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Wednesday, April 22, 2015
 
By Dave Graybill
 
The most popular day of fishing for the whole year is coming up this weekend, with the opening of the lowland trout lakes. However, there are great fishing opportunities right now and some good places to avoid the opening weekend crowds. Antillon Lake is one of the best brown trout fisheries in the state, and when I stopped by there recently there were just two people on the lake in a small row boat. They had a stringer of browns that averaged 14 inches. I really want to get to Antillon for some of this action. Anglers are getting limits of small rainbow at Roses Lake. This is also a great lake for largemouth bass, really big bluegill, perch and even crappie. There is a good launch here, but it can be very slick. Bigger boats may want to have 4 wheel drives. The kokanee fishery on Lake Chelan is going strong again this year. At a recent derby, one boat of three anglers landed over 21 pounds of kokanee in a day and a half of fishing. The kokanee ranged in size from 13 to 18 inches. Fish have moved into the lower basin, too, and are being caught from the Monument down to the blue roofs.