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Name: allanwalker Date: August 17, 2014 Rating:
 
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Target Species: King and Sockeye Salmon
Lake or River Fished: Brewster pool Columbia River
Date(s) Fished: Saturday evening Sunday dawn & dusk 8-16 & 17
Weather Conditions: clear and hot
Wind: none to speak of
Ambient Temp: high 96 low 74
Water Temp.: mid to upper 60 in the Columbia and 74+ in the Okanogan
Water Clarity: 2 feet at most
Moon Phase: last quarter

King
Lure Type: Brads super bait: Mt Dew, Lemon Lime, Hot Tamale, Seahawk
Bait Used: Tuna with sent tuna, sand shrimp & herring
Method: Trolling
Depth: 15 back and 20 to 40 down

Sockeye
Lure Type: Sockeye rigs
Bait Used: Shrimp
Method: Trolling
Depth: 15 back and within 10 feet of the bottom

Catch Record:
All fish were caught on king gear listed above.
1- 20 + pound wild king Linda Saturday evening
1 2.8 pound Sockeye Scott Saturday evening
1 3.5 pound sockeye Scott Sunday Morning
1 7.53 pound sockeye Scott Sunday Evening
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Name: rseas Date: August 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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Although somewhat planned we ended up with a welcome but rare free weekend. Not to let an opportunity pass we loaded truck, hitched up the boat and headed east. The plan was to camp in Bridgeport and then fish the Brewster Pool, the Wells Dam Pool or tailrace or as a back-up a bit further downstream on the Columbia in the vicinity of Wenatchee. As it turned out we concentrated on just the Brewster pool and did not fish the other areas. The weekend was a bit challenging, 3 AM get ups, a 5 year old who is defined by routine and temps in the 90s make for a very cranky little boy. That said he had a great weekend with many new experiences and personal growth opportunities.

One of the experiences was catching his first Brewster Pool sockeye. Saturday morning we focused on Chinook. Although we had multiple takedowns none stuck. Going into mid to late morning our boat was fish-less so we did quick tactic change and focused on sockeye. After a few drive-bys Karen put the first sockeye in the boat. The next fish headed for the ice chest would be Brendan’s but it took 9 hookups to ice his fish. With the barbless hook requirement, the rock-n-roll nature of a sockeye’s attempt to escape and a 5 year old’s enthusiasm putting one in the box was quite a task. We had a good little run on the sockeye, I think we went 12 for 2 with both Karen and Brendan each getting a fish but it was hot outside so we made the decision to wrap it up and head back to camp. Although we only put two fish in the box the days fishing was not a complete bust. We had action most of the day and I was collecting information while putting together my attack plan for Sunday morning.

After losing way too many chinook earlier, back at camp I make a few gear adjustments. Typically when running Super Baits I run a single # 5 Gammi Big River hook rigged so that it dangles just behind the bait. With the string of missed fish earlier in the day I needed to make a change. I re-rigged a few of my Super Baits with a double hook set-up. Using 30# fluorocarbon I set up a leader where the lead hook nests up in the tunnel and the trailing hook running just behind the bait. When finished the Bait would be running 46” behind the flasher. Knowing that we would have to be off the water early Sunday, while the rest of the gang was napping I reviewed lessons learned from Saturday and laid out the game plan for fishing Sunday morning.

Sunday morning we were floating by 4:30 and fishing by 5:00. I ran three sockeye set-ups and one Chinook rig. My plan was to fish shallow and focus on catching a Chinook but wanted the sockeye gear working just in case we had a lone school of sockeye pop up on the meter. We fished 30-45 feet of water and targeted suspended meter marks. After an earlier drive by with nobody home at 5:30 the downrigger pops hard and it was fish on. I think that the fish had planned to head back down the river to Astoria, the first run was a screamer and knowing it was a big fish the initial run gave us time to clear the gear and prepare for battle. A half hour later and after many epic runs Karen expertly slipped the net under a beautiful 24 pound Chinook. It took us a while to get the gear back in the water but when we did almost immediately we were rewarded with a second knockdown. Although the fight was intense we did not get # 2 in the net. It was a still blast hooking up instantaneously after getting back to fishing.

On Sunday, I was running a Mountain Dew Super Bait 46” behind a chrome agitator flasher stuffed with oil pack canned tuna and garlic. We were running at approximately 1.4 mph or just fast enough to get the flasher to roll in a complete ark. As mentioned earlier we were targeting meter marks in 30-45 feet of water. All of our Chinook action Sunday morning was off of suspended meter marks. The first fish was at 21 feet in 42 feet of water. The second fish hit at 12 feet in 34 feet of water. We had a number of other drive-bys again all suspended fish in the shallower water.

As scheduled our trip had to end early Sunday morning, we still had to break camp, pack, drive home, unpack and clean fish. Not lot in the fish box but through two days of fishing we had fairly consistent action and had a great trip. The little guy finally found his groove, enjoying his many new experiences and we are considering a trip east of the mountains for Labor Day weekend.
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Name: Mike Carey Date: August 04, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fishing with friends rseas and Rob at Brewster today, and later in the day for a bit at Wells. We were hoping to get into more sockeye but our boat just didn't have the fish love today. We got several bites and lost a couple, and ended up getting one little guy for Rob to take home. Standard sockeye gear, 10-25ft deep. Did see a fair number caught, not great, but definitely on the uptick compared to reports circulating earlier this week.

We also hooked into a nice Chinook at Wells which unfortunately came unglued.

Sorry for the brief report, too much work and long drive there, long early day fishing, long drive back. Makes for an exhausted angler...
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Name: highlander Date: July 25, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished the mouth of the Okanogan Thursday evening 7/24 and started early Friday morning 7/25. SUPER slow. We saw 3 fish brought to boat, one was a wild king and the folks handled it very well. The recent rain and cooler temps have surely sent the reds up river. Maybe the warmer weather forecast for this week will hold some of them up again? We'll see. Would love to get back out for some more sockeye action.
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Name: afk Date: July 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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Three of us put in a long day at Brewster. Colby, Jerry & I boated 5 Sockeye. Yes, there were many lost fish & missed hits too. We were running size 1 or 0 dodgers with pink and or orange hoothies 12-20'' behind. We varied depth on the riggers from 12-50' depending on depth of water. The one Chinook we got to the boat was wild. Colby hooked and fought this brute all on his own! Of course he had plenty of instruction from 2 bossy old guys!! It was the highlight of our day.
Wednesdays storm had cleared the air of smoke. But, the water temp had dropped a couple degrees in the mouth of the Okanogan as well. All the fish were fairly subdued. We did not see near the numbers of fish surfacing today. Hopefully it was just an off day. The fish checker was surprised when we told him we got 5.
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Name: afk Date: July 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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I fished the Brewster pool 7/21 & 7/22. I managed to scratch out a limit of Sockeye both days. I used the typical chrome smile blade in front of orange or pink hootchie tipped with shrimp of matching color.I used leader length of 12-16'' behind either a size 1 or 0 chrome or 50/50 dodger. Both days after limiting on sockeye I switched over to Kings. Both days I was rewarded with a fish with the dreaded extra FIN! One was 4/5 pounds. The other was in the upper teens. I saw a few others released. It is nice to feel like you are on top of your game for a little while anyhow. It was very depressing driving through Pateros and seeing all the devastation. Fishing in the smoke was not that nice either. But, who knows, with the flash floods and cooler water coming down the Okanogan, those fish could jet upstream.
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Name: bitchingofishin Date: July 12, 2014 Rating:
 
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True combat fishing! Must have been a hundred boats this morning, all at the mouth of the Okanogan.
Fish were biting everywhere but most were lost at the boat. Went back this evening and had much better luck boating them. Took three nice ones home.
Everybody was using 0 dodger,short leader,pink squid and a coon shrimp.
Great time.
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Name: kiyus Date: July 11, 2014 Rating:
 
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This report is for Fri. Sat. Sun. Brewster Sockeye was on fire!!! On the water each day at 5am. Off the water with limits (6): Fri. 11am, Sat. 10am, Sun. 8:30. The weather was HOT with very little wind. First two days got my limits at 30' using the green hoch and gold smile. Sunday was 16' with the pink setup, both rigged with cooked prawns with fire cure. Most of my fishing was done outside the "fleet" that way when I hooked a fish I could steer away out to the middle, what I'm saying is you don't have to do the combat thing!.

I lost way more fish than I kept, but also tried to keep only the bigger ones ( these fish are not baker sockeye ) did keep some smaller ones that were hooked in the eye or bleeding badly so I caught/boated way more then six a day.

If Baker doesn't shape up I'm for sure going back!!!
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Name: baydog1990 Date: July 08, 2014 Rating:
 
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We hit the water at 4:30 A.M, about 10 boats fishing already. We trolled the usual pink hochie , pink wobbler spoon, tipped with shrimp. Two hits, marked fish 35 to 38 ft saw three Sockeye caught. Several Kings in area rolling on the surface. Beautiful morning pulled out 10:00 A.M to get ready for some Bass fishing.
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Name: uppercolumbiaguide Date: February 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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We headed out for Pateros early this last Friday to check some steelhead off the mouth of the Methow river. I had not been up to my normal target ground in about a month but usually this time of year it really heats up. we started down by the rocks just below the mouth of the Methow and fished for about an hour with out a bite. we were throwing different shades of maxi jigs tipped with coon shrimp under a float. I had marinated some shrimp in my normal graybills sand shrimp and steelhead guide scent they didn't want anything to do with it. we bounced around to a couple little spots close by without success. I made a change in colors based on passed notes. we went to orange jig heads with either pink or black body's on 2 rods and all black on the other. then I took some dark purple shrimp and dowsed them with graybills garlic mixed with the steelhead formula. this was game on. for the next hour we landed 8 nice fish and 6 were keepers and we were limited and on the trailer by 10:00. We thought it would be fun to keep fishing so we headed to lake Chelan afterwards and did a little kokanee fishing for the rest of the day. this was successful also. we picked up 11 nice kokanee ranging 12 to 16 inches. I'm really looking forward to more kokanee fishing the next coup[le weeks. as for the steelhead they should stay great fishing up here for about 2 more weeks and then they will head up the little rivers to do there thing.

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