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Hanford Reach and Wells Dam Chinook
Holly cow, it’s October! September sure flew by. It seems like fall used to be a slow time for fishing around here, but not any more. Summer run salmon fishing was hardly over before people were heading down to the Hanford Reach chasing fall salmon. There is still plenty of fall fishing down there ahead of us, and before we know it steelhead season will be open. I was in Hooked on Toys in Wenatchee the other day and there was a fish from the Hanford Reach on ice in a cooler and it was ...
Category: Rivers  Date: 9/26/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Fish Camp 2014
September is always a busy month for me and this year is no different. I have fished off the coast for tuna, returned to do some seminars on fall fishing and then traveled to the Columbia River Gorge for Fish Camp. I came back in time for Salmon Fest in Leavenworth and now I will be heading for the Oregon coast to fish for coho and kings. I am on the run and loving every minute of it. I have already reported on the tuna trip, and if you want to see what it was like go to my Fishing TV...
Category: Bass  Date: 9/22/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Fall Chinook Tidal Wave Coming
The thunder storms that rolled through our region last week were bad news for anglers in many ways. It kept them off the water for a couple days for sure. Up north it cooled the water temperature in the Okanogan River and sockeye and king salmon that were held up in the Brewster Pool on the Columbia shot up into the Okanogan. The good news is that there is hot and clear weather coming and fishing will improve in the Pool very soon. There is plenty of good king fishing ahead for anglers ...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/26/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Brewster/Wenatchee Sockeye On and Off
Fish are mean. They seem to know when you really want to catch them and turn their backs on you. I had my daughter over for a visit recently, and convinced her that she was going to go back home with a load of fresh sockeye. Well, the fish didn’t see it that way. The week started off good enough. Rollie Schmitten invited Doug Pendleton, from Plain, and me to join him for a morning of sockeye fishing on Lake Wenatchee. We were into fish almost immediately, and Doug, who had never caught...
Category: Stories  Date: 8/2/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Opening Season Summer-Runs and Sockeye
What a great week for the opening of the season for summer-run and sockeye salmon. The weather has been great and conditions below Wanapum Dam were the best I have ever seen for trolling. Summer-runs and sockeye returns have been much higher than predicated. I had a great opening day, and we are in for some great fishing this summer. I also got a tour of the fish passage methods at both Wanapum and Priest Rapids dams. It has been a tradition that I spend most opening days of salmon sea...
Category: General  Date: 7/11/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Cle Elum River
It has been a very busy week. I floated the Cle Elum River last Monday, tried Lake Chelan for kokanee on Thursday, and on Friday traveled to Omak for the Colville Confederated Tribe’s First Fish Celebration. Rollie Schmitten and I had floated the upper Yakima River, above Cle Elum, early this spring, and we set up a float on the Cle Elum River with Troutwater guide Johnny Boitano right after we got back. The Cle Elum River enters the Yakima above the town of Cle Elum and when we drifted...
Category: General  Date: 6/25/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Upcoming Central Washington Events
Anglers are itching to get at the spring salmon that have moved up the Columbia River. The seasons on both the Wenatchee and Icicle Rivers could be very good, if water conditions allow for fishing. That is just one fishery that has anglers occupied here in Central Washington, and there are some events coming up that families will want to know about, too. The previous delays in the opening of the Wenatchee River to spring salmon season were due to language in the permit that allowed fishin...
Category: General  Date: 5/20/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Springer Action!
Trout and walleye fishing continues to be very good here in North Central Washington, and there are anglers heading south. They are after spring Chinook, which are returning in good numbers this year. This first run of salmon up the Columbia attracts huge traffic to the lower river. I traveled to Hood River last week to meet a good friend of mine, Herb Good. Good is a legend in salmon fishing on just the Columbia, but many Alaskan rivers as well. He was a guide for over 30 years, and a...
Category: Rivers  Date: 5/15/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Buffalo Lake
It was fun with families this past week. First, it was myself and my wife Eileen treating her sister to a fishing trip to Buffalo Lake, and then It was the Rock Island Free Kids Fishing Day at Rock Island. There were some real lunkers caught at Buffalo Lake, and at the Pitt Pond in Rock Island. My wife Eileen’s sister Karen was visiting from Anaconda, Montana last fall and we took her steelhead fishing on the upper Columbia at Bridgeport. She caught her first steelhead and was thrilled....
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/23/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
Banks Lake Triple Challenge
This past week was a terrific fishing week here in North Central Washington. I got out on Banks Lake and practiced for the Triple Fish Derby that is coming up toward the end of the month. There was a very successful kid’s derby on Moses Lake, and another very successful derby on Lake Chelan for kokanee. Things are really looking up this spring! It just gets better and better. Last Wednesday Eric Granstrom and I met Keith Jensen, of Big Wally’s Guide Service, at Coulee Playland. We had...
Category: Lakes  Date: 4/23/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
   
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