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11/12/14 - Tasula and Len Berggren of Coquitlam, BC with their mornings catch of Lakers
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11/15/14 - Repeat customer Dean Williams, Casey McAfee, Parker Williams and Miles Kendrick of Monroe, WA with their mornings catch of Lakers
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11/15/14 our very own Jeff Witkowski with a nice holdover rainbow caught in Mill Bay on Lake Chelan.
We have made it through our first big cold snap of the winter and now we are getting our first significant snow fall, but our early winter 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 Lake Chelan. The occasional holdover triploid rainbow is a bonus. Roses Lake has received it’s winter rainbow trout plant and is providing hot action for planter sized rainbows. The Upper Columbia River has been providing fair action for steelhead and other fish in the early fall.

We troll for these mostly eating sized Lakers from 220 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 Lake Chelan 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.

Pautzke’s Fire Bait will also work well from the shore on Roses Lake for planter sized Rainbow Trout. WDFW planted approximately 16,000 fish that were 2.4 fish to the pound. Those are about 9” fish. So far, Roses hasn’t frozen over and shore anglers are limiting in less than an hour.

Your fishing tip of the week is to take a page out of the tournament anglers strategy book and prepare plans A, B, C and maybe even D to make efficient use of your precious “on the water” time. This could mean rigging trolling gear and lining up lures so that if plan A’s presentation you can work through your progressions without having to search and then tie knots with chilly fingers. If you are going to switch from still fishing to casting, have those rigs prepared and ready to put into action. This requires thinking ahead and preparing at home. Keeping your presentation in a prime location in an attractive way will make you more successful. It’s only logical.

I will dispense with normal format for my first post Veteran’s Day Report 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 answer 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.

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11/8/14 - Adrian Sinkey with Geoff, Grant and Garrett Harrington of Seattle with their days catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw.

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 Lake Chelan. The occasional holdover triploid rainbow is a bonus. Keep your eyes open for the upcoming fall planting of rainbow trout into Roses Lake for some “small water” action. We troll for these mostly eating sized Lakers 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 Lake Chelan 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.

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.

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10/24/14 - Randy Knopp of Moses Lake with kids Josh and Tosha with their days catch of Lake Chelan Lakers 
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10/25/14 - Cindi Doell and Dan Ruckman of San Ramon, CA with their mornings catch of Lakers
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 10/17/14 - Lake Chelan North Shore Bighorn Sheep.  That's a nice ram!

Continuing hot is our late fall pattern of trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan.  Aso hot is bank fishing and trolling for planter Rainbow Trout on Lake Chelan.We troll for lakers from 185 to 245 feet deep.  Fish within 3 to 5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.3 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.

WDFW has made it’s annual fall triploid Rainbow trout plant on Lake Chelan.  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.

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 and just stubborn.

The kid’s tip of the week is to get them to those shoreline locations on Lake Chelan for those planter rainbows between school and dinner.  You’ll make memories.

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.

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7-19-14 Robert Colwell of Issaquah and Steve Clark of Chelan with their catch of Lake Chelan Mackinaw including a 12.3 pound "Bar" fish. 
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 Lyndon Stout and Julia Leizuira with Eve Leizuira (12); Jessica Stout (9) and Emily "big fish" Stout (8) with their morning catch of Lake Chelan Lakers.  Emily got a 16.2# and an 11.8# Mack!
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Eight year old Emily with her 16.2# fish!

What’s hot is trolling the tip of Wapato Point on Lake Chelan in the mid-morning for Mackinaw.  Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  Finally, hot, is the early morning bite on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw either on the “Bar” on or up at Colyar Ledge on Lake Chelan. 

Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evenings. The “Bar” and Colyar Ledge are hot early in the morning.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the “go to” lure for enticing those big fish.  However, again, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer. 

Your fishing tip of the week is a reminder to keep in mind the most important detail when fishing Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.  That is proximity to the bottom.  We try to fish 3 to 5 feet off the bottom all the time.  Dragging will foul things up.  For every ten feet you come off the bottom, you cut your bite rate in half. 

The kid’s tip of the week is to really stay focused on sun and hot weather safety with the little kids.  Keep plenty of fluids available to keep them hydrated and sunscreen applied.  There is nothing funny about sun stroke, heat exhaustion and dehydration. 

Your safety tip of the week is to really keep your head on a swivel during our busiest time of the year on Lake Chelan.  Avoiding collisions is everyone’s responsibility.

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 6/14/14 - Part of the Larry Craig party from Kirkland with one of their 61 Lahontan Cutts that caught and released in their days fishing.
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 6/15/14 - Chandler Moy (14) and Jeffrey Ding (14) of Mukilteo and Seattle with their mornings mixed bag catch of Kokanee, rainbow, laker and pikeminnow. Christine Ta took them out with us.
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6/14/14 - Dan and Natalia Frumin of Bellevue with son Alex (3) with their evenings catch of Lakers.  Sons Ben (5) and Mateo (7mo) were taking a nap at picture time.

What’s hot is Omak Lake for Lahontan Cutthroat.  Also hot is the evening bite for Lake Trout along Manson Bay.  What’s perking along is fishing the “Bar” on Lake Chelan in the mornings for Lake Trout.  Also, providing some action is Kokanee fishing in the lower basin of Lake Chelan.

Pounding piles of fish in Manson Bay with Silver Horde’s Needlefish Squid rigs fronted with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade and baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow has produced great numbers of fish in the evenings. The “Bar” is continuing to heat up.  Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the “go to” lure for enticing those big fish.  However, again, Silver Horde’s Needlefish squid rigged with a Mack’s Lure Smile Blade has been our most consistent bite producer.

We have finally had some success with Chelan’s Kokanee.  Fishing a variety of depths 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.  The bigger 15 inch and larger Kokanee have come in depths over 100 feet.

Omak Lake is producing tremendous numbers of Lahontan Cutts using Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in the glow green color.  While some fish are 12 to 14 inches, every trip produces many quality fish.

Your fishing tip of the week is to stay focused and active when fishing for Lake Chelan Kokanee this time of the year.  Those fish are at different levels.  Having your gear being run 5 or 10 feet too high or too low can make all the difference.  Try to keep your gear running 3 to 5 feet above the fish.  Our last kokanee trip produced fish from 27 to 138 feet deep.  It was a lot of work generating the strikes.
 
The kid’s tip of the week is a something from my father who passed away in 2001.  No matter what your view on a discussion topic, play the devils’ advocate with those teenagers when they advocate a point of view.  It develops critical thinking skills if done with an underlying gentleness and humor.  This last Father’s Day reminded me of many a fishing trip with my Dad where we discussed politics, religion and other sensitive topics.  He never put me down, but he did show me the flaws in my rationale and to understand there is always more than one side to an issue.  

Your safety tip of the week is to refocus on the floating debris as the lake fills that last foot or two.