Columbia Serves Up Midwest Walleye Memories, Meals For Angler

By Dave Anderson

Since we had so much success and fun last year on our walleye trip, I knew I wanted to book another trip this year with TJ Hester fishing on the Columbia River.

AUTHOR DAVE ANDERSON SHOWS OFF A NICE COLUMBIA RIVER WALLEYE HE CAUGHT WHILE FISHING WITH GUIDE TJ HESTER LAST WEEKEND. (DAVE ANDERSON)

I had quite a bit of interest from other friends, so we ended up booking a second boat, which was run by TJ’s dad, Jim Hester.

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We were at the launch at 8:00 am on Saturday morning to start the day. After a 10-minute boat ride we made it to where we spent most of our day fishing.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

Right out the gate my friend Nick Bouchee got himself a dandy 8.1-pound walleye. After a quick photo she went back into the river.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

The rest of the day we had a lot of opportunities trolling, but once we found where more fish were concentrated, we ended up jigging for a little bit and were able to pick up a few more.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

We put in a full day’s effort on Saturday, working hard for all our fish. The primary rig was a 2-ounce bottom bouncer with a Mack’s Smile Blade to a nightcrawler.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

Sunday morning, we started out a little earlier at 7:00 am. We ran back to our same area we had fished Saturday and found fish right where we left them.

So instead of trolling, we switched over to jigs and put some nice grade of eaters in the box.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

Most of us decided to pull the plug at noon since we had a 41/2-hour drive back to reality. The other group ground it out for a few more hours and ended up taking home a nice batch of fish!

I already planned our trip to go back next year with two boats again. This trip has gained quite a bit of popularity in my group of friends.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

I grew up in the Midwest and walleye was my main target species as a child, so this trip always brings back fun childhood memories.

(DAVE ANDERSON)

Walleye is also amazing table fare! Call me crazy but I would eat a plate of walleye over a plate of halibut any day of the week.

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