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Friday, March 22, 2019
 
By Dave Graybill
 
At one of the sport shows this winter Lance Effrig, of Washington Guide Service, mentioned that he was going to be doing some vertical jigging for lake trout on Lake Chelan. This is something I hadn’t done in years and wanted to give it another try. Lance, his Dad Bob and I met at the State Park boat launch on Tuesday. He pulled up at 7 and we loaded the boat. While his Dad parked the rig, Lance warmed up the big motor and said that he first wanted to troll to see if we could find enough fish to try jigging. We shoved off and ran down lake to spot off Wapato Point and started trolling. By 8:10 I was shooting a video of a 14-pound, 2-ounce laker that I had reeled in. That didn’t take long. We got some video and a photo and then Lance attached the fish to a “descender” that allowed him to lower the fish back down to depth and automatically releases the fish by water pressure. We watched the fish swim away unharmed on the depth sounder. We trolled for a while longer and didn’t find another willing fish. We tried jigging at the Monument but didn’t even mark anything. We trolled plugs for cutthroat back up the State Park but had no takers. It was a beautiful day to be on the water for a morning on Chelan, and we got a beautiful laker for our efforts.