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Name: SharkFisher Date: October 27, 2015 Rating:
 
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Trolled for steelhead for 3 hours. The first hour was spent using the trolling motor for a controlled drift upstream using a bobber/jig/shrimp combination & the last 2 hours were spent dragging flatfish back and forth near the hatchery… No bites. The dams were not allowing any water through, and this fishery is ridiculously tough when there is no water flow. Of course, I've never caught a steelhead anyway, so maybe I just smell bad!

That being said, we threw on a dark color Rattle Trap and it got demolished by a 14 inch smallmouth that came about a foot out of the water while the line was being let out. I've heard these are good lures for that stretch of the Snake for steelhead, so the barbs were pinched and the fish got off. It was incredible watching about 20 different bass up to about 18 inches chasing in on the retrieve. It got hit at least five times in the 40 feet bringing it back to the boat. Had I had my bass gear on board we would have stayed and played for a while.

Saw 3 mule deer forge the river and got a suntan on October 27. The only two fish we got to the boat were a couple of catfish… Gotta love fishing with hot dogs to salvage a day.

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Name: Fishman_Kuzan Date: October 14, 2015 Rating:
 
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I have not posted a report on this site since it was WashingtonLakes.com which is too long! My apologies for the late report on salmon season. I broke my ankle back in May and was down and out until late summer. Before the ankle break I made an early trip to Hayden in Idaho and caught around 50 kokanee and also got a halibut trip in out of Westport the weekend before my ankle break (pics included). In late summer, being able to walk and get around again, I made my first trip up to Brewster for a fat skunk. We had a hatchery king to the boat with a missed netting opportunity and got no interest from the sockeye. We did put some kokes in the boat at Alta where we camped so it wasn't a total loss.

The late summer/early fall warmwater fishing was good to us here on the Snake. Did lots of evening fishing after work and managed some good 50-100 smallmouth evenings with jumbo perch, walleye and channel cats mixed into the bag. I lost the biggest bass I have ever hooked out here early on in the bass fishing due to another missed net job. Things were pretty rough for me on the fishing front for a while but really turned around with salmon season.

Salmon season opened at the beginning of September and we started hitting it pretty soon after the opening. I would make a couple of passes trolling but the high action bass fishing would call to me and I would give it up pretty quick. Our first Chinook fell victim to our bait on my new fishing buddy's birthday, September 16th, trolling after some bass fishing. That first fish was about 8 lbs but it sure was hot. It put to test my new Lamiglas CG90DRs with some screaming runs. I really came to appreciate those rods over the season even though they are a bit heavy. From then on my time was pretty much dedicated to catching salmon and I fished nearly every day to make up for lost fishing time.

The bigger fish seemed to come at the beginning of the season at the peak of the run with size diminishing towards the end. Towards the end we were picking up more jacks and the aptly named mini jacks that thrive around the hatchery. You saltwater folks would consider these shakers. The biggest fish we caught were in the 17 to 20 lb range. We caught a mix of wild and hatchery fish, but we did end up catching quite a few clipped fish which was a nice surprise. I personally punched 7 on my card with a couple of jacks included. The jacks cut and ate great and we get some pretty big jacks out here at Lyons Ferry.

Fishing was all done in front of the Lyons Ferry hatchery. We fished downstream of the hatchery to the cliffs and upstream to above the railroad bridge. Fish were not just caught in front of the hatchery outfall where many boats congregate and jig, fish were caught all over this area with many actually coming up stream of the hatchery outfall. The tackle consisted of hotspot and pro troll flashers and a 5 - 6 foot leader to Brad's cut plug superbaits. The superbaits were stuffed with tuna in oil. Just plain tuna accounted for most of the fish this year while last year herring and garlic scents in addition to the tuna were hot. Greens were definitely the hot color for us. Standard 20 foot setbacks with the cable at 10-17 feet were the ticket at trolling speeds of 2.5 to 3.0 mph.

The final tally was somewhere around 30 adults to the boat with no count on jacks or lost fish (which there were plenty of both). The fastest day was probably in 1.5 hours of fishing we had 7 fish on with only 2 to the boat. That was an exciting day but definitely frustrating. The last fish of the season came on my birthday, October 14th, and other demands/hunting put the fishing to an end after that. All said it was a great season and I hope the fall runs keep going strong. It is definitely not the destination that Hanford is, with fish running quite a bit smaller than in the reach, but it is pretty awesome to have this fishery in our back yard.

We are starting to put together some videos as Snake River Life productions. Enjoy our first installment "Lyons Ferry Fall Fishing 2015," and stay tuned for our next video of a trip we took to Roosevelt in mid-December. Good luck to any who come out here and give it a try, give us a shout if you see us, and tight lines to all.

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Name: allanwalker Date: December 07, 2014 Rating:
 
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Spent the day chasing eye and had some success.
1- cat fish released
1-4 pound squaw fish clubbed over the head and fed to the gulls very happy gulls
My first steelhead native released caught on a walleye crank bait
2 really nice fat eyes.

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Name: allanwalker Date: November 22, 2014 Rating:
 
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Target Species: Walleye
Lake or River Fished: Snake River Texas Rapids
Date(s) Fished: 11-22 & 23 -14
Weather Conditions: Cloudy rainy windy
Wind: 15 to 35
Ambient Temp: mid 40’s
Water Temp.: 48
Water Clarity: murky stirred up
Moon Phase: new moon
Lure Type: Troll crank baits
Bait Used: none
Method: trolling 2.0 mph
Depth: 20 – 30 fow
Catch Record:
one Walleye 16”
one Walleye 22 “ 3.85 pound
one Walleye 28’ 10.4 pound

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Name: Fishman_Kuzan Date: October 24, 2014 Rating:
 
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Sadly its been awhile since I've got a report up. I am severely disappointed in my reporting abilities this season, but don't worry I have been fishing plenty! Started reporting strong during kokanee season and really wanted to keep it up to log my fishing season for my own records as well, but failed. Onto some reporting of my home waters on the Snake and Snake/Palouse confluence.

I took the boat out for probably some of my last days of smallmouth fishing over the weekend... will be switching to steelhead soon. Friday evening I got off work in time to put in a couple of hours before dark. Hit a brushy point that I had an epic day on with my wife last year at this time in which I caught nice fifteen inch or greater smallmouth on every cast. Last year I must have caught around twenty fish in this spot. Keep hitting it this year trying to get the timing right and it finally paid off Friday (24th). It wasn't on fire like last year but I caught six quality fish. Enough to make a big batch of beer battered fish and chips for the in-laws and a nice 2.5 lb smallie that jumped and ran and had the old heart a pounding.

Smallmouth fishing on the Snake has been going strong since June and is only now starting to taper off a bit. I fished Saturday morning without so much as a bite (also pulled plugs for steelhead without any action). I have put in probably 30 or more angling days for smallmouth and have consistently caught smallies on each trip. Some days are better than others but there are always fish to be had, and usually some quality 15 inch plus fish. I did not find my three pound fish this season but there is always next year! I caught many fish in the two to three pound range but nothing tipping three. I heard of a four pounder caught up by the Tucannon, but I really don't think there is a strong presence of bigger smallmouth in this stretch of river. Lots of smaller fish, but I noticed this year also a good mix of the 15 inchers. I am a pro at catching chunky two pounders at this point. The body shape of these fish seems like older fish that should be bigger... just one man's opinion.

The Snake is big water with lots of areas to choose from. I would recommend finding some good rock piles as a starting point, as often these smallmouth are chock full of crayfish and craws like rocks. They also seem to gather in water with access to some depth during the active biting season. My favorite spots are all close to 20-25 feet of water but not much deeper and I catch them all the way from right on the shoreline to the depths. Varying structure, points and transitions from rock to brush have all paid off for me. This year I learned some new shallower spots and weed beds that I don't think fish stayed in last year because of warmer river temps.

I would also recommend finding some weed lines and islands/coves again for crayfish feeding in the weeds but also bait fish hold in these areas. I caught one smallie that managed to cram a 4 inch bluegill down its gullet. I was impressed it still bit my bait. Something new to me this year was also sculpin and baby catfish in the smallies. I let plenty of the SMB go but I do keep lots of them. I know many of you are big on C&R. I would say if you haven't tried a smallmouth don't bag it. They are one of the most delicious fish I have eaten and I even prefer them to walleye (which I have caught four or five incidentally while SMB fishing, including one nice five pounder). They are great pan cooked or deep fried and there are tons of fish available in the large Snake River system.

For baits I use anything as long as it is a crank, dropshot or jig. Sometimes I will throw a spinner bait, but rarely. Rat-L-Traps do a lot of work for me in cray and baitfish colors. This year I used a square bill KVD crank in a cray finish and it caught me a few walleye and bass. I dropshot a roboworm in various colors. Jig hula grubs, curly tails and tubes. Crayfish colors are top producers- so plastics in brown with orange accents work well. Also curly tails in white, chartreuse and clear/smoke will produce. The Snake is an awesome place to live and play and I hope you will get to enjoy it soon too, Tight lines.

(The photos are some highlights from the season, from June to October. Caught my friend his first smallie in June, and got my Dad a nice one in July, dates on my fish are June 22, July 2, September 6, and October 13)

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Name: Fishman_Kuzan Date: September 28, 2014 Rating:
 
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Along with smallmouth fishing I have had some time to target our big fall run of Chinook out here on the Snake. I finally caught some this year but it was by far no comparison to the Hanford catches seen for 2014. I really wanted to hit Hanford but was weary of the crowds and free flowing river. I fished for Chinook from the last two weeks of September to the beginning of October, mostly at Lyon's Ferry but also two trips to the Clearwater Confluence up by Lewiston/Clarkston.

Brad's cut plug super bait in Mountain Doo trolled behind a modified green hot spot flasher was the ticket for me this year. Trolled behind 8lb balls on the downriggers. 10 to 25 feet of wire. Final tally was four hatchery adults (10 to 12 lbs) one hatchery jack kept, seven wild fish released with two 15 lbs or larger, and more jacks and mini jacks on/off than I can count. That is the downside to fishing the Snake compared to the big Columbia- you have to release all the wilds here and some hatchery origin are unmarked. They are still fun to catch though!

Here at Lyon's Ferry the bite really shifted to jacks towards the end of my fishing (first week of October). Keepers came on 9/21, 9/24, 9/26, and 9/28. Bite seemed to turn on when the water hit 65 degrees and when those jacks were in it was hard to keep them off the line. I would hook 6 or 7 with each night of fishing, and only one night did I hook into a true adult sized fish in October. Someone in a boat told me Thursday (10/23) that they hooked 4 adult salmon... not sure if I'm buying it but if they did that is great! Also got a report that day the steelhead bite was good.

Lots of guys jig right outside the hatchery for Chinook with flat lead jig types. I tried a couple times with no luck. One day I caught a keeper there was a boat of five people (inside the 400' boundary I might add). They must of hooked 10 fish and landed 4 keepers while I was jigging and watching them. Switched to trolling and had my fish on almost instantly. It could of been better, it could of been worse. Was happy to get my first salmon in the Smokercraft as this was a goal of mine for the year. Tight lines all

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Name: tluedeke Date: June 23, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went up to Ayer Boat Basin to try for channel cats/bullheads. This place has been pretty reliable in the past, and I've always caught a few.

But streak broken. Not a bite in five hours of fishing. Tried liver, shrimp, nightcrawlers, stew beef, and scented spinners. Tried fishing the bottom, and even suspended.

Not a good use of gas money.....

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Name: ridgeratt Date: May 10, 2014 Rating:
 
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Just got back from fishing the Springer season 4-8 to 4-10. My Son and my Hunting buddy went down to work on our tans.
We ended up with a full gamit of weather , Had Sun, more than enough wind, plenty of rain. Not sure if I have ever seen puddles in the dirt down there but we had them this time.


Fish counter worked Thursday morning and then yesterday afternoon. Said the catch rates were on fire. Figures it will be closed after the Tuesday run at Ice Harbor. Saw numerous fish caught most are the cookie cutter 12 lbs. Saw a couple of upper teens and then there was a batch of 8-10's.

Once again I rate this a 5. Since I was not working what more can you ask for.

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Name: Fishman_Kuzan Date: April 30, 2014 Rating:
 
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Had some time for an after work evening of fishing. Water is warming up, fish were on the bite though not red hot. Caught one walleye at 4 lbs 10 oz on a square bill crank bait. Caught a handful of bass, only two of which were keeper size. Caught them on curly tail grubs and also the square bill. Fish were in 8 to 10 feet of water, some bass tucked right into shoreline pockets. Also hooked two carp on the curly tail grubs. They were scented with crawfish oil, so maybe this is why, but they definitely hit it and were hooked in the mouth. The first one I thought was a trophy walleye so I played it for about 10 minutes. Came in around 10 lbs, and was actually fun to fight though not desirable for the dinner plate for me. The other I cranked in a bit quicker, weighed in at 7 lbs. Water temps were around 56 degrees, so bass should really be picking up. The ones I kept were full of eggs. Good times, good weather, its heating up here quick. Almost 90 today and forecast for 90 tomorrow!

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Name: Fishman_Kuzan Date: April 21, 2014 Rating:
 
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Whew! Finally have a few minutes to catch up on some reports, been busy fishing, working and doing spring time chores. Fished last Monday for some warm water species. Got out two Fridays ago as well (4/11), but while targeting walleye only caught two bass with one being 15 plus inches. Looking to hook some bigger bass this year on the Snake, personal goal of at least 3 lbs.

Monday 4/21 we fished after work for a couple of hours and I caught my first official walleye on purpose, it was 3 lbs 2 oz and I'm not complaining. Also hooked into three smallies. I know people really like walleye, however while it was delicious it wasn't "the best fish I've ever had." I've tried catching them 5-10 times now, so it was rewarding to finally hook one. Hoping to fill the freezer with some eyes, bass and cats soon to have some white meat to go with the kokanee. With longer light there will be more time for fishing after work!

River was around 54 degrees and it is finally running a bit lower and clearer, even after the recent rains. Its a good week to get out and do some fishing down here,

Tight lines all!

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