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Wednesday, April 23, 2008
By Dave Graybill
Year after year, some of the best trout fishing lakes on the opening weekend are just up the road from Wenatchee. Unfortunately, the popular lakes in the Wenatchee Heights will not be some of them this year. Our late spring has left deep snow on the roads that access Beehive Reservoir, Lilly and Clear lakes, so the planting trucks just can’t there prior to the opener. However, not too far from Wenatchee are Wapato and Roses lakes, just over the hill from Manson at Lake Chelan. Wapato Lake is one of the most consistent producers of good catches of fat rainbow on the opening weekend, and has been for decades. Roses Lake is already producing limit catches of small rainbow, but there are some dandies in the lake, too. Not too far north of Chelan is Pateros and Alta Lake is just two miles up the road. It’s a dandy for fat rainbow. Another extremely popular opening weekend lake is Jameson. This lake is a real trout factory. Small rainbow planted in the fall will be chunky 12-inchers or better by opening day. Jameson is served by two great resorts and there is plenty of room for bank anglers, even on the opening weekend.