Klick Mouth Clicks For AndyCoho And Crew

Readers of Northwest Sportsman’s October issue saw Andy Schneider’s big map feature on coho fishing at the mouth of the Klickitat River, and that’s where the Portland-area salmon/steelhead angler found himself this past weekend.

Here’s his tale of brawlin’ B-runs and sassy silvers:

The Columbia River Gorge definitely felt and looked like fall this last Sunday — bright yellow, orange and red leaves dancing on the gusts of wind that sprouted out of the West and rain showers so heavy that the mid-day sun would darken like night was falling.

If the hills and weather didn’t clue us in that THIS IS FALL, the fish sure did. The late returning “B-run” Klickitat coho would seem to coordinate an attack on fisherman’s gear and it looked like everyone was hooking fish at once.

But just as soon as the attack would begin, it would slow, then stop and we would all troll with the anticipation of the next attack.

These slow periods were good though. It gave us a chance to snap some photos, eat some good snacks and just catch up with each other.

Sunday I had friends Nancy, Dory and Brenda on board with my wife and son Missy and Ayden.  Who would have thought that they would all be crazy enough to go fishing with me, even with a forecast calling for “extreme weather”?  Ahh, the joys of having brave friends and hardy family!

On the first pass of the morning, Nancy’s rod went down as she trolled a prawn spinner just past the entrance of the Klickitat and a nice 12-pound coho was brought to net.

The next pass one of the plug rods surged towards the water and didn’t let up and Brenda jumped to the rod and starting battling the chrome-bright coho without hesitation (unclipped coho can be retained above the Hood River Bridge).

 

BRENDA'S SILVER. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

And to keep things interestin, this B-run steelhead grabbed a FatFish and gave Dory a fight that took us through the swarm of boats and almost to the middle of the Columbia.  The deep water of the Columbia seemed to give the steelhead more energy and it made run after run, before finally being identified as a hatchery fish and being swung into the boat with a whoop of applause from our boat and other fisherman.  This battle-scared steelhead buck weighed in at 18.2 pounds!

THE BIG BRAWLIN’ B-RUN DORY CAUGHT. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

Missy and Ayden both had a chance to battle some coho that fell victim for FatFish and Wiggle Warts.

 

MISSY SCHNEIDER'S COHO. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

AYDEN SCHNEIDER'S COHO. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

Though Ripley was wet, she insisted on braving the elements, surveying other anglers and seeing if any other boats had dogs aboard to warrant a bark.

 

SALMON/STEELHEAD HOUND RIPLEY SCHNEIDER SURVEYS THE SCENE OFF THE KLICK. (ANDY SCHNEIDER)

While everyone’s focus will be on the Tillamook tributaries after the latest freshet, I think I may still be driving east for a couple more weeks and enjoy some easy fishing, good scenery, hard fighting fish and great company.

The Columbia River Gorge definitely felt and looked like fall this last Sunday; with bright yellow, orange and red leaves dancing on the gusts of wind that sprouted out of the West and rain showers so heavy that the mid-day sun would darken like night was falling.   If the hills and weather didn’t clue us in that THIS IS FALL; the fish sure did.  The late returning ‘B’ Run Klickitat Coho would seem to coordinate an attack on fisherman’s gear and it looked like everyone was hooking fish at once, but just as soon as the attack would begin, it would slow, then stop and we would all troll with the anticipation of the next attack.  These slow periods were good though, it gave us a chance to snap some photo’s, eat some good snacks and just catch up with each other.
Sunday I had friends; Nancy, Dory and Brenda on board with my Wife and Son (Missy and Ayden).  Who would thought that they would all be crazy enough to go fishing with me, even with a forecast calling for; ‘extreme weather’?.  Ahh, the joys of having brave friends and hardy family!
On the 1st pass of the morning, Nancy’s rod went down as she trolled a Prawn Spinner just past the entrance of the Klickitat and a nice 12-pound Coho was brought to net.
The next pass one of the plug rods surged towards the water and didn’t let up and Brenda jumped to the rod and starting battling the chrome bright Coho without hesitation (unclipped Coho can be retained above the Hood River Bridge).
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