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Friday, September 11, 2020
 
By Dave Graybill
 
Smoke has filled the skies throughout the region in Eastern Washington, and that has kept many anglers at home. Gosh, we almost made it through the season without fires, but we are in the midst of several now. I remember a couple of seasons ago trying to plan where to fish to avoid the smoke. I checked in with my contact about how the conditions were on Rufus Woods Reservoir. He said that ash had been dropping like snow along the reservoir. I hope it clears out by next week when I can get back up there. The fishing for triploids has been terrific. I don’t know of another place where anglers can consistently catch trout averaging close to 4 pounds every time they go. The bonus is that we usually put a few very nice walleye in the cooler on our trips up there, too. If you want to give this a try I would suggest that you get some 3-ounce bottom bouncers, as you will be often be fishing in 50 feet of water. Trolling downstream below the upper net pens, just off the shore, will usually provide limits of triploids and a few walleye in two to three hours.
 
I am holding up a typical rainbow taken on Rufus Woods earlier this season.