Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The fall brings some of the best fishing of the season. Whether it be Striped bass and False Albacore migrating down the east coast or Fall Chinook and Coho bounding into river systems in the west, this is my favorite time to fish.
In Oregon, things really heat up with fresh rains and rising river levels spreading their unique scent's into the Pacific for anadromous fish to pick up and decode. The fish have been feeding all summer and come into their native rivers full and ready to spawn.
The south coast of Oregon offers some of the best chances to link up with Salmon that have just moved in from the salt water but still posses the characteristics that got them there. This is opposed to most Salmon fishing scenarios where the fish have been living in fresh water for a number of days, weeks, or even months before you run into them.
These rivers also have "hatchery" fish that are spawned from the wild strains and then released with certain identifying characteristics that alert fisherman to their origin. I have made it a point to only harvest fish that are hatchery strain to alleviate some of the pressure on native fish.