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Wednesday, March 6, 2024
By Dave Graybill
With the announcement of the release of a large number of triploid rainbow into Rufus Woods Reservoir, there will be renewed interest in fishing here. I want to remind anglers that there is a two fish limit on Rufus. The minimum size of 14 inches rule has been removed. This means that if you are fishing with bait, you must keep the fish you catch. You can bet that there will be lot of abuse, that is, releasing fish that were caught on bait, but smaller than the big fish that people want to take home. You can fish very effectively without bait, so you can release the smaller fish without harming them. We all want as many of the 1.5-pound fish that were just released to survive and grow. These triploids have an amazing growth rate and could be 3 to 4 pounds by this summer. Casting jigs works great. Last spring Eric Granstrom landed a 20-pound triploid on an eight-ounce olive jig. We were fishing close to the middle net pens. You can cast these to shore and bounce them back or use a slip bobber like you would for steelhead. This would work great at Bandts Landing, too.