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Name: Ganno Date: November 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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Put the boat in at ten AM between the two upper pens and motored to the upper pen. Fishing a 1/16 oz black jig down stream behind the pens. First cast two hits on the retrieve but no hook ups my reaction to the light hits was way to slow. My timing improved and the catching of one pound fish made the trip a success. Caught about twenty of the recently planted fish all released on barbless jigs . I did land one fish about three pounds that went home for dinner boat was back on the trailer heading for home at twelve thirty.
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Name: gramps53 Date: November 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is for 11/8 and 11/9. Fished Rufus Woods in the afternoon of 11/8. Caught our limit in abut 4 hours (4 fish for two anglers). Method was trolling with downriggers 15 to 20 feet on the wire. Brass and orange and silver and orange needlefish tipped with night crawler was the lure of choice for most of the day. Switched to perch pattern Kekeda flies late in the day and caught the last two pretty quickly with the flies. Nothing huge this trip. Fish ranged from 14 to 19 inches with the biggest at 3.5 lbs. One of the fish was a nice 17 inch native. We have become friends with the tribal fish checker (great guy) and he let us know that the lower nets pens are now out of business. This is unfortunate as this is where the tribe purchased their large triploids for planting in the lake. For now the fish plants are coming from the tribal hatchery and average 1 to 4 lbs in size. You can definitely tell the difference between net pen fish or fish that have been in the lake for awhile and the hatchery fish. Hatchery fish flesh in a lot paler in comparison. There are sill a lot of older net pen fish in the lake however and with the weather starting to cool those fish will be hungry soon. Weather was sunny and a pleasant 45 degrees. Water temp was 60 degrees.

Stayed Saturday night in Wilber. Got up early and had a great breakfast at the Corner Café in Creston (highly recommended) and launched at Lake Roosevelt (7 Bays) a little after 7:00 AM. Lines in the water about 7:45 AM. The fish were very scattered in the lake. Could not find any significant concentrations of fish. We fished from Whitestone all the way back to 7 Bays. Caught a fish a Sterling Point. Caught a few just north of Hawks Creek on the marina side and caught the rest in Hawks Creek which seemed to be the best spot for the day. We did mark any significant concentrations of fish anywhere. We were able to boat 9 fish between the two of us in 7 hours of fishing. Fished mainly leaded line out about 4 colors with the perch Kekeda and a Frisky Jenny Trick or Treat, both tipped with night crawler. Late in the day we added chartreuse garlic power eggs to the flies and this seemed to increase the bite. Lost several fish at the boat which is strange considering the trailing treble on the flies. Over the years I have had very few fish come unpinned using the Kekeda or the Frisky Jenny. All and all a beautiful calm day on the water, just had to work hard for the fish. We were determined to limit out and actually had the last one to boat before it came unpinned. Right after we lost the last fish a the squall blew through and it got really nasty, really quick so we called it a day. Fish ranged from 14 to 18 inches with most in the 15 to 16 inch range. Caught two nice carryovers around 18 inches.

Met a nice fellow at the launch in the morning and as we were talking he indicated that they lost a lot of fish in Saturday. I gave him one of the perch Kekeda flies and told him that typically the fish stay hooked with these flies and that they have been my top producer. Little did I know that the fish were just biting light. I am confident however that the Kekeda I gave him probably produced the most bites.
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Name: JAYDOG Date: April 05, 2014 Rating:
 
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First time to Rufus Woods, stayed at Cabin by the River. Was a learning curve to fishing here, would probably been better served with going there with somebody with experience. Thanks to all for your input on my forum post on going there. Tried jigs of different patterns, colors, and sizes and a few different flies. Did not understand there are 3 sets of pens on the lake til we were on the road back home so missed my chance of fishing the upper pen. Will go back again sometime and hopefully have more luck/skill.
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Name: gramps53 Date: January 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Second trip to Rufus this month. Wife had to work so made this trip with the good doctor. Arrived on 1/22 at 11:30 AM. Took a full 5 hours to land 4 nice triploids - 4, 4.5, 5 and 6.5 lbs. Needlefish spoons at 19 to 20 feet on the wire did the trick. Day two 1/23 on the water at 8:00 AM. Took about 3.5 hours to limit. Same drill, Needlefish spoons at 19 feet on the wire. Fished the can line both days. All in all a great trip at one of the premier trout fisheries in the entire country. Outside temp was 25 to 35 degrees. Water temp was a consistent 38.1 degrees both days. Water was very calm with mild current. Trolling speed was 1.25 to 1.75 MPH. Of note was the way the fish struck. On 1/1/14 the fish hit hard and fought fairly strong. On this trip the bites were almost imperceptible (almost like a trout mouthing a bait while still fishing). Had to watch carefully and snatch the rod from the holder quickly. Had few nice ones come unpinned and had several drive by's. My guess is that with the colder water temp the fish are not aggressively feeding, hence the light bites and misses.
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Name: Mcfisherson13 Date: January 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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We made it to Bridgeport at 0645, made a left turn off the highway just after crossing the bridge below Chief Joseph Dam, and just about got sideways! The Highway was fine but with out being treated, the road was a solid sheet of ice due to the fog freezing. Figured it would be interesting to launch!
Got the boat ready and backed it in, I never really worried to much when you start sliding backward toward the water, you always stop when your hit the water, getting out can be a different story, but this morning it was well sanded and no problems backing in or getting out.
Motored, or should I say we cut our way through the dense fog, up just past the state park and started fishing on the same side as the park. Made it up to just about the big pump house just below pump 1, and we had our first fish on. boy was I jazzed for a great start! Well...... Notice I rated the day at a 3!! We trolled clear up that side and crossed over to the Douglas county side just below the pump house below Brants Landing. Trolled all the way up that side to the cliffs just past pump 2 with not even a bump. We then Decided to buzz back down to where we started this morning and work the pump 1 area. The second pass in the same spot we hit another fish, Released it for another day. All in all we made four complete passes back to where we started and caught 6 fish for the total, and kept 3. Two five pounders and a four pounder. We had a great day even though it was slow. Sure beat the heck out of work!!
Water has cooled some, I read 38.4 F all day, fog lifted, but it remained overcast all day. About 2:00pm the overcast became really dark. Really strange. It was like a system or thicker cloud cover came in over the lower layer of clouds or something, but that was when the fishing picked up. We had an off and on breeze through out the day nothing bad at all.
Today was the first time I used one of Macks Double D flashers and I really liked the action it creates!! It caught 5 out of 6 fish! Uncle Macks just sunk another hook in me! I will be buying more and a variety at that!
Be safe and watch that Ice!!
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Name: gramps53 Date: January 02, 2014 Rating:
 
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Decided to bring in the New Year right and take a trip to Rufus Woods for some winter triploid action. Day one was a total bust. 3 hours and not a single bite. Talked to several other fishers and there did not seem to be many fish caught. Consensus was very slow fishing.

Day two was a different story. My experience with this lake is that is can be stone cold one day and hot the next. 3 hours of fishing, 4 nice triploids, 4.5, 5, 5.5 and 6.5 lbs (plus two smaller fished that were released to grow up). We fished both days on the Okanagan side of the lake from the state park to just past pump station #1. On day one we used our usual wedding rings and hoochies to no avail. On day two we switched to copper/orange needlefish. All fishing was done off downriggers and all fish were caught at about 15 feet with the flasher and lure 165 feet back. The lake was dead calm both days with fog in the morning. Water temp was 41 degrees and outside temp was 27 to 34 degrees. I rated this a 4 due to the day one skunking.
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Name: afk Date: January 01, 2014 Rating:
 
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I hooked up with Mcfisherson13 at 0600 and off to RW we went. Upon crossing the bridge below the dam I could tell there was very little water moving. We headed upriver to start trolling at pump #1. We worked our way all the way up to above pump 3. We tried flies of various colors,Rapalas of various colors homemade spinners as well. We were each running 2 rods. We fished from 0800-1600. Water temp was 41. There was patchy fog with high over cast. About mid-day it tried to spit a little snow. Mark hooked up as soon as we got going but that one didn't make it to the boat. An hour or so later he boated a 5LBS 8oz piggie. We took tuns letting a few go to grow for another day. Then it was dead for quite while. We retuned to the pump #1 and started upriver again. Mark told me I'd had a bump. Sure enough bump, bump, I took the pole out of the holder & on the next bump I stuck it to him. 9LBS. 8OZ. piggie! As soon as that fish was in the net the hooks popped out (thanks Mark for the quick netting as that pig was starting to thrash). We were able to pick up another @ 3LBS. 8OZ. along the can line to round out the day. We were able to stay warm with Mr. Heater in Marks boat. We fished long and hard. fishing was hit and miss. But quality rated it a four. I was able to get this fish smoked yesterday and canned today. I'll be able to send some to Minnesota with my oldest as he returns for(hopefully) his final semester of his senior year @ Macalaster!
Sorry for the late report but, Ive been down with the flu.
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Name: Alaska316 Date: December 28, 2013 Rating:
 
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Weather has been getting colder, so I figured I'd give Rufus a try. Had to also break in the new rods Santa brought me. 9'6 Lami..... Wait, I am losing focus. Got to the First set of pens. The ones closest to Seatons Grove. I had picked up a couple jigs from Big Wallys. And I am glad I did. We dropped anchor and one rod had Powerbait. Thought I would soak some bait while I got the heater going and other rods set up. Black/white and red jig, cast up stream and just let it drift in the current. SLAM.... Then the powerbait is getting hit. I told my Fiance we better stop fishing bait cause I don't wanna be done fishing in 5 mins. But knowing Rufus woods. I said lets keep both these fish. Both around 4-5 lbs. Then kept tossing the jig out. And we caught and released a bunch. Looking around at the other boats just fishing bait. Seemed that we had the better of the luck. Then after 1pm. The bite stopped. It would be hit or miss till dark. Water was 42 degrees, never got up above freezing. I'll be back and with more jigs. Give it a try. Twitching or just drifting them worked really well. Good luck and like always, Tight lines.
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Name: afk Date: December 21, 2013 Rating:
 
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Launched at the Corps launch above Chief Joe around noon. Only 2 rigs in the lot. Sunny,crisp, windless day. Prior to arrival at the launch I could tell there was no water movement because the can line was drifting loose (no tension & upstream). It dampened my spirits but, certainly didn't stop me. I had my oldest with me as he was home from college. He was not to be outdone!!!(More on that later.) We trolled our way from the launch up the Okanogan Co. side to above pump 1. We were running various wedding ring/spinner type combinations behind 4/0 dodgers and swing blades. We also ran various Rapalas. We had very few hits and one long release after an hour or so. As the cold was starting to sink in we opted for bait and barbs. Jakes rod went to bouncing & we got the skunk out of the boat with a 3.5 pounder! We continued to troll in the pump 1 area and it was my turn now. My rod loaded up nicely. I've never seen a double digit triploid jump before. Jake was reeling his line in. I was in barbless mind set and kept the motor in gear. Although, in trying to keep this fiesty pig out of the 3rd line I somehow got the boat turned around toward the fish and had it to the boat way before Jake was ready to net it. He dropped his rod, grabbed up the net and promptly speared,thrust,stabbed or jabbed a nice double digit sized pig of a triploid hard enough to straighten my hook!!! I watched in despair & screamed an expletive that could have been heard around the entire county. I shook it off & told him he was a little too competitive to take that kind of drastic measures to out fish the old man. We had one more small one on and that was it. We came off the water at dark. The cold had sunk in and we had give it a good honest try. It was good quality time spent on the water.
I talked to the one other guy at the launch and he had a couple in the 3 pound range.
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Name: Lake Chelan Adventures Date: December 17, 2013 Rating:
 
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Rufus Woods and Lake Chelan both have been Great Catching over the last week! Trolling Flies on the surface and casting Spoons and spinners to the shorelines have been a blast at Rufus. Lake Chelan Laketrout bite has been incredible in the Trench, Minneapolis Beach well I should say anywhere in the lower 6 miles of the lake! The Ace Hi-Fly in glow patterns by Silverhorde has been the Bait. Finding most laketrout in depths below 200ft. deep right on the bottom. I am also picking up some Planter rainbows on the surface in Lake Chelan.Check out the color of the flesh from the Laketrout right now! Ok folks there is still plenty of time to receive a "Christmas Special Gift Certificate " from Lake Chelan Adventures before Christmas! Take advantage of the savings now and use your Certificate anytime during 2014! You have to call me to get your Certificate. Thanks so much to all that fished with me over this reporting period! Tight Lines to All and Be Safe!

Joe Heinlen - Lake Chelan Adventures & Rufus Woods Fishing Guide
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