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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
 
By Dave Graybill
 
Steelhead fishing has been the leading draw for anglers so far this fall, but don’t forget that there is some excellent walleye fishing available at this time of year on the Columbia River. Fishing on the main stem Columbia will be very good all through the winter months. Many feel that it isn’t worth fishing when the water temperatures drop on the Columbia, but some of the biggest fish of the year are taken in the dead of winter. One of the places that draws thousands of fishermen that are after the big triploids is Rufus Woods Reservoir, but it is also a prime location for walleye. Most walleye fishermen concentrate on the water from the boat launch at Seatons Grove down to the net pens. Further downstream the water below Wells Dam is fished heavily by walleye anglers. Both the west and east shores give up good numbers of fish. Another spot that is popular is just below Rocky Reach Dam. The islands that are visible from the highway attract fish and fishermen, but approach these structures with caution. There are other sunken islands here that are not visible unless the water is extremely low. Pulling spinners baited with a worm or jigging is most popular in the winter.