Species: Rainbow/Triploids

Fishing Location: Rufus Woods (Bridgeport, Wa)

Time: Year round


Species: Lake trout-Mackinaw

Fishing Location: Lake Chelan (Chelan, Wa)

Fishing Time: Year round


There are two main species being targeted Lake Trout (Mackinaw) and triploids. 

Lake Chelan  has huge numbers of Mackinaw, expect to catch several fish per person.  These fish generally range between 3 and 10 pounds.  Lake Chelan also has a season for landlocked Chinook Salmon which range between 5 and 15 pounds.  If open, both of these species can be targeted at the same time.

We will be fishing from a 24’ Alumaweld Super Vee Pro jet boat and be trolling a variety of baits or lures, and depth is controlled by electric downriggers.

Rufus Woods Reservoir is the first section of the Columbia that isn’t above any fish ladders.  We will be targeting triploids and rainbow trout, which range from 1 to 15 pounds.  Generally each person’s daily limit is 2 fish.

We will be fishing from a 24’ Alumaweld Super Vee Pro jet boat and be either trolling with lures or fishing bobbers and jigs.  Generally the best time for large triploids is November through February.

Columbia River Fish counts

Chinook Adult 103; Chinook Jack 22; Steelhead 66; Wild Steelhead 9

Chinook Adult 598; Chinook Jack 54; Steelhead 665; Wild Steelhead 335; Shad 16016; Sockeye 1176; Lamprey 279

Chinook Adult 333; Chinook Jack 54; Steelhead 337; Wild Steelhead 151; Sockeye 713; Lamprey 222

Chinook Adult 362; Chinook Jack 54; Steelhead 188; Wild Steelhead 107; Sockeye 1384; Lamprey 169

Chinook Adult 662; Chinook Jack 29; Steelhead 163; Wild Steelhead 96; Shad 50563; Sockeye 2688; Lamprey 31