Target Fish: Salmon, Crab, Sturgeon
Launch Fees: No
Kayak Cart Needed: Yes
Camping Available: Yes
Info: Cape Disappointment became a popular launch site after the 2010 NWKA Crab tournament. There is a ton of parking and bathrooms at the launchsite, and camping is available just around the corner. This is a fairly protected launch area right at the mouth of the Columbia River along the North Jetty. Depending on river, swell, and wind conditions there may be a minor surf launch condition, but generally a very simple launch. The difficulty is beach access. There is good paved access from the parking lot, past the bathrooms, and onto the beach. However, there is a 50 yard stretch of very loose sand and driftwood to navigate. It's easiest with at least two kayakers to help haul the kayaks and gear through this area. I can tell you, fishing the area twice with my wife proved to be a difficult scenario. Crabbing is great in the area, and because it's considered part of the Columbia River, you can use a shellfish license from either Washington or Oregon. Folding crap traps and rings are both effective. If you want to do some fishing, I suggest using crab traps and then head out and along the north jetty to do some fishing. If you're just there for the crab, use crab rings and just keep checking them. In either case, just keep in 30-50' of water and you should find crab. Like I said, you don't have to go far from the launch before you're on crab grounds - just about a quarter mile. Fishing along the North Jetty can be great, and not difficulty to do depending on swell, winds and tide. If the tides are strong, the current can really get to ripping through here, so be sure to take note on conditions before heading out. Just past the North Jetty there is a ton of submerged structure and a couple shipwrecks as well. All of these provide some excellent bottom fishing. If conditions are difficult, there are still plenty of rockfish along the jetty. Cape Disappointment also puts you right next to the famous Bouy 10 fishery. Summer Chinook and Coho fishing is notoriously awesome and it can be a huge boat show on the water.
Submitted By: The Nothing