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Thursday, March 7, 2024
By Dave Graybill
I was wondering if any of the fish that were recently released by the Colville Tribe had made it down to the Bridgeport end of Rufus Woods Reservoir. So, I called my buddy Dave, who does the creel work for the tribe. He patrols the area from just above Chief Joseph Dam to Brandts Landing. All the fish that were put in the reservoir recently were released from the upper net pens, and they haven’t shown up at Brandts or at the fishing areas above the dam. Fishing isn’t great, but there are some nice fish being taken by anglers who are in the right place at the right time. Triploids weighing 3 to 6 pounds are being caught occasionally, and one angler, who was fishing a jig, landed a 12 ½ pounder at Brandts Landing last week. The fish in the latest release weighed 1.5 pounds. Remember, the daily limit is two fish and if you are using bait that means you keep what you catch. Don’t try to release them, they will die and go to waste. Fish jigs and no bait and you can release them—let go, let ‘em grow; that’s what I say.