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Name: ReelCrazy25 Date: August 29, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had a couple friends that had never been salmon fishing so decided to take them to lake Wenatchee on the way to Chelan for the long weekend. Got to the lake around 430 friday morning and were the first ones on the lake. We started marking the big schools of fish right away on the far side of the lake and didnt take long to put the first fish in boat. It was consistent action most of the morning with only a handful of boats on the water. Most of the fish were in pretty rough shape, but still good for smoking. The best setup was bare red hooks again about 12 inches from silver dodger. Was a great way to start the long weekend and was happy to get my friends into some fish. Perfect way to finish a great sockeye season
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Name: ReelCrazy25 Date: August 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished lake Wenatchee the last two fridays and caught 9 fish on both outings. Yesterday all fish were caught between 60-75 ft in 100-200 ft of water. Best setup was two bare red hooks about 12 inches from silver dodger. One setup with a pink hoochie also picked up a couple. The best bite was from about 6-8 am then it died down considerably. Great times with some good weather and fun fishing. Hopefully we get another good run next year. Now time for some silvers and kings
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Name: hewesbob Date: August 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Our last day for sockeye this year yielded another 7 nice fish, it has been a fun trip. Stated out 7/1 fishing and crabbing from Sequim to Sekui. Then 8/3 we started fishing Lake Wenatchee, it took a few days to learn the tricks then it was FISH ON, we have had a ball. We finished up with 78 sockeye, that's about 180 pounds of fillets so its time to head home and get the smoker going and start planning our next trip. My wife says that I have one week to smoke fish and take care of business before taking off again. I love retirement. Hopefully I can figure out how to post pictures while on a trip.
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Name: kokanee1 Date: August 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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This will be our final report for Lake Wenatchee this season. Fished August 20-22. Wednesday took our friend And his 4 year old son out. Hearing the forecast I was a little nervous. 20 mph winds are not fun on the lake. Good thing is that it was only 8 mph at 5:00 so we launched and headed back down lake to our honey hole. Today was our most active day of the season. We had an absolute amazing bite from 5:55 till 7:45 as we put 15 in the boat and only lost 2. Finished with 17 at 9:45. Hoped to hold out for a boat limit but the wind had other plans. We packed up and headed in with the wind behind us and the waves building. 3 foot waves at the state park. Crowds are gone and the boat launch is clear. Fish are defiantly darker but we did end up with some okay fillets but not what they were a couple weeks ago. Mostly small females today.
Thursday and Friday I took my brother and nephew out. Started fishing by 5:15 again a crazy good bite for a couple hours. They lost several fish but still ended with 12 on Thursday and 11 Friday. Bite dies around 9:15 so not worth trying after that. Both days ended with some of the largest males for the season. Several 4.5 lbs plus.
Can't wait for my son to put all the gopro footage together and post it. Should be fun. We have learned a bunch but the biggest thing we learned is when something isn't broken don't try to fix it. The bite will turn back on you just have to be fishing hard when it does. Also you need to be watching your pole instead of digging in you tackle box. Right "article fox"?

This season is one for the memory books. I took out a total of 16 friends and family this year. Many of them this was the first time on lake Wenatchee and first time fishing sockeye. Hopefully hooked many on fishing especially as they enjoy eating those prime early season sockeye.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: August 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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JoAnn and I fished Monday and Tuesday on our much anticipated “Return To Lake Wenatchee” trip. When last there, a few weeks back, we brought back 20 sockeye. With reports coming in that the lake was still fishing well, we had hopes of another 5 Star trip. Alas, it was obvious our expectations were too high and my fishing ego was handed a blow (which I will recover from…)

Monday was just a beautiful day, sunny, calm, and not as hot as last trip. We had moored on the lake and watched a horrible movie the night before with Nicolas Cage, “Rage”. Save your $1.10. I had gear out and running at crack of dawn, and we started getting in to them immediately. The fish are definitely cruising deeper, ranging now from 35 to 80 feet deep, and most in the 55-70 foot range. You can’t miss them on the fishfinder. Anyway, we had a nice AM bite that just died for us at 7:30. We ended up with 5 in the cooler and an equal amount that came undone. After that the rest of the morning was nada. We did see fish here and there caught. The crowds have thinned out significantly, so that was nice. We ran back to the state park at noon for lunch and ice cream, and again headed out at 3pm for a bit of evening fishing. The wind had of course picked up, making things more challenging. We did manage to get one more fish to make 6 for the day.

The fish are definitely turned now, however, in cleaning them I found about 75% still firm red flesh, and the rest starting to get pale and mushy.

Tuesday. The last night’s movie, “Escape”, with Arnold and Sylvester – much better, recommended for a rental. Anyway, again started at crack o dawn, 5:30 or so, and the wind was up from the get-go, but not horrible, and it did moderate making the morning’s fishing not so bad. Hit a fish within 5 minutes of trolling and knocked it off at the net. “Really? Going to be one of those mornings?” Yup. We proceeded to lose fish after fish, only managing to get one fish actually into the net. Yikes! The bite was definitely not as good as yesterday, but still, we had our chances. Oh well, ended the trip with 7 fish and that’s a lot better than a skunk, which some people had. Others seemed to be doing very well, so we fell in the middle, average, which is not a horrible place to be.

Our two trips to Lake Wenatchee were such fun. It’s a great place to fish, the scenery is awesome, and the state park is nice. The only negative is that darn boat launch. If it opens next year “We’ll Be Baaack…”
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Name: hewesbob Date: August 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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My wife and I had the pleasure of taking a uncle of mine to the lake for a day of great memories. The day before this trip we laid to rest one of my other uncles. Since I was young enough to remember my mothers six brothers would include me on there fishing and hunting trips and now at age 59 its my pleasure to take him out and rekindle the memories and share stories from years and years of different trips. It had been about 20 years since our last fishing trip together and Lake Wenatchee Sockeye seemed to be the perfect spot. We were on the water about 6:30 and wanted to fish the south shore where my wife and I had done so well on our last few trips, but the wind was blowing too hard to fish the open part of the lake. So we headed to the end of the lake with the other hand full of boats out that day. The first hour my wife had four in the boat and my uncle had two also lost a few. Then the high light of the day, comparing how many fish we had against how many Mike Carey had( It was great to see ya Mike). By 1:30 my wife had boated one more fish and we had all the wind we needed we called it a day. This week has reminded me that if I am going fishing to just see had many fish I can get in the boat and how fast I can do it, then I'm there for the wrong reasons. There is so much to be thankful for on these trips, I need to just slow down and enjoy them.
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Name: Thacken Date: August 18, 2014 Rating:
 
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Headed to Lake Wenatchee and arrived at the launch at about 7:15am and there was only one boat ahead of us, so that started out the day on a positive note. We boated toward the northwest side of the lake and stopped below others boats working an area about a mile from the end of the lake. We ran our gear about twelve inches behind our dodgers. On one downrigger we used just two red hooks, and on the other we had two red beads between the hooks and two glow beads above with a small silver smiley blade. Fish were showing on the finder from 120 feet all the way up to the top, but we found the bite to be at 60 feet. We were fishing in 200 to 230 feet of water and trolling at one mph.

We started picking up fish from the start and quit just before 9 am with six fish in the cooler. Either setup seemed to work, but the plain red hooks got four out of the six fish. The bite was still going strong, but we decided that six fish were enough so we headed back to the dock. Going in early also worked out as there was only one boat launching when we got back, so we got out easily. All in all, it was a beautiful day to be on the lake.
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Name: hewesbob Date: August 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fishing picked up this week. Two limits in four hours Friday and two limits in two and a half hours today. The fish are turning color a bit and some are getting the hook nose but the meat is still great. We switched over to pink hooks on one rod Friday and that rod was getting constant hits, the shape of the hook made for tougher hook ups but when your getting constant hits you will put fish in the boat. Today we used three pink hooks with a pink hoochie on both poles boated 12 fish and lost about 20, mostly because of fighting doubles and not being able to net the second fish fast enough. Fish and Game says the fishery ends the end of August. We will be fishing Tuesday thru Thursday next week then its back home for a couple weeks.
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Name: kokanee1 Date: August 16, 2014 Rating:
 
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Short report from my phone. Agree with hewesbob fish is outstanding. We put another 11 in the boat yesterday. Took a cabin neighbor and part of his family out today. Their 10 year old brought in 4. We did not lose any fish today except maybe one the shot up from the deep stack line and tangled with the upper stack line. I'm running them about 8 feet apart. Quit fishing around 10:30. 54-63 feet. I have two more days planned later this week to take my brother from Oregon out. 9 of the 11 sockeye still had very bright red meat and the other 2 were pretty light.
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Name: hewesbob Date: August 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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Got on the lake late, about 9:00, headed to the north west end with every body else. We started out in an area we had not fished before, it's about 1/4 mile before you get to the burn area. The first 15 mins. we had two in the boat and then of course we loose a couple and then a few more hits that just don't stick. At 10:30 we had six of the largest Sockeye in the boat that we have seen this year. The later it get the fish seem to be getting larger, back at the dock I over heard a guide talking on the phone about a monster fish they got and having it weighed. These fish are still in great shape and Delicious. I debone my fillets then rub about a teaspoon of brown sugar into meat until all the sugar is melted, then finely grate a small amount of orange peel onto the fillet. I have all of this on aluminum foil (role the edges up) and put it on the bbq for about 10 mins. or until the meat flakes apart. It will be so moist with a hint of sweet orange it just melts in your mouth.
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