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Nice catch: Ernie Delgado hooked this steelhead just outside downtown Hood River.

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On the Hood, fishing’s good all year

For best results, bounce bait along the bottom says Ernie Delgado

Buzz Ramsey’s Outdoor News column this month covers winter steelhead fishing using a type of vibrating lure, called a plug, from the back of a boat. For local rivers, the tried-and-true technique of back trolling works particularly well on the Deschutes and the John Day. In the Hood River, however, a drift boat would get smashed to bits on the rocks long before any steelhead were brought in.

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