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Anton Jones report for Oct. 21

Continuing hot is trolling the Barrens and the Trench for Mackinaw on Lake Chelan. Pay attention to the state DFW website for fall stockings in Lake Chelan and Roses Lake for their fall plants to get on those rainbow trout, Jones said. “We are looking for lakers from 165 to 205 feet deep early in the mornings,” Jones said. “Later in the day, trolling tight to the bottom in depths of 210 to 250 feet works best.” Counter to conventional thought, the later morning/mid-day bite has been the strongest. “Fish within 3-5 feet of the bottom and keep your speed around 1.3 mph,” Jones said. “Glow in the dark Smile Blades from Mack’s Lure continue to be the go to attractor here on Lake Chelan. Put those in front of a 4-inch needlefish squid rig by Silver Horde, bait them with a piece of Northern Pikeminnow and scent everything with Pautzke’s Krill Juice to keep yourself consistently into the fish.” Rainbow trout can be caught by a variety of methods. “Catch them from shoreline locations with Pautzke’s Firebait in American Wildfire using a 30-inch leader on a slip sinker rig,” Jones said. “You can also catch them trolling using Mack’s Lure Mini Cha Cha Squidders behind a Mack’s Lure 0000 Double D Dodger.” Jones Fishing Tip of the Week is to check the terminal end of your gear periodically. “When you re-tie your knots, test the heck out of them before getting them wet,” he said. “Run your leaders between your lips to check the line for nicks and frays. Test your hook points on your thumbnail for sharpness. Or just enjoy telling the ‘big one that got away’ story.” Jones’ Kid Tip of the Week is to keep the duration of these colder weather trips short. “More trips of shorter duration will be enjoyed by younger kids,” he said. The Safety Tip of the Week is to recheck trailer lights. “With the shorter days of late fall and winter, you will be depending on those lights for safety traveling to and from your favorite fishing hole,” he said.

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