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Fishing the Snake River for bigger smallmouth is better in either the spring or fall, although a few big fish are caught in the summer. For the angler who is looking for fast action, the summer is the time to go. Catching up to fifty smallmouth per day is possible with the average around 1 to 1.5 lbs. The Snake River is also known for its scenic beauty and like many places we fish here in the Northwest, there is very little fishing pressure for the smallmouth bass.

The Hanford Reach is the last free flowing stretch of the Columbia River. It is located below Priest Rapids Dam and runs in a southeastern direction through some magnificent scenery known as the White Bluffs. There is also the chance to see some of the wildlife indigenous to the area such as Mule Deer, Coyotes, Beavers, porcupines, badgers, and several species of waterfowl. The smallmouth fishing in the Hanford Reach can be some of the best in the nation, with a chance of catching your personal best. Navigating the Hanford Reach can be very hazardous if a person doesn't know the water.

One of my personal favorites to fish is the area of the Columbia River below Boardman, Oregon. I have had several days on this stretch of river when I haven't seen another boat all day. This part of the River, like many other areas locally, is more productive for bigger fish in the spring or fall rather than the summer. A word of caution however, this part of the Columbia River can be extremely hazardous when the wind blows due to the river running in a westerly direction and the wind coming predominately out of the West. I have had many days of over fifty smallmouths per day with a personal best of 135 smallmouths caught in one day! This area can also hold some very nice Largemouth bass, my personal best was a 7 lb. 14 oz. caught on a white spinner bait in the spring.

The best place for Largemouth bass is Potholes Reservoir located about 75 miles north of the Tri-Cities on highway 17. Potholes reservoir (also called O'Sullivan) is a largemouth fisherperson's dream. With thousands of acres of flooded willows and hundreds of beaver lodges, Potholes provides excellent cover and spawning areas for the largemouth. Also, there are many areas that provide spawning beds for the smallmouth bass that have greatly increased in numbers over the last several years. In addition to the bass fishing, this is a great fishery for Walleye; with several over 14 lbs caught each year. Potholes Reservoir went through a period of time in the 1990's when the fishing was very slow, however, it has now recovered. It looks like we will have the fishing we had back in the 1980's which was great.


Snake River

Snake River

Snake River



Columbia River (either the Hanford Reach or the Gorge)

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River

Columbia River



Potholes Reservoir

Potholes Reservoir



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