West Coast US Fishing Report October

Jess KContributor IIIOctober 10, 2011

Fishing along the West Coast during October is usually good. This year from the warm waters of the south to the cooler waters of the north, the fish are arriving in large numbers. As a result, the fishing this year is shaping up to be spectacular.

Off the coast of California in the south, the tuna have arrived. There are many yellow fin and albacore tuna in the 17-35 pound range. They’re hitting well on live anchovies. They are also going after most of the usual swim baits.

To determine the best fishing lure for the specific area in which you are fishing, ask one of the boat owner or guides. They are usually glad to give you good advice. If they prove they know the best lure, you may want to hire them next time.

The skipjacks are also fishing very well in the area off California. The boats are coming back full, but not with extremely large fish.

Up in the cooler northern water the age-old question of "when do salmon run" is being answered. They are running right now.

Off the Washington coast, schools of king salmon have been moving through. They don’t stay in the area long because they are moving up into the fresh-water streams.  There are also large numbers of coho, pink and chum salmon moving through.

It is hard to know the exact time and day salmon will be moving through. The best thing to do is to hire a guide who has fished in the area for several seasons. He or she will have the best idea of where you can encounter the best group of Salmon.

Trolling through the waters can get a little slow. If this happens, try playing some online fishing games. There are many free fishing games so it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to play.