A major undertaking of this big year has been determining when, where, and how to target the many species available. To help me maximize my efficiency I've developed my O-fish-al Big Fishing Year Calendar. While this is by no means an exhaustive look at my fishing year it does offer a glimpse of the monumental task before me. It is of course subject to change due to weather, changes in regulations, or if better fishing opportunities develop elsewhere.
January
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LOCATION
TARGET SPECIES
METHOD
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Southwest Washington Rivers
Winter Steelhead (anadromous Rainbow Trout)
Bobber & Jig, Spinner/Spoon, Plugs (backtroll or side planer) from bank, drift boat, or kayak
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Merwin Reservoir, WA
Kokanee (land locked sockeye salmon) & Rainbow Trout (coastal subspecies)
Trolling dodgers and hoochie spinners from a kayak.
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Puget Sound
Market squid
Squid jigging from docks
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Puget Sound
Starry Flounder, Rock Sole, surf perch sp.
Jigging and bait bottom fishing from a kayak or shore.
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Puget Sound
Winter Blackmouth (Chinook Salmon)
Trolling spoons or mooching herring from a kayak.
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Long Beach Peninsula
Red-tailed Surf Perch
Surf fishing with bait.
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Long Beach Peninsula
Razor Clam
Clam gun
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Cape Disappointment
Dungeness & Red Rock Crab
Crab pots and castable crab traps from a kayak.
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Cape Disappointment
Black Rockfish, Kelp Greenling, Lingcod
Jigs and shrimp fly from a kayak
FEBRUARY
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LOCATION
TARGET SPECIES
METHODS
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Willamette River
White Sturgeon
Bait from a kayak
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Crescent Lake
Lake Trout (Mackinaw) & Brown Trout
Trolling plugs, diver, spoons and vertical jigging.
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Ana Reservoir
Wiper (Hybrid White and Striped Bass)
Trolling minnow divers and bottom-fishing bait.
MARCH
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LOCATION
TARGET SPECIES
METHODS
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Columbia River
Springers (Chinook Salmon)
Trolling herring or spinners/spoons (if water temp is appropriate)
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Pacific City
Black, Blue, China, Copper, and any other Rockfish, Cabezon, Lingcod, Kelp Greenling
Jigs and shrimp flies from a kayak
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Depot Bay
Black, Blue, China, Copper, and any other Rockfish, Cabezon, Lingcod, Kelp Greenling
Jigs and shrimp flies from a kayak
APRIL
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LOCATION
TARGET SPECIES
METHODS
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Umpqua/Smith River
Striped Bass (Striper)
Casting spoons and minnow divers, trolling minnow divers, and bait from a kayak.
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Umpqua Triangle
Kelp, White-spotted Greenling, & Rock Greenling, Striped Surf, Walleye, and Pile Surf Perch
Bait fishing from a kayak.
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Winchester Bay
Pacific Herring
Sabiki Rig
I will continue to add months so check back regularly. I expect the spring and summer months to be quite a bit busier as I take advantage of warm water fisheries, migratory species, and daylight extreme tides to rack up invertebrates. If you have any suggestions please feel free to email me.