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Name: Kyle Jones Date: April 29, 2014 Rating:
 
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I have been down here fishing Drano and the Wind River for the past 5 days. Fishing had been good some days and a little spotty other days. Most if my fish have been coming of the main lake area at Drano, and have been caught on Herring, prawns, and Sardine wrapped MagLips. First light has been the best bet, and after about 9am we have been moving into the toilet bowl to try and pick up a few more fish. With the dam counts looking the way they do the the end of this week should see some fantastic fishing.

I am currently offering a Washington lakes Special. The cost for a full day of fishing is $160/person. I can accommodate up to 5 anglers here. I also have opening on Thursday-Saturday of this week and seats available everyday next week. I will be down here through the 9th. The fishing is going to get very good soon. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity. Give me a call or text at 208-861-0654.

Fish the Columbia, Snake, and Clearwater Rivers for salmon, steelhead, and sturgeon. For drift boat trips on Idaho's Clearwater and Washington's Grande Ronde rivers, we fish out of a 20x72 Willie Drift Boat.

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Name: Yakivegas Date: September 10, 2013 Rating:
 
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Started trolling about 6:30-7:00 AM.Right away noticing a few people hooking up here and there.I dragged my buddy Tony along for the ride.He didnt put up a fight.I put on a brads super bait cut plug about 5 ft behind a green big als flasher packed with tuna and ran it down 17 ft.Tony stuck on a homemade spinner with a big thumping blade.I had 1 takedown on the first pass which resulted in a lost fish at boatside.A couple of hours later I caught a 8 lb king.Tony then loses a fish on the spinner,then about an hour or so he catches a 9 lb king.Alot of smaller fish were caught by everyone today.I dont think i saw one fish caught over 12 lbs or so.Bite was off like a lightswitch after Tony caught his fish.All the boats disappeared,and so did we at around 2:30PM
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Name: The Jigmiester Date: September 05, 2013 Rating:
 
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I got a chance got hook up with my best buddy and brother Roger Mineard of Yakima to give some steelies a shot down at Drano Lake last thursday. I was itching to give my newly dyed shrimp a try and to test out my newly installed improvements on my 10 foot Jon boat. Over all it was slow as Drano can be a tough nut to crack at times esp with the strong winds and some what testy fellow anglers. Roger and I fished early where I picked up a 10 pound plus hatchery keeper on a florescent red shrimp. We met a really nice couple from Tieton and fished near them most of the day. What surprised me most was the light fishing pressure, with most of the boats concentrating on chinooks in the main river. Rog is a hell of a guy as he helped me get my fish off both the anchor rope and trolling motor. It felt good netting his nice keeper for him too. We got off the water just as a major storm front hit, as we had to do 30 mph back home due to the torrential rain. Hope to get up on the Snake in the next few weeks for the B run steelhead. Tight lines, Jiggy
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Name: The Jigmiester Date: August 10, 2012 Rating:
 
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I got a chance to make a trip down to Drano Lake on the Columbia with my good friend Travis Ciullinan of Sunnysisde friday. It was long anticipated as I have been itching to tangle with a steelie or two all year. The trip through Centerville near Goldendale was awesome as there were wild turkeys and deer everywhere along the route above the Klickitat River basin. We arrived at the launch at Drano a little concerned because the wind was howling and the big waves made the channel crossing a wet one. I rigged up a pink shrimp and set my float at 21 feet and had a take down in the first 5 minutes out. But the fish fish seemed tight lipped and finicky as very few of the 20 or so boats around us caught many fish. It was early afternoon when my buddy Trav hooked up with a huge fish and after a 20 minute battle, I scooped up his biggest fish ever- a near 5 foot long sturgeon that took his dyed shrimp on a slip bobber! We snapped a couple of pictures and let the sturge go soon after. I hooked a wild steelie and may of had a possible hatchery fish shake the hook. All in all, it doesn't appear that the bite down there has heated up just yet. Maybe give it a few more weeks. Tight lines. Jiggy
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Name: returnofthefish Date: May 22, 2012 Rating:
 
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I finally had my own chance at springer fishing after calling a guide last Friday. He was able to get my buddy and I out Monday. With the run past 50% done, it was probably a good time to go. I spent Monday waiting patiently for my friend to get off of work. 11:45 PM rolls around and we are off to Drano Lake. After driving past the Bonneville Dam, I knew I was close. Drove past the Wind River and I started to look for signs that said Drano Lake boat luanch. The signs that indicated Little White Salmon River gave me clues that I was close. I drove past the boat luanch and realize somethings not right. I turned the car around and eventually get to the launch just a little bit before 4 AM. The guide gets there a few minutes after me and puts the boat in the pitch black sky.

5 AM rolls around and we boarded the boat. Two other firefighters joined us and we start fishing. About after an hour,the firefighter sitting behind me gets his rod slammed. He landed the fiesty king and everyone is excited. We made another pass around that area and he gets another takedown. The fish did a Houdini and it was gone in a flash. The morning bite dies down sometime afterwards. There was approximetly 8 kings caught during the morning bite including the one on our boat.

After 10 AM,things got real slow. We did the toilet bowl area and no results. The guide is tossing everything in his arsenal at these fish. The boat got real quiet real fast. Showers were pounding us with 15 mph winds. At this point in time, I was praying to the fish gods just to know what it feels like to fight a a springer.

Its almost 2 PM now and I am off in my own world day dreaming. It had been awhile since I was paying attention to my rod. All of a sudden, I hear the words you have a bite. I run over to the rod and yanked it out the rodholder with ecitement. I start to reel the fish in without setting the hook. I set the hook after a few cranks and luckily the fish was still on. I play him real carefully making sure not to horse him in. When he gets close to the boat, he goes bananas and runs in every direction that he could.

He tried to run under the boat and I was like NOOOO!!!!.The guide sees this and starts to jump up and down so the noise brings him back up to the surface. He sees the net and freaks out again. This time he took me from the left side of the boat to the right side through the giant 200 horsepower motor. I turn the rod and do a dance with the guide to keep pressure on the rod. He decides to make a last ditch effort run with all his might till hes tired. I hold on for dear life and start cranking the reel when hes totally spent. He still trying to get away once I get him to the boat,but his fate was sealed.

Once the springer was landed safely, there was a lot of excitement on the boat. I hi-fived my buddy, the guide and the two firefighters we shared the boat with. Everyone was all smiles and it was a good atmosphere again. We tried to catch two more so each fisherman could leave with one but Drano Lake didn't want to give up anymore of her bounty.

So after months of talking to many guides at the Sportsmans Show and online, keeping up with springer reports and keeping an eye on the springer count at the Bonneville Dam, I finally caught my first springer. I felt blessed because out of the 20+ plus boats there running 2-5 rods, mines was one of 12-14 caught that day. Lastly, I feel fortunate not to lose my fish during the fight. One fisherman had a tough battle with a springer and all of the spashing at the surface snapped his line. It would of been a long and depressing four hour drive back to Seattle. Thanks for reading this long report.
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Name: Lakey2626 Date: August 26, 2011 Rating:
 
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Fishing was only good for a couple hours we fished from 8pm til 8am and the only good bite was between 11pm and 1am the upside is my 9 year old did hook his first 2 steelhead in that 2 hour period a 14lb buck and a 12lb hen lucky kid got the 2 biggest fish of the night anyway all in all i have had worse nights at drano we boated 8 all together and took home 6 out of those 8 def could have been a worse night good news is its only goona get better though out the month of sept so have fun and catch a lot fish good luck!!
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Name: natenez Date: May 05, 2011 Rating:
 
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Spent 2 days down at Draino fishing with a couple of friends. We went out with Todd Daniels of Tall Tails Guide Service.

Fishing on Thursday was good. The early morning bite was great, but it was really slow after that.

Todd worked hard to get us on some fish. I think we did as well as anyone else and better than most. Plugs were producing better than bait for us.

Great time being out with friends and fighting in some big fish. Always a pleasure going out with Todd and learning new things.

The 3 of us came home with 6 fish.

I'm trying to get more interesting pictures than guys holding dead fish. Hope you enjoy these.
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Name: NORSKI Date: May 01, 2011 Rating:
 
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Fished with a guide on Sunday..4 clients in the boat..We went 7 for 12..should have limited.5 oz lead & herring..& the secret sauce..Cold to start with in the am, but by afternoon it was beautiful..One of my best days salmon fishing with great group of guys..
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Name: The Jigmiester Date: August 13, 2010 Rating:
 
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This has been an odd year down at Drano lake. I took my good buddy Joe Cortez to see if he could break his steelhead jinx and take home his first Drano Lake steelie. We got there about an hour earlier than last week and the "basket" and channel areas were choked with the "combat" fishing elite. We had more boats in my favorite area than usual, but still we lauched and went on to give it our best shot. We actually saw more guys catching fish on the bank than out in the boats early on. Joe finally had a take down and after a few tense moments, I netted his very first steelhead ever. The fish weighed abnout 6 pounds and really gave him a run for his money. There was a small pontoon boat behind us with a couple of old salty types, and they had more action than just about anybody else. Still the bite was agonizingly slow. Around noon we pulled up our anchor and trolled slowly down the fly fisherman's slot near the orange buoys. I switched to a 1/4 oz gold/orange Crocadile spoon and on my third cast a big fish slammed it! We took her out of the shallows into the deeper water, as my 8 ft 6" lamiglass ultraliite had all it could handle. 9 minutes in and two jumps later,Joe scooped up a beautiful 13 pound hatchery hen with the net. That was it for the day. It seemed that the hotter it got, the more algae and weeds moved in and the less the fish jumped - the fewer fish caught. 2 fish and 4 bites. Always a good time down at Drano. The Jigmiester
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Name: The Jigmiester Date: August 08, 2010 Rating:
 
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Well today marked the first day of my 2010 Steelhead season. I took the opportunity to invite my good friend Joe Cortez for his very first excursion fishing for steelhead. The drive from Sunnyside was a blur as the shortcut thru Centerville was awesome as ever with a LOT of turkeys and a couple of nice bucks seen along the way to Lyle. Pressure seemed somewhat light for Drano with some 40 or so boats with most concentrated in the "Basket" area and quite a few near the bridge. I took Joe to a spot away from the crowds where my fiancee and I caught the majority of our fish last year- 52 ,with 29 keeper hatchery fish. After setting up with red dye and purple dyed shrimp on slip bobbers, it was a relaxing , breezy cool morning on the water. About 15 minutes in my cigar float started to twitch then disapear, I swung and missed it!. Joe got a hit a minute later, but the fish released his larger, rounder cork as soon as it started go down. We played this cat and mouse game for nearly 2 hours until a 6 or 7 lb wild buck hit my purple shrimp with pink sand shrimp gel. I carefully released the fish with out removing it from water. Our scent selection seemed to be key today. Joe had two more take downs ,but no fish to show for it. Around 10:30 a beautiful fish grabbed my purple shrimp and the fight was on. After a dogged 7 or 8 minute battle and lots of runs and head shakes ,Joe netted my 11 pound Hatchery chrome colored hen. I finally convinced Joe to switch to a more slender bobber when not 3 minutes after the switch, he was into his very first Steelhead ever. That fish was an acrobat...jumping as high as three feet into the air! But sadly for Joe, on it's third jump ,it spit the hook. (It was a clipped fin fish too, bigger than my keeper.) The bite died around 11:30 am and most of the other boats left too. We had 7 take downs and 3 fish on in that time. One thing is certain : Newbie Joe Cortez is now a Steelhead Addict...and he can'r wait till next time! The Jigmiester
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