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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
By Dave Graybill
We are in that awkward in between time here in Central Washington. The weather is cold, but not cold enough to freeze our area lakes so that the ice fishermen can get out and enjoy their sport. However, there are some great early-winter fishing opportunities for boaters, and shore anglers. A surprise this year was the really good kokanee fishing on Lake Chelan. Anglers are catching very good numbers of them near the Yacht Club, and even further down lake. Another species that is available on Lake Chelan are cutthroat. They can also be taken in very good numbers on Chelan. Some folks are even getting them casting from shore near the Monument. They are throwing Kastmasters or Sonic Rooster Tails to get them. Trollers, who put out a lure, like a Mag Lip 3.5 or 3.0, with a bit of weight, are getting them while they fish for kokanee. Another kokanee fishery that is about to take off is that one on Lake Roosevelt. I am getting reports of them showing up near Keller. This was the best thing going last winter and everyone is hoping that it is as good as last year. I can’t think of a reason why it shouldn’t be. Many of the smaller fish we caught last year will have grown up and the bigger three-year-olds could be of state record size this season.