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Chelan macks produce; Upper Columbia salmon spotty

Jolene Rhoads of Spangle poses with a 21-pound 3 ounce Lake Chelan lake trout she caught while fishing with guide Jeff Witkowski of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service. (Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service)
Jolene Rhoads of Spangle poses with a 21-pound 3 ounce Lake Chelan lake trout she caught while fishing with guide Jeff Witkowski of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service. (Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service)

SALMON FISHING — The latest observations on upper Columbia salmon fishing from Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service include a digression to point out that mackinaw fishing continues to be great at Lake Chelan, as one can see above in the form of a 21 pounder in the hands of Jolene Rhoads of Spangle.

Meantime, “Salmon fishing on the Upper Columbia has been spotty at best,” Jones said.

“Everything we have heard indicates that the lack of a thermal barrier at the mouth of the Okanogan River has made for very slow salmon fishing. Below Wells Dam, it has been a bit better, but the inconsistent releases from the dam have played hobb with our fishing.”




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