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11 - Vernita Bridge to Priest Rapids Dam Report
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11/08/2016
61° - 65°
Bottom Fishing From Boat
Whitefish
Other
Orange
Sunny
Hook & Bait
All Day
51° - 55°
11/09/2016
4
1579

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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Larry3215
11/9/2016 11:42:00 PM
Where is whitefish Island? Google is no help :)
riverhunter
11/10/2016 10:18:00 AM
I would like to know the same thing. Also what size hooks are you using. I've tried several times and can't seem to get any fish. Not even a nibble
Asianju
11/10/2016 11:03:00 AM
Whitefish island is the area halfway between vernita bridge and the dam. An island forms there frequently when the water levels fluctuate. Its an area thats all river rock. You can't miss it. What i did last year was launch at the bridge and motor up to whitefish island and turn the motor off and drift with the current to the power lines. Rinse and repeat. Boat is not necessary as i've seen plenty of bank anglers knock the crap out of them.

Gear was a 7ft rod spooled with 8lb test line. Simple drift rig setup. Sliding pencil lead weight with 3 foot leader. On the business end was a very small egg pattern fly or yarnball tipped with a fake rubber egg or fake maggots. They are a blast to catch and taste great smoked. Easily catch a limit of 15 in a few hours. I will be fishing for them end of november and into december.
Larry3215
11/10/2016 1:17:00 PM
Thanks. That "island" shows up on Google earth if you have the right date selected.
GordyC
11/10/2016 5:17:00 PM
I tie my yarn egg patterns on #6 hooks. Orange and red orange colors works best for me. I don't tip the hook with rubber eggs or fake maggots. I squirt on generous amount of salmon egg oil scent. Once the whitefish puts the yarn egg in its mouth it doesn't spit it out.
riverhunter
11/11/2016 11:46:00 AM
Thank you that is all some great info!!
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