Kayak fishing twitching jigs and all I get are these tomato fish lately. I think the run is done and I’ll probably return in February.
Here are a couple of recent kayak fishing videos in search of king salmon during several excursions to Buoy 10, Westport and “Marine area 1”.
The first trip my friend Todd and I fished Westport first then Buoy 10. We crossed the Grays Harbor bar with our kayaks. We paddled and let the current take us about 15 miles out for several hours of fishing. This area is about the 200 foot depth mark. I hooked up to one strong king for a little bit but otherwise we came up skunked. Here is the map with launch area and fishing zone marked.
We decided to head on out to Buoy 10 where eventually we picked up fish close to the Cape Disappointment area. It was a good turnaround after getting skunked at Westport.
During the second excursion I had a great trip seeing a gray whale, crossing the Columbia River bar and catching a small Chinook. The fish was caught three or four miles west of the north jetty at Cape Disappointment. Interactive map below.
Here is an approximation of this trip on a map as I was unable to retrieve the map data from my Lowrance for precision marks.
I am including a video below regarding salmon tackle and setup for kayak fishing. Best of luck if you’re trying to hook up a king , coho, or any kind of salmon.
In July and August 2016 I conducted a 9 day solo kayak fishing trip to Prince of Wales Island and Gravina Island out of Ketchikan.
The trip started by taking the Alaska Marine Highway ferry from Bellingham,WA to Ketchikan, AK. This is about a day and a half journey each way traveling through the north end of the Salish Sea beyond Vancouver Island and to Ketchikan.
From Ketchikan I launched and was catching salmon within 15 minutes of being on the water. Living was simple with good fishing and most of my company was birds, bears, fish and sea otters.
Here is the video I first compiled with footage from this trip. I highly recommend doing a trip to southeast Alaska for kayak fishing.
Below is a map where I camped in yellow and the red marks where the trip started and ended. This trip required crossing the Clarence Strait each way. I recommend you do this on a day when the weather is good as the shortest crossing was at least six miles.
Kayak fishing on Cle Elum Reservoir can be hit or miss. I found that spring time is usually more active for rainbow trout and lake trout (aka mackinaw). This spring I was able to land my biggest laker on this reservoir.
While trolling the west side of the lake with a small spoon I foul hooked this 29 inch lake trout along with another smaller one and kokanee. It sure made up for all the times I was skunked on this body of water.
On a later trip I was able to hook up to a healthy looking rainbow trout while fishing with my daughter.
Kayak fishing on Padre Island and Corpus Christi for speckled trout and redfish is a good winter idea. I was able to make this trip with my friend Gordon who did the driving and supplied the kayaks. This trip was done in the first week of January 2016.
We spent the first day trying to catch speckled trout out of the Packery Channel area. I did manage the only trout that day on a shiny spoon. We must have seen twenty or thirty people out but that was the only fish we saw caught.
That evening we drove down onto Padre Island and set camp about five miles down the beach. The following morning Gordon and I drove about 50 miles of four wheel drive in his Jeep which was towing a trailer with two kayaks reaching the channel and jetty out from Port Mansfield.
The afternoon was spent among several groups of dolphin and eventually Gordon picked up a small redfish which we had for dinner.
At this point our fishing excursion was not exactly producing a lot of fish so we changed gears and focused on the inside and outside of the jetty the following morning. Here we picked up three more redfish on spoons, crab under a bobber and a jig tipped with squid.
Overall the trip was very relaxing and was a good escape from the cold and short winter days of Washington state.
Today I’m posting a few videos up which describe the tackle and approach used when kayak fishing for salmon in the Pacific Northwest.
This video below outlines the tackle used for salmon in the salt water for the most part but the gear and technique mentioned could be used in lakes or slow moving rivers as well.
The next video was made by my fishing partner Todd and is not necessarily instructional but does expose some of the techniques we use to target salmon such as Coho or Kings in the Columbia River system near buoy 10.
Finally, my fishing parter Todd has also provided the following two videos which I have contributed to and where we are targeting Coho on the Cowlitz River from kayaks.
In a future post I will describe some of the gear and modifications to gear and kayaks which I have done in order to help me catch more salmon effectively.
Kayak fishing on the Cowlitz River has been great for salmon and steelhead during the past two months. Yesterday, on New Year’s Day I was with Todd when he landed this beautiful steelhead. The fish measured out at about 33 inches and was caught by twitching a jig in relatively shallow water.