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Friday, September 27, 2019
By Dave Graybill
Almost all of the salmon and steelhead seasons on the Columbia River are closed now, but there are still fish arriving to the open waters of the Hanford Reach. Angler success is improving as more and more fall kings make their way up the river. I fished for fall kings in the Gorge a week ago and I am finding more and more guides using spinners for these aggressive fish. Super Baits are still effective, don’t get me wrong. I notice some guides are even trolling a mix of spinners and Super Baits. Spinner anglers like to use a heavy leader, like 40-pound. Not just for durability, but to get the best action. If fall salmon fishing isn’t your cup of tea, there is always fishing for triploid rainbow on Rufus Woods Reservoir. Fishing near the upper net pens has been terrific this late summer and fall, and theses fish come out of the smoker tasting fantastic. Another great fall fishery is for big Lahontan cutthroat on Omak Lake. If you haven’t been here before, the lake is big and beautiful and produced the state record cutt—weighing over 18 pounds!