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Name: Kyle Jones Date: May 23, 2016 Rating:
 
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The Snake River in the Clarkston area continued to fish well for us this past Sunday/ Monday opening. On Monday we had a group of four customers and had a great day catching Snake River Spring Chinook. We hooked a total of 7 fish and landed 4 of them, and when the tally came in at the end of the day we had close to 10-11 bites. This has been a great fishery this year and with the addition of a 2 fish limit the last two weeks we have been very happy.

Our success came while anchor fishing bait wrapped plugs such as the T-50 Flat Fish from Yakima Bait Company. I prefer this style of plug when I am fishing on anchor in places that require lead or divers to fish the bottom. My plug fishing set up this week consisted of a 6 foot 50# mono leader and a 4 foot dropper. All this is attached to 50# high visibility braided line such as Power Pro or TUFF Line. Our lead weights of choice were 4 oz cannon ball type sinkers. We have been having the most success wrapping our plugs with our own tuna concoctions, and the recipe for our success can be found in a previous blog.

In addition to catching fish on plugs, we also had some good action fishing herring and a flasher on anchor. Our method for this is similar to the way we fish plugs, but with a few minor changes. Our most successful system was the same mainline and dropper length for our plug set up, but we add a 24 inch bumper between our mainline and flasher. Our most successful flasher was a Green and Chrome Leo flasher. I think this flasher was a major reason for our success as the flows this week were almost too slow to spin a herring, but with the slow roll of the Leo flasher we were able to impart that great herring action on our baits. To get your own supply of Leo Flashers make sure you head over to Moneymakerfishing.com and check out their supply!

Hopefully we get one more Snake River opening, as I think the fishing will be similar to this past week. We should know for sure if we are going to be able to fish by the end of the day Thursday. I do have openings this weekend for both Snake River Spring Chinook ( if we get to fish) and Snake River Sturgeon / Bass Fishing. This time of year yields the best sturgeon fishing of the year and is a great way to spend a day at the entrance to Hell's Canyon. Also if anyone is interested in keeper sturgeon fishing we offer trips on the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River. Catch rates here are high and we often land 10-20 fish per day and average about a keeper per boat.



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Fishing the Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon

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Name: Fishingfamily Date: May 21, 2016 Rating:
 
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Spent some time at the campground, it was pretty rainy that week, overall the whole family did pretty well. I caught a few Texas rig with purple plastic worms. My wife did really well with a 7-8' rapala brown and orange.

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Name: Kyle Jones Date: May 16, 2016 Rating:
 
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This report is for both Sunday the 15th and Monday the 16th of May. We fished out of Clarkston for both days of the Snake River Spring Chinook opener in this area and fishing was absolutely fantastic!

Sunday morning we started off trolling herring and Brad's Super Baits behind Short Bus and Fish Flash type flashers. We had a fantastic morning bite and had 3 keepers in the boat by 7am. After the initial morning bite things kind of slowed down for us and we hooked and lost a few other fish. All our bites while trolling came very near the bottom with heavy lead ( 10-12 0z.). Our best producer was the Seahawk brads cut plug, but cut plug herring dyed blue and chartreuse was a close second.

Around noon we decided to change things up and join the hog line above us. This was the best decision I made all day! In just a few hours we had 15 or so bites and landed 2 more nice keeper Chinook. We ended our full day trip around 3pm and dropped my first set of customers off. I had two guys jump in with me for the evening and we returned to our anchor spot. In 3 hours we had another 12-15 bites and landed 5 Chinook with 3 of them being keepers.

Monday morning I started with the same program from the night before. We anchored up in the Hog line and started hooking fish almost immediately. Again we had 12-15 bites hooked 9 of them, lost 3 at the boat, landed 3 of which 2 were keepers. I only had one customer with me yesterday so we were done and limited by 10am with a great day of action.

While on anchor I had the most success fishing tuna wrapped Kwickfish and Brads Killerfish in the 15 size. I added Garlic Super Dipping Sauce, and Anis/Krill Super Dipping sauce to two separate batches of tuna, and we had great success with both concoctions. I change my bait wraps every 15 mins, and feel that this is a major factor in my success.

I have some openings this upcoming weekend if we get another opener for the Snake. Friday/Saturday is open at Ice Harbor, and Sunday/Monday is open at Clarkston. The Snake currently has a two fish limit so this is a great opportunity that we don't often see. Give me a call at 208-861-0654 and lets get your trip set up.



Fishing the Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon

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Name: walleygator77 Date: May 16, 2016 Rating:
 
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Well they increased the daily limit of Spring Chinook on the Snake River to two adult Chinooks so me and my son Amos took out of the house at 3am made the two hour trip to Lewiston to the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers, arrived at 5am and the parking lot was 3/4 full and boats were already out on the water anchored down. Launched and joined the crowd just across the river. It took us a while to get situated and anchored down but finally got lines in water around 5:30. Lots of fish were being caught but our poles were motionless, but then around 7am my sons pole gives a couple of good tugs and "POP" out of the downrigger it comes and fish on, fish hit a K-14 Kwikfish (Double Trouble) with a sardine wrap at 24ft down in 32ft of water, put up a good fight and finally in the net 15lb Spring Chinook with lots of high fives and a good slimy fish handshake. Well couple hrs went by and I was starting to question my set up cause fish were being caught and I was not even getting a bite. So I brought my line in and switched colors, I was set up with a three way, 2ft dropper to a 6oz ball weight and 4ft leader to my K-14 Kwikfish with sardine wrap, was letting my line out and had just touched the bottom with my weight for the second time and I felt a solid "Smack" and it was fish on, boy howdy did that fish put on a show, he came out of the water about 6 times and lots of hoppin and haulerin going on, finally got him in the net! 16lb Spring Chinook. Wow what a trip, hope you enjoy the pic"s. Tight Lines and Keep Reelin!

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Name: First Light Date: February 03, 2016 Rating:
 
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After reading Ken & Barb's report on Hell's Canyon, I decided to give it a shot at Wawawai Park on the Snake.
Left the house @ 4:30 AM , air temp was 22*. I stopped in Deer Park to hook up with my fishing partner, and off to Wawawai we went!
There was some fog around Spangle, but the roads were bare and dry. Cold and clear.
We had lines in the water by 8AM using standard bobber/shrimp set ups. Air temp was 27* with a slight breeze. Within an hour the breeze was brisk. Then it started to blow!
The wind made for a tough drift, but we hung in there.
I changed over to a Stee-Lee spoon for a thousand casts with no hits. Then I tried spoons and spinners for another thousand casts. Nothing. Big John had his bait stolen a few times, but with the wind it was hard to detect a take down.
So, we decided to move below Lower Granite to try and get out of the wind. We took a lunch break and drove over the dam to a spot below the construction site. We fished that for 2 hours and decided to move again
Back to Almota to fish the sunny afternoon in a brisk wind. We fished 2 more hours and called it quits.
We left the river with the sun shining but by the time I got home, just before 6PM, there was an inch of snow with more on the way!Good timing!
Whew, what a day!

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Name: rickcrit Date: November 07, 2015 Rating:
 
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Spent the night at Boyer RV park with my wife, started fishing around 7am with my buddy Justin, we went on the top side of the dam. I caught and landed my first steelhead :-) we fished till about 12:30 I had 1 other take down. There were about 6 or 7 of us fishing this spot and there were 4 hatchery landed inc mine, there were even a couple of Salmon caught and released. I gave this day a 4 even tho I only landed 1 fish it was just a beautiful day temps in the high 40's to mid 50's not bad for the first weekend in Nov
We were fishing jigs under bobbers using coon shrimp and anywhere from 4 to 7 ft down

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Name: rickcrit Date: May 09, 2015 Rating:
 
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Launched the boat about 5am headed right to the boarder of clearwater and snake put the anchor out 19 fow lots of fish being marked. I was using a sliver and green flasher with a Mt.Dew cut plug with sardine scent. Dropped the downrigger to 17 ft and 5 mins later fish on a 13lb hatchery
The bad part is a 2 hr drive from Spokane and by 5:30 I was done fishing ..

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Name: Kyle Jones Date: May 07, 2015 Rating:
 
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Fishing was absolutely fantastic in the Clarkston area today. We went 5-5 with 3 keepers for my customers and one for my wife by 7am. Trolling plug cut herring behind fish flash style flashers in 20-35 fow was the ticket. This area is only open Thursday-Saturday each week until it closes. Also these fish are starting to move up the Clearwater in mass and I have openings over the next month. Fishing will continue to be fantastic. While fishing the Clearwater I work for Reel Time Fishing.

Give me a call at 208-861-0654 or shoot me an email at fishwithkyle@gmail.com to book a great trip.

Fishing the Columbia and Snake Rivers for Salmon, Steelhead, and Sturgeon

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Name: rwl Date: April 12, 2015 Rating:
 
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Rated a 4 because it was just an exploratory trip and I wasn't hoping for much. Water is down about 3 feet and the gaps between the messed up concrete blocks of the wawawai launch were a little challenging, but if you launch more on the part of the ramp that is farther from the dock, you don't get your trailer wheels stuck between the gaps between the blocks. Tried a spot on the steep side with some submerged rocks, no sign of life. Switched to the other side on a wind blown shallow area cruised a little bit looking for anything showing up on the fish finder. Stopped at the best spot on this area, saw some marks suspended in about 20-25 fow. Soon got bit on a DT6 rapala cast towards shore in about 5-10 fow. It was fast for about half an hour with hookups on about every other cast. 2 were decent in the 15-16 inch range and hefty. Lost another one that was good sized. Slowed down a bit and was occasionally picking them up on the DT6 and a lucky craft jerkbait. Fish seemed pretty aggressive. No dinks, most were around 12 inches. Bite eventually stopped and tried a point that drops off from 6 to 20 feet. No bites but the occasional boil on the surface kept me interested. Eventually picked up two in a row right on the drop off with the jerk bait. One was decent. Headed back in after no more bites. Definitely looking positive. Seemed like when you find them, the fish are cooperating. Water temp was 48, visibility was good, moderate wind.

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Name: Hugeinchina Date: March 22, 2015 Rating:
 
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We started fishing at around 8:00 AM, but had not one real bite until around midday. Most of this was due to the fact that we could not get into the area we really wanted to be in until another couple left. We used red or purple shrimp, 7'-8' below a slip bobber. Once we got into the hole we wanted to be in, we started getting bites but they were very quick and soft. One nibble and our shrimp might be gone. My wife managed to hook up one of the nibbling buggers and we were both surprised with the quality of the hatchery hen she pulled in! Neither of us expected a fish that big. (I do not have the measurements) That was the only steelhead caught that day and we stopped fishing about 1:45.

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