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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
Walleye Action in Central Washington
Spring has definitely arrived here in Central Washington. We are getting lots of sunny weather, with the occasional sprinkle. There are some blustery days, but anglers that get on the water early are enjoying a variety of early season fishing. Everything from kokanee to walleye and trout are being chased at a variety of lakes in the region. I usually head down to the Columbia Basin Wildlife Refuge and make a swing through the many lakes that open here on April 1st. Since I was going to...
Category: General  Date: 4/12/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Spring Walleye Action
April is a big month. There is the “April Fools” opener in the Columbia Basin. There are other spring fisheries, such as walleye and big trout fishing going by April. This is also the month for some special events, like kids fishing days in a couple of locations. As long as the weather treats us right, some of the best fishing of the year can be had in the month of April. I had been hearing of good walleye fishing on Potholes Reservoir, and I also had learned the walleye bite had begun...
Category: Lakes  Date: 3/31/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Wanapum Dam Update
I had a great time at the Quincy Valley Tourism Association’s 4th Annual Tagged Trout Derby at Burke and Quincy lakes. There were 377 anglers registered for the event this year, and more tagged trout were caught than ever before. I also took a road trip with my wife Eileen to see what the Columbia River looks like with the drawdown imposed by the crack discovered in Wanapum Dam. As you may know, there were tagged trout planted in both Quincy and Burke lakes for the derby this year. This...
Category: General  Date: 3/11/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
Central Washington Winter Updates
Winter weather kept most anglers off the water this past weekend. Many of them wanted to be indoors anyway. The 2nd annual Wenatchee Valley Sportsmen’s Show was going on at the Town Toyota Center, so they chose to talk and learn about fishing instead. There are good reasons for anglers to get out on the water, though. Interest in the kokanee fishing is very high again this year. I heard that there were at least ten boats on Lake Chelan on Saturday. I am getting reports of kokanee bein...
Category: General  Date: 3/2/2014  Author: Dave Graybill
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