Fall Fishing Just Around the Corner
Labor Day may mean the end of summer, but it also marks the beginning of the fall fishing season. Soon, temperatures will cool. Leaves will change. Fish will bite!
Nothing beats a night fish in the Finger Lakes region. Or a crappy line in the Midwest. Or cruising at trolling plate speed down a Pacific Northwest river.
Pacific Northwest Fishing Ideas
September through December is the best time for Fall Chinook salmon on the Columbia River and many of its tributaries, as well as many coastal rivers, such as the Trask, Rogue, Wilson, Nehalem, Nestucca, Siletz and Salmon Rivers, to name just a few. And don’t forget the always popular Buoy 10 at the mouth of the Columbia.
If you want to try your hand at bigger catch, fish for sturgeon on the Columbia, Rogue or Willamette rivers in Oregon. In fact, the Columbia River system has the largest sturgeon population in North America. And, depending on where you fish, you can catch sturgeon all year long. Sturgeon are the biggest freshwater fish in North America, growing up to 12 feet in length and weighing up to 450 lbs., though the “keeper” range is 42 to 60 inches. Needless to say, these big fellas are great fighters and will test your strength.
Winter Steelhead (another great fighter) begin showing up in coastal rivers in November and the season is in full swing by Christmas as they head into the Clackamas, Sandy, and other inland rivers. And if you’re heading to the coast, fall is a great time to go crabbing in the bays and estuaries, where crabs can be abundant. And mighty tasty! Toss in a ring and catch a few. But watch those claws. They can really smart.
Whether you’re fishing from a river or stream bank or cruising with your trolling plate, the opportunities for great outdoor fall adventures are at hand. But they won’t last long.