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January 7, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Outdoor writer Dave Graybill explores east side waters for steelhead

8249940515_5ddb95d414Here is the latest fishing report from Dave Graybill, longtime Eastern Washington outdoor radio host and angler:

I celebrated New Year’s Day by going steelhead fishing with Shane Magnuson and three of his friends at Wells Dam.

Was it cold?

You bet.

It was 16 degrees with a slight breeze when we put the boat in at the ramp below the dam.  On our first drift a steelhead grabbed one of the baits we were back trolling, but it threw the hook right next to the boat.

On the next pass Kyle Kelly grabbed a bouncing rod and landed a 5-pound hatchery fish.  We continued on down and round the corner, and had a couple of other hits but no hook ups.

Magnuson decided to pull the boat and run down to Chelan Falls.  There is a good spot for trolling and bobber and jig fishing off the hatchery outflow on the Columbia.

While the baits were working I jumped up on the bow and threw a bobber and jig.  On the first pass my bobber went under and a fish jumped twice before we could get it to the net.  It turned out to be a large rainbow.  We didn’t get any other bites here, and headed home to watch football.

It was a great way to start the New Year!

For details or Graybill’s weekly report visit his website at http://www.fishingmagician.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

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