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Name: GordyC Date: November 16, 2016 Rating:
 
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Went after whitefish again Wed. at Priest Rapids. Again the weather was nice and the fish cooperated. We brought home 28. We drifted between Whitefish Island and the power lines getting most of the hits at the top of the drift. We used orange yarn eggs scented with salmon egg oil.

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Name: GordyC Date: November 08, 2016 Rating:
 
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What a nice day Tuesday was for fishing. There was little to no wind on the river and the temperature was in the lower 60's. The whitefish cooperated too. The two of us brought home a total of 22. We had enough hits and lost fish to catch our limits. We drifted from Whitefish Island to the power lines in 15' to 20' of water. Most of the hits came in the upper part of the drift. We used orange yarn eggs soaked with salmon egg oil scent. If you like to fish for whitefish now is the time.

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Name: CaptainDavesGS Date: September 27, 2016 Rating:
 
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Productive is not the word I would use to describe the overall catching down here at Virnita bridge. During a typical year it is not uncommon to watch a couple dozen fish get landed during the morning bite. That has not been the case this year from my observations. In years past I have been able to fish several different spots throughout the day and pull fish from every spot. This year I have had to change my tactics in order to put fish in the boat. Instead of running the boat all over looking for easy fish I have had to remain persistent and grind the same water hour after hour. In doing so we are rewarded with the king here and the king there, and then here a king and there a king, but not everywhere a king king.

My main plan of attack is a chrome dodger trailed by a hotter tamale super bait fished really close to the bottom. Normally I try to front troll these baits between 2.3 and 3 mph. However I have caught fish while maintaining position in a 4 mph current. Between the use of super baits and back trolled salmon eggs we have managed to land 46 Kings in the last seven days. The largest of these was an awesome fish that weighed 33 pounds.

I really hope the bite picks up around here soon. I like the vibe and atmosphere on the water when everybody is hooking fish. In spite of the slow catching, fishing around here has been pretty enjoyable. The weather has been absolutely beautiful and the scenery down here is hard to beat this time of year. I like to watch the coyotes roaming the beaches in the morning and once in a while we get to see an elk herd.

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Name: PRM Date: September 25, 2016 Rating:
 
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This was my first trip to the Hanford Reach area of the Columbia, and it was very...educational. I read about it before the trip, but I was still surprised how powerful the flow of the river can be here and how quickly the water flow can change. At times I would start with the old 9.8 Mercury at about 25% throttle to slowly back troll and five minutes later I would have to run it up to full throttle just to keep the same pace.

We spent the better part of the first day getting the lay of the land, fishing the King Hole and a couple other holes above the bridge. We lost a few super baits and a down rigger ball on the bottom of the river but had no bites.

Day two started out well. I was starting to get the hang of back trolling with divers and we had seen a few fish caught, so things were looking up. Since we hadn't had any bites, we decided to take the jet divers off and attempt stacking on the down riggers. Shortly after clipping in we got our first fishing on, and all at once the S*** hit the fan. Almost as soon as the fish was hooked, the DR ball got wedged on the bottom. I was frantically trying to free my down rigger ball, while keeping the side of the boat toward the fish. Meanwhile the person playing the fish got his line wrapped around his rod tip and just couldn't quite get the fish the last 10 feet to the boat. As the 20-ish pound king was splashing around just out of nets reach, the swivel plate on my down rigger snapped and it and the boat started to spin. The boat whipped around, bringing the taut DR line dangerously close to clothes-lining both of my passengers. I grabbed the boom and holding the DR with one hand and the tiller handle with the other, I hollered that we needed to get that fish in the boat ASAP. With one more roll, the fish broke the leader, somehow spit the rotten banana super bait back into the boat and swam off. We made our way back up river and got the ball unstuck before continuing with the one remaining DR. Not 20 minutes later, the other ball got stuck and somehow we managed to shatter the mount on the other side. This time we couldn't get the ball unstuck and I had to cut the line. After breaking two DR swivel bases in one day I decided it was time to head back in.

Day three was much less eventful. We fished the King hole in the morning and then motored down river and spent a few hours at the next hole past the bridge. When we got back to the launch the fish checker told us that the week prior had been really hot at Vernita, but this week most the fish were being caught at Ringold down river.

We fished from around 6:00 am until about 1:30 pm on Sunday September 25th - Tuesday September 27th. Both days there were several boats already on the water when we arrived. The launch time on Sunday was about 20-30 minutes. We marked a lot of fish but just couldn't get any in the boat. This is one fishery where I would definitely recommend going with a guide or someone with knowledge of the fishery for the first time out.

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Name: CaptainDavesGS Date: September 16, 2016 Rating:
 
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Well I am off to a pretty good start to the 2016 fall salmon season down here at Virnita bridge. Fishing is a little slower than I would like, but we are catching some really nice fish right now. Our biggest fish this week was a 30 pounder that peeled off 460 feet of line before he stopped. Wow, what a great fish. Surprisingly we are seeing some large hatchery fish too. The largest being a 27 pound buck. My crews have landed 31 kings this week, and all of them have great quality meat. Nothing has been super consistant right now. One day we catch em at 18' and the next day we get them right off the bottom.

It was great to have NWFR member Partime and his son on the boat wednesday morning. We had a fabulous morning trolling superbaits. All of the red colors were producing this morning. This father and son duo did an awesome job this morning landing all five Chinook we connected with. The largest weighed in at 27 pounds.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming weeks as more and more fish swim up the river. If anybody is interested in joining me I have several openings. My soonest are Sept. 27-30. Also many October dates are available. Feel free to check out my website captaindavesguideservice.com for more info, or give my Face Book page a like for trip updates. Just search Captain Dave's Guide Service on Facebook.

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Name: Asianju Date: September 03, 2016 Rating:
 
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Spent Labor Day weekend with the old man and my older brother. Fished Saturday and Sunday above vernita bridge. We back trolled divers and superbaits in 20-25 fow. Didn't have our first takedown till around 11am but after that, it was fish on. Went 4 for 9 on Saturday landing 3 chrome bright females and a very nice size male. My guess is that it was a summer king. Sunday was a lot slower. We went 1 for 3 landing another nice chrome bright female. Can't wait till next weekend

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Name: Asianju Date: August 28, 2016 Rating:
 
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My wife and I decided on Saturday that we would wake up early Sunday morning and head down to the mouth of the klickitat river and try for some fall kings. That plan went to the wayside when we both decided to sleep in instead. My wife still wanted to go fishing but I told her it was way to late to make the trip to Lyle. She then suggested we go to vernita and give it a try. I told her no way and that it was way to early for vernita. But she kept on pestering me so finally I gave in. We left Moxee around 9am and arrived at vernita at 9:40.

There were several vehicles there and while launching my boat, noticed a few filleted kings. We went straight to the king hole and saw a few boats there so we started trolling 12oz cannon balls with a pro troll flasher and superbaits (rotten banana and hotter tamale). Didn't get any takedowns nor did we see any of the other boaters catch anything. We gave up with the king hole after about 1 1/2 hours of trying and decided to head up river and try back trolling. Switched to jet divers with pro troll flashers and same superbaits and it was fish on. Immediately I got a takedown on my rod but it spit the hook after maybe 10 seconds of tugging. Than my wife got a takedown and first king in the boat. Nice 15 pounder. Than I get a takedown. Another 15 pounder in the boat. She gets the next fish and it's a gorgeous chrome king that goes in the box. Our final takedown happened to be a steelhead which was released unharmed.

So 5 takedowns, 4 fish to the boat and 3 kings in the box. It was a good day.

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Name: Lipriper Date: January 15, 2016 Rating:
 
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Great day on the water. 3 hrs 15 fish limit. Orange whitefish fly and maggots. Tried for walleye after and no luck. Worst part of the day was the dog rolling in the salmon carcasses , bad dog! He had a cold ride home in the back of the pickup to think about his actions. Now smoking and canning this weekend.

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Name: Asianju Date: December 13, 2015 Rating:
 
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A friend of mine and I decided to target some whitefish at vernita. First time targeting these fish so researched from past posts about what gear to use. We chose egg fly patterns tipped with fake soft eggs and whitefish flies tipped with gulp maggots. Egg fly pattern caught all the fish. We drifted from whitefish island to the power lines and consistently hooked up into fish. The feel of the bite is very soft. Caught fish in the 17 to 23 fow. Decided to smoke them cuz I heard they were pretty good. Processing these fish takes some time cuz they do have quite a bit of bones near the upper half of the fillet. They are tasty fish smoked and we were very surprised that they are an under fished and under appreciated species.

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Name: GordyC Date: November 20, 2015 Rating:
 
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Three of use went after whitefish in my friends boat today. We all had a good time, weather was prefect. Jim had the hot pole today. Every time I looked around he had a fish on. We brought back 41. The hot bait today was a hot pink fake salmon egg. The largest fish was 22".

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