What’s hot is trolling for Lake Trout on Lake Chelan near Mill Bay early in the morning and late in the evening. Heating up is the Chinook Salmon bite in the Brewster Pool. We have received reports that the Kokanee are schooling off the Painted Rocks near Stehekin in preparation for their run up the river.
The early morning and late evening bite below Wapato Point on Lake Chelan has produced some nice double digit fish. Hands down, the Worden Lures T4 Flatfish fished 100’ back with a one pound ball taking it to the bottom has produced the majority of our big fish. Mack Lures Cha Cha Squidders baited with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow off the downriggers has produced fish too. A speed of 1.4 mph has worked best. Moving just above Wapato Point later in the morning and focusing on those Cha Cha’s has gotten good numbers of eating sized Lakers to bite.
On the Brewster Pool the bite has transitioned from Sockeye to Kings. This is a short window where the Chinook are more eager to bite and still of good eating quality. These Kings will bite Super Baits and Plug Cut Super Baits as well as plug cut herring. Mountain Dew Plug Cut Super baits 42” behind a big rotating flasher is one tried and true presentation. Fill the Super Bait with oil based tuna and dip it in your favorite sauce. We like Pautzke’s Krill Juice. Make sure your herring is fresh and cured nicely to stay on the hooks.
We have received reports of some nice Kokanee fishing near Stehekin on Lake Chelan. Use Pautzke’s Fire Corn on a pink Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidder behind a small Mack’s Lures Double D Dodger.
Your fishing tips of the week are oldies but a goodies. Meticulously check your line for nicks and your knots for strength. I run my leaders through my lips as my fingers lose their sensitivity at the end of the summer. Test those knots hard before getting them wet. Another piece of the puzzle is the screw eye connection of the hooks to the lures. Tug on all that to check and make sure the connections are solid. It’s a shame to lose a big fish due to a preventable problem.
The kid’s tip of the week is to use lots of sloppy praise to keep them interested and involved. Don’t be afraid to be a bit silly!
The safety tip of the week is to keep that sharp lookout for woody debris on Lake Chelan. As it waterlogs, that wood settles and gets harder to see. Don’t be afraid to slow down coming through those debris fields.
Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service
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Pictured: 8/17/12 - Will Reeves of Cedar Park, TX with a 19lb 3oz early morning Lake Chelan Mackinaw
Also Pictured: 8/13/12 - Randy and Chase Plischke of Spokane with their mixed bag of Chinook and Sockeye
Finally Pictured: The Ross and Woodwards of Connard, NH with their collection of evening caught Lakers.