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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

October 19, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Steelhead fishing worth a try below Wells Dam in Columbia River

Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

My fishing buddy Rollie Schmitten and I gave the area below Wells Dam for steelhead a try last week. We had heard a great report and thought we would have a chance at loading up on some fish.

Not so.

We tried the spot where I caught a dandy on our first trip last season.

Had one fish on and it could have been a triploid as we didn’t even get a look at it before it slipped the hook on my jig. The bar, which is usually a slam dunk, produced nothing. I drifted the Jetcraft clear down around the corner over lots of good water, and didn’t get a sniff.

We tried a couple of other spots, and I finally suggested that we run up to Bridgeport and give it a try there. I didn’t get an argument from Schmitten and away we went. It was a great decision.

We were into fish immediately, and although most were triploids, at least we were getting some action. I did manage to take one small hatchery steelhead up here, and we missed a bunch of hits.

I won’t give up on Wells as a steelhead fishing destination, but I will wait a while. More fish will settle in here later in the season.

For details or to get Graybill’s weekly report visit Dave Graybill’s website.

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