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Friday, December 21, 2012
By Dave Graybill
I traveled up the Columbia River, trying without success for steelhead, and then onto Rufus Woods Reservoir. My sidekick Eric Granstrom and I wanted to see if we could catch a triploid from shore, and I had heard that the fishing had picked up. I have fished from shore over the years just above the dam at Bridgeport, from the Corps of Engineers Park. I had not ever fished from Brandts Landing, which is just less than eight miles from the turnoff at the bridge over the Columbia, below Chief Joseph Dam. Located on the south shore of Rufus Woods, Brandts Landing is a federal park, with pads for RVs, fire pits and outdoor restrooms. We found several of these sites occupied when we arrived, but found one open at the upper end of the park. We settled in and after rigging up with slip sinkers we put marshmallows and shrimp on our hooks and pitched them out past the weed line we could see off shore. We waited quite a while, but my rod started bouncing and the result was a bright and beautiful 4-pound triploid. A while later Granstrom reeled in a regular rainbow of about 20 inches. We packed up when it started snowing hard. We stopped and visited with an angler from Arlington who had been there for the weekend and they had caught several triploids to 5-pounds here at Brandts.