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Friday, February 16, 2018
By Dave Graybill
I have been hearing reports of great kokanee fishing on Lake Chelan all winter, and have been eager to try it myself. Thanks to Lance Effrig, of Washington Guide Services, I was able to do that on Wednesday of this week. We launched at the State Park and ran up to a spot below Mitchell Creek and put out our gear. We ran Kokabow blades and spinners off riggers to a variety of depths. We had one set at 125 feet, one at 100 feet, another at 85 and one at 75 feet deep. We picked up a fish here and there as we trolled at 1.7 to 1.9 mph in this area. Some were deep, others were shallow. Then all four rods went off. We went through the usual Chinese Fire Drill of popping rods off riggers, reeling in and netting fish, and managed to land all four. We had ten fish in the box by 9:30. Lance had clients coming early next week so we went exploring near the State Park and Mill Bay, and we didn’t get anything. Back we went to above the Yacht Club and finished our limits. We had a few small kokanee in our catch but most were fat 13- to 14 inchers.