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Friday, December 29, 2023
By Dave Graybill
Many years ago, when I was living in Lake Chelan, a couple of local bass anglers invited me to go bass fishing in December. I thought it was a crazy idea but went along. They took me to Barker Canyon Cove and showed me how to “stitch” with plastic leeches. This meant very slow trolling with a light weight on the bottom. We filled the live well with big smallmouth. Earlier this winter, while trolling for walleye, we were catching a surprising number of big largemouth bass on Potholes Reservoir. Looking back at some of the photos I had taken on Potholes in the early winter, I see that this wasn’t unusual. I know anglers are still out chasing walleye on Potholes, and if you’re a bass angler, you may want to get down there, too. Fishing for trout off Medicare Beach is also popular right now. There is another good reason to travel to this area. The perch fishing at the I-90 Bridge is still great. Boats are anchoring just above the bridge and people are casting from the rip rap bank and getting bucketfuls of nice perch. Take advantage of this mild weather and get out and get some fish!