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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
By Dave Graybill
One of the better year-round fisheries in our region is on Lake Chelan. Even in winter there are many clear and calm days and few take advantage of them. Those that do are often rewarded with good catches of lake trout and big rainbow. Every year kokanee are being caught earlier and earlier, and just this week I got a photo from Anton Jones, of Darrell and Dads Family Guide Service, showing ten kokanee. The fish appear to be 12 to 13 inches. He is finding fish anywhere from 50 to 175 feet. Large schools of kokanee appear in the lake at this time every year, but it is only fairly recently that anglers have been targeting and catching them. Jones is using small dodgers and Macks Lure Squidders to get his fish. Kokanee fishing has always been popular on Lake Chelan, but in recent years anglers have been after them in the winter and having success. Jones also notes that fishing for lake trout, or mackinaw, is very good right now. Remember the new state record was set here two years ago in February.