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Friday, 12 December 2014 00:00

Winter Salmon Fishing in Alaska

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.

Published in Pacific Northwest
Sunday, 04 May 2014 19:10

Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series

The Great Lakes Kayak Fishing Series is the first of its kind in the region. The series is has three events, each with its own target species.

Published in Tournaments
Monday, 06 December 2010 01:00

Bioengineering A Frankenfish?

A Trout magazine story on the threats posed by genetically modified salmon-often called "Frankenfish," shows that such a plan poses grave risks to wild salmon fisheries in the U.S. and around the world.

The article, which will be published in the magazine's upcoming winter issue, shows, based on interviews with fisheries experts, that that if the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gives approval to the biotech salmon, there would be no way to ultimately prevent the fish from escaping and breeding with wild salmon and harming valuable fisheries.

Published in Staff Blog
Thursday, 29 July 2010 01:22

Fall nookie is better than none!

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.

Published in Pacific Northwest
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 02:00

YakAngler's Grilled Salmon

This week for our featured recipe I wanted to do something for our YakAnglers up North. Since I don't know any Sturgeon recipes I picked the next best thing, Salmon. The YakAngler's Grilled Salmon can be summed up in three words, Easy, Spicy, and Sweet!  Give it a try and you will not be disappointed!

Published in Recipes
Friday, 02 April 2010 19:37

Springtime Updates

If there's one thing I learned while fishing the Georgia Kayak Tournament Trail at Lake Harding this month, it's this:

It's hard to fish muddy water.

Published in Pacific Northwest

The Columbia River Compact (comprised of representatives from Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife offices, tribes, etc) met today to nail down the 2010 seasons for Spring Chinook (springer) and white sturgeon on the Columbia River.  Many recreational, tribal, and commercial interests were present, as well as myself.  The States started with the proposed guidelines based on catch and population statistics.  Testimony was heard from all the interest groups.  And, finally, a decision was made.

Published in Pacific Northwest
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 13:24

First Confirmed Springer Boated!

The first confirmed Spring Run Chinook Salmon (Springer) was caught yesterday, February 1st.  While with guide Larry Kesch Jr, of Hook'em Up Guide Service, angler Jesse Eveland picked up this beauty while trolling the NW standardard plug cut herring.

I also got a report of a second springer caught, but still have not seen any photos to go along with it.  That second springer was said to be caught on a back bounced kwikfish.  That'd be two springers caught on the two most common methods.

 

Published in Pacific Northwest
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
Friday, 11 December 2009 19:21

Howard McKim

Its hard to talk about serious kayak fishing without the name Howard McKim.  After giving up his spots on the beaches and jetties, McKim took up kayak angling in 1996 and hasn't looked back.  Just a few years later, in 2003, McKim started Ketchian Kayak Company in the heart of salmon country.  Here he offers kayak based eco-tours and kayak angling chargers.  They'll pick you up, take you to one of their kayaks, and get you on the fish.  From four hours tours, to multi-day remote fishing trips, McKim and Ketchikan Kayak will surely not disappoint!

Published in Spotlight
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