Northwest Sportsman contributor and book author Wayne Heinz earlier this week reported:
Smallies are now spawned out in sloughs of Columbia’s McNary & John Day Pools. Hundreds of old nests in shallows. Scores of hungry 1-pound males attack plugs and jigs cast on reefs 6 to 10 feet deep, bass on way to big river. Larger fish are skinny females. An all-day bite.
Snake River smallies below Ice Harbor Dam will spawn in roughly 2 weeks. Main river water still only 56.5 degrees. Spring flood done. River has dropped 2 1/2 feet and slowed. Vis roughly 4 feet. Fishing good for bass to 3 1/2 pounds on fast-water side of gravel bar tailouts 10 to 18 feet deep. Half-ounce orange spider jigs best. Bigger females will follow in a week or so.
A few Snake River walleye each evening by accident, 4 1/2 to 7 1/2 pounds, same holding spots.