Kayak fishing reports of Sturgeon fishing in Willamette River and Salmon fishing on the Columbia. Reports from all over Oregon and Washington.
In odd numbered years, millions of 3lb-5lb pink salmon (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) leave the northern Pacific Ocean to enter tributary rivers of the Alaska, British Columbia, and Washington / Oregon coastline. The last three seasonal runs into the Pacific Northwest have set records for abundance of returning pinks. Pink salmon have a strict two-year life cycle and for some quirk of nature, odd-numbered years see runs magnitudes larger than in even-numbered years.
This was the 22nd annual derby for winter kings in Homer, AK. Exceptional weather, road conditions, and number of fish attracted a record crowd. 1,324 anglers on 386 vessels caught 590 King Salmon. All those numbers shattered previous records. Anglers were competing for the top prize of $27,762, plus side bets totalling nearly $25,000 more dollars, making that single fish worth over $50,000!
Super Bowl Sunday. Hmmm...love the Seahawks, but I LOVE fishing even more. I have a streak of five consecutive months where I have caught a king salmon from a kayak in the saltwater out of Homer, AK! I’ve called Alaska home since 1971, and even I can’t believe you can catch fish like this! It’s unreal!
I moved to Kenai, AK in 1971 when I was five years old. My father was an avid fisherman, and he in turn got me addicted. Since that time, like clockwork, we would switch from open water fishing to ice fishing in November. I had heard about the winter king salmon fishery in Homer, but wrote it off to a futile attempt by crazed daredevils to shake the winter blues. Then I got a kayak, and my life… errr, fishing schedule (same thing) changed.
I live and grew up fishing in Florida, and it’s a thrill each and every time I fish. I recently vacationed in upper reaches of the Northwest at the base of the breathtaking landscape of Olympic National Park. It’s surrounded by the Olympic rain forest, and is known for the outdoor filming of the movie Twilight - La Push, WA.
The 1st Annual Willy Dino tourney is just 11 days away. On January 15th, anglers from throughout the PacNW will converge on the Willamette River in Portland, OR, to see who can find the largest sturgeon wintering in the river. Tournament headquarters will be at the tournament hosts location - the Next Adventure Paddle Sports Center.
Full information and registration online at the Next Adventure website
November 1st marked the opening day of the Winter Sturgeon season on the popular Lower Willamette. Retention days were set at Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Having been closed since March, many people were eager for the season to begin again. And so it did.
And then it was gone.
One of the greatest bounties to be had out of Pacific waters is Dungeness Crab. While crabbing is very different than the kayak fishing we enjoy, it can be done from a kayak as well. Companies like Promar, Scotty and Danielson have made products that make crabbing from your kayak easy to do.