Steelhead fishing success on the main stem Columbia has been inconsistent, and the triploid fishing on Rufus Woods has fallen off the pace. There is a bright spot on the fishing front, however, and it trout fishing on Lake Roosevelt. Both shore-bound and boat anglers are finding the bite strong lately.
Shore fishing spots that anglers can use and expect success while using a crawler-and-mallow combo or dough bait are the Boat Yard area, the shorelines above and below the Spring Canyon Boat Launch and the shore access across and above Grand Coulee Dam. Trollers are finding the main schools of trout fairly shallow, and are putting their baits down just twelve feet. Rapalas, K-Flies and spinner are attracting strikes, and shallow flats are good places look for good numbers of rainbow on Roosevelt. One of the more productive flats is found new the Keller Ferry departure point that is accessed through Wilbur. I gave steelheading a try last Wednesday, and found the fishing very slow. There were three of us casting bobbers and jigs and we came off the water with just one keeper. The same was true for a local guide, who had much, much better success just two days prior.