September and October are the perfect time to get your feet wet in the sport of kayaking! Lower river levels and a slower flow rate during the fall months provide beginning paddlers with an easier learning pace, while still offering the option of experiencing waves and other hydraulic features that are either too fast, or too big to enjoy at the higher water levels that occur during the spring and summer months. The Skykomish River, just an hour outside of Seattle, Washington is a great place to take a river kayaking class, or if you’re more into ocean paddling you can check out a beginner-friendly coastal adventure at Bowman Bay! If this is your first time in a kayak, we suggest an inflatable kayak class or tour, or an intro class before tackling a hardshell kayak. Take a lesson or two in the fall from an experienced instructor, then include some paddler-specific exercises in your winter workout plan (and get in some practice sessions and rescue training at a local kayak pool session), and be ready to immerse yourself in the perfect Pacific Northwest sport when spring rolls around and the boating community comes out of hibernation (and turns in their skis and boards) for another great season of paddling adventures! The other best thing about kayaking… it is even more fun with friends! Bring your own, or make some new ones as you embark on your boating venture!
Posted by Mark Yuasa
The choices on places to go and catch a fish are plentiful in the fall.
“We’ve got some great coho fishing going on right now, and it is about as good as I’ve seen in quite a number of years especially in the Skykomish and Snohomish,” said Mike Chamberlain, owner of Ted’s Sports Center in Lynnwood. “There are lots of coho and most of the guys are very pleased with it from the tidewater in Everett all the way up past the town of Snohomish.”
Most anglers are trolling Brad’s Wigglers or 3.5 Mag Lips. Others are doing well just casting and retrieving Vibrax-like spinners and incorporating them with a small squid or floating eggs has been good in the flowing sections of the rivers. Small Dick Nites in a 50/50 and other varieties of color have also been doing quite well.
Other rivers garnering fair to good coho reports are the Stillaguamish, Cascade and Skagit. There are still a fair number of zombie humpies kicking around for those who’d like to catch them. Summer steelhead fishing has been fair in Reiter Ponds of the Skykomish.
On the coast, rivers like the Humptulips, Satsop, Wynoochee, Clearwater, Queets and Lower Hoh all have a good showing of salmon.
Those looking for kings should head east of the Cascades to the Columbia River in the Hanford Reach area where it remains good.
On the lake scene, the perch are biting well in Lake Washington on the docks of Seward Park, Coulon Park in Renton, Mercer Island at Luther Burbank and Kenmore. Cho are also being hooked up off Hunts Point and Yarrow Bay most by guys trolliner 3.5 Mag Lips or Brads Wigglers on downriggers.
The coho bite is starting to wind down in the saltwater although it is still fair in northern Puget Sound, Shipwreck to Browns Bay, Edmonds area, Richmond Beach to Shilshole Bay, West Point, Elliott Bay and Jefferson Head. It is also fair to good for blackmouth and coho in the San Juan Islands.
Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.