What’s hot is fishing for Kokanee fishing in the lower basin. Additionally, Roses Lake is blistering hot for Bluegill and Sunfish. What is just beginning to heat up is the Bar on Lake Chelan for Mackinaw.
We are continuing to have great success fishing for Chelan’s Kokanee. Fishing 60 feet deep in the lower basin with Mack’s Lure wedding rings and mini squid rigs baited with corn scented with Pro Cure’s Bloody Tuna have gotten these delicious Landlocked Sockeye to bite. Pautzke’s Fire Corn has also been productive when baiting these rigs.
Roses Lake has been smoking hot for a variety of panfish including Bluegill, Redear Sunfish and Pumpkinseeds by slip bobbering a worm. The big Channel Cat is an odd bonus. Try a chunk of one of the smaller Bluegill as bait for these bonus fish!
On Lake Chelan for Mackinaw, the “Bar” is heating up. June is normally the time where the Bar will kick out some nice double-digit fish. Worden Lures T4 flatfish in GPLF has proven to be the go to lure for enticing those big fish. However, Jeff’s Drift Rigs has been our most consistent bite producer when baited with some Northern Pikeminnow doused in Pautzke’s Krill Juice.
Your fishing tip of the week is to remember to check your gear periodically when trolling. Towing around lures that are fouled up with weeds and sticks is a waste of that valuable angling time.
The kid’s tip of the week is to get them ready for life by allowing them to struggle some. After telling a kid how to play a big fish, sometimes you have let them lose a few before they connect the directions with their actions. While we always want to see our grandkids and kids succeed, bumps in the road make us pay attention more and improve our technique to better prepare for what comes later in life. And that is not just about fishing.
Your safety tip of the week is to strap on our patience, helpfulness and friendliness as we welcome the crowds of visitors to our beautiful valley!
Pictured: 6/11/17 The Baird party with their limits of Kokanee and sprinkling of clipped Cutthroat Trout. 6/10/17 The infamous Bobby Loomis with Jeff and his Kokanee and Mack's. The legendary Pepe' Hernandez sent this photo of the bounty of Roses Lake including Bluegill, Sunfish, Crappie and an 8# Channel Cat.