Trip To Tucannon Lakes Yields Biting Rainbows, Ice Cream Rewards

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.

A U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY GRAPH ON THE LOWER TUCANNON RIVER SHOWS IT RUNNING FIVE TO EIGHT TIMES AVERAGE FOR THIS TIME OF YEAR AS THE SNOWPACK MELTS. (USGS)

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!

AS SISTER LEXI AND BROTHER CORBIN LOOK ON, AUSTIN HAN SHOWS OFF A NICE TUCANNON LAKES STOCKER RAINBOW TROUT FROM LAST WEEKEND. (JERRY HAN)

Lexi then went on a tear and limited out before the boys, then Corbin limited with Austin hot on his heels with his limit.

CORBIN PROUDLY SHOWS OFF A SPRING LAKE RAINBOW. (JERRY HAN)

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.

LEXI WAS FIRST TO LIMIT, BEATING HER BROTHERS TO THE FIVE-FISH MARK. (JERRY HAN)

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!!

TEAM FISHAN CELEBRATE WITH ICE CREAM FROM THE LAST RESORT KOA. (JERRY HAN)

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.

THE HAN KIDS’ FATHER, JERRY, REPORTS THAT ARTIFICIAL LURES WERE BEST FOR THE TROUT, LIKE THIS ONE LEXI CAUGHT. (JERRY HAN)

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!

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