Last week’s additional release of water from Lewiston Dam on the Trinity River seems to be drawing more Chinook salmon into the lower Klamath River, according to fishing guides.
“Things have been picking up a little bit,” said fishing guide Steve Huber. (Tribal commercial season has) started, so that definitely took out some of the supply of fish, but there’s still plenty of action going around.”
Huber said the water temperature of the lower river “definitely cooled with that water release.”
More adult Chinook salmon were trickling into the system along with salmon jacks and steelhead.
“Things will only get better from here on out,” Huber said.
Crescent City ocean fishing
Although the schools of salmon off the coast of Crescent City are more scattered than they were earlier in the season, once anglers find the schools, it’s still easy to get limits of salmon, according to Loren Taylor of Englund Marine Supply in Crescent City.
“For a while it was like a piranha bite,” he said. “They’re still everywhere, but now they’re just broken up into pods.”
The rockfish bite is still going strong, and ocean fishermen are catching some halibut as well, Taylor said.
Brookings ocean fishing
Rockfishing has been fantastic recently off of the Brookings-Harbor coastline producing top-quality catches, according to Jan Pearcey of Tidewind Sportfishing.
Tidewind has been catching some nice black rockfish as of late, Pearcey said, and the bite overall has been getting much better.
Eureka salmon fishing
Contrary to most of the season, Reel Steel Sportfishing has actually had to put in some work to find the salmon this past week, but nonetheless, it’s been able to still get limits with a little more effort.
Reel Steel’s reports said many of the boats are finding the salmon bite to be a little tougher fishing out of Eureka.
Fishing Guide Contacts: Englund Marine Supply at 707-464-3230; Steve Huber Guide Service at 530-623-1918; Tidewind Sportfishing at 541-469-0337; Reel Steel Sportfishing at 707-499-4925.