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Name: hewesfisher Date: January 26, 2015 Rating:
 
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We finally got a burbot trip in with Craig Dowdy of YJ Guide Service. Debbie & I have been trying to make this happen for a couple years, but between schedule conflicts, arctic conditions, and poor water conditions, just haven't been able to swing it, until yesterday.

Have to thank my brother Jim who secretly paid for our trip for my birthday last year, and Craig for allowing us to carry over to this year when an arctic cold front blew in on the one day we could go last year and poor water conditions basically closed burbot fishing the rest of the season.

Even though reports haven't been overly optimistic, and we had already rescheduled once this year, we decided to give it a go. Craig offered to chase walleye, which were biting, if the burbot wouldn't cooperate. So we set a date and made it happen.

I'm not going to provide location, gear, or bait detail, if you want that info contact Craig and book a trip. Also note I have removed location identifying shoreline references from my pictures out of respect for Craig.

What I will say is we found some burbot and put limits in the cooler over a span of 2 1/2 - 3hrs. Once we had limits in the cooler, Craig said we could continue burbot fishing and C&R or change location and chase walleye. Since we couldn't cull the burbot, Debbie said let's go after some walleye, which we did. We spent about 1 1/2 hrs or so fishing for walleye and put a dozen eater size ones in the cooler before ending our trip.

Craig was a great host and we really enjoyed our time on the water with him. He taught us how to fish for a new species as well as a new technique for walleye. Awesome experience and Debbie really enjoyed the time out.

Thanks for a great day Craig we WILL do this again. :-)
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Name: onerka007 Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Kekedata flies came in Friday just in time for taking a father and son fishing Saturday (Thanks Dave!). Fishing was spectacular, pink and purple was the colors, skipped my lures right off surface 180-200+ feet back, dodgers & smiley blades in front with beads. Targeted kokanee and caught both kokanee and trout including a colorful one. Spectacular fishing!
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Name: Part-Time Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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2nd Installment in the continuing saga of the voyages of the Tin Guppy.
Son Sam and I took the Guppy to Keller Ferry, first time trip for either of us. When the sign says 10 on a corner it means GO SLOW.
What a great day! God once again smiled on this old sinner. Hard to believe it was Juanuary in the Northwest. We got our lines in the water just up stream of the San Poil around 9 AM and had our limits of Rainbow before 1 PM on a day when it just keep getting nicer out. Never had the slightest wind and actully had trouble seeing because of the sun in my eyes on the way back. Heavy fog in both directions on the drive though. We used a little bit of everything orange and got fish fairly regularly. Never really had a hot spell just kept picking one up one here and another there. Didn't get anything over 18" but enough of those to have a nice mess. Wife will be canning these, pretty big demand by guys at work sine I took in a jar from the last bunch. We tried switching things up in hope of getting some Kokane but there seems to be more I need to learn about that, we just hooked more rainbow, in a different spot, at a different speed on pink things rather than orange. Seemed to have good luck getting strikes if I would drop the speed from around 2 to just barely 1 but much harder to get them to stick. Faster troll definetly results in more fish to the boat when they do hit. Still lots to learn. I let Sam outfish me again as any good father should although he claims it was because he added some Smileys to his setup. I have let him outfish me so many times he actually believes it is skill on his part. No gratitude. And so it goes.
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Name: afk Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Icy roads and thick fog on the Waterville flats made for a slow start. We put in at Spring Canyon around 09:00. We got one of the last spots in the lower lot. Air temp. mid-30's. Winds were slight to non existent. The sun tried to break through a few times. Just prior to arrival to SC I received a text from McFisherson13. He had to show me his beautiful Kokanee he had started his day with (pictured below). I was with my buddy Jerry in an open boat. We had 2 propane heaters along but, never fired them. The morning fishing was the best. We had a few doubles & one triple! We C&Rd several Bows. We ended the day with 10 Bows 15-19'' and 3 native Kokes 12-13''. We fished from SC down to the dam. I think the number of boats out in front of SC scattered the fish. There were a dozen or so working the area. At one time we were Zero for twelve on hook-ups. I've never missed that many before. Go figure?
Orange was the color of the day. Although, pink and red got hit also.
We had to laugh at the end of the day, we saw far more boats on the road in January than snow mobiles.
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Name: CoyoteCrazy Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Went out yesterday on a buddy's boat chasing some rainbows and silver's. I waited at the boat launch at Spring Canyon and watched 10-15 boats launch while my buddy missed the turn @ Wilbur in the fog. We finally got launched and headed up river a ways and we're fishing by 0830. We we ran 5 rods, 4 off of the planner boards and one straight back. The first 3 fish were mine off of the orange and black Sebile magic swimmer. First fish was a 15", but the next 2 were nice and thick 18 1/2"-19"+ The bite was on and off as we worked the same area and every time we were about to leave for new water we would pick up a fish. I had apparently used all my magic on the first 3 fish, because my 2 poles were dead for the rest of the day. The other 2 guys managed to pick up 5 more Rainbows, 3 of them 18+"s and thick plus 2 bonus Kokanee of the 13" variety. It wasn't a hot day of fishing but 5 big thick rainbows made it pretty good. Plus the mother in law is in town so it made the trip that much sweeter.
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Name: Surebite509 Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Road conditions to Keller this trip were good. An absolute pleasure of a morning drive, especially when you begin the decent along the breaks of the Columbia river with a good ol' fishing buddy. Just never quite know what you may see....This particular morning, it was mule deer grazing amongst the steep hillside in the drifting fog.......Then the Mighty Columbia appears! Water conditions look to be of a fisherman's paradise! A quick setup and we have lines in the water just north of the Sandpoil around 8AM. Only floating vessel in vicinity was the restless Keller ferry. Into about an hour of trolling (and no bites) the gates opened..... and boats began to fill in around us. We trolled for about another 30 min (again....with no bites) and decided to pick up and move south. We dropped lines back in water around Swawilla basin. Again...slow, but did pick up a rainbow in the shallows. After about 1 hour....picked up and moved even father south. We were now trolling at Spring canyon with about 15- 20 other boats. Found fish here. Tight lines for approximately 2 hours and we had limits to call it a day. What an amazing and special part of the world we live and breath! >><.
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Name: Mcfisherson13 Date: January 24, 2015 Rating:
 
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Had an old high school buddy come up from Portland and plan was to share a slice of our treat here in our back yard in Washington. We departed wenatchee at 0500, and made way to Spring Canyon. Roads turned to ice about 3/4 of the way there and made it a little longer drive time, nontheles we arrived safe and sound, got the boat set up and put in. Conditions were high fog bank about 200 to 300 feet up and socked in good, air temp was low thirty's, tow 39, slightly breezy with a nice chop. Pulled out of marina at 0800, and put the gear in and trolled out to center of lake. It wasn't five min. We had two drive bys, then at about 8 min fish on, buddy was working the fish in and as it appoached the boat, I seen it was the biggest silver I have ever seen! It was all I could do to stay calm! Like clock work one scoop and in the boat was a 3#13oz 23" silver. I couldn't believe it, and my buddy didn't know what to think, we.couldn't keep the rods in it was so crazy fast action. It finally got glass calm and the switch was off, we would get one here and there for the rest of the day, ended up throwing several nice18 inchers or so back since we thought we only needed two more. Around 4 o'clock, we ran up to the basin and checked it out. I started getting the fish out and ready to clean, and all we had was 7 rainbows, we laughed and said we both got the same education and skipped math class. We ended the day with 3 silvers and 9 rainbows. Buddy was quite impressed with our gem of a fishery. We spent the night and grand coulee center lodge and had a great night stay and got up and ate at flo's and back on the water by 0730, had our 10 by 10am and loaded up and back home to wenatchee by noon to get my buddy on his way home.
Everything was caught on top and our rang of speed was 1.7 to 2.3 mph. Anything worked and any color was good too as long as it was an orange rapala =-)
Awesome trip!!

One question, any one know what the sea lice like critters are on almost all the fish, and what the scoop is?
Thanks
Be safe,
Mcfish
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Name: hewesfisher Date: January 21, 2015 Rating:
 
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It was bound to happen sooner or later, fishing, or rather catching, was definitely off. We got off to a slight late start due to fog and icy roads pre-dawn, but it cleared once we got on the road. Departed home at 7:40, pulled into Seven Bays just after 9. Loaded gear in the boat, pulled it out of the barn and headed to the ramp. There were 3 trailers in the lot and a lone vehicle without a trailer which probably belonged to the bank angler we saw as we left the marina.

My gut feeling was we needed to be further downstream today, and initially I planned to hit the San Poil, but we changed the game plan as we neared Whitestone. Decided to set up and work the area, so out came the gear and we were fishing. After an hour or so of absolutely no action, I asked my fishing buddy if he wanted to head downstream or back upstream. The decision was to go upstream to our hotspots of the past several trips. It was the wrong decision.

We had gear back in the water near Sterling Point just before noon. As with the time near Whitestone, it was dead. About 30 minutes after moving upstream I finally had a hit on my mono rig that stuck and a chunky 16 incher went in the cooler. Ok, I said, the skunk is off, well so I thought anyway. It was at least another 20 minutes before another hit, again on the mono rig, but this one didn't stick and it was gone within seconds of me pulling the rod out of the holder.

I forget how long it was, but I hooked up on the mono rig a third (and last) time, and this one I thought was to be a dandy as the bait clicker was singing. I pulled the rod out of the holder and it felt like a 5lb weight on the end of the rod, but wait, it also felt like a dead weight. It was so heavy I was reluctant to leave the kicker in gear at idle (we were drifting with a slight wind), so took it out of gear and it was still like a dead weight. Just didn't feel right, no head shakes, no pulling, just plain odd. Was I pulling a foul hooked trout sideways? When it was 30' out I expected it to just go ballistic but no, and then at about 15' I saw the flash in the water AND tangled lines. Crap. Not only did this thing get wrapped up in my buddy's leaded line, but mine too. I have NEVER had that happen before. Guess it just fit with the kind of day we were having. My buddy scooped it in the net, a nicer one than my first, maybe 17". We got the lines cleared and back in the water, not that it mattered.

We, rather I, had a grand total of 3 strikes on the day, two of which went in the cooler. My buddy's line was completely dead all day, not a hint of a strike as was the case with my leaded rig. I changed colors, styles, bait, speed, location, shallow/deep, and could not find the solution. We fished the shore opposite Whitestone about halfway to the bend before moving back upstream. I wasn't paying much attention to time, but we probably spent another hour or two fishing the Sterling Point area before deciding to troll to the opposing shore and worked that stretch from below Sterling Point all the way to A rock without a bite. I took my sunglasses off at 2:30 (didn't need them anymore) and my fishing buddy asked if I was ready to call it. Sounded good to me, so we pulled and stowed gear then headed for the launch.

Boat in the barn and pulling out of the driveway for home at 3:30.

We ran two leaded line rigs, my buddy's with a muddler, mine with an orange Kekeda, and I also ran a mono rig. My buddy and I both tipped our flies with a chunk of crawler and ran them out 150'. I sent a perch Rip'n Minnow out 195' and that was the only thing that caught fish yesterday. We tried just about every I could think of yesterday to no avail. I varied trolling speed from just over 2mph to over 3mph, constant turns, straight trolls, deep, shallow, mid-channel, and so on. It just wasn't meant to be. We both agreed since we didn't see any bighorn sheep, it had to have been a "sign". Poor catching doesn't happen often for me, and though it happened yesterday, we still enjoyed getting out, spending some time on the water, and being treated to a spot of sunshine just after we launched. Sent my buddy on his way with my two fish for him to enjoy. :-)
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Name: dlantis Date: January 18, 2015 Rating:
 
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We were late arriving at Keller Ferry because of bad road conditions. Got on the water about 9:30 AM and trolled right out of the launch area. We picked up several fish right away and then the wind came up and waves prevented us from fishing down river where we normally fish. Trolled over to the mouth of the San Poil and found fish again. My son and I caught 9, 2 of which were right at 20 inches, before we were blown off the lake before noon. Fishing with leaded line, out three colors with Orange Kekeda flies and Rapala Scatter Rap lures tipped with corn.
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Name: downriggeral Date: January 17, 2015 Rating:
 
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Slick roads and fog this morning as we headed for Seven Bays. Roads actually got better as we got closer to the lake. I was with friend Ron in his 22' Hewes along with Scott and my brother in law Dan. My brother in law had a serious back surgery and this was the first time he had been out since mid November....he REALLY wanted to go.

The water was rough and the wind was raw but it was not raining...yet. No fish the first couple of passes down by Sterling and we had on all of the tried and true tackle. The water temp was a very cool 36 degrees, wouldn't want to fall in for sure!! Moved on down river and found some willing fish. We caught them on Scott's orange and yellow custom flies along with some coming on an orange bellied jointed Rapala. I switched to the Perch Kekeda and the race was on......it was the winner today with most and biggest at 18" or so. The Rapala scored the second biggest. As always these fish are fat and feisty. They were liking 1.8 to 2.2 mph and were in the top 15'.

The bite stopped around noon and we had 15 fish in the boat so we headed back to Seven Bays trolling. Decided to pick up the pace to 2.5 plus and suddenly we had a triple....yahooooo! Picked up another single that made 19 and we only needed one more for the limit and thought we were going home without it. We picked a spot to call it quits about 5 minutes up river from where we were and Ron said he would drive and get the last fish hooked up since it was his. That's exactly what happened and Ron got to catch the last fish in the rain.

The rain turned to snow by the time we got back to the launch. Fun trip home as I got to sleep while Ron drove. Brother Dan was all smiles, he had a great time getting out. Life is good catching fish with family and friends. We are truly blessed to have lake Roosevelt in our back yard.

Tight lines - Alan
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