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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 19:40

2011 My Year in Review

As the year comes to a close, I decided to sit back and take a look at the year that was 2011.  The year really started in the last few months of 2010 for me when I really started to get involved in on-line fishing forums, especially YakAngler.com.   This led me to launch YakFish.net with the help of YakSushi Media in January. 

Published in Spotlight
Thursday, 06 October 2011 21:19

2010 Top Fishing Brands

This is a marketing survey I recently stumbled upon in the magazine In Fisherman.  The results were gathered from over 30,000 anglers who completed an internet survey at Southwick Associate's  Anglersurvey.com.

Published in Staff Blog
Sunday, 30 May 2010 08:37

2010 Maryland Fishing Challenge

Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff kicked off the 2010 Maryland Fishing Challenge featuring Diamond Jim today by releasing specially tagged striped bass into the Chesapeake Bay at several locations throughout the State. The sixth annual challenge encourages Marylanders to enjoy the State's recreational fishing opportunities and offers a $10,000 prize for the angler who catches a specially tagged striped bass named Diamond Jim.
Published in Kayak Events
Saturday, 29 May 2010 02:00

Largest Oil Spill In US history

Now that the Deepwater Horizon is being described as the largest spill in United States history, the sense of immediacy is back in the communities around the Gulf of Mexico. Out in the leak area, however, the immediacy has not faded, despite a sixteen hour break in the "top-kill" efforts to stop a leak now estimated at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil daily.
Published in Spotlight
Sunday, 18 April 2010 08:12

2010 Rigged Yak Contest Winner

The results are in for the First Annual YakAngler Rigged Kayak Photo Contest!  We would like to thank all the participants for submitting some great looking rigs.  All the entrants have been added to our rigged kayak photo gallery.  Now for the winners.....

Published in Kayak Events
Sunday, 13 December 2009 11:30

Bbrrr - Bring on the Spring(er) Thaw!

Fishing the last few weeks has been tough, if not impossible.  The Tillamook River is iced over and others are getting a bit hard as well.  Earlier rains washed out rivers makeing them undriftable.  When the rains subsided, the winds picked up.  Then after the winds, the waters were glass clear - too clear for Chinook.  Then the subfreezing temps arrived.  Ouch!

The most interesting bit of news came Friday.  State, Federal and Tribal committees from Oregon and Washington announced their predictions for the 2010 Spring Chinook returns. I'm still skeptical, but they're expecting about 470,000 adult Springers to run the Columbia in a few months.  This newest prediction is the largest return of Springers since 1938 - when the Bonneville Dam was built and fish counting began. In 2009, they forecasted 350,000, but we only saw half that.  In 2001, we did get over 400,000 fish, so it’s possible that this next year could be good.

 

 

Even still, if we get half of the current prediction, we're looking at some good fishing!  Its hard to speculate what Spring Chinook regulations will be (announced Feb. 18, 2010) but I’d expect an angler take of about 20,000 adults. Last year we brought in almost 17,000. Fishing for Springers on the Columbia, and we will likely be limited to just 3-days out of the week just like last year.

Scientists base predictions based on the number of young "Jack" salmon that return with the adults.  In 2009, we had a HUGE number of these teenaged Jack salmon in the rivers, instead of the ocean.  The 80,000+ jacks counted this year were four times more than were counted in 2000, which lead to the huge numbers in 2001.  Because of over grossly over-estimated predictions since 2001, scientists have altered their formulas.  The most popular results this marked a return range between 330,000 and 580,000, so committees and scientists settled on a number right in between.

 

 

 

 

 

Now, these are the numbers for the Columbia River at Bonneville Dam.  Coming this week we’ll have numbers for the Willamette River through Portland.  This figure rarely follow the Columbia numbers, but they are very often much more accurate.  Biologists in Oregon are thinking 60,000 fish for the Willamette are likely, which would be enough to keep the river open to Chinook fishing 7-days a week, with a two fish limit! Yum!

 

 

Published in Pacific Northwest

The IFA Redfish Tour has released its 2010 schedule with some very exciting news for Kayak Anglers. They have teamed up with Hobie Cat Corporation (makers of Hobie Kayaks) to create the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour.

 

Published in Tournaments

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