Lake Chelan "IS" stocked with a good number of fish every year. If you look at the WDFW website for last years plants they stock the lake with 50000 cutthroat, 80,000 kokes and 56,000 rainbow trout 8-12 inches. It was also planted with 478,956 koke fry and 178,340 cutthroat fry. I go there in the summer every year and in the evening , while I'm not taking the boat out, I throw a rod in while we are partying and have caught numerous fish. I'm not saying your going to catch your limit, but saying you won't have much luck may not be a true statement. It won't be hot, but there are fish to catch. Here is the link to the plants, click on 2007 plants to see http://wdfw.wa.gov/fish/plants/weekly/fish-a-latte' said:Honestly you won't have much (if any) luck catching any trout off the docks at Wapato Point any time of the year. They used to plant the lake in the river (downtown Chelan) in the summer, but have stopped that too. You might catch a sucker, or some squaw fish. The lake will also be really low in April, so the docks won't be in much, if any water. Instead, drive to Roses lake (ask the front desk when you check in on how to get there). Its about 5 minutes from Wapato Point, and has WDFW access, including shore fishing. They planted it this last fall with several thousand trout, and usually plant it throughtout the year. This lake is open year round now (used to be winter only when I was growing up...one winter I fished it every weekend). I grew up in Chelan, so I know the area. Trust me...go to Roses Lake. If your there for the trout openner (last Sat of April) rent a boat at Wapato Lake, or shore fish it...it's one of the top producers for the state.
If you insist on Fishing Lake Chelan, rent a boat, and fish around the town, fishing for small mouth bass...April is a good time of year, as they are getting more active as the water warms. Also, Kokanee fishing heats up in April off of the city park as you enter town on 97A. (If you drove through a tunnel 10 miles before chelan, then you are on 97A). As you come into town, you will drive allong the lake for about 2 miles...that's the first area to heat up for kokanee in April.
really? I heard the winds whip up pretty good there and the water gets choppy quick. Rubber raft?sparky said:As far as fishing from the campground, fish from shore at the end site, site #71.
The boat launch and dock are good too, tossing towards the mouth of first creek in the evenings and early morning, when the boat traffic dies.
Here is the index into water craft rentals --
http://www.cometothelake.com/businesses ... craft.html
Boat rentals are steep, like 150 for half a day. Bring a 50 dollar rubber raft -- I did for over twenty years.
It's worth a try. If you happen to be in this situation please call me so I can witness the encounter! I would be glad to bring the beer and give you a ride back to Chelan from the regional jail in Wenatchee, if necessary.If the Cutthroat are not clipped, can you convince an agent that a fish with deformed fins is a planter?