Kayak fishing reports of Sturgeon fishing in Willamette River and Salmon fishing on the Columbia. Reports from all over Oregon and Washington.
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.
Anglers can look forward to one of the best returns of chinook salmon in several years when the fall fishing season gets under way Aug. 1 on the Columbia River.
Fisheries managers are forecasting a return of 655,000 adult fall chinook this year, which is up from a return of 429,000 chinook last year. If the run materializes as expected, it would be the largest fall chinook return since 2004.
I've been running to PC whenever the surf is down enough for me to launch. I just love the fishing out there - anyone could really do it...
This time I brought a crab pot with me. I've never tried crabbing out there before, but I usually see one other crab buoy, so I figured I'd give it a go. I just took the one pot (oregon limits 3 pots/person) just so I didn't have to worry about all the extra gear for nothing.
Since I've been getting ready for the 3rd annual Oregon Rockfish Classic this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to show you a bit of what goes on with me when getting ready for this type of event. There's some variation with other tournaments, mostly in regards to tackle, so it's not that big of a difference.