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Date 02-Oct-15
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Conditions : North Central Washington: Fall chinook salmon fishing continues through Oct. 15 on the mainstem Columbia River within the stretches from Brewster to Chief Joseph Dam and between Rock Island Dam and Wells Dam. The stretches from Priest Rapids to Rock Island dams, including Wanapum Dam, are open through Oct. 22.

WDFW creel checker Lynda Andrew reports that the fall chinook run is providing good fishing both above and below Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River. Both shore and boat anglers are making catches. So far, shore anglers above Wanapum Dam (section 539) on the Kittitas County shoreline, are doing very well using bobbers and eggs. Below Wanapum Dam (section 537), boat anglers are doing well using maglip and wart fishing lures. Below Wells Dam (section 543), anglers are also doing well but most of the catch is of wild fish that must be released. With the high numbers of fish still coming up the system, Andrew said fishing will likely get better in October. She reminds anglers to check the regulations by river stretch in the sportfishing rules pamphlet.

Travis Maitland, WDFW Chelan district fish biologist, reminds anglers that Douglas County’s Jameson Lake, which has been closed since July 4, re-opens Oct. 1 for a month more of fishing.

“We had a scare this summer during one of the wildfires, involving an alleged fire retardant drop into Jameson, but it actually only barely hit the lake,” Maitland said. “The fishing there should be good for spring holdover rainbow trout around 11-12 inches. And then last month we stocked the lake with an additional 10,000 catchable-size rainbows.”

WDFW Okanogan district fish biologist Ryan Fortier reminds anglers that Okanogan County’s Lower and Upper Green and Rat lakes have been opened to increased harvest until Oct. 18 because of the fishery rehabilitation scheduled in late October. Details are available in the emergency rule change.

Fortier says he’s recently received numerous reports of anglers in the region’s high country having lots of success on small fishing waters open through October.

“The areas specifically identified are the high lakes of the Lake Chelan-Sawtooth Wilderness in the upper Twisp River basin and Gold Creek basin lakes just outside the wilderness area,” he said. “The nights are frosting up high with periodic flurries, but according to anglers I’m hearing from, the late morning bite has been doing well.” Check out the possibilities in the “high lakes” section of the “Fish Washington” webpage.

Year-round-open Rocky Ford Creek in Grant County is a good bet this month for catch-and-release, fly-fishing only opportunities.

Walleye fishing usually picks up this month on Moses Lake and Potholes Reservoir. Yellow perch fishing also continues to be good, as it has been all summer for both lakes.

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