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Reel Deal: Bottom fishing strong in ocean; Klamath R. low

Courtesy of Reel Steel Sportfishing Nichole DePaolo of Humboldt County caught this chinook salmon with Reel Steel Sportfishing out of Eureka on Sunday. The salmon bite in Crescent City has been slow.
Courtesy of Reel Steel Sportfishing Nichole DePaolo of Humboldt County caught this chinook salmon with Reel Steel Sportfishing out of Eureka on Sunday. The salmon bite in Crescent City has been slow.
Ocean salmon are still biting in Eureka, but they’re barely present here. The better bet is to go for bottom fish in the ocean.  

Anglers and fishing guides were excited for a release of 62,000-acre feet of water in Trinity River dams, but a federal judge blocked the release on Tuesday. 

Lower Klamath R.

A federal judge’s decision to block the release of water from the Trinity River has been the hot conversation topic among anglers on the Lower Klamath River who have been battling poor fishing conditions due to low, warm water.

“Conditions are pretty low,” said guide Steve Huber. Anglers are catching a few jacks, a couple adult salmon, and some steelhead, with many more half-pounders than adults, but “there are just not a lot of fish in the system,” Huber said.

Clear weather and clear, low water is making the fishing tough for most anglers, he said.

“It’s just really spotty,” said guide James Keeling, adding that shore-based fishermen were having decent success. 

“The bottom line is that they need to release that water,” Huber said, echoing the feeling of many anglers on the lower Klamath.

 

Crescent City ocean

Ocean salmon fishing has really cooled off in Crescent City, according to anglers, but with a little bit of effort, it’s not hard to still bring in limits of lingcod.

More lingcods have reportedly been caught north of Crescent City Harbor towards Star Rock and St. George Reef. The snapper bite is stronger towards the Sisters rocks south of the harbor.

Several halibut have been caught recently out of Crescent City and some anglers geared up Wednesday to go for some nearby warm currents hopefully holding albacore tuna — more on that next week.

All around, the presence of a lot of bait and days of flat currents have slowed down the bite for both salmon and bottom fish, according to Tally Ho II Sportfishing.  Capt. Craig Strickhouser said despite the spotty fishing conditions, anglers can still usually find limits of lingcod.

Eureka ocean

The ocean salmon story couldn’t be different out of Eureka, where Sherry Klassen, of Reel Steel Sportfishing, said, “the bite is totally awesome!”

Reel Steel has been getting limits every day and the overall fishing is even better than last year since the salmon are much bigger, Klassen said.

Many Eureka-based anglers were reportedly going out for tuna  and getting them really good, Klassen said.

Brookings-Harbor ocean

Ocean salmon fishing has also slowed down significantly for anglers fishing out of Port of Brookings-Harbor.  Most salmon, if any, that are caught are running very deep so down-riggers are a must, according to Dave Castellanos of Cast Guide Service, which runs ocean charters out of Brookings-Harbor.

The ocean fish worth mentioning out of Brookings are currently halibut as roughly 25 came into port on Tuesday, according to Castellanos.

The rockfish bite has been decent and steady out of Brookings-Harbor.

Fishing contacts: Tally Ho Sportfishing at 707-464-1236; Dave Castellanos of Cast Guide Service at 541-698-7029; Steve Huber Guide Service at 530-623-0387;  James Keeling’s Guide Service at 707- 223-7438; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.

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