Roses Lake, Manson, WA (Near Lake Chelan)

Jeff Dodd

Active Member
#1
My wife and I took the kids to Chelan for spring break and I got away to fish for a day! Roses Lake is open year-round and is a popular ice fishing lake. When I fished the lake on April 9th, I was told that the ice had been off the lake for about 2 weeks.

Having never fished the lake before I was going off information from fellow fly club member and the little I had gathered from a fly fisherman a day earlier.

The lake is 130 acres and I’m told the maximum depth is 40 feet. There is a proper boat ramp with a floating dock (Discouvery Pass Required) and a large parking area.

I rowed and fished my way to the South end of the lake (shallow end) and had several fish grab a variety of flies during this troll. Unfortunatly, none stayed on long enough to get them to the boat. (Streamers, buggers, leaches) Once to the south end I settled in fairly close to shore in approximatly 14 feet of water, where I saw several swallows eating the chironomids that were coming off the lake. I set up a chironomid rig and started to hook fish quickly on chromie patterns

First fish was a large 12″ yellow perch, then a few 14″ rainbow trout, another perch and a couple larger rainbows. 8 or so rainbows total and 2 perch for the day. My largest trout was approximatly 16 inches and they all were full of energy - a nice day on the water.

I had a glimmer of hope to catch a Tiger Trout or Brown trout, but no luck. The state record Tiger was landed in Roses Lk. in April 2012! The fisherman was targeting bass when he landed this large trout.

One curious catch, pictured below, was a trout with NO spots. ? (poor photo of this fish)

If you’re in Chelan and and looking for a fun fishery that is easy to access, Roses is a good option.

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tyeoneon

Active Member
#7
A friend fished Antilon last week. He had good luck on small browns and one BIG brown! Also, if you want some action for crappie and bass, don't overlook Dry Lake! It's nice having all these lakes within spitting distance of one another!
 
#9
Fished this lake quite a few years back in the fall with good success. I was very surprised at the unusually good fighting ability of the trout that I caught. I really hadn't experienced this kind of fight since catching kamloops fish or maybe early strains of Henry's Fork fish before the big kill.

After chatting with another fisherman who was a local Doctor he confirmed my suspicions that these were trout that came from Canada, perhaps Gerard strain bows. I realize this is a stretch and did not do the research. Hell, didn't have a computer at that time.

Maybe a Manson, Chelan, Wenatchee, guy could give us more details.
 
#10
My trip to Chelan is this weekend it turns out. My wife has a conference, but I'll have Sat free. I'll have the 9 year old with me. With her in the boat we'll be trolling for trout or maybe casting for Bass and Panfish. My guess is that Antillion would give us the chance and the biggest fish, but Roses will have the most variety and largest numbers. I've read Jeff's report, but I'd appreciate some more tips.
 

tyeoneon

Active Member
#12
My trip to Chelan is this weekend it turns out. My wife has a conference, but I'll have Sat free. I'll have the 9 year old with me. With her in the boat we'll be trolling for trout or maybe casting for Bass and Panfish. My guess is that Antillion would give us the chance and the biggest fish, but Roses will have the most variety and largest numbers. I've read Jeff's report, but I'd appreciate some more tips.
Don't rule out the Kokanee in Lake Chelan if you can get down to about 50 feet!
 

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