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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:02 am 
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The non-stop wind here in the Pacific Northwest has been making things pretty tough for kayak fishing on the Columbia River. Even on small mountain lakes, double digit wind doesn't do much to enhance the kayak fishing experience. Whenever we get out on the river, the fishing has been good. Exploring the PacNW looking for kayak fishing spots sometimes pays off more than expected, like this new(to us) spot we found not far from where we live. Drove past it dozens of times going somewhere else.

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With afternoon wind a sure thing, we are on the water early; the only calm time of the day.

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The Columbia River is a natural wonder, but almost everything you see is not natural.

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The smallmouth bass fishing was good. A lot of smaller and spawned out fish.

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There are bigger bass there as well. You never know what you're going to get.

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July 4th is the unofficial start of summer around here and everyone heads to the river, including the local wildlife.

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Now we are back on kayak fishing hold, waiting for the wind to stop.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 12:30 pm 
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The wind is still putting a major damper on the 2019 fishing season, but we managed to get a couple days of calm wind for some great smallmouth bass fishing on the Columbia River.

Out long before sunrise because there were calm winds and it gets really hot here in the afternoons.

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The fishing by the light of the moon and the rising sun of long PacNW summer days was very good.

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Plenty of kayak fishing action for smallmouth bass. We caught fish all day long.

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We caught the biggest bass of the trip just before sunrise, but plenty of nice fish were caught during the daytime as well.

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The wind came up in the afternoon and so did the temperature, but by that time, we had put in a long day of kayak fishing and baking in the sun.

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We left the hot and windy Columbia River for the cool Cascade Mountains and Goose Lake.

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The lake water levels were mid summer low, but the wild stocked trout were ready to bite.

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The lake was crowded with summer campers and fishermen, this is a popular weekend spot for the Portland/Vancouver metro area and can be a bit overrun at times. If the lake is stocked again before winter, we may check back after Labor Day. If there is no salmon fishing season again, we may have to settle for rainbow trout.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2019 1:08 pm 
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We were able to get a couple days of smallmouth bass fishing in while the pervasive Columbia River wind took a break. The fishing was good, but it was very hot.

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We got out early wanting to beat the wind and midday heat and found the smallmouth bass ready to go.

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Plenty of kayak fishing action.

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The smallmouth bass fishing has been good, but it's almost salmon fishing season. Whether the salmon will show up or not is anybody's guess.

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