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Wells Dam Steelhead
North Central Washington’s Steelhead have made headlines in the past few years. First the return of wild steelhead along with copious hatchery fish appearing from near extinction. Then the Steelhead returns allowing not only fisheries but a new way of managing the fish such as “catch and must kill hatchery fish” regulations along with selective gear rules on some of the most pristine and beautiful rivers east of the Cascade crest. But all of those fish use one major “Superhighway” to get there ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 3/2/2014  Author: By Jason Brooks
Methow River Steelhead Opener
The opening of steelhead fishing on most area waters was the big news this week. Anglers were able to fish on the main stem Columbia River, Wenatchee, Methow and Okanogan rivers. The weather was warm and clear, not exactly our usual steelhead fishing weather. There is nothing like chasing steelhead on a warm fall day. As expected, the fishing at the mouth of the Wenatchee was productive. The first morning was a good one here. I heard of other good hot spots on the lower river and fish...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/29/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Vernita Fall Kings
I’ve made two trips down to Vernita since my last column. I enjoyed some great weather, and had terrific days on the water. My luck getting fish in the boat varied on the two trips to this stretch of water. There are tremendous numbers of fall salmon in the river down here, and time is getting short for those who want to get in on the action. My wife Eileen and I went down last Wednesday. This was her first trip to this area, and it was a real eye opener for her. She was amazed at all...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/22/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Nehalem Coho
I had an interesting week. I was hoping that the weather forecasts were being overstated and drove down to the Oregon coast for an annual fishing trip. If anything the weather was worse than I had anticipated and I spent most of the time watching football and doing “touristy” things while I was there. My host, Richard Robinson, has a great view of both the Tillamook and Nehalem jetties from his perch on top of the hill at Rockaway, and we watched the storm rage. The barometer kept dropp...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/11/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Vernita Bridge Kings
I have been talking about the great run of fall Chinook coming up the Columbia River, and I made a couple of trips to the Hanford Reach to see if there are any in our area yet. Well, they are here and there are lots of them. I caught fish both above and below the Vernita Bridge. So many fish are here that the limit has been raised to three adults per day, wild or not. I had my brother Rick Graybill give the seminar at Town Ford last week and he wanted to display some fish at Hooked on T...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Fish Camp - King Bonanza!
I was away most of last week attending Fish Camp near Biggs on the Columbia River. For three years now I have gone to this camp where I and other outdoor writers, broadcasters and those with fishing web sites get to fish the river in this area and meet guides and makers of outdoor products. This gave me the chance to get in on the terrific fishing for fall kings in the area and see some new products that I will be introducing you to through my web site Product Review Page and the new “How To...
Category: Rivers  Date: 10/1/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Park Lake Perch
There are still people out fishing for summer run salmon. There were over 71,000 of them that passed over Priest Rapids Dam this year, so there are still plenty of them around to catch. The big news now though is the number of fall salmon headed our way. It looks like an all-time record year for fall runs, with projections for as many as 800,000 entering the Columbia River. Many of them are headed for our region. To help you prepare for their arrival in the Hanford Reach and further up ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 9/22/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Chelan Falls Chinook Action
I can’t believe its September already. Summer sure flew by. It was a great season but it’s time to think ahead about what’s coming up next. That’s the great thing about Central Washington. We have four distinct seasons and each one has something special about it. Eric Granstrom and I jumped on board with two clients of Shane Magnuson’s the other day, and captured the action for a future Fishing TV Show at Chelan Falls. His clients, Ron and Connie Monson, were from Missouri and had...
Category: Rivers  Date: 9/11/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
Astoria Salmon
In my last article I had mentioned that I had to hit the rack so I could be on the road by 1:30am. This was a salmon trip with friends, Bruce & Dionne Warren, and my old friend Steve Buckner. We were meeting up at the Deep River Boat Launch at 0-dark thirty, reason being is that the parking area is very limited and it is just a short run to the Astoria Bridge. This is one of those rare trips for me that is not business but for fun, to actually not worry too much about the photos that go wit...
Category: Rivers  Date: 8/30/2013  Author: The Troutist
Columbia Chinook
The sockeye season on Lake Wenatchee has ended, but the Chinook season on the upper Columbia continues. Fishing has improved for anglers fishing on the Columbia. This is the time of year that good catches can be made even above the Brewster Pool. Rollie Schmitten, who lives on Lake Wenatchee, invited me out for my final trip last week, and although we only had a couple of hours available, we still landed three nice sockeye. Some of our fish were showing signs of nearing spawning, but th...
Category: Rivers  Date: 8/30/2013  Author: Dave Graybill
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