Photo courtesy of Wash. Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
The fishing is good right now in the Columbia River. Just ask Pasco’s John Grubenhoff, who recently pulled this 20.32-lb. Walleye from the Lake Wallula section of the Columbia. The catch is a Washington state record for Walleye. The previous record for the largest Walleye snagged in Washington state was 19.3 lbs., set by Mike Hepper of Richland in 2007, ironically from the same stretch of river that Grubenhoff found this beauty. Grubenhoff caught his Walleye while trolling in 22 feet of water upstream, using a Rapala J-13 lure that was attached six feet behind a 2-oz. “bottom walker” weight.