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Thursday, 04 March 2010 12:15

Things are picking up

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Slowly but surely the Spring Chinook season is picking up.  This is the first week in several that I've not been able to get on the water, and I'm dieing to be in the mix now.

Until monday, most anglers have been targetting the Willamette River because permanant regulations allow for salmon fishing 7 days a week.  Angler efforts have picked up daily.  One day I was out in my kayak trolling along with 8 other boats, the next day it was 12 other boats.  A week later I saw 24 boats.  Some trolling, some on the hook.

But all that effort hasn't come with a lot of result.  Currently anglers are bringing in only 6-12 fish a day.  I'm but one of the many that has been going home empty handed over and over again.

Fish are being caught though! Trolling has been the most productive with fish being caught on plug cut herring and prawn spinners, both with or without flashers.

Efforts on the Columbia are just now starting. I'd imagine things are going well, and will only get better in the weeks to come.

The sad news came from the State of Washington this week when they closed the Drano Lake outlet to boat angling.  This is an extremely popular area for boat and bank anglers seaking large springers.  With 30k fish espected to return to Drano, I was looking forward to jumping in the trolling circle, but I guess that won't happen this year.

Washington will allow for bank angling only at Drano Outlet, and the states anti-snagging law will not be in effect.  This astounds me, and I'm horrified to think of what bank angling will be like.

This next weekend also finds many of the Oregon lakes opening, and lakes across Washington are opening next month.  I'm excited to get back out to Hagg Lake to chase down trout and smallmouth bass this year.  I've also thought I might hit up Washtinton for some triploids just for fun.


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Isaac Miller

About the Author: Isaac Miller considers himself an "equal opportunity angler" and will fish anything that will take a hook. Isaac often makes live internet video broadcasts when fishing from his kayaks, giving up-to-the-second reports on conditions and tackle choices. He also blogs at www.isaac-online.com and is a YakAngler.com Pro Staffer as well as Co-Host for Kayak Fishing Radio's Wild West show, PR Director for Recycled Fish, and co-owner of Green Tackle.

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