We threw inline spinners off the beach near the parking area. I caught two small fish. Rattlesnake Lake is not too bad for a rainy morning.
Today was a slow one for cutthroat trout on Lake Washington. I took my kayak off the west side of Mercer Island and managed a small bass and two decent cutthroat trout.
I was trolling leadcore line and a Walleye Candy flutter spoon attached to 10lb test monofilament leader. The fish were apparently gorging on Stickleback as their stomachs were full of them.
Fall Coho salmon fishing on the Cowlitz River with kayaks is fun when the fish are biting. Yesterday we fished from the launch below the barrier dam to the hatchery at Blue Creek.
I used a bobber and eggs or a pink jig all day. About halfway through the run I picked up a Coho using eggs and drifting below a small trickle of a waterfall. Once hooking the fish I fought it downstream a bit and pulled it onto my lap. Then I made my way into a small eddie about one hundred yards from where I hooked the Coho. The remainder of the day was fairly uneventful although I did watch a cutthroat trout chase my jig in one pool of water. Every few boats reported one or two fish aboard so it wasn’t red hot but it felt good to get lucky.
My daughter and I had an end of summer kayak fishing trip for bass in eastern Washington. The bass were not huge but they were eager to bite and provided the entertainment. For the most part the milfoil was thick and we caught almost every bass using an inline spinner.
We camped under the stars and listened to the coyotes howl throughout the night. It was a great time.
Yesterday Roger and I launched from the beach into some big waves towards Destruction Island. Roger flipped on the way out and we both flipped on the way in. The waves were 6-7 feet and fast movers and the swell was 5.5 ft at 8-9 seconds when we launched. As the day went on, the seas calmed quite a bit but the surf was still a pain in the neck on the landing.
Eventually we paddled to Destruction Island off the coast of Washington. The island is visited by more birds and sea lions than people. We fished the north, south and east ends of the island. There is a long reef extending from the north but since the conditions were not so great we didn’t pick up too many fish there. I suspect it would be better in calmer seas. We picked up a lot of black rockfish, lingcod and cabezon.
For an end of summer adventure I think it was worth it but if you’re not used to surf launches then you should consider trying a different fishing spot.
Here are some home made inline spinners. I got some of the materials from eBay. Spinners make a great lure.
We launched out of Warrenton,Oregon and traveled down the Columbia River beyond buoy 10 to fish for king and silver salmon off Long Beach. The fish were biting but many short strikers were not hooking up. Eventually we got our limits. The main setups were flashers and Coho Killers or spinning cut plug herring behind a banana sinker.
It’s worth mentioning that the whole hype about the dangers of the Columbia River bar are true. Watch it in windy conditions and when the incoming tide hits the river. I’ve traveled between the Astoria bridge and Chinook many times under poor conditions and even one incident when we wondered if we could make it to the harbor in Chinook. However this trip was even worse on the way back in. There were 6-8 foot swells, the occasional 12-16 footer and breaking waves mixed in. You should take a seaworthy boat, life jackets, and monitor the radio for reports from the Coast Guard about bar conditions… Website for Columbia River bar conditions.
Lake Washington Kayak Bass Fishing is what I do on lazy summer weekends. This past weekend I toured around Mercer Island and then fished the east channel to the north. I also picked one up at Champagne Point. The only lure I used was the Rapala Tail Dancer. Bass fishing on Lake Washington during the month of August can be very productive. Trolling, casting spinners plugs etc, drop shotting, or even using a Texas rigged worm will catch fish. In the mornings you can pick up bass near grass lines, lily pads using a popper or frog.
I was just out for a day kayak fishing Makah Bay from Hobuck Beach. I met Jerrett who was eager to try out some heavier fishing equipment and put more fish into the kayak.
We headed out twice on Saturday and were fishing primarly between 35-55 feet of water about a mile from the beach. We took Copper and Black Rockfish, lingcod, cabezon, greenling and Red Irish Lords. There were salmon jumping in the bay from time to time. We also had a pod of porpoise run between our kayaks a couple of times. Overall a great day in sunshine for me.