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Sat., Dec. 11, 2010, 3:49 p.m.

Snake River shores hot for steelhead

Tim Wills gets some help from his 10-year-old son, Josh, to land a bright steelhead on Dec. 11, 2010, along the Snake River shoreline several miles upstream from Lower Granite Dam. (Rich Landers)
Tim Wills gets some help from his 10-year-old son, Josh, to land a bright steelhead on Dec. 11, 2010, along the Snake River shoreline several miles upstream from Lower Granite Dam. (Rich Landers)

FISHING – A cold winter wind was blowing down the Snake River today, but the steelhead fishing was hot.

With the able assistance of his 10-year-old son, Josh, shore angler Tim Wills landed this bright steelie around 1 p.m. near the Wawaiwai boat launch.  The Wills landed limits of steelhead, some of them ranging well over 15 pounds.

Wills said he’s been fishing the Snake from shore 27 years.  Although he started in September, the fishing had been slow until just recently. He suspects the cooler water temperatures are helping the shore anglers out in the reservoir waters upstream from Lower Granite Dam.

His fishing technique was simple and effective:  Orange-dyed shrimp fished 10 feet below a bobber cast out 40 feet from shore.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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