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Kevin’s Catch By Kevin Klein

Swing of the Seasons The changing of the seasons is one of the best parts about living in the Northwest, and October is one of my favorite months. From the beginning of the crisp, cool air in the mornings, to the evening of Halloween, it’s a time when everything feels special. Fall fishing in general is a transition for anglers away from the salt to the rivers, and there’s still a lot of boating and fishing opportunities to be had. I haven’t winterized a boat of mine in years and don’t plan on starting now. Coho and chum salmon provide some opportunities in the saltwater this time of year as do resident Chinook or blackmouth, as the winter variants are called. Some areas in Puget Sound and British Columbia can provide open seasons and good fishing. Do your research and plan to chase fish in local waters or some place a bit farther. Many marinas have discounted rates for the so called “shoulder seasons” that start in October. Fish in the morning and be back in time to warm up and catch the football kickoff. Believe it or not, albacore tuna fishing can still be productive off the

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Clockwise from top: Michelle Johnson shows off a prize salmon from her kayak fishing adventures; Gretchen Dearden with a local bass caught from a pocket watercraft; Jesse Molnick with a nice longfin. October can be a great month for tuna!

coast when the weather allows. Throw some longfins in the mix during canning season for a real treat! Still bright and fresh, salmon can provide good fun when river fishing. Twitching jigs have become the go-to method for many anglers, especially for silvers. Simply put, this means casting out and retrieving a jig while twitching it up and down. It’s fun and productive! Chum salmon are usually willing biters and always hard fighters in the river. After a morning of catching and releasing “dogs,” your arms will almost be too tired to hold that lunchtime sandwich. And don’t forget about Chinook salmon fishing on the Columbia River. October is the time when places like the Hanford Reach really heat up. For something different, the Fraser River in British Columbia can be good for sturgeon in the fall. If you don’t have a river boat or have never plied the big streams, going with a guide is a great way to spend the day and learn. While you’ve got time to spare this fall—we are heading into gift-giving season, and I’d like to bring up a simple solution to a common problem that could be a wonderful gift. When traveling to different destinations on a larger mother ship vessel, hauling and launching a tender for fishing can present certain problems. Storage can take up a lot of space, and towing can be problematic, especially in rough weather and docking. Launching a heavy tender can have its logistical and safety issues. How about bringing along a couple of kayaks that are set up for angling? Kayak fishing has really grown in popularity in the last decade. Stories and pictures of anglers with large salmon or halibut caught from a kayak have drawn admiration for this challenging pursuit. All kayaks can be paddle driven, but many use peddles or even a small electric motor for propulsion. Chart plotters, fish finders, rod holders, tackle storage, fish storage…there have been a lot of fish-specific additions and improvements to the angling-specific kayak. There are clubs and online resources to help research how to get started in this adventurous fishing realm. Of course, safety when kayaking is always paramount. Reading weather reports and checking tidal currents should be done before setting out for the day. Tidal currents can be very strong along the West Coast and up into the islands and interior waters. Continued on Page 88 A lifelong resident of Washington State, Kevin Klein has been on the rivers, lakes, and salt waters of the Pacific Northwest since conception. A founder, president, participant, and occasional winner of regional salmon derbies, Kevin can be found promoting sport fishing, and giving seminars on tips and techniques to become a better fisher person. Any given day, you may find Kevin plying the waters of the Northwest, looking for fun and fish.

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