Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Paddling for Salmon

Wayne went out on opening day to try his hand at salmon fishing. No luck from shore, so he thought maybe a kayak would give him a better chance. He found a Dirigo Angler by Johnson Outdoors at Wholesale Sports in Burlington, WA. And the timing was perfect. It was $759.99, but with a 30% off sale, plus a 5% military discount, not bad.

For his first paddling fishing adventure, Wayne picked the Skagit River. He already knew it from our kayak camping trip last August. He launched at Sedro Woolley's Riverfont Park boat ramp to float and fish his way down stream. But just after he got started, he snagged his line. The speed of the river ripped all the line off his real, leaving nothing to catch a big one.

This section of the Skagit is wide and fairly fast. When we paddled it in the summer, we rarely saw anyone in a boat or on shore. Now with salmon season open, there are lots of people everywhere. I met Wayne at Burlington's busy Roger "Gus" Tjeerdsma boat launch to give him a ride back to Sedro-Woolley to pick up his car.

For more information about fishing in Washington State, go to their website.

Do you have a favourite fishing hole? Is it secret, or can you share? -- Margy


  1. Looks like a great Kayak that Wayne got there! We love and use our kayaks all the time. My hubby rigged his up for fishing. Hope your hubby gets some salmon. This wknd we are hoping the salmon will be running in a river not too far from our cabin.

  2. Go way south in the Skagit, launch at the Fir Island bridge near conway. There is a launch under that. That's where you're more likely to catch some fish.

  3. Sounds good Shelley. Hope you catch your limit.

    Hey Solar, thanks for the local tip. Wayne will be back next week and I'm sure he will check it out. Seems like the fish weren't running yet on the Skagit or Nooksack yet. No one was bragging about any luck. - Margy

  4. Too bad he lost all the line off his reel, Margy. Better luck next time! Kayaking for salmon sounds like a whale of an idea.
    -- K

  5. I don't like fishing, tried it once a long time ago...blah. But Art loves fishing so he fishes and I read or knit, works well for us.

  6. Well Kay, fortunately the salmon weren't biting so he didn't miss much. He did have a good paddling trip anyway.

    Margaret - That's what my parents always did. I'm OK with fishing for a little while, but don't have the stamina (or patience) that Wayne does. Fishing was really great up the lake this last summer. The best we've ever experienced. Hope it stays that way. We catch and release so the ones we got had a chance to get even bigger.