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Monday, October 18, 2021
By Dave Graybill
I had heard that good numbers of kokanee were being caught at Lake Chelan, and I just had to get up there and find out for myself. My brother in-law Tom Verschuren was willing to give it a try. We have actually had some great days fishing for Chelan kokanee in fall seasons past. Launching at the State Park we drove up lake to the area I call the Stairs, where long flights of steps run from the cabins on the steep sidehill run down to the water’s edge. One downrigger was dropped to eighty feet, and the other to 60. I just set the rod in the holder when the rod bounced. What hit the Kokabow blade and spinner was a cutthroat. One of several that pestered us that day. The other rod went off soon after and we landed a fat 11-inch kokanee. Things were looking up but took a downturn. We did find some schools while trolling down toward the Yacht Club and lost a bunch of fish and put another kokanee in the cooler. I wanted to see if there were fish further down lake and ran to a spot below Rocky Point. We spotted several schools here and had the same look. We added to our catch but reeled in a lot of bait-robbed hooks.