Vince and his buddy met at Moses Lake around daybreak. They had a limit of mainly 14 inch walleyes by noon. Most of the fish were the same size, but there were a couple of 17 inchers to go along with the smaller fish. According to Vince, all boats were catching limits with many headed back to the launch within a few hours.
Date: April 27-29
Target Species: Walleye
Moon Phase: Full Moon Sunday
We fished Fri, Sat, and Sun. Fishing was slow, but steady at Rufus during our 2 and a half days on the river. On Friday, with bright sunshine and temperatures in the 80s, we boated 7 walleyes and 3 rainbows. Rain and gusty east winds woke us up on Saturday, but the rain subsided by mid-morning. Skies remained cloudy all day with temps in the 50s most of the day. We caught 9 walleyes and 6 rainbows. Sunday was another bluebird day. We fished from 830am until noon, and got 3 walleyes, 5 rainbows, and a white fish. Greg got big fish of the trip with a 26 inch female weighing 6 lbs. 12 oz. (released). Allan’s largest fish was nearly as big at 25.5 inches and 6 lbs. 8 oz. (released). Most of the walleyes ranged between 17 and 21 inches. Water temperature was 45 degrees with very good clarity.
Late April is one of the prettiest times of the year on Rufus. The hillsides are green with patches of yellow from clusters of blooming balsoom root. We spotted dozens of mule deer grazing along the steep banks during our trip. Turkeys and pheasants called throughout the day. The baby geese have hatched, and we saw a few bald eagles perched in the trees along the shoreline. Our most curious sighting was a small rattle snake floating in the current on Friday afternoon. It was alive. We heard the buzz of the rattle when motoring up to take a look.
Tom and I got to Rufus a little before 11 AM and fished until 630 PM. By noon, we had 3 walleyes in the boat. We moved several times before we found a couple more fish by mid afternoon. The late afternoon and evening was slow. Tom caught 3 trout and I picked up a walleye at the very end of the day. Our total was 7 walleyes -- 15", 16", 18", 20", 20", 21"(released), 22"(released) and 3 trout (released). All walleyes were males.
The current was noticeably lighter during the afternoon, and the water level at the launch dropped 2-3 feet while we were fishing. The weather was perfect with less than 5 mph wind and bright sunshine for most of the day. Water temp was 42 degrees. Water clarity was several feet.
Target Species: Walleye
Lake or River Fished: Lake Roosevelt
Date(s) Fished: March 17 & 18
Weather Conditions: Scattered clouds Nice days
Wind: glass to 8 or 10
Ambient Temp: Highs low 50’s
Water Temp.: 37 to 41
Water Clarity: several feet
Moon Phase: New 3-17
About a dozen fish total
Mike Cook 28” x 9#- 10 oz
Allan 2 each 21 x 3# - 10 oz
My report is easy for Sunday at the Snake. Skunked alongside many other boats that were out there. Beautiful day for a boat cruise, but that’s about it. I barely marked fish at the usual locations.
Target Species: Walleye
Lake or River Fished: Rufus Woods
Date(s) Fished: March 10 & 11 Sun
Weather Conditions: Bright Blue sky beautiful
Wind: none to speak of
Ambient Temp: 50’s
Water Temp.: 36
Water Clarity: very clear
Moon Phase: new moon
Saturday: 2 walleyes (15 & 17 inches)
Sunday: 5 walleyes (15,15, 17, 18 & 20 inches)
Found fish early in the morning, lost the bite after the first hour. Would run into active schools do really well for awhile then lose them. Ended up catching fish from 50-65 feet in the current as well as the edges. Long lake got muddy in the last couple of days, so don’t know when the mud will hit the arm. Found several 3-4” sculpins and a few perch the same size in the live well and stomachs.
Fishing sucked. The lake was blown out from hard rain on Thu. Less than 1 ft visibility. Five good sticks from one dam to the other netted 6 squawfish, 5 suckers, 2 smallies and a trout. And a small net.
sat 3/3, kf area, morn bite in 20-40'. large fish. 2-9lbs. no dinks. lots of misses as fish were hitting on the initial cast/drop.
tues 3/6 kf again. found them in 8-16' off the main break. jigs & blades.
Neighbor Fred and I...caught these girls. They were released. Just before we had to leave we got a nice 21 inch pan fryer, great day on the water (no wind, but cool)
Allan and Patrick fished the Snake River over the weekend of Nov 11/12. From the sound of it, Patrick caught the big ones this trip. His big walleye was 31 inches long and weighed 10lb 6oz.
Water 50 degrees. Caught 2 nice 20 inchers that are stove toppers and a 32 incher that was released. Fished tuesday and only saw a couple other boats, will head back next week, weather permitting. Saw a BIG sturgeon breach about 100 ft from the boat, sounded like a fat guy doing a cannonball. :-)
Fatty's on the Snake
My daughter and I decided to hit the Snake this last Saturday to see if we couldn't put a few more trophies in the net and eater fish in the livewell. We left Spokane at 8:30 and arrived right about 11:00 AM. When you travel with a teenage girl there are other considerations like bathroom breaks and Starbucks to consider. Driving straight-through, be damned......
My daughter was feeling grateful that I made her bring her winter coat. The water was absolute glass and fog covered the canyon, so it was relatively dark for 11:00 AM. We rounded out the day with 9 fish. Their average size was great! Seven of them were caught trolling towards the dam and the other two were caught in that North side back eddy, so in reality all of them were caught moving against the current. These fish were chunky! We caught (2) 19's, (2) 18's, (2) 17's and three others that were between 14 and 16 inches. We have a mess of fillets and couldn't be happier.
I loaned the fella (who is probably going to join our club), the bait we were using. He later went on to catch an 11.7 lbs walleye on it along with a couple of other eater fish! He came back to find us and we took his picture, with his big fish, before he released it. His name is Steve out of Lewiston, ID. He was down at our club fish day, a couple of weeks ago. He had a bit of interaction with our club and was very grateful for the knowledge we were willing to share. He is looking into joining. Good guy..... We were off the water, by 4:30 PM and witness to another beautiful autumn sunset, which is particularly spectacular down there.
I'm hoping to squeeze in one more trip, before my boat gets a nice winter rest, but we'll see....She's tired, it's huntin' season and I'm from Minnesota....... Boats and November, don't compute.......
First time on the water. Had zero bites on Saturday, and caught one 18” walleye on Sunday.
We got an early start Tuesday and made it all the way to Gifford, 8 AMto 5 and landed 3 walleyes. 17" and 16". Just enough for two HUNGRY fishermen. Then Wednesday fished till 2:00in the wind and threw in the towel. Did not hook another fish. Saw about 6 boats total, which might have been a telling observation.
We had a good turn out for our Fish Day with the Tri Cities club. Spokane Walleye Club had 8 boats and Tri Cities had several boats as well. A few big fish were caught. A member of the Tri Cities club landed and released a 13 pounder. Greg caught and released a 10 pound walleye. Travis caught one nearly 8 pounds and another around 5 pounds. In general fishing was slow. A 10 to 15 mph wind developed between 10 am and 2 pm that made boat control tricky. The weather was ideal for those of us who stayed Sunday and Monday, but the fishing slowed as the weather got warmer. Allan caught a 5 pounder on Sunday and Greg got one just shy of 5 pounds on Sunday as well. Linda caught the biggest fish on Monday at 18 inches.
I took the week off. I love fall fishing and my father-in-law from Illinois is in town all week. Since I drug him to the Snake River and back on Monday, we didn't feel like spending much time in the car. We went to Roosevelt. For a change of pace, we targeted rainbow trout. We caught 8 rainbows between 17 and 20 inches in 3 hours. With more than enough trout for the smoker, we targeted walleyes for a couple hours. Caught nothing but a few smallmouth. We talked to a couple others at the boat ramp, and only one other walleye was caught between 2 other boats.
We went back down Wednesday and got skunked. Marked a lot of fish schooling up in 20 ft but no action. Talked to several guy who said it was slow for them. Good call to cancel fish day, it will be ugly. Hopefully next week they turn on. Last year mid Oct thru Nov was best for me.
Fishing on the Snake River was very slow. My father-in-law and I made a day trip. We launched the boat around 930 AM and fished until 530 PM. We only caught 2 walleyes. I had a couple other hook ups that gave a head shake like a walleye, but didn't stay on. Even the bass bite was pretty slow. Typically, I catch dozens of smallmouth, but we boated less than 10 bass. The big walleye for the day was 27 inches long and weighed 7lbs 6oz (released). We kept a 15 inch walleye and a half dozen 12 inch bass for the frying pan. Water temp was 63 degrees.
Texas rapids fishing was slow, only one fish for 5 hours of feeding nightcrawler to shaker bass. This fish was 31"x 17", she took a chartreuse smile crawler in 18 feet of water. I was marking some good fish but wasn't connecting. Water was 65 degrees, spillways where closed, I do better when they are spilling water . Fishing should be better by fish day, see you then.