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Wednesday, August 8, 2018
 
By Dave Graybill
 
The upper Columbia River opened to salmon fishing from Wells Dam to Chief Joseph Dam on August 1st. It had been opened for sockeye fishing before that, and summer run salmon fishing at Chelan Falls was open, too. With the Brewster Pool open to fishing much of the attention of salmon anglers shifted to this area. The opportunity to catch a big king in the Pool is very good. Just look at the results of the Brewster Salmon Derby. However, there are some other spots that are worth some attention. A few years ago, I was in Pateros preparing to fish the Brewster Pool the following morning. I ran into the Shane Magnuson and he suggested I try fishing above Wells Dam. The next day, my fishing buddy Brian Anatatmula and I ran down there and started trolling right along the debris barrier above the dam. Sure enough we hooked and landed a dandy king. A few passes later we hooked another one that we just couldn’t turn. It ran under the debris barrier and got snagged on a log. We had to break it off and lost all our gear. Still it was a day to remember and I wanted to share with you that the change of catching a big king can be had right above Wells Dam.