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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
By Dave Graybill
Steelhead fishing on the upper Columbia continues to be very productive. My fishing buddy Rollie Schmitten, of Lake Wenatchee, got me away from my computer for an afternoon’s fishing off the mouth of the Entiat River. He had a hot tip that the fishing here can be very good at times and neither one of us had ever tried this area. We launched at the park above the mouth and motored the short distance to the bar that spreads out just below the Highway 97A Bridge. We dropped anchor and began casting. Schmitten was tossing a Maxi Jig below his bobber and I had grabbed a rod that had a black and red Rocky Dancer on it. We had been on station for about 20 minutes when his bobber went down and a small wild steelhead was brought to the boat and released. About 20 minutes later my bobber went down and I hooked and released a very bright, wild 7-pounder. After that the action died. Schmitten has said that something had seemed to change, and he was right, the current went dead. Just like other productive steelhead spots on the Columbia, when the current falls off, so does the bite.