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Friday, June 30, 2023
By Dave Graybill
Billy Clapp Reservoir can be a “two stage” fishery this time of year. The kokanee fishing can be good in midsummer and the walleye can be on the bite, too. James Lebow, Michael Erickson, and I gave Billy Clapp a try on Thursday. We did a couple of long loops above the big basalt island but didn’t even get a kokanee bite. If the kokanee weren’t biting we planned to go walleye fishing, and the walleye were biting. Billy Clapp, which is about 20 miles east of Soap Lake, has a dam at the very top end. This manages the flow into the reservoir, and it seems there is always a heavy current here. Couple the current with the a very snaggy bottom it is not easy to fish. Fortunately, James is an old hand at fishing here and does a masterful job driving the boat. He put us right on the “nursery” and we were very busy catching fish. This spot is notorious for its snags and small walleye. We probably caught 60 walleye on our way to getting three limits of keepers. It was a ton of fun and we all took home the makings for fresh walleye dinners.