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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. If you're in for some good, fall King fishing then you're in for a shorter trip to Vernita. I never assume EVERYONE knows where Vernita is. Believe me, when I first moved to Eastern Washington from Skagit County some 27-years ago I kept hearing stories about fishing "Vernita" or the "Hanford Reach" and had no idea what people were talking about! For those who were like me, this is a popular fall salmon fishing area of the Columbia River below Priest Rapids Dam accessible in two locations in Grant County off State Route 243. There's the Jackson Creek Fish Camp two miles downstream from Priest Rapids Dam with drop-in camping with 10-sites for $10 a night with shoreline access. There also the Vernita Bridge Water Access which is a Department of Fish and Wildlife site just west of Vernita Bridge. It has a couple primitive boat launches and space for dry land camping. Launch here and fish just upstream in the King Hole. Run to the power lines and fish China Bar. Run a little farther up and fish just below Priest Rapids. Be careful and watch for rocks here. Until next time, Good Hunting!