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Monday, May 14, 2018
By Dave Graybill
There is a new tail water fishing area below Grand Coulee Dam on the Colville Reservation side of the Columbia River. The public is now allowed to fish up to the wall and on the big rocks adjacent to the wall. A Colville Tribal Permit will be needed to fish this area by non-tribal members. The fishing area will be patrolled by Tribal Enforcement and will be open only during daylight hours. Anglers must take the Lone Pine Exit from Highway 155 to the Down River Trail Road and park in designated area. Boats are not allowed above the Highway 155 Bridge in Coulee Dam. This area is now for very good fishing for triploid rainbow trout, and now non-tribal members have access. Tribal officials caution anglers that water flows increase in this area with the spring run off, and should exercise caution. Also of note from the Colville Tribe is that the Annual First Salmon Ceremony at the Bridgeport Hatchery will take place on Friday, May 25th, beginning at 6 a.m. There will be a lunch served at 11:30 a.m. I have attended this ceremony in the past and it is a great way to learn about the history and heritage of the Colville Tribe.