Kayak Fishing Ultimate Resource

Well known for surfing and the charter and commercial Dory boat fleet, Pacific City is a hands down favorite for kayak anglers on the Oregon Coast. With summer swells normally from the north, Cape Kiwanda protects the launch site, making the surf quite manageable. Haystack Rock, just about a half mile from launch, gives you excellent fishing and exquisite scenery. Parking can be had right on the beach where you launch, or you can park in the main parking lot if you have concerns getting on and off the beach.

Thursday, 06 January 2011 01:00

Kayak Fishing the Oregon Coast pt. 1

Let me introduce you to the Oregon Coast. This had begun as a tutorial on a specific fishing area, but has quickly expanded. This first part is focusing on the gear that we use here in the PacNW when bottom fishing on the coast.  We’re going to be targeting Rockfish, Lingcod, Cabezon and Greenling.  Bottom fishing on the Oregon Coast is an excellent, often fast paced fishery. So let’s get started with the tackle.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010 18:34

Over Before You Know It

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.

Published in Pacific Northwest
Monday, 31 May 2010 02:00

Oregon Rockfish Classic

The Oregon Rockfish Classic was born as a fishing trip.

orc2008a In Pacific City, Oregon, less than a dozen kayak anglers met up on Sept 20th, 2008.  From throughout Oregon and Washington, they came to fish what some called the Oregon Coast Derby.  Others called it the Pacific City Kayak Fishing Classic.  There were a couple prizes to be had, but fishing was the main call.  Pacific City is one of the easiest surf launches because it is fairly well protected.  That's not to say there weren't some spills though.

Published in Tournaments
Monday, 11 January 2010 13:11

Whatever you need to float your boat...

The Boat Show, The Boat Show, You gotta do The Boat Show
Whatever you need to float your boat is there for you to see.

That was the radio jingle for the boat show when I was a kid. Must have been a good jingle for me to remember it so well 20 years later.

The boat and outdoor show season is BACK in action for 2010, and here's where you can find your local shows

Published in Pacific Northwest
Monday, 28 December 2009 10:44

Quagga, Zebra, and Milfoil, oh my!

Invasive clams, mussels, snails and vegetation like milfoil are a scourge to freshwater fishing everywhere.  The State of Washington does random checkpoints throughout the year to look over boats, canoes and kayaks entering the state to inspect them for these invasive invertebrates.

Published in Pacific Northwest
Monday, 28 December 2009 09:27

Good news for Oregon Freshwater Anglers

The State of Oregon is trying something new for 2010 that I nearly forgot about:
Permitting the use of two fishing rods.

In a lot of states this is old hat, but for several others, this is new stuff.  Oregon will allow appropriately licensed individuals and children 13 and under, the privilege of fishing with two rods. The two rod permit is an additional $17 fee on top of your normal fishing license fees.

Published in Pacific Northwest
Sunday, 27 December 2009 11:58

2010 Not looking good for Sturgeon Anglers

2010 isn't looking so good for sport and commercial sturgeon fishing in the lower Columbia River. We won't know for sure until Feb 18th when Oregon and Washing fish and wildlife commissions publish their finalized regulations for sturgeon and salmon.

But last week, Bill Tweit, Columbia River policy lead for Washington, did not want any actions taken for January or February that would preclude cuts in sturgeon harvest as deep as 50 percent.

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
Tuesday, 08 December 2009 09:19

New PacNW Kayak Angling Group

Fishing in the Pacific North West? Yak Social now has a group for you. The PacNW Kayak Angling group was created just last month but already has some great content for our readers. “Fishing in the Northwest is different. Our waters are cold. Salmon is king. Sturgeons are huge. This group is for kayak anglers of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Idaho, and Alaska.” says group creator Isaac AKA “The Nothing”.

Published in Spotlight

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