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Name: AJFishdude Date: April 18, 2015 Rating:
 
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After an excellent day of fishing Omak lake, my wife was kind enough to let me go back to Antilon for one last trip and one last good chance to catch a Brown Trout before we head back over to the west side of the state. We got to the lake and were fishing by about four. Not wanting to bother with the raft, we instead just fished from the rocks along the east shore of the lake.

I started with one of my favorite lures, a 1/4oz gold and crimson Kastmaster, while my wife soaked worms down on the bottom. I figured the metallic Kastmaster would work while the sun was still on the water, and it turns out that I was right. I had one good strike out deep that didn't stick, and then had another strike also out in the middle of the lake but fairly close to the surface. I got the fish to shore and netted my first brown (around 9"). I then switched to the size 2 pink and silver Vibrax that had worked the day before and was able to get another solid brown (probably around 13") while retrieving it relatively parallel to shore. Before my first fish, my wife got a hit on her worm but it didn't stick. Eventually she switched to pink power eggs, but didn't have luck with them either.

After getting the second fish on the Vibrax I decided to try casting a green wedding ring with a silver blade using a lead egg sinker. The setup actually worked quite well and produced a momentary hookup that got off after a few seconds. Eventually I changed to a pink wedding ring and got another good strike that didn't stick. Near to the end of the trip, I decided to give the fly rod a try with a brown size 10 Woolly Bugger, and I rigged my wife up with a size 10 (I think) olive Damsel Nymph under a bobber. I didn't have any luck with my bugger, but she did get a momentary bobber wiggle with the nymph. Unfortunately, the fish didn't really seem to commit to it.

Not a bad few hours at the lake, especially considering I got my first brown. Yet another fishing goal accomplished.
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Name: AJFishdude Date: April 16, 2015 Rating:
 
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So my wife and I had headed over to Chelan for a long vacation weekend with a decent amount of fishing thrown in. Our primary targets were the Lahontan Cutthroat of Omak Lake, however, I had done some reading up on Antilon lake and we decided to give it a shot the evening that we got into town as a precursor to the next day's cutthroat fishing. Neither of us had caught a Brown Trout either and Antilon therefore seemed to be a perfect little diversion.

We arrived at the lower lake, which was more of an "off road" experience than I had anticipated, got the raft ready to go and were fishing by about 6:00pm. Note that my off road comment also comes from the perspective of someone driving a front wheel drive sedan with standard ground clearance.

I started my wife out with an 1/8oz gold and crimson Kastmaster, while I began working a hand tied size 10 olive Woolly Bugger. As of that evening, I had not yet caught a Brown Trout, nor had I caught a fish on an actual fly rod, nor had I caught a fish on one of my own hand tied flies. I thought I stood a really good chance of making it a "three-for" of firsts that night with a single fish, but only ended up shooting myself in the foot.

My olive WB got no love, so I switched it to a hand tied chum baby which I figured would probably work on a fish eating brown. Low and behold I managed to hook a fish casting right close to shore and stripping the fly back at a snail's pace. The fish rocketed to the surface, shook around a bit and then threw the hook. It was just enough to give me hope that I would get a fish on the fly that night, but it wasn't meant to be. I eventually switched to another hand tied white WB, but didn't get another touch all night.

Meanwhile, I cycled my wife through the aforementioned Kastmaster, a size 4 black/yellow/gold Panther Martin and a 1/6oz silver and yellow Rooster Tail. None of them received any definitive hits, and so I decided it was time to go bright. I switched her to a size 2 pink and silver Vibrax and we finally got some luck. Working just off the point between the two "bays" at the north end of the lake she got a great hit by a healthy Brown of about 14" which we then released. Shortly after she got another good hit, but that ended up being all of our action for that night. I eventually gave up on the fly rod and switched to lures, cycling through various lures before finally trying a worm under a bobber in the dying light, all with no luck.

My observations about the lake when we were there were that the fish are hanging out close to shore, probably not more than 20' out. They also seem to key in on bright lures, which surprised me a first but doesn't now that I think about it. In the evening the lake is almost fully in shadow by the mountain to the west of it, so it makes sense that your standard metallic lures don't work as well, but brightly painted ones do. Also, letting the lures sink down deep was definitely important. Even though there were a decent number of fish rising, I believe our only hits came on deeper presentations.
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Name: jpd45acp Date: June 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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My father and I made our first trip to Antilon and had a blast. We had nonstop action from 9:00-3:00. Biggest fish was
1 3/4#. Our 10 fish limit weighed about 14 pounds. We trolled pop gear/ wedding ring tipped with either worms or coon shrimp. We used a 1/2 oz. banana weight to get the gear down. I ran a rapala behind the pop gear and c&r 4 fish, interestingly they were smaller than the fish caught on the baited rigs. We love this lake and it usually does not disappoint. Cheers!
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Name: JoshuaKing Date: May 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had a great couple of days exploring this little lake tucked up into the hills North of the town of Manson. My brother-in-law and I hit the upper lake first on Saturday morning but were skunked after an hour and decided to check out the lower lake with our time remaining. Boy am I glad we did! We were in a time crunch and only had about 20 minutes to fish the lower lake, but I was able to bring 3 fish to the tube and had several others on. The first fish was a solid 14" Brown that fought like a champ. Even took out some line when it went for a run. The other 2 were around the 12" mark.

We had to quickly pack up but decided we would come back when we had more time. Luckily we made it back on Sunday evening for the late bite. Not more than five after getting our lines in the water and we were both hooking up again. This time the fish were consistently in the 12" range. Not monsters by any means, but it was still a fun way to spend the last hours of daylight. We were both fishing with Olive Green Wooly Buggers with full sinking lines. In total we brought about 10 fish to the tube, released them all, and had another 5 or 6 that broke off. Great action!

Since it was memorial day weekend, there was quite a number of knuckleheads camping in the area blasting rap music, so that distracted us a bit, but the fishing was good enough to inspire us to come back again and again. We will definitely be checking out this lake more since I've heard there are Browns in the 20" range to be found.

Good luck out there!
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Name: schu7498 Date: May 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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We got the chance to fish chelan Saturday with Mav186 on his awesome boat, with salmonbarry. Weather was a little rough but Steve's boat "Mav186" handled the swells like a dream! We really enjoyed the potluck and all the goodies! So nice to have such a great fishing community! We cant wait for the next get together! So many thanks to Rseas and his family for the amazing food! Many thanks to the sponsors giving out awesome gifts! So thankful for Mike and Aaron for everything they do! Thanks to Steve (mav) for letting us fish with him!
We heard the next morning sunday was going to be windy and thunderstorms so we decided to sleep in a little and skip out on the kokanee and try and fish Antilon lake. The lake is a few miles up into the mountains from Manson and we thought it would be sheltered from the wind. Turns out Sunday morning was calm and beautiful. We put in at the boat launch on the northern most point of the lake. My husband Danny trolled his lucky pink Tasmanian devil and I trolled a small sling blade with a worm behind it. I had a few hits but I didnt put a stinger hook on the worm so it just kept getting ripped off. My husband got a hit shortly after we started trolling and brought in our first brown. A beautiful almost chrome german brown around 12in. released. Not minutes after he hits another brown on his tasmanian devil, a more colored up brown trout about the same size. I am not having much luck so I switch up to trolling a little needle fish. Danny starts to reel in his tasnamanian devil so he can cast it out on the other side of the boat when he gets a good line peeling hit. A good fight with many runs he brings up next to the boat a beautiful brown trout that must have been the king of the lake. We did not weight him or measure him as we wanted to release him pretty fast, but Id assume he was around 20in. We trolled around the upper part of the lake for another hour or so, Danny would continue to catch a few more german browns all around the 12 in range. I would continue to not catch anything. So we decided to still fish the old fashioned way with a worm under a bobber. around some underwater stumps. I know there are some slab crappie in there and some nice pumpkin seeds. I immediately get hits and continue to miss them. Finally I hook up and get it in and its a beautiful brown trout. It starts to rain and get a little windy so we fish a little longer and I get one more brown trout. The lake is beautiful and crystal clear, so I think its best to use less flashy lures. There was hardly any weeds in the lake, and I know towards the height of summer the weeds start to take over the lake. So now is a great time to fish. We stayed in the upper part of the lake, but I do know the lower part of the lake has more panfish. All trout were released, and every trout had different coloring and spotting. Some trout were almost chrome, some were bright yellow and super spotted, some had almost no spots. There were a few families still fishing from the bank and a couple of other boats on the lake. A couple people leaving with 5 trout each. The trout are released as fry so I am surprised the trout fishery is able to sustain so much fishing and harvesting, especially the size of the trout we were catching.
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Name: sschorn Date: October 07, 2013 Rating:
 
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Trolling flies, caught 3 brown trout. One was good size, the other 2 were small. Had 3 other bites I could not get back to boat. Non stop fishing action for the 2 hours fishing. Hope to get back soon and spend more time.
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Name: MarkFromSea Date: May 01, 2012 Rating:
 
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These fish were striking my lure very often. Lots of hook ups and LDRs. The fish I caught were 11-14". Had the lake to myself early on and only one other fisherman later in the morning. If you want a shot at some little browns in a remote like setting, this is a good spot to go. It was very windy!
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Name: Darrell & Dad's Date: April 17, 2012 Rating:
 
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Our fly fishing guy, Brian Whitney invited me to go give Antilon a shot since the ice was finally off of it. We drug wooly buggers, cone head muddlers and Carey (a plug for Mike) Specials around on full sink lines. It wasn't red hot as we were eliminating water and only fished a couple of hours, but they were nice quality Browns caught on flies. I think the weed edges are best right now. A pretty fast retrieve seemed to be the ticket.

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Name: The Jigmiester Date: June 07, 2011 Rating:
 
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I got a call from Andy a.k.a AFK from wa lakes to go up to Chelan county's Antilon Lake to fish for crappie yesterday. After reading Jordan's Antilon posting ,I was chomping at the bit to pursue some nice crappie and maybe a brown trout or too. After getting up at 3 a.m. I met up with Andy and we drove up to the Lake and had it all to oursleves. Beautiful scenery greeted us, but from the get go the fish catching was slow. Andy nailed some nice brown trout while trying for crappie on a hand tied Blakemore Road Runner spinner jig with a chatruse marbou tail. We tied up at the concrete tube on the south end of the Lake and we both began catching some bull sunfish, all of of which were over 8" ( see the "sunny"photo below). The crappie eluded us until I got one on jighead and crawler. It seemed that everytime we switched jig colors, ( Smoke jig skirts and grubs worked best) we would catch a decent sized crappie. All told we caught around 20 fish or so, 6 keeper crappie, huge sun fish and some fat (12 to 14") brown trout. We got blown off the lake, but had a hella good time. Thanks again Andy for your generosity. (Andy rated it a 3.5 day. Lol.) Hooking up for crappie trips with wa Lakes members has been a lot of fun. Let me know if any of you want to try it sometime. Jiggy
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Name: jpd45acp Date: June 05, 2011 Rating:
 
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My dad and I fished Antilon yesterday. The weather was spectacular, a little breeze and cloud cover. We fished for about 5 hours and brought home 8 brown trout, 3 of which were in the 14 inch range the others being about 12 inches. We lost two fish at the boat and had numerous strikes. We caught the first 6 fish on pop gear/wedding ring, then the last 2 were caught on pop gear/ chartreuse rooster tail combo. It was a great day to be on the water and most of the time we were the only boat on the lake. Brown trout dinner tonite!

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