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Wednesday, February 22, 2023
By Dave Graybill
I mentioned in an earlier report that the Colville Tribe had a release of triploid rainbow trout scheduled for some time in February. My contact said there could be as many as 20,000 included in the release. I checked in with Austin Moser, who is fishing Rufus regularly right now, and he said that it has obviously occurred. It is common for the tribe to release fish weighing 1.5 to 1.7 pounds, but Austin said that the fish are more like 2.5 pounds. Now that’s a nice trout, but many anglers are trying for fish much larger. I want remind folks that the daily limit for trout on Rufus Woods is two fish, and if you are fishing with bait, you must keep every fish you catch, regardless of size. You can find the regulation on the Sport Fishing pamphlet on page 25. I also want to mention that you can have great success fishing with jigs for these fish and would suggest that you use these and pinch the barb, so you can legally release the fish. You may even want to target walleye on the Nespelem Bar. You still get triploids and may add some nice walleye to your catch.