Phil Colyar of Wenatchee set the state record for lake trout, landing a 35-pound, 10-ounce fish at Lake Chelan on Feb. 4.
The previous record was a 35-pound, 7-ounce fish caught by John G. Hossack on Dec. 31, 2001, also on Lake Chelan.
Colyar was fishing above the narrows and when the fish hit a purple Worden Lures U2 Flatfish with a chartreuse bill in about 270 feet of water, said Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad’s Family Guide Service.
The lunker measured 441/2 inches long with a 28-inch girth.
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American: Anglers are reporting they have been catching smaller fish lately. Power Eggs, in green or yellow, fished off the bottom remains the go-to method. People also are using garlic and herring scents.
Chelan: Lake trout are hitting squid rigs such as Mack’s Lures Cha Cha Squidders or Silver Horde’s Ace Hi Flies rigged with a Mack’s Smile Blade and baited with a piece of northern pikeminnow. Trolling at speeds of 1.2-1.7 mph will work best.
Offut: The action for trout has been pretty consistent for this time of year. Rainbows have been measuring 14-20 inches with a good girth. Most people are using dough bait and worms fished off the bottom.
Roses: The lake continues to provide opportunities for ice anglers seeking rainbow trout and panfish.
Spanaway: Fishing has been fair. People are catching trout by still-fishing the south end. They are using a 2-foot leader with worm and marshmallow or PowerBait. People also are hooking rainbows drifting a single egg in the outlet stream.
Humptulips: Fishing has been fair to good. Anglers are float-drifting with bait or artificials, such as corkies and yarn, or worms. When the water drops and clears, try side-drifting with bait or go to a bobber and jig. People fishing with plugs have been catching fewer fish, but they have been bigger fish.
Olympic Coast: The action has been fair, with some bigger fish being caught. The Sol Duc and Bogachiel have been good. People are using floats with jigs tipped with shrimp or flies, such as an Intruder.
Skookumchuck: Steelhead fishing has been slow.
Wenatchee: Steelhead fishing has been consistent, it’s just that people are not catching a lot of fish. You just have to spend the time working the wide runs with your gear or flies.
Wynoochee: Steelhead fishing has been good in recent days. People are pulling plugs or drifting corkies and yarn to land some bright fish.
Hood Canal: The Misery Point area continues to produce consistent catches of blackmouth. People are trolling with spoons in water about 100 feet deep.
North Sound: Blackmouth action has been a little on the slow side. People were catching some fish in fairly shallow water — 60-70 feet deep — off Possession Bar. Some of the fish are feeding on shrimp. Foulweather Bluff and Bush Point also are producing.
South Sound: A few more legal-size blackmouth have been caught this week, but the action still is on the slow side. People are finding some fish off Quartermaster Harbor. Successful anglers are trolling spoons, such as the Coho Killer behind a flasher right off the bottom during the late afternoon tide change.Contributors: Mike Meseberg at MarDon Resort, washingtonlakes.com, Tom Pollack at Sportco, salmonuniversity.com, Bud Herlitzka at Spanaway Park Boathouse, Becky Pogue at Offut Lake Resort, steelheaduniversity.com, Red’s Fly Shop and Curt Reed at Waters West. Jeffrey P. Mayor: 253-597-8640 firstname.lastname@example.org blog.thenewstribune.com/adventure