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Monday, October 4, 2021
By Dave Graybill
I got a call from my friend Brian Anantatmula inviting me to join him for run down to Wanapum Dam. He loves fishing for salmon and really wanted to give this area of the Columbia River a try. I fished down here last season a couple of times and in late August my fishing buddy, James Lebow landed a king that must have weighed 30 pounds. Getting that fish surprised me as I usually don’t consider fishing down here until later in October. I checked out the area last week and saw a pretty good fleet of boats trolling off the mouth of Crab Creek. Brian put the boat in at the launch off Huntzinger Road and we ran down and joined a fleet of a dozen boat trolling near the mouth of Crab Creek. Like most of the anglers, I am sure, we were trolling Super Baits and Spin Fish behind flashers. Two rods were on downriggers, and one was out the back on a 12 ounce lead ball. While we were trolling we both watched the other boats. Only one boat was landing anything. This boat was just below the mouth of Crab Creek. He was pretty close to the shore and using large divers with Mag Lips or Kwik Fish, I couldn’t tell which, and he landed three fish while we were there.
Dan Schliffers hefts a whopper king taken while fishing off Crab Creek with Shane Magnuson in a past season.