Drano Lake Fishing Guide Toby Wyatt Is Helping Clients Get The Best Catch At Drano Lake

Licensed outfitter and Drano Lake fishing guide Toby Wyatt talks about the best ways to get prize-worthy catch at Drano Lake on his website Reel Time Fishing. On his website, Toby talks about the geography of Drano Lake, the kind of fish that are found in it, the fishing limit enforced at the lake, the best season for catching particular species of fish, and also offers some very useful tips on how to plan for a fishing trip to the lake to get the most out of the experience.

Drano Lake is a tributary of the Columbia River just downstream of Hood River, Oregon. It is located on the Washington side of the river and is fed by the Little White Salmon River. According to Toby, Drano Lake is a very popular destination for salmon and Steelhead anglers. Toby, through his company Reel Time Fishing, guides a lot of clients on tours to Drano Lake during the spring season as it is an especially great time for those who want to fish for Chinook salmon. There is a local hatchery program located on the Little White Salmon River due to which Drano Lake has one of the highest returning stocks of the prized spring Chinook salmon. The presence of the hatchery is the reason that despite the entire Columbia River drainage being a one-fish limit, Drano Lake has always remained a two-fish limit.

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On his website, Toby talks about the many fishing techniques, suited for Drano Lake, that are guaranteed to net a fishing enthusiast a hefty haul if they are emulated. Toby says that, while fishing on Drano Lake, he trolls herring or prawns behind flashers. When the fish are in, Drano Lake is an easy-catching fishery. Toby also stresses that, since the lake is an extremely popular destination for fishing coupled with a relatively small area to fish, boat control and placement are key to success.

When asked about more specific tips for those interested in fishing at Drano Lake, Toby says, “If you are just starting, it is highly recommended to get an experienced and skilled Drano Lake fishing guide such as myself to show you the ropes before you become comfortable with venturing out on your own. Reel Time Fishing has spent many years perfecting this fishery and has dialed in bait recipes to be conducive to this environment. When you have me on your side, you can be assured that you will have a smooth and pleasant experience and that you will learn a lot about the lay of the land and the craft of fishing. You might even go home with a catch on your very first day. Once you are adept at navigating these waters and have learned all you can from me, you will get the tools and know-how to make every trip to Drano Lake a roaring success.”

Toby also dispenses helpful information on his website about fishing at Drano Lake during different seasons. In the fall, around September, he fishes Drano Lake for Chinook and Steelhead. The style of fishing is fairly similar to spring fishery, except for the use of ProTroll flashers and super baits or spinners. In the summer, Drano Lake is considered a “cold water refuge.” By August and September, the Columbia River has warmed up to 70+ degrees. Drano Lake stays cool as it is being fed by the Little White Salmon which originates in the mountains. The Salmon and Steelhead push into Drano Lake to cool off, allowing anglers a better shot at catching them. Steelhead fishing takes place in the fall as well. Reel Time Fishing targets the Steelhead that pushes into Drano Lake for the cool water. Night fishing is also a fun proposition as there is a great chance of seeing high catch rates with a lot of big B-run fish coming aboard.

Toby Wyatt can be reached at the phone number 208-790-2128 or the email address twyatt1973@gmail.com for all inquiries regarding tours and timings.


For more information about Reel Time Fishing, contact the company here:

Reel Time Fishing
Toby Wyatt
(208) 790-2128
2131 Critchfield Rd, Clarkston, WA 99403