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 82; Chinook Jack 24; Steelhead 4; Wild Steelhead 1; Coho Adult 68; Coho Jack 156

Chinook Adult 5015; Chinook Jack 1182; Steelhead 1030; Wild Steelhead 188; Coho Adult 764; Coho Jack 161

Chinook Adult 3796; Chinook Jack 683; Steelhead 1946; Wild Steelhead 477; Lamprey 3; Coho Adult 429; Coho Jack 60

Chinook Adult 3843; Chinook Jack 492; Steelhead 1571; Wild Steelhead 382; Lamprey 7; Coho Adult 236; Coho Jack 28

Chinook Adult 1588; Chinook Jack 325; Steelhead 2124; Wild Steelhead 593; Lamprey 5; Coho Adult 322; Coho Jack 3