Fishing Reports

After a tough week that saw a lot of fishing and minimal catching, things are starting to improve just in time for Salmon Festival. Over the past week and half we've had some minor runs in the river that gave us decent opportunities to catch a few big kings, a couple boats even finding fish that topped the 30 lb mark, but for the most part catches ranged from 2 - 7 fish with a mixture of lake trout, kings and cohos depending on where you set your lines. If you're fishing the big fish tournament tomorrow I suspect there will still be a few kings around and it'll likely take a fish pushing 20 lbs to win. Those kings are widely scattered from the river out to about 150 FOW water and have a lot of space between them. If you stay in close the hot baits have been the Grinch and Chrome/Red Headed JPlugs and the Pearl/Black Dot Tomic. Most of the action has been on the #3 JPlug sized baits but I took several nice fish on #4's also so don't be afraid to try out the big bait, big fish theory. Kings in deeper water have shown no real preference for a particular bait with both spoons and Paddle/Fly combo's working. Plugs in deep water have not been very effective for anyone I've spoken to this fall.

Now, if you're just going fishing and not trying to win a contest, I'd suggest starting out around 100 FOW and going west to as far as 300 FOW. A nice mix of Steelhead, Coho and Lake Trout have been caught the last few days fishing throughout that range. The fish have been the most active in the 40 to 80 foot down range but hugging bottom is still producing a few trout. At the higher end of that range patterns like the Red Pepper, Orange Pepper, 3 Days at Sea, Sexy Veggies and UV Capt. Gary in Super Slim Dreamweaver and standard sized Stingers have been the best. As you move lower in the water column spoons with a little more blue and 8" Spin Dr.'s and Paddles have been the ticket. Attractors in the Green Jeans, Yellow Jeans, White Fish Scale and White with Blue Bubble patterns have been good. Flies to pull behind the attractor have mostly been some shade of green like the Hypnotist, Pickled Sunshine, Illusion or Green Crinkle.

While it may not be a "fill the freezer" kind of weekend coming up it should at least provide you with a couple of good meals and get you ready for the next couple weeks. The arrival of a few steelhead is usually a sign that better fishing is ahead and with all the baitfish around I'm hoping we see some younger salmon start to show up over the next week or so. With that in mind, the forecast this weekend says the weather is going to be way too nice to spend your time indoors waiting for kick off. Go for the trifecta of awesome this weekend! Fish in the morning, a nap in the early afternoon followed by fish for dinner washed down by something ice cold and watching your favorite college football team in the late afternoon! I'm sure your other half will support this plan as well! Mine wouldn't as she's allergic to fish (maybe football too) and Sunday is our anniversary (I remembered!), but yours probably will. If she doesn't please don't tell her it was all my idea.

Good luck,


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