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11 - Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam Report
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09/27/2016
81° - 85°
Trolling W/Downriggers
Chinook Salmon
Other
Red
Sunny
Flasher
All Day
61° - 65°
09/29/2016
4
2033

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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Comments

kshorey
9/30/2016 7:17:00 PM
Dave, thanks for the report and boy are you right, the salmon are TOUGH this year.
Your reports got me my first roosevelt koke this year, and kept me catching them tell summer so I feel like I owe you... So ill give you my best,
I dont know if it will help but I have been having good luck fishing superbaits on the bottom, and targeting the suspended fish with the cut plugs. I almost always fish 4 rods, one of each (cut plug or standard super bait) on the bottom and one of each suspended. and nothing has fished like the seahawk cut plug after the suspended fish, downstream at 3mph 4 ft behind the UV green protroll with fin ( i suspect 10oz of and 50-60 ft of line at this speed has be in the upper 20's for depth, when the water is moving at off speeds, I target a speed that puts the 1 per second "pulse" in my rod.

I've also heard that fishing a 1 1/2" or 2" colored spinner behind flashers has been good for those who try it.

I too have been grinding my days rather than changing spots this year. Last year garlic seemed like the hot scent, this year i haven't had a bump on it..

I hope I gave you some helpful info but i doubt I know anything you dont.... Good luck out there!
SleepyFisher
10/2/2016 10:16:00 AM
FYI:
Temporary Columbia closures planned for Sept. 28-29, Oct. 3-4

A portion of the Columbia River above Vernita Bridge will be temporarily closed to boating traffic Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 3-4 while a contractor for Grant County PUD performs maintenance to power lines that cross over the river.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office river patrol will be enforcing the closure of about a 400-yard corridor of the river 2.5 miles upstream from the Vernita Bridge. The closures are expected to last 30-60 minutes at a time, between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m., while the work is taking place.
During the closures, Grant County Sheriff’s Office watercraft will have their emergency lights on and will be approaching boats before they enter the closed area.
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