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Name: Mike Carey Date: September 15, 2016 Rating:
 
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This report is for four days of fishing, one at the mouth of the Deschutes river and three off the mouth of the Klickitat. Myself, Aaron Borg, and Rob Holman were at Ed Iman's Fish Camp 2016 enjoying his hospitality and meeting with various tackle reps. We also got to fish with some really great guides that Ed has at the event every year.

Our first day we fished with Walleye Willie off of the mouth of the Deschutes, hover fishing. The crowds were not too bad, we’ve seen worse. The catching was “OK” and good for those that knew what they were doing (Wallie Willie). Aaron and I, on the other hand, only managed one nice chinook, which slammed my rod down. This is not the typical hover fishing bite, but I’ll take it. Perhaps it was the new “super soft” scented hevi bead I added to my eggs. In any case, Willie generously gave us his fish, so the week was off to a good start.

The next two days Aaron and I fished with a couple different guides. I was with Rick and his wife Brenda from Adriatic Outfitters. We also fished with Steve from Angler Innovations, Loren from Hevi Beads, and Lisa from the Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce. Steve provided us his great Maruto barbless hooks and Loren handed out the new soft and super soft Hevi Beads. We fished the mouth of the Klickitat each day. Fishing was tougher, and there were a lot more boats out on the water. I really have to give credit to Rick, who does not fish this area very often. He did a great job avoiding the beginners. We had our chances, but the Chinook were biting very light and none of us could hook up. We did see fish caught around us. I would rank the fishing as “fair to good”. One highlight of the two days was Steve hooking a monster sturgeon. He battled the fish for a good half hour until a troller, oblivious to us, ran over Steve’s line and the big sturgeon popped off. We really wanted to see that fish. The sturgeon had to have been in the 9-10 foot range. I will say, we were all super impressed with the Cousins salmon rod that Steve was using. I really expected that rod to snap under the pressure but it held up just fine.

On Thursday I got the pleasure to fish with David Eng of FishingEng and his wife Cindy. What a gracious couple. And more skilled anglers you won’t find anywhere. Dave fishes these waters and knows the run like the back of his hand. He put on a clinic catching salmon, but all of us were into fish, including twelve year old Sabastian. This young man is going to be a real up and comer in the sport fishing world, I can tell! Dave had us fishing with pro cure eggs and shrimp, and it was just the ticket. We came one fish short of limiting the boat. We would have limited the boat no doubt, but I had to return to shore and hit the road home. I did manage to get one nice 15 pound Chinook.

I ended up bringing home four beautiful Chinook salmon that will be shared with friends and family. I had a filet on returning home, wow, what a great tasting fish!

Thanks to all the sponsors and guides that helped make Fish Camp a big success. In addition to the above, thanks to Grays Harbor Unders, Work sharp, Izore Line, Lamiglas, Handle Rite Tools, Mack's Lure, and the Sportsmans Warehouse. And thanks to the guides that provided boats and expertise, including Adriatic Outfitters, Fishing for Fun Guide Service, Columbian Basin Guide Service. My apologies to those I have missed.

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Name: SilverSlayer Date: May 14, 2016 Rating:
 
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Took a bank fishing trip down to the big C for some Springer action. Went 2 for 2 over two days. The first 9# hen came while plunking at the pine tree hole. Second came at an upper tributary, a 12# hen on eggs under a float. Bobber down, fish on !!!. Had a BBQ last night and forgot how good the springers taste. Olive oil, salt pepper is all you need. Good luck out there and keep your fingers crossed for a possible Puget Sound opener. Last I heard there is some optimism for a potential deal with the tribes.

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Name: kurtkettel Date: May 08, 2016 Rating:
 
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Drove down Monday morning to Drano--arrived at 10am; lake was full of boats. Wind was howling steady 20 out of the west..made trolling tough. Actually pretty good action as someone somewhere was fighting a fish. Went 1/3 on the troll...lost one at the boat, lost a serious take down & boated a nice 12lb fish. Bite died in the afternoon so anchored with the bobbers til 7. I had dug fresh sand shrimp the day before so thought I had the ticket--I was wrong. The boat next to us was tossing deep purple cured prawns & 5 of them summarily wacked 10 kings in less than an hour--torture to watch as I obviously did not have the right bait. I gotta find out the secret sauce. Saw a few others caught on sand shrimp but not many. Excited for Tuesday morning as had heard Monday morning was good. Left Stevenson at 4am & my truck promptly died 1/2 mile out of town. Took till 10am to figure out it was a bad distributor cap/rotor...thanks to David (who I met at NAPA) for helping & ultimately Tim at Bob's towing & repair for pinpointing the problem. That said, launched Tuesday at 10:30 with reports of a much slower morning. In the water 5 minutes & wacked a nice low teener. Slow til 2 & then long drive back to Kenmore. So, all in all, for not fishing a morning, we brought 2 nice springers back & had chances at 2 others. With the right juice, could have had some more bobber doggin. Please God, let Puget Sound/Straits/Juans be open this summer... Good luck all!

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Name: Ed J Date: January 20, 2016 Rating:
 
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It was a good day on the boat, could not have asked for a better day weather wise
also got to pop someones cherry with their first sturgeon but I'm not going to say who's.
The only thing to make the day better would have been if the fish were just a couple inches longer.

I know that is what she said

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Name: Mike Carey Date: September 15, 2015 Rating:
 
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It was another great day in the Pacific Northwest fishing the Columbia River. Today Aaron and I again joined guide Bruce Warren (www.FishingForFunGuideservice.com) and fished outside the mouth of the Klickitat in the Columbia. We fished from 8am to 2pm, starting the day out hoover fishing, and switching to trolling mid-morning. Hoover fishing netted me a brief hook up and a couple other bites, but overall it was kind of slow so we decided to switch to trolling. It was ultimately a good choice.

There was a pretty good bite mid to late morning, and we saw fish being caught and netted, but for us we couldn’t buy a bite for the longest time until we swapped the gear and tried a pair of hevi-beads and a cheater with blade, with a big gob of eggs. Within a few minutes my rod doubled over and I was on to a nice fish. He took line and gave me a nice 50 yard run before slowing down. I worked him back to the boat and eventually Bruce put the net around a beautiful bright 20 pound king!

The fishing definitely picked up today and there are some real pigs out there waiting to be caught.

We capped off the day with some presentations from product manufacturers at Ed Iman’s Fish Camp. The Pike Minnow program rep, reminded us that this year the pike minnow reward program is paying $5 to start and up to $8 per fish here on the Columbia. John Cleveland of Eppinger Lures gave us a talk on his products – the world famous daredevil (I grew up catching pike in Wisconsin with this lure), as well as the red eye, osprey, and rex spoon. Check them out at www.eppinger.net. Hook and Cord presented their great bungie cord adaptations, truly unique and functional. They also carry Atals gloves, a really nice assortment of nitrol and rubberized gloves that are of benefit to anglers. Check them out at www.hookandcord.com for more information.

Finally, Mack’s Lures gave us a run down on their excellent products, including smile blade jigs for walleye fishing, and the new U/V. smile blades that change multiple colors are truly amazing, by the way. Double D dodgers of course, so effective for kokanee fishing will be coming in more colors than ever. Sll the Msacks products are great fish catching additions.

We’ll be giving away many of these products to readers of NWFR in the months to come. Post your fishing reports for your chance at winning these great products in our monthly contest!

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Name: uppercolumbiaguide Date: July 31, 2015 Rating:
 
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Drano Lake was very good this weekend! We picked up 7 great, up river bright, Chinook on Saturday and 12 on Sunday - averaging about a 50% bite to catch ratio. Using super baits (in Tamali and Mtn Dew colors) behind pro troll flashers and fish flash seemed to give us the most action, and we used tuna with salmon scent mixed with sand shrimp scent, both by Northwest Bait and Scent. We also picked up a few fish with #5 Toman spinners, soaked in damon scent, and magpies wrapped with tuna. The majority of fish were between 15ft and 20ft deep, trolling at 1.6 to 2.2 mph. We have lots of season left, and it's definitely starting out hot!!

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Name: DeafHeadFisher85 Date: August 20, 2014 Rating:
 
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Went to Drano lake to fish for a couple days. The wind kept it interesting so patience was tried often. I had cured up some coonstripe shrimp last year but not much good came out of it so I grabbed a jar at the shop between Wind river and Drano Lake. A Piece of advice: cure your own if you know EXACTLY WHAT YOU ARE DOING. The shrimp were most likely dyed and cured elsewhere then put in a mason jar and dyed beyond anything, covered in red dye now. Fished the morning of the 20th and evening without much luck. Folks were catching all over and fish were jumping all over. Flicked their tails often which lead me to believe they were in the top 5 feet of water. I had some salmon eggs cured up and tried these with a few bites but those bites were the most action we got. I'm a little upset because I've tried fishing the salt and Drano a few times without much luck at all. Makes me a frustrated unhappy and unlucky fisherman. I need a new shrimp recipe and a source for shrimp if I'm going to try this again, the shrimp heads were rotting. Good luck to folks going out there, it's not white hot but with the right shrimp and bait, you can make a killing.

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Name: Westside Angler Date: June 19, 2014 Rating:
 
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*** SOMEONE LEFT A NICE ROD&REEL SETUP AT PARKING *** (found near empty parking area near Dam with lots of moistures - so must have been from Wednesday/ the day before). If you see this message and this belongs to you, then please private message me - describe the asset and we can make arrangements for pick up.

Final Shad trip "for me" was excellent today! When today's counts shows up on Friday, I'm guessing that it will be well over 100K. Plenty of space to fish, not too crowded, no dirty looks at each other when lines tangled - can't complain.
It was not-stop actions from approx. 8am to the time that we called it a day (4pm). Everybody got their fair share of fish to take home, a gentlemen to the left of me & another to the right had at least 50 each (I ended up taking home 26). Lots of fish lost but fun actions nevertheless.

The best technique is to use heavier weights (3/4 or 1 oz), cast out, let it hit bottom and drift with current and keep your lines tight and just reel in very slowly. Today there's no specific jig or colors, everything works - 1/32, 1/16, or 1/8 oz crappie jigs or shad darts.

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Name: Westside Angler Date: June 15, 2014 Rating:
 
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Fished from 6 -10am, approx. 100 yards down from the Dam, the crowd was not too bad - plenty of space to fish, weather was windy at times w/ a little drizzle here & there, ended up catching 20 and called it a day. Gear used was 1/16 oz crappie jig (red eyed - chartreuse was the hot ticket & red-eyed white).
Although I see lots of disappointed folks that didn't do very well (who were mainly using shad darts), there were lots of fish that came through and unfortunately the fish were very selective today on what they want to bite.
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***An example is a couple next to me with a young daughter, showed up late with a lower budget type gear (the plastic reel was the size of a softball!), you know what I'm talking about! Yeah, their coordination was awkward - yeah that's right - one of them. Now, the key is that they bought a box of crappie jigs that comes in all kinds of colors and sizes/ I think about 10 bucks (you can pick these up at Wal-Mart).
Just going to make the long story short - they ended making me look like a rookie? Within an hour, they had at least 50 or more hookups, bunch of doubles/ triples (on a 1/8 oz red-eyed chartreuse), almost every cast was fish on for them.
The folks to the right of them and the folks to the left - all kept staring at them in dis-belief, and those who are reading my report, you guys know what I'm talking about.
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Had a good trip, we'll head back one more time for the season.

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Name: Westside Angler Date: June 06, 2014 Rating:
 
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1st trip to Bonneville this year - fished from 7am - 2pm down the rocks at the "Combat Zone". No issues with the folks other than some late arrivals trying to pry their way in on some tight spots.
Although run is still early and windy conditions, every cast - you have an opportunity to hook one. Lots of snags and bunches that got away as usual, but had a good time. Filled a half cooler (100 quart) and called it a day!
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Use 1/16 or 1/32 oz "Crappie Jig" as an alternative to the "Expensive" Shad Darts!!! (Red Eye w/ chartreuse/ orange body/ or red/ white body for certain conditions)
You can buy a bag of 10 crappie jigs for a buck vs. 1 Shad dart for up to a buck - the only difference is that one jig has a rounded head and the other is coned! Me and folks seen a guy with a crappie jig caught a ratio of 10 shad while a guy with a shad dart caught 1 (both quality fishermen). I've caught most of my fish in this trip as well on the crappie jig.
Seeing folks driving hours and spending $$$ on shad darts and losing them to snags, I just have to put this out there.

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