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 354; Chinook Jack 38; Steelhead 477; Wild Steelhead 180; Shad 318; Sockeye 5; Lamprey 156; Coho Adult 10; Coho Jack 1

Chinook Adult 221; Chinook Jack 27; Steelhead 133; Wild Steelhead 61; Sockeye 5; Lamprey 42; Coho Adult 1

Chinook Adult 48; Chinook Jack 12; Steelhead 37; Wild Steelhead 19; Sockeye 3; Lamprey 33; Coho Adult 1; Coho Jack 2

Chinook Adult 92; Chinook Jack 23; Steelhead 68; Wild Steelhead 34; Shad 563; Sockeye 8; Lamprey 10