Lake Chelan Fishing Report (11-30-10)

(ANTON JONES, DARRELL & DAD’S GUIDE SERVICE PRESS RELEASE)

What’s hot is the jig and bobber fishing on the Upper Columbia for Steelhead.  Also hot is trolling for Lahontan Cutthroat at Omak Lake. Finally, the “bankers bite” for lake trout in the trench on Lake Chelan is stabilizing into our winter pattern.

We had a great time getting rid of the triptofan overload on Black Friday by going Steelhead fishing between Bridgeport and Brewster.  It was a great way to hang out with the grandson’s and get them away from the video games and TV. This was not pounding away at a single spot with the same presentation.  We pounded a dozen different runs and slots with a variety of shrimp baited jigs.  We varied the depth that we hung those jigs at a lot.

ANTON JONES HIMSELF (LEFT) WITH A FLOY-TAGGED TRIPLOID, AS WELL AS GRANDSONS CHANDLER WILDMAN OF WENATCHEE AND TYLER AND MICHAEL WILSON OF CHENEY AND THEIR STEELHEAD. (DARRELL & DAD'S GUIDE SERVICE)

Scent and dye your shrimp with Pautzke’s Fire Cure.  Hang those shrimp off of jigs from 1/8th to 1/4 ounce.

Worden’s lil’ Corky jigs or Mack’s Glo-getter’s worked best.  Get those new Mack’s jigs with a smile blade on top as some extra enticement.  We varied depths from as shallow as 4 feet to as deep as 23 feet.  By the end of the day we had plenty of hatchery fish and the bonus of a floy-tagged triploid to keep.  We also had released a number of wild fish.  This is a great winter fishery.

The guys had a great day on Omak for Lahontan’s.  Trolling Rushin Salmon Wobblers and Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons were best.  The bays at either end of the lake were most productive.

Our fish from Chelan this reporting period came during the bankers bite, in the trench primarily on Kingfisher Lites.  This is the time of the year to size down your Worden Flatfish from U20 all the way to F7 to consistently get those Mysis shrimp eating fish to bite.

Your fishing tip of the week is to have a plan this time of the year to keep your hands warm.  Just being out there is great, but to catch fish you’ve got to keep active and continue to fish.  The first part of this is to have a plan so that you can handle all your fishing gear without getting your hands too cold to use.  Those chemical warmers are helpful.  Also, having multiple pairs of gloves to change when one pair gets damp from handling wet line and slimy fish helps.  But don’t forget that 70% of your heat is lost through your head and shoulders.

The kid’s tip of the week is to bring a second set of footgear and socks.  Changing socks and shoes to get dry ones on can be a real day extender.  Also, those toe warmers can really help kids stay in the winter game.

The safety tip of the week is a simple one.  For you winter boat anglers, add a milk crate under your tank for those on board propane heaters.  It provides great stability.  Who needs a 20 pound propane tank with a lit heater rolling around in the bottom of their boat?

Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad’s Family Guide Service (www.darrellanddads.com or 1-866-360-1523)
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