As weather cools we have had good reports of nice rainbow trout fishing with spinners and worms, diving plugs in size 5 & 7. The Potholes State Park and the east end of O’Sullivan Dam are good bets for those nice rainbow trout up to 6 pounds.
The perch fishing is so good even die hard bass and walleye fishermen are fishing for them. The best way to catch these fish is to fish in 10 feet of water using a crappie jig tipped with a maggot. The fall bite for perch this year should be the best it has been in years.
Guide Shelby Ross (Ross Outdoor Adventures 509-750-7763) had a trip last week with limits of walleye plus 4 big trout and some nice perch up to 12 inches. That’s a nice day on the water! The walleye are being caught on the rock piles off Goose Island and on the face of the sand dunes in 5 to 20 feet of water. It’s a great time to troll plugs for these fish and you don’t have to fight the perch for your worms.
The bass guys are having the best fishing in years for both largemouth and smallmouth bass. A lot of these fishers are using swim baits and plugs for these nice fish. In the afternoon when surface water temps warm up try a top-water popper or frog for some really fun fishing. Senko’s and 5 inch grubs in dark colors have also been doing really well.
Our duck and goose hunting looks great for this season with liberal limits and the longest season the feds allow. Look at ducktaxi.com for special packages and pricing on a lake hunt for ducks or a field hunt for geese.
The Royal Hunt Club are still offering fee-access pheasant, duck, and goose hunting on 25,000 acres of farm land on the Royal Slope. Call (509) 346-2651 for more information.
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