Editor’s note: The following fishing report was photographed and submitted by Tri-Cities dentist Jerry Han.
By Jerry Han
The kids wanted to go fishing this weekend, and with the Columbia up here having a visibility as low as 2″ with all the flooding going on, we decided to go trout fishing at Tucannon.
On the way up we passed the Snake, Touchet, and Tucannon Rivers. All of them were extremely muddy, and the Touchet and Tucannon were extremely high, so I don’t expect many people were fishing for steelhead in the Tucannon, even though they want people to catch the excess hatchery steelhead.
We started off at Blue Lake and nothing was happening, so we went to Spring Lake. I turned Austin and Corbin loose with their rods and was helping Lexi when Austin started hollering that he had one. I could see that it was not the normal stocker trout by the way the rod was bent double and shaking. Sure enough, Austin got the first fish and it was a nice jumbo!
Lexi then went on a tear and limited out before the boys, then Corbin limited with Austin hot on his heels with his limit.
Then I had to have the Daddy conversation with them all about how it’s not who limited first, who came in last, and who caught the biggest. Let’s just say that there’s a little bit of competition between them and I had to remind them that we are all part of Team FisHan.
After limiting, we went for a short hike and then headed to The Last Resort KOA campground to get a well-deserved ice cream treat for a job well done!!
One thing I see at Tucannon that you may want to pass along to readers is that all the lakes can be very different. If one lake isn’t producing anything, I’d recommend moving and checking out the other lakes. We started at Blue Lake and it was dead for us, then we changed lakes and limited rather quickly.
Artificial lures were catching bigger fish and bait had the most action, which is what we were using so we could get ice cream sooner!