Michael Rischer

Michael Rischer

Home waters: Western US

The Walleye fishing using a worm harness really picks up this time of year in Portland, Oregon. My Hobie kayak puts me over them and they have no idea I'm there.

The Walleye fishing using a worm harness really picks up this time of year in Portland, Oregon. My Hobie kayak puts me over them and they have no idea I'm there.

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Taking a break from the 107°F heat at Whiskeytown Lake near Redding, CA with my wife Karen and 3-year-old son Kai. I was at the lake to do an on-the-water fishing clinic for the local kayak shop Headwaters Adventure Company.

Taking a break from the 107°F heat at Whiskeytown Lake near Redding, CA with my wife Karen and 3-year-old son Kai. I was at the lake to do an on-the-water fishing clinic for the local kayak shop Headwaters Adventure Company.

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Check out a glimpse of the fishing yesterday at Depoe Bay, Oregon.

Check out a glimpse of the fishing yesterday at Depoe Bay, Oregon.

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I almost lost this Salmon twice before I got things back under control. Nothing tastes better then fresh kayak caught salmon, right?

I almost lost this Salmon twice before I got things back under control. Nothing tastes better then fresh kayak caught salmon, right?

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The Largemouth Bass fishing should be heating up now that spring has arrived in Oregon.

The Largemouth Bass fishing should be heating up now that spring has arrived in Oregon.

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Quick picture of me and my boat at the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championship near Austin, Texas.

Quick picture of me and my boat at the Hobie Kayak Fishing World Championship near Austin, Texas.

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Taking a break from salmon fishing with a chunky Sturgeon.

Taking a break from salmon fishing with a chunky Sturgeon.

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Finally landed this 7 foot Sturgeon after a 45 minute battle.

Finally landed this 7 foot Sturgeon after a 45 minute battle.

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The Spring Chinook fishing is starting to heat up near Portland.

The Spring Chinook fishing is starting to heat up near Portland.

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About Michael

Michael Rischer grew up alternating between homes in Seal Beach, California and Salt Lake City, Utah, and both places provided ample opportunities for sport and adventure. Michael began fishing as a young boy with his father. Freshwater, saltwater and fly-fishing were topics of many a fishing lesson from Michael’s father —- a lifelong fisherman and college biology professor. These lessons gave Michael a solid groundwork on which to build his own fishing experiences.

Always the outdoor adventurist, Michael did not stop at fishing. He found other ways to enjoy the outdoors he loved so much: surfing, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, diving, rock climbing, mountain biking, windsurfing and kite boarding. But fishing has always been a constant.

In 2003, Michael relocated to Portland, Oregon, and he has been enjoying kayak fishing in the rivers, bays, lakes and ocean of the Pacific Northwest ever since. Around that time, Michael picked up his first Hobie Outback. It was love at first pedal. It didn’t take long for kayak fishing to become his sport of choice.

Michael is now a prolific kayak fishing guide and instructor, targeting King Salmon, Steelhead, Coho Salmon, Rockfish, Lingcod, Halibut, Cabezon, Dungeness Crab, White Sturgeon, Bass, Walleye and Trout. He is also a member of Northwest Kayak Anglers (NWKA) online forum and enjoys helping to promote and competing in local kayak fishing tournaments.

Check out his blog at www.KayakFishingOregon.com and his 45+ kayak fishing videos at www.YouTube.com/jmrischer. You can also find Michael every month in the Northwest on Comcast Sportsnet’s Outdoor GPS TV show doing the “Hobie Report”.

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