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Friday, October 31, 2008
By Dave Graybill
Rufus Woods will be getting a lot of attention for the next few weeks. The Wells Pool will be drawn down eight feet, which will render the boat launches all the way up to Bridgeport unusable. The reason for the draw down is to replace the debris barrier above Wells Dam, and by rule the Douglas County PUD has a narrow window in which to do this kind of work. The draw down last though November 12th, and the Wells Pool will back to full level by the 13th. The good news is that the ramps at Pateros will be lengthened while the water is low, and the ramps at Brewster and Bridgeport will also receive attention. When the water is back up the steelhead fishing will be better than it is now. Water temperatures will have cooled and fish should be even more aggressive. Fishing has been a bit off the usual pace in this stretch of the upper Columbia, due to the unseasonably warm water temperatures. The draw down will not be severe enough to hamper the entrance of steelhead and salmon into the Methow River, and fishing on the Methow will also improve with cooler water, and hopefully some rain.