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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
By Dave Graybill
Shane Magnuson, of Upper Columbia Guide Service, has invited me to come down in the fall to fish for coho salmon for many years. This year everything fell into place, and even better my brother Rick was able to come along. The weather turned out great, and the sunrise off the mouth of the Klickitat River was beautiful. We had launched the boat in Lyle and it was a very short run to the fishing area. We could see the two bridges over the mouth of the Klickitat the whole time we were there. We started off trolling plugs, like the Brad’s Wiggler, and put a couple of very nice coho in the fish box. A little later in the day we switched to trolling spinners baited with shrimp and scented with Graybills Guide Formula in either Sand Shrimp or Salmon. We fished these off of dropper rigs in thirty feet of water or less. This is where the coho are staging before running up the river. We had the best action in the morning, but continued to get hits and misses and landed more fish up until 2 o’clock, when we headed back to the launch. The fish were all dime bright and weighed from about 6 pounds to maybe 12 pounds. It you have never tried this, it is certainly worth the drive. Can’t wait to see how the video turned out!