Posts tagged: Lake Rufus Woods
FISHING CONTESTS — The first annual “Trippin’ With the Triploids” fishing derby is set to begin on Lake Rufus Woods Saturday, (May 12) beginning at 5:30 a.m..
Derby contestants have a chance to win a $40,000 boat and other cash and prizes.
Tickets: adults $50, kids under 18, $30.
All contestants get a t-shirt and barbeque dinner at the awards ceremony.
Proceeds go to buying more triploid rainbows for release into Rufus Woods, the reservoir downstream from Grand Coulee Dam, said NancineLorz, derby coordinator.
Read on for details:
New flavors of Pautzke baits work, he said.
“Mallow Balls O’ Fire, American Wildfire, Atomic Garlic and Garlic Wildfire all got woofed when the bite was on,” he said, noting that they continued to get fish when the faster bite had turned off.
“Refine your old slip sinker bait fishing techniques for better success at Rufus,” he said.
FISHING — Here's the latest fishing report from Lake Rufus Woods on the Columbia River downstream from Grande Coulee Dam.
It comes from Anton Jones (above with a 9-pound triploid rainbow) of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service.
This is a great time to fish Rufus Woods for triploid rainbows. The numbers aren’t what they were a couple of months ago, but the average size is better.
Troll smile blade flies just under the surface or cast one quarter ounce black roostertails to catch fish around the lower three net pens. If that isn’t happening, move up to the lower pens and fish green or red Pautzke’s fire bait off the bottom with a slip sinker rig.
If the current is pushing good, add a Mack’s smile blade in front of the bait to attract those fat boys.
FISHING — Fishing success continues to improve for lunker rainbows at Lake Rufus Woods downstream from Grand Coulee Dam, according to Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service.
James Cato of Selah, Wash., fished with son Mike and guide Jeff Witkowski and one other angler on Sunday (Nov. 13) to land this their 4 guy limit of triploid ainbows from the reservoir. They had brought 38 to the boat by noon. The largest was 9.2 pounds.
“As the water temperature descends through the 50s, the bite should only get better,” Jones said. “You can run to the net pens and slip sinker Pautzke’s Fire Bait or find places from Brandt’s landing and down where you are seeing plenty of activity on the surface and work those fish.
“If there is plenty of current when you are fishing bait with a slip sinker try adding a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade in front of your bait as an added attractor.
Try casting a quarter ounce Worden Lures Black Roostertail or, if you are fly angler, a Mack’s Lures “Smile Blade Fly” to get those fish on artificials. A slower irregular retrieve worked best.”
Current flow and weed length dictate your leader length when you are bait fishing at Rufus, he said. “The more current pushing your bait down and the higher the weed growth, the longer you need to make your leader to keep that bait where it will tempt a fish. Five or even six feet long is not out of the ordinary.”
Also, he said, be ready for ice in the boat launching areas.
FISHING — “There are plenty of 2- to 4-pound triploid rainbows to be caught in the lower end of Lake Rufus Woods,” downstream from Grand Coulee Dam, says Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service.
“We did not get a trolling bite to kick in (this week), but once anchored up we were able to catch fish casting flies and slip-sinkering bait,” he said.
“Find places from Brandt’s landing and down where you are seeing plenty of activity on the surface and work those fish. Pautzke’s Fire Bait is a good choice for slip sinkering. Try casting a Mack’s Lures “Smile Blade Fly” to get those fish on artificials. A hand twist retrieve worked best.”
FISHING — Here's this week's tip for catching triploid rainbows at Lake Rufus Woods, from Anton Jones of Darrell and Dad's Family Guide Service:
He recommends fishing by the net pens.
Troll flies with action disks by Wigglefin, spinners or plugs.You can also cast Worden’s Super Roostertails for some great action. Fishing eggs cured with Pautzke’s Borx O’ Fire or simply Pautzke’s Fire Bait on a slip sinker rig up by the pens can get you some pigs.
FISHING — The recent heat wave didn't kill the fishing for triploid rainbows at Lake Rufus Woods.
Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service reports catchig fish trolling flies behind a Mack’s Lures Smile Blade or an action disk by Wigglefin.com or even Pautzke’s Fire Bait with a blade in front.
“Also, you can cast quarter ounce Worden’s Super Roostertails for 2 to 5 pound triploids around the lower .
FISHING — The special fishery for triploid rainbow trout below Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River will close Aug. 26 at midnight, five days earlier than initially announced.
State fishery managers decided to close the fishery to minimize the risk to wild steelhead moving into the area, said Jeff Korth, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife regional fishery manager.
The special fishery, launched to remove triploid trout that escaped from a net-pen facility on Rufus Woods Reservoir in June, was originally scheduled to run through Aug. 31.
Triploid trout are “voracious” eaters and can pose a threat to juvenile steelhead, many of which listed for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, Korth said.
“Just as we’d hoped, anglers caught hundreds of runaway triploids over the past few weeks,” Korth said. “But now, with increasing numbers of steelhead passing Wells Dam, we decided it was time to close the fishery.”
During the triploid fishery, anglers were required to release any steelhead they intercepted, said Korth, noting that creel checkers found no steelhead in the catch.
“Anglers demonstrated they could distinguish a steelhead from a triploid trout and were diligent about releasing the few steelhead encountered during the fishery,” he said.
The triploid fishery has been open since Aug. 1 on a 17-mile stretch of the Columbia River between the Highway 173 Bridge in Brewster to the Highway 17 Bridge in Bridgeport.
WATER SPORTS — Campers and boaters must be aware of toxic alage warnings for a portion of Potholes reservoir and Lake Rufus Woods.
The Washington Department of Health is warning people not to swim in Rufus Woods, but officials say the problems does not affect fish or fishing.
However, pets and livestock should be kept away from the water.
The Department of Ecology has a website devoted to algae issues.
Read on for a details story from the Grand Coulee Star Online plus links to
FLY FISHING — The Swede's Fly Shop crew was presented feathers to fins at Rufus Woods Lake on Sunday, and they came home with lots of stories and even more mangled flies, says Allen Peterson.
“Stop by the shop for direrctions, flies and all the info you need,” he said, showing a photo of an Egg-Sucking Leach pattern that had seen far better days.
“Have to have a float tube, pontoon boat or a boat boat. RIO Deep 7 line. Wow! What a rush!”
FISHING — While many river anglers are in a deep funk over the unusually high water, fishermen focused on Lake Rufus Woods been coming home with huge smiles — and even bigger fish — for several weeks.
Thousands, perhaps tens of thousands of fish released from commercial net pens have been feeding a fantastic fishery in the reservoir downstream from Grand Coulee Dam.
I've been asking successful anglers to report their top methods, and the answers have been interesting in that there's been no single way to catch the notoriously portly fish. Almost every reasonable presentation seems to have been working. Here are two examples.
“Bouncing weighted jigs on the bottom with power bait. With anise scent on the plug. We drifted around the pins. There were six of us that went and we limited out in an hour. Super fantastic fish. I attached a picture of them, pay attention to the pop can in the middle to see how big these suckers were. Couldn't have asked for a better day.”
FISHING — The Colville Tribe is saying the recent loss of perhaps a million rainbow trout in commercial net pens downstream from Grand Coulee Dam might scuttle the regular release of net pen trout for anglers in Lake Rufus Woods.
A story in Northwest Sportsman Magazine quotes Colville spokeswoman Sheri Sears as saying the tribe's normal release of 4,000 3- to 4-pounders a month from fall into spring helps ensure good fishing in some areas of the 50-mile-long reservoir.
“Typically we buy $60,000 worth of triploids from the netpens. This year we probably won’t have those available,” Sears told NSM.
She said tribal managers foresaw the high flows and released their redband rainbow broodstock from the pens.
People are catching fish in a wide range of sizes.
FISHERIES — Commercial net-pen-raised rainbows are dying by the hundreds of thousands from the impact of the huge runoff pouring down the Columbia River through Grand Coulee Dam — and federal water managers say there's little they can do to help the Pacific Seafood operators.
This year's spring snow melt is forcing the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to increase water flows through the dam. The turbulent water is releasing gases, including nitrogen, which inflicts on fish a condition similar to the bends in scuba divers when they surface too quickly. Gas levels have been more than 130% of normal recently, the Seattle Times reports.
“We've easily got hundreds of thousands of dead fish,” Bill Clark told the Seattle paper. He works for Pacific Aquaculture, which farms big rainbows, marketed as steelhead.
Pacific Aquaculture's parent company, Pacific Seafood, says it is losing 100,000 fish a day from the 2.7 million still living on the farm in the river 20 miles south of the Grand Coulee, according to a report on SeattlePI.com.
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists say wild fish are not likely to suffer serious impacts from they increased flows, since they are not bound by nets and can move deeper to more favorable water conditions.
However, this years' big drawdown and outflow from the dam likely is flushing man rainbows and kokanee downstream and out of the Lake Roosevelt system, they say.
This year's net pen crop of sport fish in Lake Roosevelt are scheduled for release after the runoff to help assure they'll stay in the reservoir.
Pacific Aquaculture manager John Bielka doesn't agree with state fisheries biologists regarding the impacts of the flows on fisheries.
“They're basically sterilizing this entire stretch of river,” Bielka told the Times. “That's going to wipe out not only the fish in our farm, but also the bull trout, the lamprey, the sturgeon and every other wild thing.”
Bureau officials told the Times they have no alternative - there's simply too much melting snow that would cause flooding if the dam flow were lessened.
FISHERIES — Owners of Pacific Seafood say the dissolved gasses resulting from increased flows out of Grand Coulee Dam are killing up to 100,000 large rainbow trout a day in the commercial net pens downstream.
The fish are raised in the Lake Rufus Woods net pens for sale and for stocking the Colville Indian Reservation lakes. The fish also help nurture a popular rainbow trout sport fishery.
Pacific Seafood officials called on the Bureau of Reclamation to alter the way it’s coping with flood-stage flows out of Grand Coulee, although the resolution isn't clear since the Columbia River is flooding in its lower reaches.
“If this practice isn’t stopped immediately, it will result in more than $30 million in economic damage to our company alone,” Craig Urness, Pacific Seafood spokesman said today.
“There are currently 2.7 million fish still living on the fish farm that are being threatened by this environmental and economic catastrophe.”
Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists had not investigated the fish kill. They said wild fish outside the net pens would likely have the opportunity to detect poor water conditions and move to safer waters. However, they couldn't say for certain today.
FISHING — Heading downstream from Grand Coulee Dam has been productive for anglers casting bait rigs near the commercial net pens at Lake Rufus Woods, according to Anton Jones of Darrell & Dad's Family Guide Service.
His photo above indicates the rough range of possibilities for these outsized fish.
Here's his secret for matching what the fish are eating with a distinction that makes his bait more irresistible.
At Rufus, we know the fish are feeding below and downstream of the net pens on fish pellets. How would they find our pellet imitation among the gazillions of actual food pellets? Well, they wouldn’t. So we fish where they are with a bait that is in the area they are eating, and only a bit bigger than what they are feeding on. However, we use rainbow color and glitter to attract their attention.