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Kayak  Plunking- Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Kayak Plunking

For the last 25 years a group of friends and I have cast for salmon from the upper beach in Kalama, Wa. Now we have been taken over by kayak Plunking. They are disappointed with the break away sand bags and have gone back to littering our beautiful Columbia River.

Every form of weight is employed from rocks to car parts. It is nearly impossible to cast next to them because of endless tangles. Kayaks should and eventually will be banned or restricted once the game people wake up.

The main obstacle is that the people who make such decisions are kayakers because it’s so effective. Finally, I have observed and reported kayakers who fill their coolers with salmon.

Many times in the peak of the run it takes them longer to set up than to catch their fish so they don’t leave and catch more and more.

Brian Stowell

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Brian,

Thank you for your letter.  Anglers Club Magazine supports all methods of fishing and using every type of safe watercraft, including kayak.

We do not support any activity that is abusive to the marine environment or disrespects fellow anglers in anyway.

We have published your letter hoping that our readers will join us in and encourage good citizenship as well as the good manners.

Your letter can be found on our website. http://anglersclub.com/letters/

It can also be found on our Facebook page

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Hopefully, many thousands of readers, friends and followers will join us in the continuing battle to stop littering and polluting the natural environment and respect all other anglers.

Editor

 

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The Special Fish of Lake Crescent (Part 1 of trout fishing series)

Lake Crescent By Debbie Kay

Eight thousand years ago, a landslide on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state dammed up Indian Creek, an ancient stream full of cutthroat, steelhead, salmon, and many other species of fish. It changed the drainage of Indian Creek, and created two separate lakes, Crescent and Sutherland, who each had separate drainages to the ocean. Continue reading The Special Fish of Lake Crescent (Part 1 of trout fishing series)

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The Best Small Stream Fishing in Washington (Part 2 of trout fishing series)

These 5 Small Stream Creeks and Rivers Give the Classic Fly Fishing Experience

Small Stream By Will Jukes

Updated. We spend a lot of time around here talking about fishing the big rivers in the Columbia River basin, or the open waters of the Pacific Coast.  And why wouldn’t we?  They’re great fisheries, and unique to small streamthe Pacific Northwest.  Small stream fishing – little fish, tight casts, long hikes and 2 to 4-weight rods – often takes a backseat.  It’s easy enough to find those streams in other states, places like Colorado, Idaho and Montana.  So why spend time on that when Washington has so much of its own fishing to offer? Continue reading The Best Small Stream Fishing in Washington (Part 2 of trout fishing series)

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Washington Lakes with the Most Fish (Part 3 of trout fishing series)

Top 5 Washington Lakes with an Overabundance of Fish

Washington Lakes by Jai Colvin

Updated. The fishing in Washington State is legendary. Brook trout, cutthroat and rainbows are plentiful in many of Washington’s Lakes because these Washington lakes with the most fish - Chewaukemfish are adaptable and prolific in their spawning. But sometimes they’re too prolific; this is termed “uncontrolled reproduction” and is something that happens in many of the high lakes. Such dense populations affect the fish themselves, so fishermen the WDFW encourages a more liberal harvest in such areas. For us that means healthier fish and a lot of extra fun. Continue reading Washington Lakes with the Most Fish (Part 3 of trout fishing series)

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Shaky Heads and How to Fish with Them

Ten Things to Know About Fishing with Shaky Heads

Shaky Heads by Debbie Kay

Few lures are as loved or hated as shaky heads.  However, it still requires some knowledge on how and when to use them.  Here are ten tips on how to make the most of these lures:

  1. Shaky heads are best when they are used to target cold, sleepy or otherwise inactive fish.  If you are in an overnight bass tournament, keep a pole handy with a shaky head for this purpose.  You may not get it out, but it will help during a slow time of day.
  2. In order of effectiveness, shaky heads work best on spotted bass, then smallmouth, then largemouth. This is because the spotted has the biggest predator drive, and that is bigger than their drive for self-preservation in a risky situation.
  3. This is a lure to use when you are confident that a fish is around, but it is all about slowing down and covering the area. Places like piers and docks are perfect for shaky heads.  Floats and some vegetative areas work too–  it’s more about using them in a place you are already certain that fish are hanging out.
  4. Shaky heads work by triggering the predator instinct in fish like bass. This is why they are successful when crank bait is not working.  This natural instinct comes in even when there is risk to their own safety, where a nibble at a crank bait is more about curiosity or hunger and won’t trigger a spooked fish to bite.
  5. During post-spawn periods, shaky heads are great on the slopes between spawning flats and the depths. These areas can be found with a good depth sounder.  It is especially good to use the in clear water areas where fish are naturally leery, as the predator instinct is about the only way to get them to bite when they are nervous.
  6. Shaky heads are best with light line and very thin wire hooks. Heavier hooks are hard to get into a fish’s mouth on light line, which is a must for working with these guys, especially in crystal clear water where you don’t want line visibility.
  7. Dragging a shaky head along the bottom often works better than a one retrieve movement. Many of the prey species that move like a shaky head would do that on the bottom, so it makes a lot of sense to the fish. If you’ve just changed to this lure, give this technique about a dozen tries before moving on.
  8. Bass are known for learning lures, which is why the big ones are not easily caught in well-stocked, well-fished lakes. Sometimes a novel presentation is all that it takes to switch it up.  Try hopping your shaky head instead of shaking it and see if it gets new attention from the largest fish.
  9. On cloudy days, you can swim a shaky head on the bottom of deep water and attract spotted bass with surprising accuracy.
  10. If all of this still doesn’t work, try changing the color or size of your weight before switching lure types. Sometimes that’s all it takes to start loving this love it or hate it lure.

 

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