Wow, our first full month of fall in the Pacific Northwest! Hopefully, all of you were able to get out an make the most out of summer, with great weather and good fishing! As we move into the next season, fishing opportunities shift and we prepare for a little different experience on our home waters. Crisp fall mornings, and hopefully a healthy amount of rain are in our future. As the door closes on our favorite saltwater fishing options close, other doors open.
Salmon Fishing Report
Salmon fishing in Puget Sound, San Juan Islands and coastal areas usually has peaked by now. However, a trip out to the salt isn’t necessarily a bad idea. The distant outposts of Sekiu, Port Angeles and the San Juan Islands have plenty of Coho still swimming back our way. At some point we will get some big fall storms. Once that happens, Coho and Chum will be within casting distance from you favorite riverbank.
Crabbing, Razor Clams and More…
Crabbing is usually a summer affair for most. But the state has just announced that several areas will open up in October for another shot at brining home a Dungeness Crab dinner. Marine Areas 8-1, 8-2, 9 (Edmonds/Admiralty Inlet), Area 7 (San Juan Islands) and Area 6 (Strait of Juan De Fuca) are ready for you to soak some crab pots. Albacore Tuna are still being found in the Pacific, within close range of the Washington ports of Westport and Ilwaco. Razor Clams are such a delicacy that they bring droves of diggers out to Pacific beaches. A record-breaking abundance will give us clam openers on practically every extreme low-tide date between now and 2021! Fall Trout Fishing can be great on local lakes. As water temperatures drop and the fall plants flood certain lakes with catchable sized trout.
Test out the new waders and raingear this month. Or cherry-pick those beautiful fall days and get out fishing!