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Pending state record mackinaw landed at Lake Chelan

A 35-pound, 10-ounce pending state record lake trout was caught Feb. 4, 2013, in Lake Chelan by Phil Colyar, 56, of Wenatchee. Colyar is a Spokane native who was graduated from Shadle Park High School. (Jack Stagge / Courtesy Phil Colyar)
A 35-pound, 10-ounce pending state record lake trout was caught Feb. 4, 2013, in Lake Chelan by Phil Colyar, 56, of Wenatchee. Colyar is a Spokane native who was graduated from Shadle Park High School. (Jack Stagge / Courtesy Phil Colyar)

FISHING — A 35-pound, 10-ounce pending state record lake trout was caught Monday in Lake Chelan by Phil Colyar of Wenatchee, according to a report on Northwestern Outdoors Radio.

The current official state record mackinaw also was caught in Lake Chelan — a 35-pound, 7-ounce fish caught in 2001.

Colyar, a Spokane native, told The Spokesman-Review this morning that he cut his teeth on fishing at Spokane County lakes before moving to an angler's paradise, where he takes full advantage of the upper Columbia salmon and steelhead runs and Lake Chelan's underrated lake trout fishery.

Fast facts:

The fish: 35 pound, 10 ounce lake trout (or Mackinaw).
 
Tale of the tape: 44.5 inches long, 28-inch girth.
 
The angler: Phil Colyar, 56, of Wenatchee. Colyar moved to Wenatchee in 1983 from his native Spokane, where he was graduated from Shadle Park High School. (His wife, Carrie, was a graduate of Mead High School.) The Colyars own a jewelry store in Wenatchee.
 
Date Caught / Location: Feb. 4, 2013 at Lake Chelan, near the Yacht Club.
 
Tactics: Trolling a newly bought U20 MPPT (Purple and Pink) Flatfish. Depth: 270 feet.
 
Other Gear: Lamiglas 8 1/2 foot rod, Abu Garcia Level Wind Reel, Maxima 18-pound line.



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