By Kevin Klein
Salmon fishing in the San Juan’s has improved somewhat as more coho are starting to show. Although not red hot, you have a chance at a nice king as well.
This upcoming weekend will be the last for spot prawning. Crabbing is still open, and I’ve got some tuna heads for bait. The Dungeness love them, but it’s a pretty expensive way to get crab bait when you’ve got to run 50 miles off of Wesport to get it!
Seriously, though, salmon heads and carcasses work great as crab bait for those who aren’t prone to chasing albacore. And, of course, cat food, turkey and chicken (of the yard) are good old standby’s for bait as well.
Remember to turn in those crab catch cards in when the season is done.
Please checkout the happy faces on these anglers.
In the first photo Ingrid Heathcote landed this nice king, along with a couple of silvers to round out a good trip off San Juan Island.
In the second photo Lance Rhinehart put the hurtin’ on this mid-twenties Chinook, much like the “Hawks” will be looking to put on Phil Rivers and the Chargers down in San Diego this Sunday.
Speaking of football, it’s that time of year again to plan and take precautions for your Sunday fishing trips. Make sure your radio is working before you leave the dock; and while that always holds true for the VHF, now it’s important that you get a good signal for the Seahawks game as well.
Either that, or just limit out and return to port before the game starts. Plan for the former, hope for the latter…
Kevin Klein bio – Fishing Columnist
Born and raised in Washington, Kevin Klein has been fishing since childhood. From the rivers and lakes of Washington, Idaho and Oregon to Alaska and Mexico, you will find Kevin chasing everything from salmon, trout and steelhead to halibut, lingcod, and sturgeon.
A writer for many media outlets around the Northwest, Kevin loves to share his lifelong passion with everyone from novice to expert anglers in hopes of drawing more people into this great outdoor pastime.
Since 2004, Kevin has made his home in Friday Harbor in the beautiful San Juan Islands. When he is not busy with his daily job of barging propane gas to the islands, you’ll find him advocating for salmon enhancement and sport fishing issues around the Northwest.
Kevin is a regular salmon fishing competitor, who founded the popular Resurrection Salmon Derby in the San Juans. Most weekends he can be found on his boat with friends and family, looking for a big king salmon and a good story to tell about it…with pictures of course!
By Kevin Klein