, don’t say anything about it for a while.  Then just review with them what happened.  If the fish simply won, say that.  If they did something wrong, just provide the corrective information.  But, with experience, they will get better.  We call it “a self-correcting program”.

    The safety tip of the week is to be prepared for icy conditions pulling your boat out of our lake.  A shovel, sand or kitty litter and chains would be a good idea.

    Winter is finally letting up a bit so get out and enjoy our fishery.  Remember, we have a canvas enclosure and propane heat on our North River, so you don’t have to be tough to come out and enjoy it with us.

 

LAKE CHELAN REPORT FOR 07 NOVEMBER 2016

posted by Mike on 11/08/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 11/7/16

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 What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan.  Also hot is trolling for Kokanee on Lake Chelan.   On Lake Chelan we have been running up to the Yacht Club to catch our fish.  Worden Lures venerable T4 Purple Glow Flatfish has been productive as well as Jeff’s Drift Rigs made from Mack’s Lures Smile Blades and tapered beads.  Speeds of 1 to 1.2 mph worked best. 

 Also on Lake Chelan, fishing for Kokanee near the Yacht Club has been hot.  Mack’s Lures 00 to 0000 chrome scale dodgers trailed by their mini cha cha Squidders or wedding rings baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn has gotten these mostly 12 and 13 inch fish to bite. 

 Your fishing tip of the week is to use your electronics to fine tune your presentation to increase your catch rate.  During this reporting period we used our Depthfinder and GPS to have great days for both Mackinaw and Kokanee on Lake Chelan.  For Kokanee, the fish were concentrated in a narrow band in a small area.  Jeff pounded that area by setting the lure depths just above the schools of Kokanee to have a Banner Day.  The Mack’s were concentrated near the bottom moderately spread out, but near similar depths.  Jeff kept on that pattern to stack the Macks. Without the Depthfinder and GPS it would have been a much slower day. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to keep your ear to the ground for the annual fall stocking of Roses Lake.  This usually provides a couple of weeks of great angling before ice up right around the Thanksgiving Holiday.  My grandkids have some nice memories of this.  Maybe yours can get some memories too? 

The safety tip of the week is make sure you are ready for towing in the winter here in Eastern Washington.  A snow brush, a shovel and chains are a good idea.  A can of that deicer spray has come in handy over the years for a variety of things.  

  I will ascend onto my soap box for my report leading into Veteran’s Day to share my thoughts and feelings before moving on in future reports.  I believe the best thing that we can do to honor our war dead is live well and joyously.  However, I think it is occasionally necessary to reflect and appreciate their sacrifices.  My friend, Terry Gilden was killed in the Beirut Embassy bombing of 1983 by Hezbollah militants.  The mission there was to bring the bloody civil war in Lebanon to an end.  In 1993, my friend, Randy Shugart was killed by militants of a Somalian warlord.  The mission there was to clear the way for food supplies to reach hundreds of thousands of starving civilians in rural Somalia.  While critical thinking is necessary and skepticism can be useful, make no mistake.  Flawed as we might be, we are the good guys because men like my friends answered the call and do their best to implement our national will.  George Orwell said it best:  “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”  Just reflect for a moment about the lifestyle we enjoy and give thanks for these men.

 

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 FOR 9/4/16 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 09/06/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 9/4/16

    Our summer pattern of trolling for Lake Trout on Chelan early in the morning on the Bar with a sprinkling of big fish continues hot even as we approach Labor Day.   Also, hot is trolling the trench later in the mornings.  The good news as I write this is cooler damper weather has entered the area.  Luckily, no fires have threatened the area this summer, so far…  

 

    On the Bar, look for depths from 118 to 150 feet deep.  That lower hump is still covered with fish during the first hour of light.  Later in the morning it is best to troll in the trench at depths of 215 feet to 250 feet.  As always, fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed from 1.1 to 1.4 mph.  Jeff’s drift rig in green has worked quite well off the downriggers in both locations.  Bait these rigs with a chunk of Northern Pikeminnow.  Scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice.  On the Bar, those T4 GPLF Flatfish by Worden Lures continue to be the “go to” big fish lure.  For the trench, I switch the outrigger rods over to Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite in Green Splatterback Double Glow in the 3.5 size. 

 

    The fishing tip of the week is to remember to use set tension releases when deepwater trolling here on Chelan.  Pinch pad style downrigger releases will result in too many false release to be efficient or to have much fun.  We really like the simplicity and reliability of Sam’s Pro Releases by Gold Star / Silver Horde for a great set tension release.  Remember to wrap your line 4 or 5 times on the hard plastic pin, not on the rubber spacer for best results. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to use the ever shortening block of after school daylight hours to enjoy the fall fishing bounty and the beauty of our area.  A couple of hours on the Lake or dunking bait at Roses or Antilon is always fun.  Although it would mean a drive back in the dark, this is a great time to take them to the Tumwater Canyon of the Upper Wenatchee to watch the spawning Chinook.  A huge push of Fall Chinook are expected up the entire Columbia system.  A hearty after school snack will get them through until a later dinner.  Remember to keep it short.  Minutes for a school age child are like hours to an oldster like me.  Acceptance of that fact is necessary to make it enjoyable for them.  Resistance is futile…   

 

    The safety tip of the week is to read your local weather report and be aware of incoming weather when fishing Lake Chelan in the fall.  This is the time of transition in the Valley.  When the colder low pressure systems collide with those lovely high pressure ridges that give us our typically beautiful fall weather, violent albeit short lived wind and lightning can result.  If we are expecting one of those patterns, plan your proximity to the launch site accordingly.

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Lake Chelan Report From 5/31/16 - Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 06/03/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/31/16

    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 for Lake Chelan Lakers.  Finally, Omak Lake is hot for Lahontan cutthroat while Wapato Lake has been producing quality planter Rainbows. 

 

    When the wind lets you fish the early morning bite at Colyar Ledge, it is very good.  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 16.9 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! 

 

    As we finish the Memorial Day weekend, I want to remember my friends, Terry Gilden who died in the 1983 Beirut embassy bombing and Randy Shughart who died in the 1993 Mogadishu incident made famous by the movie, Blackhawk Down.  Both were members of Delta when they died.  I had the privilege to serve with them in the Rangers when we were young.  I get to do the things I love doing and spend time with my grandkids because of their sacrifice.

LAKE CHELAN FISHING REPORT FOR 5.22.16 FROM ANTON JONES

posted by Mike on 05/23/2016

LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/22/16

    What just “keeps on keeping on” is trolling in the early morning above the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  The Lower Lake Kokanee bite has really kicked in too.  Finally, the Cutthroat trout fishing from the shoreline on Lake Chelan is still going strong. 

 

    On Chelan, fish Colyar Ledge above the Yacht Club for quality Lakers along the 190 to 210 foot bench.  Troll at speeds of 1 to 1.3 mph as close to the bottom as you can without snagging.  Jeff’s Drift Rig with a Mack’s Lures smile blade in Glow and baited with a triangle of Northern Pikeminnow has been the “go to” presentation.  Silver Horde Kingfisher Lite spoons in Chartreuse double glow Splatterback are a great low drag option for the outrigger rods. 

 

    The Kokanee fishing has been spectacular in the lower basin fishing Mack’s Lures 0000 Double “D” dodgers trailed by a Kokanee Pro Wedding Ring baited with Pautzke’s Fire Corn. 

 

Fishing from the bank and docks on Lake Chelan for Cutthroat Trout with slip sinker rigs is still smoking hot right now.  Use Pautzke’s Fire Bait in American Wildfire on a 30” leader to get these mostly 11 to 16 inch fish.  They are also easily caught trailing a flatline flatfish as a cheater rod while trolling for Lakers and Kokanee. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to keep that piece of Pikeminnow shorter than the tip of the trail hook.  You don’t want it to keep a fish from hooking itself on your trailer.  

 

    The kid’s tip of the week bears repeating.  It is to get them ready for Lake Chelan’s late spring / early summer shore bonanza.  Rainbow Trout, Cutthroat Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pikeminnow are all available in the next month from docks and other public access points on Lake Chelan.  This can provide some fast action for kids with a short attention span.   

 

    Your safety tip of the week is to strap on your patience for this next week with all the tourists that will be launching and retrieving at Mill Bay.  Be kind and plan on more time at the launch between 10AM and 6PM over the weekend! 

 
 
 
 

Lake Chelan Fishing Report From 5/1/2016 From Anton Jones

posted by Mike on 05/05/2016

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LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 5/1/15

    What continues hot is trolling near the Yacht Club on Lake Chelan for numbers of Lake Trout.  Also hot is the Manson Bay bite for Lake Trout.  The Kokanee bite continues spotty during this reporting period except for the early morning bite.  Finally, Wapato Lake has been pumping out some respectable Rainbow Trout. 

 

    On Chelan, Lake Trout bit trolled presentations above the Yacht Club that were pulled at about 1.1mph very close to the bottom in water that was 180 to 240 feet deep.  This has been especially good during the first couple hours of light.  Jeff’s Drift’s baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow was the best producer.  Later in the morning the face of Manson Bay has produced well with the same presentation at the same depths. 

 

    The Kokanee bite continues somewhat slower than it’s peak but some are being caught in the trench, along the face of Mill Bay, up at the Yacht Club and over by the Monument.  The best bite is at first light. 

 

    My spies report that Wapato Lake continues strong after the opener for quality 14” to 16” ‘bows.  Both trolling  and still fishing have been productive.  The cutthroat bite on Chelan has been especially productive in the Mill Bay area. 

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to keep in mind a couple simple items to improve your fishing success on Lake Chelan.  First, for our deepwater trolling replace those pinch pad downrigger releases with Sam’s Pro Releases from Silver Horde.  They are simple, effective and prevent false releases.  Second, try sickle hooks by Matzuo.  Their shape seems to keep fish buttoned up, and their somewhat softer construction allows you to straighten them on snags to avoid losing entire rigs. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to get them involved in the process.  Don’t just tie your leaders.  Teach them and have them tie one up.  Compliment them in front of others when they do a good job.  Have them reel in to check your baits.  The busier they are, the happier they will be.  Boredom sets in early for the younger set that is conditioned to constant stimulation. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is basic launch and retrieval etiquette.  If you need to rig your boat after arrival before you launch, pull into a parking spot and rig.  Don’t rig your boat blocking launch lanes.  If you are having difficulty launching or retrieving, don’t be afraid to ask for help.  Most experienced boaters are more than willing to help if they know you need assistance.  

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Lake Chelan Report From 2/10/2016

posted by Mike on 02/13/2016

This past Wednesday I had the pleasure of fishing with old time friend Jeff Witkowski of Darrel & Dad's Family Guide Service on Lake Chelan. Jeff has been wanting me to come over and sample the Winter Kokanee fishing for quite some time. After taunting me with photos of some outstanding catches this past month I finally made the decision to go. So Tuesday afternoon my friend Keith Yamaguchi and I made the trek over the mountains to Manson. After a good nights sleep we meet Jeff at the Mill Bay launch at dawn, quickly loaded our gear onto his boat and proceded up lake to where he had found fish earlier in the week. Upon arriving he quickly set out an assortment of tried and true Kokanee gear and very soon we were into fish. The next two hours we had a hard time keeping gear in the water. We caught a multitude of Kokanee, a west slope cutthroat and one of those very hard to come by landlocked Chinook. We continued to fish the remaider of the day and continued to catch fish, but a much slower pace than the morning.

 

Fishing with Jeff was a pleasure, not only was he extremely knowledgable of the fishery but a very personable individual. His North River boat was well outfitted and very comfortable. Jeff even had it rigged with a propane heater to keep the chill off and to warm your hands when needed. With the temperature in the 30's it was very pleasant to say the least.

 

In the course of the day Jeff also gave us the run down on the great lake trout fishing on Chelan as well as the various techniques of fishing for them. To say the least we found it quite intriguing. I will soon be giving him a call to set up another day of fishing.

 

If you are wanting a great outing, this is one I would highly reccomend. If you want more information on this fishery or to book a trip you can take a look at their website www.darrelland dads.com or give them a call at 1-866-360-1523.
 

Lake Chelan Fishing Report For 1/26/2016 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 01/26/2016

Lake Chelan Are Fishing Report for 1/26/16

    What continues hot is trolling the Barrens for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan and catching Kokanee uplake from the Narrows, trolling in depths of 100 to 500 feet deep. 

 

    Working depths of 185 to 210 feet in the Barrens at speeds of 1 to 1.2 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be very productive.  Jeff’s Drifts and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds.  Bait those with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow if you still have some. 

 

    Up above the Narrows, fish Colyar’s ledge with Mack’s Lures mini cha cha Squidders in orange and pink for nice kokanee.  Bait those lures with Pautzke’s Fire Corn.  That same 1 to 1.2mph is a great speed to start at.  Adjust it as you determine if the fish want those squddy’s faster or slower.  You should fish just above or through suspended schools from 50 to 220 feet deep over bottoms from 100 to 500 feet deep.  The odd Landlocked Chinook and suspended Mack is a bonus.

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to be very active when trolling for Lakers and Kokanee on Chelan.  With the Lakers you must be constantly working to keep your gear tight to the bottom.  If you drag you will either snag or foul your terminal gear up with bottom debris.  For every 10 feet you are off the bottom you cut your bite rate in half.  You have to keep moving your gear for Kokanee right above their heads.  They are anywhere from 45 feet to over 200.  Keep your head in the game! 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is to teach negotiation as a strategy to avoid worse behaviors.  A lot of the time you can avoid pouting, tantrums and “shutting down” by using your adult brain and negotiating a solution.  It not only avoids the whole disciplinary cycle, but also models an alternative strategy.  To excess, it can “create a monster”, but all in all, modeling negotiations to get what you want gives kids another more acceptable tool in their people skills tool box. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to watch the dock on Chelan before the sun hits them.  Sometimes the ice is nearly invisible.  Falling down is only funny on TV. 

 

Don’t forget that our Winter Specials runs through February 15th.  This is a great time to cure cabin fever with a fishing trip to beautiful Lake Chelan.

 

Pictured:  1/16/16 - Ray Lingle of Chelan with son, Jared of Yakima with their days catch of Lake Chelan Kokanee, Macks  and a nice 6.1 pound King.

 

Also Pictured:  1/16/16 - Mr. Lingle again with that nice chrome King!

 

Also, Also Pictured:  1/19/16 - Jesse McWain and friend Bill from East Wenatchee with their days catch of Barrens Mackinaw.  Big fish of 10.8 pounds

 

Finally Pictured:  1/19/16 - Jesse again with that 10.8 pound Mack

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Lake Chelan Report For 1/16/16 From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 01/16/2016

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  LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 1/16/16

 

    What’s hot into the middle of January is trolling the Barrens for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan.  Heating up is catching Kokanee uplake from the Narrows, trolling in depths of 100 to 500 feet deep.  Also hot, for those of you longing for a warmer climate is trolling for multiple species out of Cabo San Lucas. 

 

    Working depths of 185 to 210 feet in the Barrens at speeds of 1 to 1.2 mph within 5 feet of the bottom continues to be very productive.  Jeff’s Drifts and Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders have produced numbers of fish from two to five pounds as well as a monster Mack. 

 

    Up above the Narrows, fish Colyar’s ledge with Mack’s Lures mini cha cha Squidders in orange and pink for nice kokanee.  Bait those lures with Pautzke’s Fire Corn.  The odd suspended Mack or fin clipped cutthroat is a bonus.  You should fish just above or through suspended schools from 50 to 220 feet deep over bottoms from 100 to 500 feet deep. 

 

    Slow trolling live baits on either the Sea of Cortez or Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas produced 13 species of fish in a week of fishing.  Dorado and wahoo were the most common fish, with a whopper Striped Marlin and an ultra light gear Rooster fish thrown in for good measure.  It was a great break from winter!  

 

    Your fishing tip of the week is to remember scent when fishing.  We like to smear all our hard lures with Pautzke’s Krill Juice for trout and salmon.  We believe this works as a cover scent so fish committed to biting will not shy away at the last moment. 

 

    The kid’s tip of the week is plain common sense.  Since kid’s bodies have less mass than ours, they are less tolerant of cold than adults.  Give them an extra layer.  Build a warming fire where safe and legal.  Take warming breaks in the vehicle where fires won’t work.  Keep the sessions short.  Make sure it is fun so they will want to do it again.  Especially pay attention to their fingers and toes. 

 

    The safety tip of the week is to use this slower time of the year to make sure your safety gear has been checked and is in shape for the peak boating season.  Fire extinguishers need to be recharged and inspected.  Replace used or worn items.  For us that is usually band aids and anti-inflammatories like aspirin, Tylenol and Ibuprofen.  Check lifejackets and throwable cushions for worn spots and tears to be repaired or replaced as needed.  Make a list and check the items off.

 

Pictured:  1/7/16 - Guide Jeff Witkowski with his 27.6 lb Barrens caught Mack!

 

Also Pictured:  1/9/16 - Mack's Lures, Bobby Loomis with Jeff and his catch of Lakers, Kokanee and a clipped Cutt.

 

Finally Pictured:  1/8/16 - The old man himself with son-in-law Mike Wilson of Spangle with a 20 lb Rooster Fish caught on ultra-light tackle on the Pacific side of Cabo San Lucas.

 

 
 
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End Of The Year Report From Lake Chelan From Anton Jones Of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service

posted by Mike on 01/02/2016

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LAKE CHELAN AREA FISHING REPORT FOR 12/28/15

Winter fishing for Mackinaw continues to be hot on Lake Chelan during the Christmas holiday period.  Heating up is winter Kokanee fishing around Colyar Ledge.  We troll for these Lakers from 180 to 245 feet deep in the Barrens and the Trench.  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.  Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons have also been productive.  These fish are completely jammed full of Mysis shrimp.  This in turn makes the meat especially delectable.  Trolling for Kokanee in the mid-depths has worked pretty good.  Your basic rig is a Mack’s Lure’s Double D Dodger in 00 to 0000 sizes with a short leader to a Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidder.  Sizing up the hooks to #4 or even #2 might improve your fish retention percentage.  Bait the hooks with Pautzke’s Fire Corn to complete your ensemble.  Spot mid depth arches on your sonar.  We have found them from 50 feet deep to 175 feet deep.  Then troll just above them at about 1.1 mph.  Your fishing tip of the week is to use de icer to keep your gear functioning during these cold snaps.  Having reels lock up and downriggers stick are among the many “joys” of the season when a cold snap hits.  Sometimes a touch of oil on the rod eyes will help you out to.  The kid’s tip of the week is to dress them in layers and have warm liquids to fight off the winter chill.  Plan on shorter trips so the little ones will want to go fishing again.  The safety tip of the week is to leave your lower unit in the water a minute or two before starting the engine.  It will let any ice layer that has formed around the impeller to melt.  That way you won’t shred your impeller and have to pay for repairs.

 

11-24-15 - Terry Bright and Sara Hood of Elk Grove, CA with their mornings catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

 

12/22/15:  Pepe' Hernandez of Blueberry Hills in Manson with son Emilio and their mornings catch of Kokanee and afternoon blast of Chukar.

 

12/08/15:  Pepe' Hernandez again with a 4.4 pound Chinook from the Mitchell Creek area. 

 

 

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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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