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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
By Eric Granstrom
For, I'm Eric Granstrom. If you've never hover fished, you have a chance now through the end of September on the lower Columbia River. A few years ago, Dave and I fished during Fish Camp with Bruce Warren of Fishing for Fun Guide Service and Willie Ross of Walleye Willies Guide Service to learn how to hover fish. It's pretty basic. You use fresh-cured salmon eggs, a No. 2-sized egg-loop hook, and a 2-ounce cannon ball lead. Rods are typically shorter (7-to-9-feet) and medium action with a light tip. Your leader length is about 30-to-36-inches. The idea is to hover above the salmon, lower the lead ball with a golf-ball-sized portion of eggs on the hook to the bottom and reel up twice. Then watch your rod tip and feel for a bite. The bite of a fall Chinook is typically very light. You'll feel just a tap-tap, similar to perch fishing, and then SET THE HOOK! The fish usually just gently mouth the eggs and will quickly let go and you'll miss the fish if you're not paying attention. We had great success off the mouths of the Klickitat and Deschutes Rivers. Until next time, Good Fishing!