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Friday, October 15, 2021
By Dave Graybill
My good friend Buell Hawkins called and said he wanted to catch a triploid on Rufus Woods Reservoir. Buell was my first boat sponsor, when he added Smoker Craft boats to the inventory at Valley Tractor. Since then, we have had many fishing adventures. He got his first steelhead fishing with me, and we got his grandson his first salmon. Buell, Greg Meinzer and I stayed at the Grand Coulee Center Lodge on Tuesday evening, and we used the new launch at the middle net pens the following morning. I thought something must be up. There were hardly any boats fishing the upper pen, and not a single one at the middle pen. I realized why right away. There were no fish around. We marked some but there was no current and the fish were scattered. I trolled bottom bouncers with spinners and nightcrawlers. We did put a couple of nice triploids in the boat, and the walleye were driving us crazy. We had at least a dozen walleye bites and landed none. I hope you saw Eric Granstrom’s post on the Fishing Magician Facebook page. With about 60 seconds of coaching, he proceeded to land a nice coho on the Icicle River.