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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.
- "First, lengthen your leaders. Instead of 2 to 3 feet, your leaders should be 4 to 6 feet.
- "Second, vary your weight as the current changes. To be consistent you have to be able to feel the bottom. You can be going 70 to over 90 feet deep to get at these pellet-eating fish.
- "Third, use a big chunk of bait. We usually are putting a gob of bait big enough to hide a #4 hook.
- "Finally, don’t just let it sit there. If you don’t get bit, move the bait. Recast often."
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.