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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
By Dave Graybill
Monday was a great day to be on Lake Wenatchee. The sun was shining, and the lake was flat calm. Better yet I got to take my good friend Rollie Schmitten sockeye fishing. This was a switch. I fished with Rollie in his boat for many years. I learned what I know about sockeye fishing on the lake while “deck handing” when he took out his family and friends. He has saved me a spot on his dock in recent seasons, but we are usually busy taking other people out. We both had a clear day on Monday, so off we went. We started off West Point and dropped our gear in with two downriggers and two rods with 8 ounce lead balls off the back. Three of the rods had a version of the three red hook rig, and one had a two-hook Macks Lure sockeye hoochie lure. We put the downriggers at 60 feet and the back rods at 80 feet. At 6:20 the first rod started bouncing. That was the beginning of a busy hour on the boat. By the time the dust cleared we had seven fish in the cooler, and it was only 7:00! As it often does on Lake Wenatchee, the bite died. We ran up to try off Glacier View campground, but nothing doing. So we headed for the dock to clean our catch.