(REPORT COURTESY ANTON JONES, DARRELL & DAD’S GUIDE SERVICE)
What’s hot is trolling the deepwater for big Lake Trout on Lake Chelan as well as jig and bobber fishing the Upper Columbia for Steelhead.
Fish on Lake Chelan up by the Yacht Club with Silver Horde’s Kingfisher Lite spoons in glow and UV patterns. Worden Lure’s T4 Purple Glow Flatfish are also a great choice. Mack’s Lures big Squid Rigs in Glow colors also work great. The odd landlocked Chinook has been a bonus.
Fishing for Steelhead with a jig and bobber from Pateros to Bridgeport has been great. Putting 10 to 15 fish in the net per days fishing has been the norm. Fish baited jigs under slip bobbers baited with pink shrimp. The depth that we hung those jigs varied from as shallow as 3 feet to as deep as 28 feet. Worden’s Maxi-Jigs in 1/8 oz Calypso has been “lights out”. Mack’s Lures Glo-Getters in pink and orange have also caught fish. Baiting those jigs with shrimp that have been cured in Red Pautzke’s Fire Cure has been the ticket. Move that slip knot deeper and work in deeper water if the flow is slow and the river is down. If it is moving get in the shallow part of the runs. Triploid escapees from Rufus and even native Bull trout have been a bonus. Remember, it is mandatory to keep adipose clipped Steelhead.
At Rufus, try casting Worden’s Black or Green Roostertails in 1/8th to ¼ ounce to shoreline points especially where big chunk rock is present. If this works you can catch and release fish. Remember that if you fish with bait, the first 2 fish are your “limit” whether or not you release them.
Your fishing tip of the week is to spool up your downriggers with 200 pound test Power Pro to get enough downrigger cable to get at those monster deepwater fish. Sometimes when we are making a deepwater turn in 400 feet of water, we have over 550 feet of cable out!
The kid’s tip of the week is to be like a professional infantry squad leader when you are out with the little ones. Physically check their fingers and toes every half hour. If they feel cold to you, take corrective action to get them warmed up. Kids are amazingly unaware of how cold they are until it erupts in cranky behavior.
The safety tip of the week is to stay off of Roses Lake until the ice is at least 4” thick. We are in the thin ice period of the winter. I know you can’t wait to get at those recently stocked rainbows, but be patient. It is not worth a dunking! There is plenty of great angling to be had on Chelan, Rufus and the Upper Columbia.
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