Lucky laker

  • By Wayne Kruse
  • Wednesday, August 1, 2012 3:45pm
  • Sports

What does a state biologist do on his own time? In this case, he went fishing and lucked into a seriously large Mackinaw (lake) trout on Lake Chelan.

Wildlife biologist Dana Base, in the state’s Colville office, is the big game/turkey guru of northeast Washington, and he and a friend decided to drive to Brewster last week to put some Columbia sockeye in the freezer. They fanned miserably on the salmon — one hit all day and that one threw the hook when the kicker quit in the very crowded center of a pack of 100 boats off the mouth of the Okanogan — so the next day they went to plan B.

Fishing on Chelan with one of Anton Jones’ guides (Darrell &Dad’s Family Guide Service), Base nailed a pot-bellied Mac of 17-plus pounds.

That’s a pretty decent plan B.

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